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How do I disable Microsoft Firewall?

Windows Firewall does not have to be removed in order to be disabled, so explains Windows hardening expert Jonathan Hassell.

I am now running AOL 9.0 SE but my Mcafee Firewall tells me that I must remove Microsoft Firewall. Where and how can I find this file and remove it?

Open Control Panel, double-click on Windows Security Center, and disable the firewall from there. You don't need to actually remove it.


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This was last published in July 2006

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