Disabling Windows XP Built In Firewall!

     One of the lamest attempts at a firewall I've seen in a long time.  This little thing that Microsoft threw in almost as an afterthought serves little purpose but happens to be buried so deep that most people wouldn't even know where to find the stupid thing.  Is it better than nothing, yes, but not much better...so shut this off and get a real firewall, check out ZoneAlarm to get a real firewall.  Now on to shutting this stupid thing off:

Go to the Control Panel and then to Network Connections...select your network connection and you'll get something like this:

Okay you get this Window above and then you click Properties...just as a sidenote, yes my computer has been on 6 days straight connected to the internet and my connection is oh so nice.  Now back to disabling the firewall.  Click on Properties and you'll get here:

      Now click on the advanced tab at the top and then uncheck the "Protect my computer and network by limiting or preventing access to this computer from the internet".  Once you do this Win XP's lame firewall will be off!  Good, now get a real firewall in the freeware section.  One other thing, don't think of running this firewall and another software firewall.  Two software firewalls almost always cause conflicts with each other and never really serve much of a purpose...they end up canceling each other out in the end.  You can have a hardware firewall and a software firewall, but I'll write about this in the future and which combo is best to use.