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Free firewall with good HIPS?


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#1 n01paranoid

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Posted 17 October 2015 - 03:02 AM

I'd been happily using Comodo firewall for several years until I couldn't clean install version 8 (Comodo security agent could not be started). I then switched to Online Armor but this is now being discontinued. I've tried Private firewall but that causes problems too.

 

Can anyone suggest a free firewall that has HIPS as good as these firewalls? I'm currently using Zone Alarm firewall but I understand its protection isn't as good. For instance it fails the Shields Up ping request test.



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Posted 17 October 2015 - 03:22 AM

IMO firewalls with HIPS are overrated. Safe surfing is more important than relying on a piece of software that throws way too many alerts.

5 Reasons why the Windows Firewall is One of the Best Firewalls

If those options above did not work for you then there are no other free options AFAIK. HIPS firewalls are pretty limited in choice, both free and paid.

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Posted 20 October 2015 - 06:28 AM

Other security vendors agree...General Information regarding the Avira products

...Since it was launched the Windows Firewall has been technically continuously improved and optimized. Today the Windows Firewall offers such good protection, Avira thinks there is no need to develop and maintain its own firewall solution...


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Posted 22 October 2015 - 05:23 AM

Thanks for the replies. I was never that impressed with the firewall that came with Vista but now I've (finally) upgraded to W7 the firewall seems a fair bit better. I'm currently using Zone Alarm, not because it's any better than Windows firewall but because it's easy to use and seems fairly light on my PC. Might ditch it and use Windows firewall soon.



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Posted 22 October 2015 - 06:47 AM

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Posted 22 October 2015 - 07:34 AM

Thanks for the replies. I was never that impressed with the firewall that came with Vista but now I've (finally) upgraded to W7 the firewall seems a fair bit better. I'm currently using Zone Alarm, not because it's any better than Windows firewall but because it's easy to use and seems fairly light on my PC. Might ditch it and use Windows firewall soon.

 

Since Windows Vista, the XP Windows firewall has been replaced with a technology called Windows Filtering Platform: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Filtering_Platform

A big advantage for many users is that this WFP comes with an API, giving third parties the opportunity to develop different user interfaces for the firewall.

An example is BiniSoft's Windows Firewall Control: http://www.binisoft.org/wfc.php

This is not a firewall, but a new interface that allows you to configure the Windows Firewall (WFP) in a different way than the default Windows' interface.

There are a couple of other third party applications besides Windows Firewall Control.


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Posted 27 October 2015 - 07:54 AM

Thanks for the Binisoft link. One of my main reservations with WF was it seemed fairly complex but that looks like it makes it much easier to configure.


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Posted 27 October 2015 - 08:23 AM

On the subject of Comodo, I don't think they know what they're doing when it comes to security. I wouldn't use any of their products.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2887632/secure-advertising-tool-privdog-compromises-https-security.html



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Posted 30 November 2015 - 11:02 AM

free with good HIPS, only Comodo's FW (the one im using ) or Private Firewall.

 

Comodo must be tweaked heavily to guarantee maximum protection, definitely not a tool for beginners (anyway beginners shouldn't use HIPS)



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Posted 06 December 2015 - 04:54 PM

I have been using Agnitum Outpost Firewall since its inception and it is easy to use and has protected my systems for years.  There is also another Windows Firewall Control at http://www.sphinx-soft.com/ that works with Windows 7/8.1/10.



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Posted 06 January 2016 - 07:00 PM

A few more tools.
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Posted 28 April 2016 - 01:59 PM

Jetico Personal FW is already two weeks for free

http://www.jetico.com/products/personal-privacy/personal-firewall/


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