Is there someway I can use one of those two firewalls without having over a 100-200KBPS loss?
Most third party firewalls are just HUGE programs that suck up resources like crazy.
If you're not running a "Super Computer" then you're going to take an obvious performance HIT.
That's probably the one most endearing traits of the Windows Firewall.....it's already part of windows and it's totally NON-Invasive and goes real easy on system resources.
If you'll just do what we here in the forums have been telling you to do for years, and keep your computer CLEAN, you won't need one of them 'monster' Firewalls.
You only need to protect against some ET Phoning Home if you allow the ET's to take up residence on your PC in the first place.
Keep the ET's (Adware, Spyware, Trojans, Viruses, Worms, Dialers, etc.) off of your computer and the Windows Firewall is all the Firewall protection you'll ever need.
WE've listed all the needed software to keep a computer totally clean, more times than I can recount.
I even put my own list on my web site in case someone didn't know where to start.
The moment I had Service Pack 2 up and running on my own PC, ZoneAlarm went right into the ol' bit bucket. I said "Good Riddence" to it and never looked back.
Don't get me wrong....I never disliked ZA, but it did require more resources than I really wanted to give up.
I was very happy to retire it in favor of a much lighter weight Firewall, which the ports test on www.grc.com tells me that I'm totally in "Stealth" mode. (invisible to the internet hackers)
Y'all have a great day now, Y'hear?
Happy Memorial Day!