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Old 02-28-2009, 10:02 PM   #1
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Does having a firewall enabled greatly decrease internet speed? I'm just curious whether I even need to keep it enabled on this new computer. I didn't use one on my other computer and AFAIK nothing bad happened.
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Old 02-28-2009, 10:03 PM   #2
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If you're smart about how you surf the web you shouldn't need any protection.
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Old 02-28-2009, 10:09 PM   #3
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You firewall should have no adverse affects on your internet speeds at all. Leave it on, it's better safe than sorry.
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Old 02-28-2009, 10:15 PM   #4
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I guess. As far as being smart, I usually was using spybot which would alert me when surfing if something was trying to add something. And I "think" I am smart about how I surf, but who knows. I sometimes do things without thinking them out. Another example of me making rash decisions is that I bought this computer instead of keeping my old one which seems as fast as this new one so far. I was panicky it was about to die though and had already replaced the power supply, but I probably should have bought a new hard drive and paid much less than this. Now I go back and forth day after day on whether to return this computer I spent so long putting my stuff on. lol

Man this security software is just flat a pain. As stated in my other thread it messed up javascript in IE due to a phishing filter in mcafee. Now my IM sessions were slow with my IMs hanging before sending, so I figure it's the "scan IMs" setting in mcafee. I am going to end up turning everything off one step at a time at this rate! Now it makes me wonder if the firewall is causing an issue too. Sigh.

I got this computer to be faster, not to be slower than my old one due to scans. lol Although I have heard of people getting IM viruses before.

edit: wow, now after disabling that it still was hanging. If I don't figure all of this out then I paid $900 for a worse setup than my old computer. This is getting ridiculous. I know I should send it back, but it would be much easier to keep it and I THOUGHT it would end up being much better.
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Old 03-02-2009, 11:03 PM   #5
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ok this mcafee software is starting to be such a pain I may disable it totally like I did on my old computer. Now I just noticed videos didn't have sound on youtube and it's because mcafee was blocking all IE addons! And now I just changed the setting to prompt me and it never prompted me and just started working.

On espn's site when I try to sign in with the menu at the top right the submit button doesn't work! What you want to bet that is mcafee's fault also? And I'm sure it;'s somehow still the reason trillian slows down even with IM scanning off. It's messing up everything in browsers or the computer as a whole it seems!
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McAfee and Norton are the two worst, high-advertised consumer A/Vs known to man IMHO. Uninstall it and install Avast or AVG--I prefer Avast. I'll never pay for an A/V as long as Avast is still around.
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Someone on another site said uninstall mcafee and use something else also, but I know when i disabled everything it still didn't solve my problems, so I dunno if it will even help anything. My luck is then I would get get some virus right after it.

Also I am starting to wonder why people even get computers with good specs anymore. I feel barely any difference going from a single 3.0 processor to core 2 duo 3.0 and from 2gb ram to 4gb. Feels almost the same and I feel I wasted $900 yet at the same time I am tempted not tos end it back after I already put everything on it.
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