Upgrade your system firewall

A firewall is like locking the front door to your house--it helps keep intruders (in this case, hackers and malicious software) from getting in. Windows default firewall is a good start and effectively blocks incoming threats. What Comodo Firewall Free offers over Windows 7's Firewall is that it tracks outbound requests as well as inbound. This means that it also detects unauthorized programs that are trying to phone home. Install Comodo Firewall free to benefit from more comprehensive and proactive system protection. Note that when you use programs for the first time, Comodo will alert you and ask you to confirm. This won't happen again and is necessary so that you know when a program is running you don't want. Once installed, here are some recommended settings: Firewall: Safe Mode General Settings   Create Rules for safe applications   Enable IPv6 filtering Alert Settings   Low   All boxes checked Advanced   All boxes checked except for Monitor NDIS protocols other than TCP/IP Comodo firewall also comes with Defense+ which takes unknown files and sandboxes them. This limits what these files are able to do based on which sandboxing scheme you decide on. Recommended Settings: Defense+: Safe Mode General Settings   Checked:   Create rules for safe applications Execution Control Settings  Enabled    Everything checked   Treat unrecognized files as Restricted Sandbox Settings   Enabled   All boxes checked Monitoring Settings   All boxes checked For further info on setting up a maximum strength firewall: http://help.comodo.com/topic-72-1-206-2817-setting-up-the-firewall-for-maximum-security-and-usability.html

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