Found an alternative firewall -- this is an older version of Kerio Personal Firewall. The newer versions do not support Windows ME but this one does:http://www.321download.com/LastFreeware/page7.html
The link for this program file is about halfway down the page.
This is a ZIP file, you probably already have a program on your computer that can handle it. If so, just use it to unzip the Kerio installation file and ignore these instructions about getting ZIP Reader.
If you do not already have a program that can decompress zip files you can download ZIP Reader (also called PKReader) from here:http://www.pkware.com/index.php?option=com...&Itemid=103
There is a French language version of ZIP Reader available. (Unfortunately, the Kerio firewall appears to be English only.) You will have to give your e-mail address in order to get to the download page, but they say -- not sure about this but PKWare is a reputable company -- that they will only send you one e-mail, unless you choose to sign up for more.
Download both files to your desktop. First double click the ZIP Reader file, follow the prompts to accept the license terms and install.
Once the ZIP reader is installed The Kerio firewall file will be displayed with the little ZipReader cube icon.
Before installing the Kerio firewall be sure to uninstall Sygate.
Double click the Kerio Zip file and extract it to a folder on your desktop. Open the folder and double click the installation program. Just follow the prompts. Installation is very quick. Then allow it to restart the computer, when Windows boots up again, if you are connected to a network it will ask you if it is trusted. Click OK. The Kerio window will close.
The first time you open Internet Explorer it will pop up a couple of windows naming ports that IE is trying to use. In each case check the box marked "Create appropriate filter rule and don't ask me again," then click Permit
. That will get you connected to the Internet. I am sure the same thing will happen when you first check your e-mail, just do the same thing.
That's as far as I have gotten with the program, but the Help files should give you enough guidance for most purposes.