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blocking programs with the avast firewall
« on: October 27, 2009, 08:18:57 PM »
hello all, i am new to avast and its terrific. the os i'm using:

windows xp pro (new clean install)

now, with other previous firewalls i had the ability to block certain programs from accessing the internet to update and whatnot(norton, etc). i have checked the forums and cannot find how to do this with avast. this may have been answered but i cannot find it. can anyone tell me step by step how to do this?? thanks

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Re: blocking programs with the avast firewall
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2009, 08:45:21 PM »
avast is an anti-virus application and in its current version 4.8 doesn't have a firewall. The network shield provides limited protection against known attack ports, etc. but it isn't a firewall.

If you have previously used a security suite that comes with an AV and a firewall, the new avast 5.0 Security Suite is in development for release later this year.

So you need to a) enable the windows firewall, which doesn't do what you hope as it doesn't have outbound protection or b) install a third party stand alone firewall.

- There are many freeware firewalls such as, Comodo (care required now it is a suite not to install the anti-virus element), PCTools Firewall Plus, Online Armor and recently released, Outpost Firewall free 6.5 (2009)

See http://www.matousec.com/projects/firewall-challenge/results.php.

Many forum users are using all of the above:
- PC Tools Firewall seems to have the least user headaches as it doesn't seem to be constantly asking the user questions about this and that.
- Online Armor for the most parts fine but it has caused some users grief after avast program updates and that is something you have to watch out for.
- Comodo is now a suite and you have to do a custom install so as not to install the antivirus element (or use the add remove programs to remove the AV element if already installed), of all the firewalls listed this seems to be the noisiest in asking questions, depending on settings and elements used, so it could be daunting for those not to familiar with firewalls or their systems.
- Outpost Firewall 2009 free, a cut down version of the Outpost Firewall Pro version, which should still provide good protection, http://free.agnitum.com/. Download, http://www.filehippo.com/download_outpost_firewall/

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Re: blocking programs with the avast firewall
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2009, 08:51:20 PM »
PC Tools Firewall+ is excellent.

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Re: blocking programs with the avast firewall
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2009, 08:54:58 PM »
thank you all. will try it out

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Re: blocking programs with the avast firewall
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2009, 10:07:34 PM »
No problem, welcome to the forums.
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Re: blocking programs with the avast firewall
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2009, 04:41:40 AM »
hello all, i am new to avast and its terrific. the os i'm using:

windows xp pro (new clean install)

now, with other previous firewalls i had the ability to block certain programs from accessing the internet to update and whatnot(norton, etc). i have checked the forums and cannot find how to do this with avast. this may have been answered but i cannot find it. can anyone tell me step by step how to do this?? thanks

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