Does Microsoft's built-in firewall have one-way or two-way protection?
The Windows Firewall in XP has only inbound protection. Outbound protection is available in Vista and above.
Emsisofts products sound really good from the comments you and others have given from each of your observations. Ive also come across for the first time information about an Emsisoft Emergency Kit.
This seems to relate to my previous computer which had a much lower capacity, as although there were some major bugs in the suite I had in it at the time, which had nothing to do with my computer, my machines limited resources made it struggle with the suite.
Emsisoft Emergency Kit is a portable non-protection version of Emsisoft Anti-Malware. It is very handy when used for cleaning machines, as you do not need to install it.
And yes, I do agree that low spec machines should not use suites, as they demand more resources due to additional functions.
The sources that said Vista and post-Vista firewalls are still one-way protection are clearly wrong. Thanks for clarifying the correct information, which makes the current Microsoft firewalls (in my case Windows 7) more secure than I’d first thought.
The Customer Participation option per company’s product in helping each company become more quickly aware of malware, etc to help protect everyone is an invaluable idea, but my only concern is the Cloud aspect.
For instance, applying to any company’s product, is that all data on program files stored in an Anti-Malware Network is visible to everyone and searchable, open and transparent and accessible continuously through a website as an interface.
IsThisFileSafe.com lists further details.
As such, I’m mixed about being a participant, regardless of which company’s product I have installed, as I fully support the idea of monitoring enabling malware to be detected much more quickly, but am concerned about the lack of privacy aspects of Customer Participation schemes.
I like the sound of Emsisoft Emergency Kit. Programs that don’t need to be installed are a good compliment to the installable programs.
My former low spec computer struggled with Bitdefender (which had major bugs in it, at least in the version I used) and when I formerly used Comodo’s anti-virus scan facility, it used a huge amount of resources, as my computer barely worked while it was running, but once the scan had finished, my navigation went back to normal. I think it’s trial and error with programs, in line with the level of resources per program balanced with how low or high computer specs are. My current computer is much more powerful than my previous one so has the capacity to cope well with heavy resource programs, although I always aim to keep resources as low as possible per program so as to avoid risking even a high spec computer from considerably slowing down. Emsisoft’s lower resource programs and 30 day free trials are very encouraging and I look forward to making use of Emsisoft near the time my existing suite expires in a few months.
As I still can’t access my security suite account, due to their careless blunder that they’ve still ignored after I asked them to sort it out, which Cleverbridge processed, do you know if Cleverbridge automatically renews subscriptions or waits for the customer to manually renew them?
Edited by Castle Robin, 26 February 2015 - 05:59 PM.