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vandy

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Firewall options
« on: February 14, 2010, 07:25:25 PM »
New to Avast - would like to use free version on Win 7 and use another firewall option.  Thanks for insight.


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Re: Firewall options
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2010, 07:31:53 PM »
Online Armor would be great

http://www.tallemu.com/

But if you are worriend about system resources then you can use Private Firewall

http://privatefirewall.com/

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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2010, 07:35:27 PM »
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Re: Firewall options
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2010, 07:40:29 PM »

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Re: Firewall options
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2010, 04:55:27 AM »
Following may of some basic help/info on selecting one of the free firewalls ...
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-firewall.htm

Using Win XP Pro so cannot offer any personal recommendations for Win 7.

But agree with Chris Thomas on Online Armor -- using on three different Win Pro systems.

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Re: Firewall options
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2010, 08:21:17 PM »
Can't wait til I get the multitude of responses to this but,,I only have the firewall that comes with XP,,,what is your opinion of it.

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Re: Firewall options
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2010, 08:01:19 PM »
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XP firewall is not good enough because it does not offer outbound protection.


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Re: Firewall options
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2010, 09:32:10 PM »
Can't wait til I get the multitude of responses to this but,,I only have the firewall that comes with XP,,,what is your opinion of it.
See:
Malwarebytes Developer Interview
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I interviewed Bruce Harrison who is a developer at Malwarebytes – the company who created Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware. We discussed computer security for the home user.  Below is the list of questions from the interview
http://www.besttechie.net/2008/08/20/malwarebytes-developer-interview <== 2 excellent 10 minute videos

That's the reason why I use MBAM Full.
« Last Edit: February 20, 2010, 09:37:30 PM by YoKenny »

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Re: Firewall options
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2010, 10:04:06 PM »
Fire,

For what it is the Windows firewall OK for inbound protection, but as CharleyO noted, it has no outbound monitoring/protection.

Most of current DSL/Cable modems have some type of hardware firewall that will provide good inbound protection prior to reaching your PC.

Besides having outbound monitoring/protection for any malware activity, also handy in blocking legit aps you may have trying to "phone home"; e.g., I have WMP setup so it can make outside connections when "I" allow it.

Actually most of the newer firewalls have some type of HIPS and/or program guard to catch any non-allowed/malware type activity.

No one application (firewall, AV, AS, etc.) will provide 100% protection, hence the best one can do is to use some form of the "layered approach" e.g.:
http://www.dslreports.com/faq/8463