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#1 Quadrillion

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Posted 15 January 2015 - 10:58 PM

I have an older XP (Home Ed) desktop that's gotten a bit slow over the years. It's cabled to my home network router which has a solid password. This machine is NOT used to surf the internet.

 

In the old days, I used one of the major firewall softwares, I think it was Zone Alarm with no problems. A while back I started using the computer again and installed a newer version of ZA, and to my surprise, the firewall was constantly monitoring all kinds of stuff that had nothing to do with the internet. I tried changing settings etc, but whenever the computer slowed to a crawl, I'd go to services, and there was the firewall, hogging memory.

 

Right now I'm running Windows XP firewall. It has its weaknesses.

 

Can anyone recommend a FREE lightweight firewall? One that doesn't have to do all this extra junk that I don't need?

 

Thanks in advance.


Edited by hamluis, 16 January 2015 - 10:26 AM.
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Posted 16 January 2015 - 11:29 AM

What does it need to do that the XP firewall does not?


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Posted 16 January 2015 - 07:01 PM

What does it need to do that the XP firewall does not?

I've always heard that XP's firewall won't check outgoing data. It seems that to prevent any kind of record theft, a stronger FW is prefered. I hope I'm wrong actually, simply because XP's firewall doesn't slow down my computer. Any insight you can provide in regard to that is appreciated.



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Posted 19 January 2015 - 01:38 AM

A free firewall. This one is highly suggested in many forums.
http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en-us/zonealarm-pc-security-free-firewall.htm

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Posted 19 January 2015 - 07:10 PM

http://www.oldversion.com/windows/tiny-personal-firewall/



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Posted 20 January 2015 - 03:33 PM

Thanks and thanks.

 

Years ago I used and liked ZA, but it seems that it was the firewall that was slowing down my machine before I canned it a year ago.

 

Tiny Personal Firewall is shareware. It has some questionable comments, one of which claims that it totally screwed up a Panda AV system - which is what I'm running - and have really liked so far.

 

I just found this. http://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/the-best-free-firewall.286914/

 

It's a forum where the same question is discussed. Personalfirewall has some nice comments. I think I'll give it a try. Freeware too!

http://www.privacyware.com/personal_firewall.html   Five stars from CNET


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Posted 23 January 2015 - 08:04 AM

If my opinion still matters, the most light-weight firewall I know is TinyWall, which is in fact, a program that is made to manage your Windows Firewall in an easiest way.

http://tinywall.pados.hu/

It's basically a program that will allow you to manage your Windows Firewall with a simplistic user interface, without playing in the Control Panel, Advanced Settings, Firewall Rules, etc. while adding its own protection features.

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Posted 23 January 2015 - 07:06 PM

If my opinion still matters, the most light-weight firewall I know is TinyWall, which is in fact, a program that is made to manage your Windows Firewall in an easiest way.http://tinywall.pados.hu/It's basically a program that will allow you to manage your Windows Firewall with a simplistic user interface, without playing in the Control Panel, Advanced Settings, Firewall Rules, etc. while adding its own protection features.


Applications like TinyWall do not work on Windows XP.

Starting with Windows Vista, Microsoft introduced a new firewall service: Windows Filtering Platform (WFP). Applications like TinyWall allow you to manage and configure WFP, hence they only support Windows Vista and later. Not Windows XP, because it has no WFP technology.

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Posted 23 January 2015 - 09:49 PM

Ah thanks Didier, didn't even notice the pre-requisite for it.

The download is compatible with all Windows versions from Vista to Windows 10.


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Posted 23 January 2015 - 10:32 PM

It works for me on windows media center edition



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Posted 24 January 2015 - 03:13 PM

I've always heard that XP's firewall won't check outgoing data. It seems that to prevent any kind of record theft, a stronger FW is prefered.

You said in your first post the machine was NOT used to surf the internet...then the above should really not matter.
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