Firewall Windows XP/Vista

In a previous post I talked about free tools you can use to protect, prevent, and remove spyware, trojans, viruses, etc. What I forgot to mention was a critical and important piece, the firewall. Both Windows XP and Vista come built-in w/ a software firewall. You want to make sure it's turned on. Most computers installed with Windows XP or Vista have this turned on by default. If you have Norton, McAfee, or TrendMicro they may have provided you w/their version of a firewall.

Most often Windows will warn you if you do not have your firewall turned on. But if you want to be sure, you can follow these steps(Windows XP):
  1. Click Start
  2. Click Control Panel (or Settings, then Control Panel)
  3. If in classic view(many icons) double click the Windows Firewall icon.
  4. If in Simple View like pictured below click "Security Center"
By following these steps you should be able to see whether your firewall is turn on or off.
Windows Vista:
  1. Click the Windows Icon (usually located on the bottom left of your screen)
  2. Click Control Panel
  3. Click Security, more specifically "Check this computer's security status"

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