keep in mind.... WIN XP's ICF DOES NOT MANAGE OUTBOUND connections...it only manages INCOMING connections... so, as a stand alone option... i would not soley rely upon that... not only that..i thought i read somewhere that there was this "Tweaking" issue with XP's ICF and bandwith... i could be wrong..but im pretty sure there was something else about ICF that wasnt too good..
i think ZA or any other 3rd party firewall should suit you fine...AND control incoming/outcoming connection attempts...
nothing of course is fool proof..but then again... like the rest of us.. unless you are bill gate$ or someone like that.. no hackers, etc.. will ever have a desire to bother with you as an individual as there are far more exciting sites to penetrate....... not only that... if properly configured... firewalls should stall most would be hacker attempts, enough so that they move on to more opportunistic sites...
anyway...thats my 10 cents....for what its worth..lol
I use ICF in conjunction with Norton AV and Adaware.
I tried using Norton Internet Security and Zonealarm
and I had problems with both. They're both resource hogs too.
I have ICF And Norton AV running in the background and
every few days I scan with Adaware to get rid of spyware.
It keeps my computer clean and is pretty maintenance free.
zone alarm is suposed to be one of the best firewalls avaliable. or so says this guy http://grc.com/default.htm
and hes a computer security guru so im taking his word for it. hes tested a few firewalls and says that blackice and norton firewalls arent very effective.
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS