> I have and use Webroot Antispyware and recently added the newly included
> Webroot Firewall to the set, since the addition was free with the
> Webroot subscription and Webroot announced that its Firewall was
> compatible with Windows Vista and provided some advertising information
> stating that it was better.
> I have had a few bumps since the installation, and have noticed that
> some of the websites are sometimes a little slowly to appear, but in
> general, it seems to work OK so far.
> One thing that I have noted now is that the Windows Vista Firewall is
> turned "off".
> Those of you who have installed the Webroot Firewall, can you post what
> your experiences are in its compatibility with Vista? What do you all
> think about the automatic turning off of the Vista Firewall? Which one
> do you "subjectively" think that is better (The Vista or the Webroot
> Thanks in advance.
You want the Windows firewall turned off. It's a bad idea to have more
than one firewall running at the same time. Any commercial firewall
software I've used does it.
I found their firewall to be "effective", but annoying. Too many prompts
even after saying "remember". One specific thing that annoyed me was
that I never did actually find a way to easily open a port. I need to
create a VPN tunnel to my work network on occasion. I couldn't get it to
work without turning off the firewall. Also, the logs and on=line help
were not very helpful.
I ended up removing SpySweeper because it just takes too long to load
and shut down. I'm now evaluating NOD32 (actually ESET Smart Security)
and it's very nice. has AV and a firewall as well as e-mail security,
etc.. Boot times are *MUCH* faster...
I also found that WebRoot tech support has deteriorated over the past
couple of years. I sent e-mails asking how to open a port on the
firewall and never got a response.
I'm afraid SpySweeper/WebRoot have become somewhat "bloatware"...
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