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I have a low-end Netgear router and after 5 or 6 hours of working fine, it will lose the connection and needs to be rebooted. Support said they router's built-in firewall and anti-virus was conflicting with my firewall and McAfee and to disable it. Once I disabled my firewall and McAfee, the router has been working fine. But, I'm not convinced I'm protected against attacks and viruses anymore. Do routers really have virus and firewall protection?

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What's the model?

All routers, if using NAT, are by nature a firewall. It's a rare router that has AV in it though, and if yours truly is low end, then I highly doubt it.

Why not try turning your AV back on, but not the firewall? I don't know why your software firewall would conflict anyway though - I always recommend having both hardware and software firewalls running.

More likely McAfee is the root of your problem. It's total trash.

While I agree about McAfee, I've had lots of issues with Netgear routers, so I wouldn't be surprised if the router is bad.

Yes. Sounds to me like the router is bad.

As for the router, it has a inbound firewall capability

It does not have
1. outbound firewall capability
2. virus protection software

McAfee is crap though. Switch to one of the free AV and firewall products



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