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Which Firewall Should I Use?

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#1 electra-angelbyte


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Posted 23 July 2008 - 09:00 AM

Well I couldn't take hubby's comments (more like complaints) about his slow computer anymore and nuked the stupid thing last night (the computer - not the man). Very theraputic!

Anyhow, I've performed a clean install of XP and have run all the updates for Windows and IE7. Also all the drivers have been installed and updated. Now it's time to install a firewall and antivirus/antispyware software.

I could download CA Internet Security Suite but I think that was probably a big part of the computer's lack of speed. As it is, the poor thing is only a Dell GX60 (Celeron 1.7GHz) with 2GB RAM.

What firewalls do you like and recommend?

Thanks in advance!

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Posted 23 July 2008 - 10:20 AM

I am not a fan of security suites for that very reason (and additional considerations).

Several very good, and free, firewalls are listed here:


While there are many opinions about their relative merits, I have used both Sygate and Commodo with very good results.
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Posted 23 July 2008 - 01:13 PM

Choosing a firewall is a matter of personal preference, your technical ability/experience, features offered, the amount of resources utilized, how it may affect system performance and what will work best for your system. A particular firewall that works well for one person may not work as well for another. You may need to experiment and find the one most suitable for your use.
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#4 Simargl


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Posted 24 July 2008 - 04:30 PM

PC Tools Firewall Plus is free, good and simple firewall:

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Posted 26 July 2008 - 05:48 PM

As what quietman7 said it is based on personal prefrence.
You can take a look at here for some free firewalls: http://www.filehippo.com/software/firewalls/
Try it out and see if you like any of them.

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#6 Mr.Kenedy


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Posted 29 July 2008 - 11:52 PM

Here's the list of the top firewall :
1.Zone Alarm Pro 2008
* Triple Defense Firewall; protects your entire computer
* Best alternative. Scans for and removes spyware
* Delivers proactive firewall protection
* Protects your programs from malware
* Best Personal Firewall; Immediate Alerts
* Free Tech Support Phone & Email
* Monitors All Incoming and Outgoing Connections
* No Need to Reboot After Installation
* Blocks Virus Infections in Real-Time
* Friendly Interface
* Firewall Logging
* PC Security during PC Start up
* Smart Alerts, Total visibility of all internet connections
* Defense against Trojan Protocols
* Application Behavior Analysis
* Detects and blocks all intrusions by intruders
* Packet filtering
* Monitors network activity of your PC
* Network traffic graph
* Easy-to-use
* Advanced Management Tool
* Flexible Rule-based Packet Filetring
* Three Levels of Stealth Security
* Network traffic graph
* Protocol Mapping Availability

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