If you've disabled Windows XP Professional's built-in Firewall because you're using a hardware firewall on your network, you're probably sick of seeing a balloon pop-up display from the taskbar's notification area reminding you that your computer might be at risk. Fortunately, you can disable the Windows Firewall nag in four simple steps.
- When you see the balloon pop-up, click the balloon or the red shield icon in the system notification area of the taskbar.
- When the Windows Security Center opens, click the Recommendations button in the Firewall section.
- In the Recommendations dialog box, select the I Have A Firewall Solution That I'll Monitor Myself check box and click OK.
- When you return to the Windows Security Center, you'll see that the Firewall section is now marked as Not Monitored and you can close the window.
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Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.