Fire Wall Question? Do I Really Need 3 Fire Walls Running At The Same Time

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forbes

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:confused: Hello Everyone....

Ok I just come to realize that my 2 wire modem (att yahoo internet) has a built in fire wall. Then i have Mcafee total protection on my computer and that has a firewall, then theres the windows standard fire wall. So Do I keep All 3 On. What do i turn off, whats better, whats not. and Microsoft yells at me if i turn the windows fire wall off....

thanks for all your help
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I am not familiar with your specific modem, but as it is external to your computer it will not adversely affect the system. It is likely a firmware or hardware firewall. This is a good thing, and provides an additional layer of protection. Usually a third party firewall turns off the native Windows firewall by default. Zone Alarm, for example. I am suprised that McAffee does not. It is not necessary to have both on, and since McAfee is 2-way (Program alerts) I suggest that you use it. Windows can be told to stop "bothering" you about the firewall situation. Security Center is found in the Control Panel. Once open, notice the words "Change the way Security Center alerts me" on the left. After clicking there, a dialog will open in which you can arrange the alerts to your preferences.
 

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You definitely should not have two software firewalls active simultaneously. Turn off the MS installed one.
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