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John Burns

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I have two personal computers running Windows XP SP2 on a wireless home network using a Linksys Router with built-in firewall.
I have the following programs installed on each of them:

AVG Version 7.0 Licensed Version
LavaSoft AdAware
Spybot S&D
SypwareBlaster
Webroot SpySweeper
WinPatrol
ewido security suite

Recently, I installed ZoneAlarm Firewall (free version) and thought it was great, until I discovered that my Yahoo Messenger (Logitech) Webcams would not broadcast in SuperMode (a faster, more desirable setting) on Yahoo Messenger. I found if I disabled ZoneAlarm, SuperMode worked. If I enabled Microsoft XP Firewall, SuperMode worked. But, when I enabled ZA, SuperMode quit working again. After considerable searching in forums and on the Net for a solution in settings or changes to ZA - and coming up with none, I decided to uninstall ZoneAlarm and just use Microsoft Firewall, since I wouldn't have to remember to be enabling and disabling the firewall whenever I used the webcams. (At least I would always have a firewall on that way) My concern is, of course, the fact that MS Firewall does not check outgoing traffic like ZA. However, considering all the programs I have installed to detect incoming problems, is it really necessary that I have another firewall (other than MS)? If so, is there one which would overcome the problem with Yahoo SuperMode? I really would like someone who has some computer knowledge to comment - I am not an expert and need all the help I can get. Appreciate any suggestions. Thanks.
 
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