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Best FREE Firewall Software?


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#1 computerfunguy

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 10:16 PM

i am looking for the very best free firewall software that will not conflict with my current AV. Looking for JUST a firewall. Would love to find one where you could actually watch attackers try and get in your pc? Thanks!

Edit: Moved topic from Windows 7 to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 10:42 PM

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 10:59 PM

Would love to find one where you could actually watch attackers try and get in your pc?

Be sure to read all the details on this program first -
TCPView is a Windows program that will show you detailed listings of all TCP and UDP endpoints on your system, including the local and remote addresses and state of TCP connections.
About the easiest program for you to use -

EDIT - InadequateInfirmity has left the only reliable link, all other programs are just "personal opinions" -

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 01:08 PM

get these Avast 5 + Comodo Firewall + Malwarebytes

(Free Antivirus + Firewall + Antimalware for scanning)



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Posted 15 December 2013 - 09:35 AM

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 11:42 AM

i am looking for the very best free firewall software that will not conflict with my current AV. Looking for JUST a firewall. Would love to find one where you could actually watch attackers try and get in your pc? Thanks!

Edit: Moved topic from Windows 7 to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

 

There are plenty of firewall programs that will report all sorts of information about "intrusion attempts" but they are all pretty much bogus. What you mostly see are false positives based on normal system activity. Serious attempts to compromise your system will either use social engineering and/or Trojans. Both of these approaches are likely to bypass any firewall.

 

Just like free AV software, free firewall programs almost always have a "paid" version, and they always want to want to upsell you. In order to do that, they have to report lots of activity, even if most of the reports are totally irrelevant to system security. If you use any type of broadband connection, your router already has it's own built in firewall, and most newer routers incorporate pretty sophisticated defenses. So, my take on firewall software its that it is mostly saying "Look at me!" while performing no useful function.

get these Avast 5 + Comodo Firewall + Malwarebytes

(Free Antivirus + Firewall + Antimalware for scanning)

I like Avast, so I don't have a big issue with that suggestion, but per the earlier section of my post, I'd rate Comodo Firewall as useless, and I would also cough up the cash for MBAM Pro. The free version of MBAM is good for scans, but most users don't have the discipline to update it regularly and run it. Honestly, I can't begin to count the number of users I've seen who may run MBAM weekly, with a database that can be a year or more out of date. MBAM Pro just doesn't do automatic updates, it offers superb site blocking, and the ability to configure automatic scans. Definitely worth the $24.99 lifetime subscription fee.

 

It's also worth mentioning that most of the computers I work on that require heavy duty malware removal belong to people who are addicted to a bunch of "free" stuff. Free games, coupons, TV viewers, weather viewers, etc. So I think anyone who is really into "free" products is inherently more at risk than someone who takes a more balanced view between freeware and payware.


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Posted 23 January 2014 - 10:15 PM

I would through IPCop in the list as well, use a old spare machine as the gateway and configure ipchains.



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Posted 25 January 2014 - 08:21 PM

A Firewall is only as good as the configuration you use on it, block to much and you will never get anything done, don't block enough and there is no point in having it. Knowing which ports to block is better then having "the best" firewall. 



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Posted 25 January 2014 - 08:28 PM

True but then again there is no best firewall.
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Posted 27 January 2014 - 08:27 PM

Really the best firewall, is a Router vs. software on a computer.  If this computer is being used on hotspots, the Firewall that comes with Windows 7 & 8.x will do a better job then those mentioned.



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Posted 27 January 2014 - 08:37 PM

With this type of topic question/discussion there will always be varying opinions and recommendations with Pros and Cons.

Personally, I have always used and prefer Windows Firewall.

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 04:59 PM

Hello Quiet, as I promised, will hangout in the firewall forum more often. The problem I have with windows firewall is the poor GUI compared to an aftermarket. For example, if I want to view active connections, with two clicks its done on my comodo. Try to do the same in windows and the only way I know of is to use the netstat command. So its a bunch of these things that forces people to search for other FW, including myself. IMHO As long as your not compromising your security with an aftermarket FW I see no reason not to use it if they come with better GUI which can in return increase awareness, user interaction, resulting in better security.



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Posted 04 February 2014 - 05:13 PM

Windows Firewall Tools which can be used to extend the default Windows firewall behavior and used for quick access to define rules and configure the most frequently used options.
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Posted 16 February 2014 - 04:27 PM

I just wanted to add that Windows will no longer be supporting XP, so anybody with XP needs to get something besides Windows Firewall.  I'm thinking of ZoneAlarm.  I used it way way back and hated it b/c of nag screens, but it's highly recommended so I guess it's better now.  I have Comodo, which does keep asking me about things more than I'd expected.


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Posted 16 February 2014 - 04:51 PM

Before installing a 3rd-party firewall or an Internet Security Suite with a firewall, make sure you turn off the the Windows firewall.
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