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Title: Avast 5 Free with PCTOOLs Free Firewall
Post by: gentle4ug on January 22, 2010, 06:27:52 PM
Is anyone running this combination on Win7 32 bit?  I've already tried Online Armour and wasn't that impressed.

All recommendations appreciated.

Thanks
Title: Re: Avast 5 Free with PCTOOLs Free Firewall
Post by: ts4putt on January 22, 2010, 06:32:48 PM
I've been using the Comodo firewall (free) for years with great results.When you download the firewall it comes with an AV program but when you install you select only the firewall to load. The AV sucks. All the Mags like PC and PC World love the firewall hate the AV. That's why there's Avast. Good luck.. 
Title: Re: Avast 5 Free with PCTOOLs Free Firewall
Post by: Darth.Mikey on January 22, 2010, 06:34:28 PM
This combo works very well for me on Win 7 x64. No complaints from me.
Title: Re: Avast 5 Free with PCTOOLs Free Firewall
Post by: hello123 on January 22, 2010, 06:38:50 PM
This combo works for me, but on Vista 64bit, not win7 32bit.
Title: Re: Avast 5 Free with PCTOOLs Free Firewall
Post by: stevey on January 22, 2010, 06:58:44 PM
Comodo firewall sucks too unless you just choose the firewall only option. I could never get my head around all that defence+ proactive pop up stupidness, and the threatcast ratings thing never worked.
Title: Re: Avast 5 Free with PCTOOLs Free Firewall
Post by: Xost2 on January 26, 2010, 03:46:06 AM
Hi: I am using this combination (Avast 5 Free + PCTools Free) on Windows7 (64bit). So far, 48 hours - everything is working OK, with no apparent conflict.

I notice that the firewall opens a pop-up every time avast.setup wants to execute an Avast virus definition update. Will these pop-ups eventually settle down, or is there some setting I am missing in the PCTools Firewall to permanently grant permission to avast.setup?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Avast 5 Free with PCTOOLs Free Firewall
Post by: Derelict_AZ on February 06, 2010, 09:33:41 PM
I'm seeing the same thing. Post back if you figure out how to stop the popups and I'll do the same.
Title: Re: Avast 5 Free with PCTOOLs Free Firewall
Post by: cadremis on February 06, 2010, 09:45:11 PM
I use Avast Free Antivirus with PcTools and the Avast_setup pop up does not bother me any more since I told Pc Tools to remember my decistion, another important step is not ereasing Avast_setup in PCtools eventhough it says it is an uninstalled program, I decided just hidding it.

rm
Title: Re: Avast 5 Free with PCTOOLs Free Firewall
Post by: Derelict_AZ on February 07, 2010, 01:47:20 AM
The problem here is that the checkbox to remember is grayed out. It's my girl's PC so she may be leaving the popup sit there for so long that the option to remember is grayed out. I've only seen it after she has left it sitting for awhile because she wasn't sure what to do. I need to tell her to check the box if it's available. At least I have her trained enough to not do the "default allow" she used to do! :P
Title: Re: Avast 5 Free with PCTOOLs Free Firewall
Post by: Shiw Liang on February 07, 2010, 04:01:22 AM
Right now I am using Private Firewall ;D
Seem that I was influenced by someone in this forum and become addicted to this firewall ;D
Title: Re: Avast 5 Free with PCTOOLs Free Firewall
Post by: pinnacle on February 07, 2010, 04:08:42 AM
Yes Private Firewall is an excellent application. I prefer it over PC Tools.
Title: Re: Avast 5 Free with PCTOOLs Free Firewall
Post by: Shiw Liang on February 07, 2010, 04:49:20 AM
I guess so...I has a registry change notifier and other options more than Pctools I guess!!
Title: Re: Avast 5 Free with PCTOOLs Free Firewall
Post by: cazoza on February 07, 2010, 05:36:38 AM
Well i would recommend Outpost Firewall, i have used it before, and no problems with it. I just haven't installed it yet, because i was waiting for a full win 7 software. But now it is full compatible with win 7 in all flavors. By the way, if you use avast with Outpost Firewall, i recommend to disable Outpost Firewall realtime scanner, because it will slow down avast.
Title: Re: Avast 5 Free with PCTOOLs Free Firewall
Post by: Derelict_AZ on February 07, 2010, 06:51:57 AM
I had her using Outpost Free, but it's UI was too dumbed down and inflexible IMHO. I haven't tried Private Firewall. I'll take it for a spin in a VM. Thanks for the suggestions, but this is starting to veer off-topic.
Title: Re: Avast 5 Free with PCTOOLs Free Firewall
Post by: anothermack on February 07, 2010, 04:36:38 PM
At Magician and Pinnacle:

With Privatefirewall have you not noticed that some tray pop-ups have a default 'allow after x seconds' policy? If so, don't you care?

Am also looking for a change from PCTools on 64bit, but the above really bothers me...

brgds
mack
Title: Re: Avast 5 Free with PCTOOLs Free Firewall
Post by: rdmaloyjr on February 07, 2010, 04:57:49 PM
At Magician and Pinnacle:

With Privatefirewall have you not noticed that some tray pop-ups have a default 'allow after x seconds' policy? If so, don't you care?

Am also looking for a change from PCTools on 64bit, but the above really bothers me...

brgds
mack

I recommend using the training period when first using Privatefirewall.
Title: Re: Avast 5 Free with PCTOOLs Free Firewall
Post by: anothermack on February 07, 2010, 05:09:11 PM
At Magician and Pinnacle:

With Privatefirewall have you not noticed that some tray pop-ups have a default 'allow after x seconds' policy? If so, don't you care?

Am also looking for a change from PCTools on 64bit, but the above really bothers me...

brgds
mack

I recommend using the training period when first using Privatefirewall.

Hello rdmaloyjr,

Well, the default 'allow after x seconds' is a bit like having a training period for the complete life span of the firewall, is it not?

I don't really want that.

brgds
mack
Title: Re: Avast 5 Free with PCTOOLs Free Firewall
Post by: Avastfan1 on February 07, 2010, 10:11:23 PM
I use Avast Free 5.0.396 with PCTFW 6.0.0.88.

Using Avast is still resulting in random freezes on my computer.

Could it have something to do with PCTFW? :O
Title: Re: Avast 5 Free with PCTOOLs Free Firewall
Post by: MikeBCda on February 07, 2010, 10:20:43 PM
I use Avast Free 5.0.396 with PCTFW 6.0.0.88.

Using Avast is still resulting in random freezes on my computer.

Could it have something to do with PCTFW? :O
I've got the same combo you do (in the body of your message, that is) and have no problems.

I do note in your sig, though, that you're using the paid/resident version of MBAM, and by now it's pretty obvious that that's a problem with avast 5.  Alwil's still working on that one, and you'll see Vlk's started a new sticky on that specific problem.

Until they can come up with a solution, I'd suggest disabling the resident protection of your MBAM as the very first thing to try.  That seems to have worked for most users.
Title: Re: Avast 5 Free with PCTOOLs Free Firewall
Post by: cadremis on February 08, 2010, 05:31:45 AM
Just to test Private Firewall I uninstalled PCTFP and installed Private Firewall with the training period as someone suggested here and what I can see is that navigation is faster in comparation with PCTFP, if it continues like this and gives me no problems I guess it would be a good Firewall Option, the computer starts faster and everything is running smooth right now.

I went to see the rates in Matousec.com
http://www.matousec.com/projects/proactive-security-challenge/results.php
What I can see now is that Private Firewall 7, the new versión is free with and has much more features than
PCTFP, I hope that PF do better in the next testing since I see version 6 had a 10 + very good

Title: Re: Avast 5 Free with PCTOOLs Free Firewall
Post by: Shiw Liang on February 08, 2010, 02:20:23 PM
Hm...I guess I should turn back to another firewall hehe I'm rather lazy to read the policy and always use hm...let's say effective software to protect my computer/pc.

Anyone heard about ashampoo Firewall free with Antispam protection also!!!
Title: Re: Avast 5 Free with PCTOOLs Free Firewall
Post by: cadremis on February 09, 2010, 01:02:54 AM
Private Firewall Users, how do I stop PF7 asking to allow avast_setup every time avast requires to update by itself and remember my desition?

rm
Title: Re: Avast 5 Free with PCTOOLs Free Firewall
Post by: RNfromTN on February 09, 2010, 03:21:25 PM
Private Firewall Users, how do I stop PF7 asking to allow avast_setup every time avast requires to update by itself and remember my desition?

rm

I'd like to know also. :)
I tried pfw 7 and avast 5 free awhile back on xp home. After the 'training period', I would get 3-4 popups from pfw every time avast wanted to do an update. I  could never get pfw to remember. I set every avast process to allowed and even added avast as a trusted publisher.
I finally gave up and moved on. :)
Title: Re: Avast 5 Free with PCTOOLs Free Firewall
Post by: cadremis on February 09, 2010, 04:24:13 PM
RNfromTN,
I gave up this morning and move back to PCTFP....that one that I have always used before...rm
Title: Re: Avast 5 Free with PCTOOLs Free Firewall
Post by: majoMo on February 09, 2010, 04:54:12 PM
Private Firewall Users, how do I stop PF7 asking to allow avast_setup every time avast requires to update by itself and remember my desition?

rm
Similar problem with Comodo. (http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=54401.msg460572#msg460572)
Title: Re: Avast 5 Free with PCTOOLs Free Firewall
Post by: majoMo on February 09, 2010, 05:19:33 PM
It seems that "setup.ovr" is changed to "avast.setup" when there is an update.

Like "avast.setup" file'properties always changes (and is deleted), I have in my firewall (Rising Firewall) the file ...\Avast5\Setup\avast.setup with all permissions (and with "Check if this file has been modified" unchecked).

Maybe a trick like that is needed with PrivateFirewall also.
Title: Re: Avast 5 Free with PCTOOLs Free Firewall
Post by: anothermack on February 09, 2010, 10:57:31 PM
Sorry guys,

has been a while since I had PF installed, and can't remember.  As suggested above I guess an exemption rule should be made somewhere.  Possibly by picking 'allow' when the pop-up arises, and then to modify the created rule by making it more general then any file-specific characteristics???

brgds
mack
Title: Re: Avast 5 Free with PCTOOLs Free Firewall
Post by: cazoza on February 10, 2010, 04:38:05 AM
well, i have outpost firewall, and it has a trusted vendor or something like that, so if the software has a legit certificate, it will be allowed, so also outpost, has a learning process, so it can learn how the user uses all software and machine, and that's why i love outpost. I have not had any issue with it and avast 5. So i will keep it for now until it expires. And Personal Firewall seems a great application, but as somebody said, i'm used to outpost firewall, and it suits my needs, so when it expires, i will test Personal Firewall, as it has also good rates. I think Personal Firewall should have that function too, maybe autolearn, or something like that. And if not, with como it also has a trusted vendor or certificate section, so u can put avast in there, and it won't ask again for allow it. You just need to keep avast there. And even when it updates, it will check the certificate or sign, and if it's the same source it will allow the process. So you just need to check that part of trusted vendors or certificate, since 2008 i dont use comodo firewall but i remember it had that option.
Title: Re: Avast 5 Free with PCTOOLs Free Firewall
Post by: RNfromTN on February 12, 2010, 09:20:09 PM
Hi, not meaning to more off topic but it may be of interest to some. :)
Regarding the last several posts about privatefirewall having issues with avast updater, I submitted a support ticket with them.
This is the reply I got.

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show details 9:00 AM (5 hours ago)
   

Hello Tim –

 

We’ve been able to reproduce this issue. It will be assigned to a developer in the coming days for investigation and hopefully a relatively quick resolution.

 

I will keep you posted on progress and the availability of an updated build.

 

Best regards,

 

Greg
Title: Re: Avast 5 Free with PCTOOLs Free Firewall
Post by: cadremis on February 12, 2010, 10:42:52 PM
RNfromTN,
If you receive an answer from people in PF please let us know or at least let me know in a private msge. I would like to know their answer since I asked this question and nobody has responded so far. rm
Title: Re: Avast 5 Free with PCTOOLs Free Firewall
Post by: rdmaloyjr on February 13, 2010, 12:57:42 AM
Hi, not meaning to more off topic but it may be of interest to some. :)
Regarding the last several posts about privatefirewall having issues with avast updater, I submitted a support ticket with them.
This is the reply I got.

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RE: Privacyware Support Ticket Submission - Avast alerts
            
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Greg Salvato
 
   
show details 9:00 AM (5 hours ago)
   

Hello Tim –

 

We’ve been able to reproduce this issue. It will be assigned to a developer in the coming days for investigation and hopefully a relatively quick resolution.

 

I will keep you posted on progress and the availability of an updated build.

 

Best regards,

 

Greg

I've temporarily switched to ZoneAlarm till the availability of an updated build with the fix.
Title: Re: Avast 5 Free with PCTOOLs Free Firewall
Post by: Gohoos81 on February 13, 2010, 07:09:05 AM
Is anyone running this combination on Win7 32 bit?  I've already tried Online Armour and wasn't that impressed.

All recommendations appreciated.

Thanks

This is a great combination.  PCTools makes a great firewall, I have used it before, and it scores well in matousec's firewall challenge test, and is one of a handful of very good firewalls for windows 7.  If you are looking for a free option for win7 32 bit, your best bets are online armor (which I understand isn't for you), Comodo and PCTools.  Agnitum made a great free firewall, outpost free, available at: http://free.agnitum.com/ , but it is not supported for win7.