Dave, I have a firewall through my router. Apparently Windows does not recognize this as I keep getting messages that say my computer may be at risk since I have no firewall. There is a “Windows Security Alerts” icon in my taskbar that I cannot remove. Can you tell me how to rid myself of this pest?
What you’re seeing is an artifact of Windows trying to be too smart about security (boy, that’s not a sentence I thought I’d ever be typing! Indeed, after watching how busy my antivirus and anti-spyware utilities are on my WinXP box, the very phrase “Windows security” seems like an oxymoron. But I digress!)
Since you don’t want to use the firewall on your Windows PC itself, you need to convince WinXP that you know what you’re doing and that it’s safe for you to not have the PC-based firewall running.
This can be done by choosing Start -> Control Panels -> Security Center. Then click on the “Firewall” option, click on “Recommendations”, and, finally, check off the option “I have a firewall solution that I’ll monitor myself”. Verify that’s what you really want to do and you should never see that pesty Windows Security Alert message again.
On the other hand, I suggest that you still might want to have the Windows firewall running even though it’s redundant. Just set it to “loose monitoring” and you’ll have yet another little boost to the security of your system.
Either way, this should eliminate that problem!