Do I need to run the Windows XP SP2 firewall along with my router firewall?

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  1. Casino

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    I have a D-Link DI-524 Wireless Router and I'm pretty sure it has a built in firewall. If that is running, should I run Windows XP firewall with it (Or any other software firewall at all)?
     
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    No need.
     
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    It won't leave me more exposed to hackers? Is there some kind of scanner online that I can use to see how secure my computer is without the windows firewall?
     
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    Well software firewalls like Zonealarm would prevent YOU from spamming or being used as a Zombie. It really depends on whether you don't question naked pics of Anna Kournikova as being a trojan.
     
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    You are already protected from worms and port scans, etc. with a hardware firewall. Just having a NAT device at all (ie. a broadband gateway router) will block the most common external threats. A software firewall will catch weird traffic coming out of your computer, which is useful for alerting you if you have a trojan infection or spyware. If you are sensible enough not to let your machine get infected with trojans and spyware then there is really little need for a software firewall. Personally, I don't run one because the risk/hassle quotient to me is negligible.
     
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    Last I knew, Symantec.com had some kind of security scan it could do on your machine.

    I have a router and also use the SP2 firewall. No problems here...
     

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