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I have Norton 360 through comcast. It was not letting me print with my wireless printer or use Firefox. It also would not open for me. I finally uninstalled and re-installed it. When I re-installed it, I turned off the Norton firewall. I have Windows Firewall. Is that good enough? What should I do?
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Probably as long as you're not going to 'dangerous' places.  I use the Windows firewall along with Avast or Microsoft Security Essentials for anti-virus which are both free .  I do have Comcast but I won't use any of the Norton security products because they have cause so many problem for my customers.  People here have said that the corporate or industrial versions of Norton are good but you won't hear many recommendations for the consumer versions.
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Thank You
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by:wolfcamel
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the are good - but they have a lot more options than the windows built in firewall - and you have to configure them.
if you want to be able to print to a local networked printer then you need to create a firewall rule to allow data on your local subnet, or just to the printers Ip.

It is more complex than windows firewall and offers more options and better scanning.
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What is good? I'm not following you.
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Norton and other 3rd party firewalls - sorry
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I have run into a litany of issues with Symantec/Norton over the last five years at a large number of client sites. MacAfee also has issues, but not quite as bad.

I prefer and recommend ESET Security Suite.  Other good options include AVG,  Avast and FSecure. I also  have had good luck with Kaspersky as have the few of my clients that use it.

My favorite malware/security expert/owners are the owner of FSecure and Kaspersky. However, I have concerns about the political/corporate environment in which Kaspersky currently finds himself.

From my experience and past research, ESET is in the top three for speed as well as lack of false positives while having a trap record that appears as good as any competitor.  Their speed is often number one. By speed, I mean that your computer is not weighed down by them as much as some of the competition.

Good Luck,


Tom
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Gajendra Rathod earned 168 total points
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I recommended,

Apply Windows update as  soon as there are release.

Install Microsoft Security Essentials and update it regularly.

For normal web site access Windows default firewall is good.

Install EMET Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit. Download
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