Does making XP SP2 my primary source of virus protection disable Windows Firewall?

Expert Jonathan Hassell answers a question about the implications of declaring a new primary virus protection source in Windows XP SP2.

When I installed Windows XP SP2, McAfee asked if I wanted it to be the primary source of virus detection. Since I do not have a McAfee firewall but only a virus scanner, is this disabling the new Windows firewall? Where in Windows is the priority for McAfee over Windows set? How is this priority reversed if required?
No, it should not be disabling the firewall. You can set the priority for Windows' security mechanisms in the Security Center applet in Control Panel.
This was first published in January 2006

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