static ip address windows xp

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sorry this is a bit silly i know but i have a static ip address and my pc is now being pinged to hell. I have fire wall running so all of these pings are being dropped by that but it is really starting to slow my computer down a bit dropping all of these pings. 148 pings is a lot for only 1 hour 30 mins of net do you not think. (or is this normal and i am just getting parond) is there a way of making the ip address change every time i log in to windows ? please help

running windows xp
2.5 gh pentium 4
256 gig of ram
zone alarm fire wall and xp fire wall running
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you could go and buy a hardware firewall that does DHCP and then your IP address would change as long as your machine is set to recieve DHCP from a firewall or router. Then you can tell your hardware firewall to not respond to pings on it's wan port. If you have anymore questions feel free to ask. Enjoy :D
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good advice, and here's some additional insight --

if you're on cable, you are on a VERY large network. The problem with
that is, there's a lot of junk traffic out there. Some of which is quite
harmless, though annoying, such as pings. Other traffic can be pretty
belligerent, port scans, password scans, etc.

in simple terms, the purpose of the router is to block/filter traffic
any and all traffic not specifically addressed to your PC. When you have
a static IP address, you are free reign on the network, and gives ample
opportunity to keep knocking on your firewall door with no interruptions.
At some point, they will get in...you don't want that to happen.

If you get a router that utilizes DHCP/NAT, then you have a far better
chance of surviving those attacks because your TRUE IP isn't available
to the world.

Hope that makes sense, I was typing pretty quickly. ;)
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makes perfect sense.

one router come up, thanks for the help also know some more about , a bit more about ip's routers and bit's like that. trying to find out something about it.

one other thing tho.
when i get the router shall i keep zonealarm running or will that just be wasting system time :?:

thanks for the help
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You might have to disable the winXP firewall and zone alarm if they are causing conflicts after you install the hardware firewall. Enjoy :D


//also if you don't have any antivirus or ad aware you can download them for free at these two web sites

http://www.grisoft.com

http://www.lavasoftusa.com

If you have anymore questions feel free to ask :D

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