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which firewall should i use depending on my system


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#1 yukukuhi

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 07:34 AM

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#2 Someones

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 07:59 AM

Windows Firewall. A lot of people disagree, but really it provides adequate inbound protection for home users. You should focus on preventing malware so an outbound firewall would be unecessary. Also most users don't have the time and knowledge to answer third-party firewall pop ups anyway.

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 08:10 AM

If all inbound packets were assured of being valid, and if your hard drive were assured of being malware free, then a third-party firewall would be a luxury. But this is not the case, and it is necessary to prevent undetected malware from "calling home" or, as citizens of the internet of infecting other computers.

There are many good free firewalls. Generally speaking, all perform the same functions; which you use will therefore depend upon which seems easiest for you to use, and which takes up (everything else being equal) the fewest resources. Some of the free firewalls used by our Members are found here:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html
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Posted 26 April 2009 - 10:59 PM

Online Armor has just released new versions of both their $ and free versions. I run the free on my laptop that runs a 1.4 GHz centrino processor. I run the $ on my main rig. What I like about the free it even comes with HIPS.

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 11:09 PM

I like ZoneAlarm firewall. The free version is the same as the paid version that comes with the antivirus program, all you are paying for when you buy it is the antivirus program. I have used the antivirus/firewall from ZoneAlarm for many years and have always been very happy with it

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 02:04 AM

if your hard drive were assured of being malware free

I'm not sure why everyone just assumes everyone's computers are riddled with malware. With a good preventive strategy one can quite easily remain clean. If you're really worried about hidden malware then just reinstall Windows and then focus on prevention.

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 08:24 AM

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. There is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone. You may need to experiment and find the one most suitable for your use.

Before installing a 3rd-party firewall, make sure you turn off the the Windows firewall. For instructions with screenshots, see How to turn off the Windows Firewall in SP2 or How to turn on or off the Windows Vista Firewall.

Why? Using two software firewalls on a single computer could cause issues with connectivity to the Internet or other unexpected behavior. Further, running multiple software firewalls can cause conflicts that are hard to identify and troubleshoot. Only one of the firewalls can receive the packets over the network and process them. Sometimes you may even have a conflict that causes neither firewall to protect your connection. However, you can use a hardware firewall (your router) and a software firewall (Kerio or ZoneAlarm) in conjunction.
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