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#1 sharpie

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 02:07 PM

would a sygate personal firewall be better than the firewall that comes with windows 7?

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 02:24 PM

Well, the main complaint about Windows firewall is that it only provides incoming protection, not outgoing. But the firewall in Windows 7 does provide this feature, unlike previous versions.

Whether or not to use the Windows firewall or a third-party firewall....that is left to personal preference. There are countless third-party firewall programs out there, and I'm sure at least one person that replies to this thread will recommend one. Whether one is better than the other.....the debate will go on for ages (Windows vs. XYZ firewall vs. ABC firewall, etc..)

I personally use the built-in Windows firewall. I've never had any major infections (nothing more than the occasional tracking cookie). But then again, there are countless people who use the Windows firewall, and have been repeatedly infected. And there are also plenty of people with third-party firewalls that became infected.

It all boils down to safe browsing habits, running ONE active protection anti-malware program, multiple on-demand anti-malware scanners, and one firewall. There is no single "magically perfect" program that will always keep your computer 100% safe all the time. The best way to keep safe is to use a multi-layered defense (like I listed).

The main thing is that you use a firewall (along with the other stuff I mentioned). Which one you use is mostly irrelevant. It's not something to pull your hair out over, but if you feel like you need to use something other than the built-in firewall, ask around and be able to make an informed decision.

Like I said, I use the Windows firewall, so I don't have any firewalls that I can personally vouch for.

I hope that answered your question. :huh:
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Posted 22 January 2010 - 02:29 PM

Well, after a little research, it appears that the Sygate Personal firewall is only compatible with Windows XP or older. So, the quick answer to your question is "No".

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 03:24 PM

thanks so much ninja

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 03:36 PM

You're welcome! :huh:
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Posted 23 January 2010 - 02:04 PM

My Intel dealer recommends using Windows 7 fire wall and I do with no problems.

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 11:53 AM

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 03:34 PM

Hey, Ninja,
You've been helpful in the past so I thought I'd hit you with this one:

I bought my wife a laptop similar to yours. Which would you use, Kaspersky suite or AVG free?

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 07:49 PM

Well, I hate to hijack this topic (next time you have a direct question, just send me a pm or start another topic)....

But to answer your question, Kaspersky is one of the best out there. AVG free is just another free one. It's better than nothing (I've heard it has high false positive rates, and when I used it in my virtual machine, it ate system resources like Mcafee and Norton do), but to compare Kaspersky and AVG, I would have to pick the Kaspersky. It's just better. :huh:
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Posted 26 January 2010 - 10:53 PM

I have used KIS for two years. It is a very good system but takes a lot of work on your part. I have found it not to be just a plug in and go, you will have to tell it every thing. If you don't tell it what to do you will never get to secure sites. IMHO it is a very secure system but very hard to work with. I have tried most all of them and KIS is the most secure but very hard to work with. I'm not knocking it KIS, but you will spend a lot of time getting it to do what you want it to do.

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 12:23 AM

dont hijack my threads it gets confusing

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 12:35 AM

That's why I was just going to give a quick answer in my post, while kindly scolding bigguy3 for posting in the wrong place, and hope that that would be the end of it. I had a feeling it would keep going. Sorry.

Any other questions, please start your own topic! Thank you! :huh:
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Posted 29 January 2010 - 12:46 AM

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