I am running Win7 64-bit
I need a firewall, but I have tried COMODO, ZoneAlarm, and some other firewall. I found these both to be cumbersome, bloated, and overly difficult.
This is what I want a firewall to do:
Block all traffic in and out, accept for the few programs I give in-bound and out-bound permission to.
What I don't want to have to deal with is a million miscellaneous features that have nothing to do with in-bound and out-bound traffic, things like a built in sandbox, a custom DNS hostfile, a custom proxy tunnel, real time file shields, email scanners, registry scanners and cleaners, system file and active memory scans for malware, permission for one program or app to communicate with another on my own system.
Some problems I have had configuring firewalls involve choosing between a programs list and an apps list. I'll be honest, I don't know what the difference between program and app.
Terms like trusted zone, trusted app, trusted prog, and multiple levels of trust. I don't understand all that. The question should be “does this chunk of software have the right connect to the internet?” not asking me what level of personal trust I have for it.
I also dislike how all 3 of the firewalls I have tried so far, including Microsoft’s firewall, have a white list that automatically give unlimited permission to many programs. Those are most times than not, the very programs I don't want contacting the web. Nothing on my computer needs to be talking to Microsoft unless I am manually updating Windows. No Adobe product needs to be talking to Adobe, nothing by Apple needs to be talking to Apple etc.
I once had the perfect firewall, back in 2000 to 2004, it was ZoneAlarm.
Here's why I liked it: It by default blocked all in bound and outbound traffic. It would ask me, when a program was accessing the web, whether or not I wanted to give it permission. I would either select yes or no, and then select “remember my answer” if I was sure that it should always or never have permission.
It was simple. Who knows, maybe it was never protecting my computer and that's why they changed the program. But I miss that kind of simplicity. And you know what else that old ZoneAlarm did? Nothing. It was just a firewall, it never pretended to be an anti-virus program or a trusted site checker.
I am willing to pay for a firewall if I have to, though I prefer free, obviously. And there is no way I am buying a firewall unless it offers a demo.
Also, the rest of my security is Avast, Malwarebytes, Spybot S&D.