Yes, your computer is only trying to protect you against the nonsense that is "better" firewalls.
But also cool if liking constant system monitoring - and of course has always went hand in hand with use of illegal software, may be Someones is unaware of the possible needs?, heh Highly relevant to mention though not directed at rickbo. Just saying that many do not care for security, are not control freaks or worse, do not buy silly arguments based on stories/promotion, and yet still tend to see the point of these programs. I certainly could when I tested such things for educational purposes... like using common sense while doing something stupid ;) Very much part of "security".
Well, try free Online Armor http://www.tallemu.com/free-firewall-prote...n-software.html
is light and easy to use. There is another one called Outpost http://free.agnitum.com/
but I think a bit heavier and less intuitive. Personal preference I guess but fairly sure it is heavier on computer. Ive only used OA for 1 month on another computer not running right now but I usually find firewalls waste of time so must be good. Reviews can be ok but if you hate notifications/GUI you will not use program properly. Must go weee not sigh when popups appear.
After install check that XP firewall is disabled - and re-enabled if you uninstall. At least Outpost have problems with that. Should only have one running. Bugs and issues are close friends to firewalls. If you tried OA or whatever months ago, try again. Check forum, guides, changelog. You use router with build-in firewall? may be what is causing problems? Can conflict with software firewall. Deactivate, look for firmware upgrades. Search forums, Google. If a known problem official router-FAQs will of course suggest you uninstall/disable software firewall.
You know the famous test site for firewalls?, or promotion site, check that. Search for "leaktest" Pretty sure both are approved if not among the best. Still security in reverse or upside down but there you have reason to be worried and rush out and improve "security"
If zero interest in features perhaps you should settle for Windows and router, will make computer-life easier for sure.
Edited by Bambo, 01 September 2009 - 04:22 AM.