hardware/software firewall and virus prevention

By davids
Mar 30, 2006
  1. Hi,

    I have a few questions about virus prevention and the use of firewalls. I currently have a software firewall running in windows (zonelabs). And a hardware firewall ie my router.

    I was just wondering what are the differences between the two, and what threats each one can block.

    Also, I wanted to know how effective a software firewall is: I know that it can block malicious ports, and it can block certain programs from accessing the internet. But what would happen if a virus infected a trusted program, for example outlook, and then outlook began accessing the internet on behalf of the virus? To make this point clear, I turned on my computer this morning and zonelabs gave me a message that outlook had changed, now since I wasnt aware that outlook had updated itself, ashould I asume that a virus has changed this program? Is this a likely event, and if so how do I find out if that is the case??

    This is a subject that interests me and any comments would be appreciated.

  2. akaivan

    akaivan TS Maniac Posts: 470

    First of all i think you have zone alarm correct? (good program). You should always keep it running, all firewalls pick up different things, some find files some dont. And If you think your programs may be infected by a virus you should scan your pc With a anti-vir

    such as

    avg (what i personally use)
  3. davids

    davids TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 96


    I have avg as well, I havnt done a scan for a while so I will do that.

    As for the firewalls, I am also using filseclab at the moment, which I really like - although I dont know that using 2 software firewalls gives any advantage??

    thanks for the feedback anyway.
  4. akaivan

    akaivan TS Maniac Posts: 470

    Different firewalls find different things, you dont really need two but always have 1.
  5. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Get rid of that filseclab firewall. It`s source code can be purchased.

    Regards Howard :)
  6. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    Indeed. See here where I asked about it, missing the obvious.
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