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Avastfan1

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Lightweight, easy-to-use firewall
« on: November 26, 2010, 01:02:51 AM »
Dear Forum,

Could you kindly recommend a lightweight and easy-to-use firewall?

1. The system is an older laptop from 2004
= Therefore, the firewall must be light on resources

2. Avast Free is the anti-virus software (of course)
= Therefore, the firewall can be standalone

3. The laptop's owner is NOT good with computers
= Therefore, the firewall must be easy-to-use

Thank you!

Avastfan1

PS: I would like to choose PCTools Firewall Plus Pro. However, the final release of version 7 is not yet completed.

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Re: Lightweight, easy-to-use firewall
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2010, 01:24:18 AM »
Dear Forum,

Could you kindly recommend a lightweight and easy-to-use firewall?

1. The system is an older laptop from 2004
= Therefore, the firewall must be light on resources



3. The laptop's owner is NOT good with computers
= Therefore, the firewall must be easy-to-use


Hi, is this win xp? If so just use the built in firewall.It doesn't get any easier than that. :)
If you must have a 3rd party firewall then an application based fw such as zonealarm free is easy, though I don't know how light it is. Hope this helps.

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Re: Lightweight, easy-to-use firewall
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2010, 01:29:29 AM »
Thanks for the reply.

It is indeed Windows XP. However, I believe the XP firewall does not monitor outbound connections.

Moreover, in my experience ZA was a resource hog. It was good in the old days, yet it became more bloated as time went on.

Any suggestions are welcome :-)

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Re: Lightweight, easy-to-use firewall
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2010, 01:47:58 AM »
1. It is indeed Windows XP. However, I believe the XP firewall does not monitor outbound connections.
2. Moreover, in my experience ZA was a resource hog. It was good in the old days, yet it became more bloated as time went on.
3. Any suggestions are welcome :-)

1. True, forget about the XP firewall...!
2. True again, ZA is crap now, imo...
3. Use the Comodo FW. Just that, no AV/D+/sandbox/cloud/etc...
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Re: Lightweight, easy-to-use firewall
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2010, 10:55:46 AM »
If you aren't happy with the windows firewall use online armor for ease of use and great extra layer of protection or privatefirewall which is extremely light on resources.

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Re: Lightweight, easy-to-use firewall
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2010, 11:03:15 AM »
WHAT ABOUT FIREFOX'S FIREWALL , ARENT YOU GUYS SATISFIED WITH IT ?

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Re: Lightweight, easy-to-use firewall
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2010, 11:11:18 AM »
WHAT ABOUT FIREFOX'S FIREWALL , ARENT YOU GUYS SATISFIED WITH IT ?
Firefox does not have a firewall its a browser.

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Re: Lightweight, easy-to-use firewall
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2010, 11:13:14 AM »
WHAT ABOUT FIREFOX'S FIREWALL , ARENT YOU GUYS SATISFIED WITH IT ?

Firefox is a web-browser, and it does not function as a firewall!

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Re: Lightweight, easy-to-use firewall
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2010, 11:48:38 AM »
@ Avastfan1,

I agree with all the above posters, but since this issue has been brought up so many times recently, you might be better off doing a search in the forum for your answer.

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Re: Lightweight, easy-to-use firewall
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2010, 12:09:34 PM »
I am not trying to make commercial for comodo but this the firewall that I use and that I find best :)

comodo firewall is full featured firewall that will give more protection than an other (in my view) like HIPS-technology and a cloud scanner. All that other wants to buy the pro version comodo doesn't; CIS (comodo internet security) pro cost but has the same features like CIS but you pay for the LiveSupport.

Here is a video that you can look at if you choose comodo firewall http://www.youtube.com/languy99#p/u/20/Bj_Tg8EeY-s

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Re: Lightweight, easy-to-use firewall
« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2010, 12:24:00 PM »
I am not trying to make commercial for comodo but this the firewall that I use and that I find best :)

comodo firewall is full featured firewall that will give more protection than an other (in my view) like HIPS-technology and a cloud scanner. All that other wants to buy the pro version comodo doesn't; CIS (comodo internet security) pro cost but has the same features like CIS but you pay for the LiveSupport.

Here is a video that you can look at if you choose comodo firewall http://www.youtube.com/languy99#p/u/20/Bj_Tg8EeY-s

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Your video link is about cis and is not what the op has asked for, comodo firewall is also difficult to setup with alot of nagging and is quite high on resource usage. Online armor is probably the strongest and easy to use firewall with privatefirewall comming in 2nd place.

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Re: Lightweight, easy-to-use firewall
« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2010, 01:54:50 PM »
I think you will still get help by looking at the video or am I wrong, craigb?

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Re: Lightweight, easy-to-use firewall
« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2010, 02:57:10 PM »
If you aren't happy with the windows firewall use online armor for ease of use and great extra layer of protection or privatefirewall which is extremely light on resources.
Online Armor is good.

Comodo is heavy on resources like craigb says.

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Re: Lightweight, easy-to-use firewall
« Reply #13 on: November 26, 2010, 03:49:43 PM »
never felt that ToKenny

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Re: Lightweight, easy-to-use firewall
« Reply #14 on: November 26, 2010, 03:58:03 PM »
never felt that ToKenny

See
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1. The system is an older laptop from 2004
= Therefore, the firewall must be light on resources
Therfore it is for XP with little room to run Comodo.