When I go to Steve Gibson's "ShieldsUP" site https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2
whether in XP using the Comodo firewall or on machines running Win7 Home Premium running the Win7 firewall, I get the same result. Everything is fine except for responding to "ping" when I run the "common ports" test.
Ping Reply: RECEIVED (FAILED) — Your system REPLIED to our Ping (ICMP Echo) requests, making it visible on the Internet. Most personal firewalls can be configured to block, drop, and ignore such ping requests in order to better hide systems from hackers. This is highly recommended since "Ping" is among the oldest and most common methods used to locate systems prior to further exploitation.
What can be done, and is this really an issue? Do all Win7 firewall machines fail in this? Why aren't all firewells set up to block this by default?
Also, is there a better lightweight firewall-only for XP? The machine runs MSSE and MBAM in realtime.