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black_moon

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free firewall..
« on: August 20, 2007, 09:23:26 AM »
hi! guys what's a good free firewall to replace winXP built-in firewall? given these choices..

zone alarm personal FW
sygate personal FW
comodo FW
sunbelt personal FW(formerly kerio)
PC tools free personal FW

criteria: light on resources(does'nt slow down PC/internet)
            user friendly
            quick start-up
            simple yet effective against attacks
   less or no pop-ups
            does not conflict w/avast



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Re: free firewall..
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2007, 02:19:10 PM »
A search of this forum will lead you to many choices.
This is just one of them:
http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=29448.0
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Re: free firewall..
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2007, 07:45:38 PM »
In order, imho:
1. Comodo
2. PC tools
3. Zone alarm
4. Sunbelt (kerio)
5. Sygate

criteria: light on resources(does'nt slow down PC/internet)
user friendly
simple yet effective against attacks
I've not tested PC Tools.

quick start-up
Comodo is not very good on this point.

less or no pop-ups
Comodo has a configurable option for this.

does not conflict w/avast
None will. avast is not a firewall, just an antivirus.
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Re: free firewall..
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2007, 07:54:23 PM »
You'll never get no pop-ups, if you want to control outgoing traffic, which is the whole point of a third-party firewall.

Here are my recommendations, in order of what I think will fit the bill.

ZA Free:
+ Few, intuitive pop-ups, user-friendly, works with avast! (Free version)
- Latest version drops internet connection after hibernation on my computer. Re-connection causes BSOD's. (May be working fine on other systems.)

http://www.zonealarm.com/store/content/support/zasc/gettingStarted.jsp?anchor=alerts&lid=zasupp_u

Kerio:
+ Few, intuitive pop-ups, user-friendly, works with avast!
- Need to block some incoming connections to system processes to get a pass at Shields Up! (All ports stealthed), GUI locks up with multiple connections (eg P2P), doesn't seem to be being updated very often by Sunbelt, latest version seems to have turned into nag ware (frequent reminders that you're using the free version, and would you like to get the paid version?)

http://www.geocities.com/dontsurfinthenude/kerio_setup.htm

Comodo:
+ Nice GUI, seems stable, network shield and application control, customisable rules, more control over what an application can do on your computer.
- A bit less user friendly, for the novice at least. Requires a bit of research at the Comodo forum to understand what it is doing, more pop-ups, more occasions where you think 'I'm not sure what I just did by clicking 'accept' there', requires special rules for P2P programs.

PCTools:
Never tried this one, so can't really comment.

Sygate:
Now defunct and unsupported. Still works, but had the most incomprehensible pop-ups I've ever seen.

You can always try different firewalls until you find one you are comfortable with, but be sure to have only one installed at any time.
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Re: free firewall..
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2007, 10:49:36 PM »
I think PC Tools Firewall Plus or Ghostwall will best fit your description.

I don't recommend comodo to anyone!

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Re: free firewall..
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2007, 11:10:09 PM »
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I don't recommend comodo to anyone!
That is quite obvious unfortunately you have yet to offer any proof why
Comodo shouldn't be used.
Personal dislikes without proof are totally useless. IMHO
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Re: free firewall..
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2007, 11:36:59 PM »
sounds this is turning into this firewall 'vs' this firewall thread part 4 i think bob ??? ::)

 
« Last Edit: August 20, 2007, 11:43:39 PM by drhayden1 »

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Re: free firewall..
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2007, 11:55:24 PM »
sounds this is turning into this firewall 'vs' this firewall thread part 4 i think bob ??? ::)

 
No its not!  At least not with me!

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Re: free firewall..
« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2007, 11:59:59 PM »
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I think PC Tools Firewall Plus or Ghostwall will best fit your description.

I don't recommend comodo to anyone!
just seems that way ::)

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Re: free firewall..
« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2007, 12:00:11 AM »
sounds this is turning into this firewall 'vs' this firewall thread part 4 i think bob ??? ::)

 
No its not!  At least not with me!

Bob,

Look under a bridge if you want to play with trolls!  ;D ;D ;D
Still waiting for your proof.   Still haven't seen any.


To be a troll, you need to at least use the product which I currently don't.  ;D
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Re: free firewall..
« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2007, 12:02:40 AM »
 take care of this thread Garfield ;D

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Still waiting for your proof.   Still haven't seen any.
nope-probably won't ;)
« Last Edit: August 21, 2007, 12:16:55 AM by drhayden1 »

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Re: free firewall..
« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2007, 02:18:09 AM »
take care of this thread Garfield ;D

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Still waiting for your proof.   Still haven't seen any.
nope-probably won't ;)
Dan is stirring up the toilet bowl like a bad little troll, trying to get stuff started.  I bet he plays under bridges with mastertech poptech. ;D ;D ;D

It won't work!

Dan,

Give it a rest. ::)

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Re: free firewall..
« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2007, 03:16:39 AM »
In the mean while, you still haven't presented any proof.
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Re: free firewall..
« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2007, 10:26:53 AM »
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I bet he plays under bridges with 'mastertech' poptech

  ;D

 http://www.matousec.com/projects/windows-personal-firewall-analysis/results.php and where's pctools firewall plus on this list ???
 from here.... http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=29259.60 ....thanks!!
 
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Dan is stirring up the toilet bowl

 

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Re: free firewall..
« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2007, 03:56:07 PM »
thanks guys. really appreciate your replies, i think i'm gonna try either sunbelt or comodo. hopefully avast will launch its own free FW.  :D