There are no real risks in using a third-party firewall, although I must question why you'd want to do that. The...
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third-party firewalls have more features, sure, but the Windows Firewall in XP SP 2 does a fantastic job at its core mission and is really all you need if you have an anti-virus program, another firewall on your router or other edge protection, and so on.
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