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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 1 week ago MidnightCowboy It's probably a little unfair just to single out RegSeeker because any program of this type is capable of the same as I inferred in my original post. We do however feel a need to keep posting a warning as this software type is responsible for more unbootable machines than any other cause. The situation is not helped by the amount of posts on the web saying something like "XXX reg cleaner hosed my system so now I'm using YYY and it's much better". What users fail to appreciate is, it is not the software at fault but themselves so the original mistake is odds on to be repeated no matter which program they choose to use. Security programs are the most difficult to remove without leaving traces behind because they often "hide" pieces of themselves around your system and by their nature are very entwined into it. That said, most vendors provide a removal tool and/or specific instructions for removal. Software that doesn't uninstall cleanly by these methods I would avoid from the respective vendor in the future. Only by voting with their feet can users influence developers to provide software that will not interfere with other products after the program has been uninstalled. My own recommendation is to image your system from a clean install of Windows but before adding any security software. This enables you to replace most of what you had cleanly and quickly should difficulties arise after a failed removal, and then add your new firewall/AV combinations later. It's also worth pointing out that most vendor forums offer advice about the specific removal of third party items that may be interfering with the installation and/or performance of their own product. This is by far the better route than relying on a registry cleaner scan that by it's nature will include sometimes many ambiguous entries. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 1 week ago GizmoJr

A firewall is a complicated topic. There are so many variables in correctly configuring a firewall to work properly. The star ratings given to these firewalls in this review are pretty much right on the money.
Novice users, I highly recommend using Zone Alarm. You have to go a long way to get out of the novice range, without some training, or heavy study.
More advanced users, I say Private Firewall is an excellent choice. Private Firewall is my choice of Firewall, to use on my computer.
Now if you are proficient at using and configuring firewalls. Comodo Firewall is in a class all by it self. But has to be recognized as one of the best software Firewalls on the market today, when configured properly. But it has a very steep learning curve, unless you are a Pro. Good Luck!

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 11 months ago t i m Also would like to add on that, I too had the problem of Comodo not properly uninstalling; any product that causes such problems upon removal doesn't really sit well in my books. Glad that you were able to eventually uninstall it successfully, and have found another great alternative! view
Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 11 months ago e-j

does anyone know if outpost security suite free is still active?

i looked at the user reviews from download.com and softpedia and the comments are from 2011 and 2012.

thanks.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 11 months ago securityanalyst

Just an FYI about my experience with PrivateFirewall. I run XP Pro SP3 and installed this app b/c I needed to block an app that I bought from checking for updates. I used it for about a week and it hosed the IP stack. I was able to to fix the stack by using an uninstaller that I use to uninstall PrivateFirewall, and then did a system restore to the point before I installed it. Needless to say, I will not soon use another firewall app. Because like an idiot, I installed it on my production PC. I should have ran it in a sandbox but forgot about it. But I also did want to say that the write-up on this app was stellar, and spot on!! Sometimes of course, this sort of thing will happen. But I do know that the IP stack was healthy before I installed the firewall. Thanks for the great site Gizmo!!

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 11 months ago satrow

I sometimes get to debug crashes that turn out to be triggered by incomplete uninstalls of older security software clashing with the networking subsystem and the current security software (Norton, McAfee and ZA are the most frequent culprits), so it's worth checking that you have fully uninstalled all old security programs by using the appropriate removal tool(s). I use the list here: http://www.carrona.org/avuninst.html but I'm sure there's a link to other lists here at Gizmo's too.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 11 months ago MidnightCowboy I contacted Greg Salvato the CEO of Privacyware who is always quick to respond to support queries from Gizmo's Freeware members. In this case though he is confused, as I am, by the term "hosed the IP stack" used? Also, no details were provided of what happened for you to reach this conclusion? As it stands, he is 99% certain this issue is unrelated to Privatefirewall but will happily pursue it if more details are provided. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 11 months ago securityanalyst

Great site satrow. I've not gone there until today. Very useful information. Thanks a lot.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 11 months ago Hugheen

Wonderful reviews and information. Terrific site. One thing that seems
missing although I might be missing the obvious and that is do any of these
free firewalls provide any level of any kind of support.

I'm one week from expiration of Comodo commercial so a prompt response would be much appreciated. I found support from Comodo somewhat erratic.

thanks

Hugh

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 11 months ago freestuffrocks

I'm a little confused as to which is the best HIPS firewall. According to the quick selection guide, Private Firewall is the new number one yet, in the detailed review of each HIPS firewall, in the 'Firewalls With Strong HIPS Protection' section, it says "Comodo Firewall is the best choice for users seeking a full featured security suite".

Is it simply that the quick selection guide has been updated but the detailed reviews haven't, because those for Comodo and PrivateFirewall look just the same as when Comodo was still number one? Thanks.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 10 months ago t i m I believe most of the free ones usually offer support mostly in a community forum. Comodo, for example, has one - but I can't say how good (or not) they are, whether for the commercial or freeware version. Some products offer so-called 'premium support' for their paid versions, where one can get responses from the team themselves, instead of from community forum members. Others do have a contact form where users could contact the developers directly, but other than PrivateFirewall (more on that below), I don't experience to comment in that regard. Perhaps someone else could chime in here. Greg Salvato, CEO of Privacyware, is quick to respond to queries in regards to PrivateFirewall, and is helpful with any issues that arise from the software. So in terms of support, they are probably at the top of the group. view
Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 10 months ago t i m The detailed review for Comodo was written back when it was the #1 choice, however others have since caught up and so, combined with other issues with Comodo, it's no longer the clear-cut #1 choice (at least for now). The biggest issue with PrivateFirewall, in my opinion, is the user interface is still not too user friendly, so the more beginner users may feel confused and overwhelmed with it. Comodo has a more simplier, user-friendly interface which they may prefer. Of course the advanced users probably won't have any problems with it. Hence why to date there is no "Gizmo's Award" for a top class freeware pick from the list. Of course that may change in the future, but right now seems more of a tie, and I felt it would be unfair to set the award when there is no clear-cut winner. Thanks for pointing that out though - I should re-word those sections to make it more clear. And I agree..free stuff rocks! view
Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 10 months ago rhl7943

I'm using online armor for the first time and it seems to be a good program.
However, I installed the KM Player and tried to uninstall KM because it stole a bunch of my file associations, but it wouldn't uninstall until I exited online armor altogether. Seems they don't play well.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 10 months ago MidnightCowboy Why not just remove the file association changes made at install via the KMP settings? For future reference, installing the free version of WinPatrol will enable you to block such changes in the event they are not wanted. Any firewall with a HIPS component is likely to interfere with some system processes because part of its function is to protect these. It just depends on the product (and how you have it configured) and is not a fault within the software of either product. MC - Site Manager. http://www.winpatrol.com/ view
Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 10 months ago JediInverse

Been running Comodo for years now and can't complain. However recently I have encounters issues when running Comodo 6 with Avast 7. When I started my PC (Win 7 64bit) Avast woulkd load but sometimes Comodo would not (about 33% of the time). Until Comodo loaded (i.e. the tray icon appeared) I was unable to browse the internet, email and software updates (well AVAST update) worked fine but internet browsing would not. Tried the various solutions on both the Comodo and AVAST forums, added both programs as exceptions to each other, disable the behavior blocker on AVAST, then swapped and disabled Comodo's instead, then turned it off on both, none of it solved the problem.
I have run the AVAST & Comodo combination for years and this problem only occurred when both were updated to their newest versions. I have also had this problem on multiple computers.
My solution in this case was to drop Avast and replace it with BitDefender, paid version on my main PC and the new free version (which as real-time protection) for the others.
Has anyone else had this issue, would be interested to know how you guys fixed it if you did?

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 8 months ago RandyDoqa

Can you please till me if "Comodo Firewall" is still the best choice as free firewall software or not, i am asking because in your review i noticed that you rated "PrivateFirewall" with 4.5 stars and "Comodo Firewall" with 4, so i want to know if "PrivateFirewall" is the best choice now or not, or it is still "Comodo Firewall"?

I follow your review for my choice so i want to know which is the best now.

And thank you so much for your review.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 8 months ago BrollyLSSJ

I would like to see Binisoft Windows Firewall Control tested. Online Armor is now in the beta phase of version 7. Version 6 has been out since a year or so. Sphynx Windows 7 Firewall Control is at version 5, version 6 is in beta testing. Maybe the tests can be update (OA 6, W7FC 5, BiniSoft).

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 8 months ago Anupam Binisoft Firewall Control looks like a crippleware. A basic feature like notification for outgoing blocking, is available only for registered users who donate. That's quite a crippleware. There are better products available for free. view
Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 8 months ago MidnightCowboy Agreed with Anupam. Unless a product has a version listed as "freeware" it won't be reviewed here. Even so, if the freeware version is considered to be crippled it won't be included either. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 8 months ago boogiepop

There is now way to block a range of IP's with PrivateFirewall, such a shame.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 8 months ago Paxmilitaris

As Windows Firewall Notifier been tested?
http://wokhan.online.fr/progs.php?sec=WFN

I found it trough How to geek here: http://www.howtogeek.com/113641/how-to-extend-the-windows-firewall-and-e...

It seems to do the same thing as Windows 7 Firewall Control, but it's even smaller and maybe the pop-ups and manuals are better, i don't know.

It's nearly portable.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 8 months ago t i m Thanks for letting us know of the program - I'll certainly take a look at it. Although, on first review not sure how detailed any help manuals would be, being that it appears to be a native french site (as stated on the home page). It has also not been updated for over a year. view
Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 7 months ago chammont

Just FYI, I clicked the ZoneAlarm download link and went to major geeks, then click that link and ended up getting redirected to a link for anti-virus+firewall. Not interested in their anti-virus so I went to the ZoneAlarm site and downloaded it through them.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 7 months ago xsteveuk

Hi,

I have noticed that Online Armour
looks like they NO longer offer their firewall as freeware!

They have updated their page.
That says it no longer free..

Always enjoy this site - Keep up the good work

Steve

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 7 months ago MidnightCowboy Please read all the information on the Emsisoft website. "Isn't Emsisoft Online Armor Freeware? Yes and no. By default Emsisoft Online Armor installs as a free fully functional 30 day trial version. After the trial period you can either choose to buy a full version license or switch to the limited freeware mode. Of course you can decide to upgrade again at any time by simply renewing your license". Maybe less confusing are the external sources. MC - Site Manager. http://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Firewall/Online-Armor-Free.shtml http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/online_armor_free.html view
Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 6 months ago BrollyLSSJ

I would like to see version 7 of Online Armor tested. I understand, that you do not consider [edited out]. I just installed it (I bought it 2 years ago) and it seems that the Learning mode got removed completely. Though TinyWall is not bug free. From the beginning (2.0, maybe also 1.2, if I remember correctly) it loses it settings from time to time. That should be mentioned as well. Even though it is still the best GUI for the Windows Firewall.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 5 months ago dr.dr

I just tried installing zone alarm free with their
zafwSetupWeb_120_104_000, but it requires
you to use ZONE ALARM SEARCH as your home page's search site and as your home page and new tab for all browsers, and as your default search provider for all browsers.

That's just freakin' nuts!

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 5 months ago MidnightCowboy You can deselect these options during the install process. MC - Site Manager. https://www.zonealarm.com/forums/showthread.php/79487-SOLVED-Z-Search-page view
Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 5 months ago nimbal

Hi,
Nice Article
but can we use any firewall for small business.
like one server is installed with firewall only and then provide internet surfing from that server to other system.
is there any free firewall there for 20-30 system.
please reply.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 5 months ago sicknero

Hi, I followed the links in Paxmilitaris's post and found that Windows Firewall Notifier has gone open source and is now being hosted on CodePlex - http://wfn.codeplex.com/

It's not easy to tell though if it's still being developed and updated ... on WoKhan's site the download is v1.8.0 (which links straight to CodePlex)and the date given is 28/4/12. However at the bottom of the old page, v1.7.0 has the same release date while the date on CodePlex for v1.8.0 is 11/11/13.

One to watch perhaps and see if it goes anywhere as an open source project. I'll probably give it a whirl sometime as I'm looking to start using W7 native firewall again.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 4 months ago Ile67

http://www.endian.com/en/community/overview

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 4 months ago freestuffrocks

As long time number one Comodo has been beaten by Privatefirewall for the top spot, would it be possible to do an installation and setup guide for Privatefirewall along similar lines to Chiron's excellent guide for Comodo Firewall?

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 4 months ago sicknero

I gave Private Firewall a test drive the other week, for a few days.

The GUI is ugly as anything but aside from that I liked it quite a lot. I found it quite easy to set up and use, the volume of pop ups is nothing too fazing if you're a long-term Comodo user and I found the whitelisting procedure somewhat quicker and smoother. The program as a whole seemed a lot lighter on resources than CIS.

The reason I went back to CIS was that I couldn't work out how to get PF working with proxies ... when I tried to use a PAC it seemed to confuse PF to the point of a system-hanging volume of log entries and the program I was trying to use not connecting.

Before that I tried TinyWall ... I really really like this one. It's so unobtrusive and simple that it's bordering on charming : )

I like the approach very much - refuse internet access to positively everything unless I say otherwise (it does have an included whitelist of Windows processes). I kept it for a week or so but on the whole I think it still needs some work - for instance whitelisting while it's pretty well implemented (the option to just click on an open window is great), doesn't allow multi-selection so if you whitelist by browsing files/running processes it can be a bit of a pain to do them all individually. For instance whitelisting all the execs that Avast needs to have net access means selecting one, closing the dialog, selecting the next, closing the dialog, etc etc. It can also be a time consuming process of trial and error working out exactly what processes a program does need access for in order to work. The promised ability to recognise child execs as belonging to a parent program didn't work for me either.

Drag and drop functionality would be a good addition, as would resizable dialogues.

Lastly it crashed on me several times while I was trying it out, which while it doesn't leave you "unfirewalled" (as TW is just a front-end GUI and hardener for the native Windows FW) is still not a great selling point.

I'll definitely be keeping my eye on any future development though. Meanwhile, back to CIS : )

Thanks for the write-ups Tim.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 4 months ago freestuffrocks

Some people seem to have had a few problems uninstalling Privatefirewall - how about you? Also, do you know if there's a removal tool that works with Vista?

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 4 months ago Gasolineaddict

Hi there! After hearing much fanfare about Tinywall here and there I decided to create a 7x64 ISO with RT7Lite with firewall service turned on and give it a shot, being a bit of firewall compulsive as of late and after years of Comodo I just wanted to test it out... not a bad effort if you ask me, learning mode is a nice feature, but still needs a bit of polishing in terms of Gui and some weird behaviour, I noticed has a tendency of losing user settings and whitelists, reverting to default, this happened a couple of times, though it might just be hardware-depending, and does not have a confirm-upon-exit button, but that's not a major issue... the major drawback for me is that despite what's been said it's a bit of a resource hog, loads 2 processes floating around 25 MB each often peaking at 65+ which is nothing to fret about on 8Gb machines but could be a pain in the arse on older hardware, especially for something that's supposed to be feather-light... Comodo and Online Armor for instance both open up 4 processes, summing up roughly 50Mb during heavy usage. I ended up rolling back to Online Armor, which feels good for my needs, but if I had to pick up the main selling points of Tinywall they'd be its small and clean installer, learning mode, lack of conflicts with other software whatsoever, ease of use and no congestion on net performance
Cheers

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 4 months ago t i m That is a good idea, will look into it. Thanks for the suggestion! view
Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 3 months ago spaarks

Zonealarm installed itself on my computer, accompanied by Zonealarm search installing itself on each of my browsers as the default search engine.
I got rid of both, but it has reappeared.
This spyware is not detected by Spybot or Malawarebytes.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 3 months ago MidnightCowboy These extra items are only installed if you choose the option to do so during the install or upgrade process. There is plenty of advice on the web about how to avoid these (including installing the free version of WinPatrol) and/or how to remove them if you picked the wrong options. ZoneAlarm is just one of many software vendors who bundle extra components with the main program, but all are avoidable with proper care. See here for more information. MC - Site Manager. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/what-else-have-you-just-download... view
Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 3 months ago cpuking

Midnightcowboy.

Sorry to disagree with you. It is not true that extra items are only installed if you choose the option to do so. Most of the time they are automatic, unless you remove a check mark from a box. Some are automatic unless you choose custom install, so you can see the extra programs that are being installed. These software vendors are getting more and more sneaky about trying to get these extra items downloaded onto your computer. I got tricked just last week with a download of extra items.( I Look for these extra items very hard with every download. So you have to be very sneaky, to get one by me. And one did get by me last week) That is why I do all my downloads, sandboxed first. That is my suggestion to everyone now, is to sandbox all your downloads. That way you can see what you may have missed during the download.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 3 months ago MidnightCowboy Sneaky or not, the options are still there so whether you tick, don't tick or choose quick or default over custom this is still user choice and these extra items can only get on to your PC by making these choices. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 3 months ago cpuking

Midnightcowboy,

I,m sure your view is held by all the software company's, that package these extra pieces of software in with their download. If it makes them feel better blaming the consumer, then more power to'em.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 3 months ago t i m As with virtually all software agreed it certainly has its pros & cons. Depending on the user it just might be fitting for some, while others may require the more advanced-featured ones. Thanks for your comment! view
Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 3 months ago gggirlgeek

Tried Tiny Wall again the other day to see how it's improved. It doesn't seem to have the ability to notify you of new connection attempts so you can block/allow. I guess it's designed for simplicity above all. Not my thing.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 3 months ago MidnightCowboy How TinyWall is designed to operate is explained on their site. Please note that comments about shareware programs or comparisons between them and free software are deleted as spam. MC - Site Manager. http://tinywall.pados.hu/features.php view
Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 1 month ago wanderingmonk

Loved Comodo and been using it for a few years....but when I upgraded to 7.0 it just seemed to royally screw my system over. I wonder if there's guides or anything regarding this. I'm also getting tired of the ads they're starting to pop-up now every like 10 min.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 1 month ago sicknero

Curious, I get no ads at all. I'm running the latest version of CIS.

Have you unticked "Show messages from Comodo message centre" in settings? I think that's the option related to ads and perhaps that got reset when the program updated to 7.

Is it screwing your system over in some other way, or just the ads?

If you've not seen it before, this is Chiron's useful guide to setting up the program - https://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-install-comodo-firewall.htm

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 1 month ago MidnightCowboy This is just my opinion but even as the custodian of the HIPS review here, this type of software is always likely to "screw" up something, and certainly Comodo is not the only candidate. Even on a pristine system with no corruption that has never had a so called registry cleaner or "tweak" tool run on it, anything that either automatically or via user interaction controls every OS function is open to fail at some point. For general everyday use, I would always recommend a plain filtering firewall together with a classic AV and safe surfing practices as being the most efficient security combination. You might also find the AV-Comparatives firewall test PDF report linked from this Wilders thread of interest. http://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/av-comparatives-firewall-test-03-... MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 1 month ago wanderingmonk

I'm basically going through the same thing as this person posted here: http://forums.comodo.com/firewall-help-cis/horrible-experience-after-upd...

It basically made my computer unable to shut down (gets frozen on the shutting down screen), unable to install or uninstall programs (for some reason can't do windows update either), made certain programs unresponsive (may be the HIPS blocking it), and messed with my ethernet (because it installed something in my Local Area Connection properties). Everything returns to normal after removing Comodo while putting my computer in safe mode. After looking into it a bit, I think the security in 7.0 was just overly beefed causing me unable to do anything because it was just blocking everything, or the update reset my previous settings and just went back to being overprotective.....not entirely sure but it was not a pleasant experience. For now, I just removed Comodo and am trying out the Privatefirewall one until I can research why the 7.0 was screwing with my system.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 11 months ago George.J Is there any other firewall that gives you a widget like representation of traffic, like Comodo does? Is there any download link that let's you download just Comodo Firewall and not the full security suite? view
Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 10 months ago joy90976

AVS firewall is no longer on the AVS website. Mostly audio/video software.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 10 months ago MidnightCowboy It is still there but now in a separate location for some reason. I have amended our product links accordingly. Thanks for drawing this to our attention. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 9 months ago darrin71

Hi MC ! Hope all is well! Just wondering if you have heard anything about/from PrivateFirewall as to when the next update or hopefully upgrade to a new GUI is coming? Been like 8 months now...

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 9 months ago MidnightCowboy Hi darrin71 I doubt the GUI will receive a makeover but I sent a contact to the developers about their plans in general. Will post here as soon as I receive a reply. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 9 months ago MidnightCowboy Greg Salvato the CEO of Privacyware was kind enough to respond in his usual timely manner. The product is still supported, but it is unknown when Privacyware will allocate the engineering resources necessary to develop the next update. This depends on various business orientated conditions that have yet to be realized. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 9 months ago darrin71

Thanks MC for the update!

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 9 months ago AJNorth

Greetings,

Sphinx now call their firewall application "Windows 8 Firewall Control" (Windows 8/7/Vista/2008/2012/XP/2003).

Regards,

AJN

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 8 months ago boristhemoggy

Windows 7 Firewall Control portable version needs some user account control permissions set before it can autorun at startup and work properly once started.
I don't pretend to even begin to understand the things you have to do to elevate it's permissions, and I've spent 2 hours trying.
So this is just a heads up, if like me you're not familiar with advanced techniques of permissions and user account control in Windows 7, give this programme a miss, it IS rocket science :)

All I want is something like this which allows me to allow/disallow anything from contacting/accessing through the internet, without having to go on some in depth learning curve about advanced windows scripting.
If anyone has any suggestions I'd be happy to listen.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 8 months ago boristhemoggy

As I said I tried Windows 7 firewall control, then I took that off and tried Tinywall, which blocked my internet and I was not able to find out how to allow access.
So I've deleted them both and guess what? One of my browsers is unable to connect. I disabled windows firewall, still can't connect. So I set up a rule in Windows firewall allowing that program through. Still unable to connect.
I am at the limit of my technical know how so if I can't work out how to allow this program access I'll be forced to take 3 days to completely reinstall my machine.
I'd advise anyone with little knowledge to steer well clear of Windows 7 firewall control and Tinywall.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 7 months ago newbie65

MC, any recent news or developments with Private Firewall? Also, assuming nothing new in the past year, does this lack of development lessen in any way the firewall's HIPS capability?

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 7 months ago MidnightCowboy Unfortunately, there is nothing new I am able to add to the above. Unlike signature based systems, HIPS employ a range of methods to detect malware activity and in theory these should still hold good irrespective of the attack method. Malware writers however are always engineering new methods with the potential to bypass outdated prevention techniques. In this case, a product in active development such as Comodo would be a safer option. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 7 months ago westnile

This article is very informative how ever I have to say I highly recommend users to STAY AWAY from any and all Microsoft security products as they are faulty and highly exploitable it has been proven time and time again the default windows firewall has multiple exploit points and can be crashed fairly easily with a specific packet flood that will leave the rest of the system vulnerable same with MSE.

Second for a solid firewall learn IPchains and learn how to implement Snort rules into them there are several really well written tutorials on *nix systems and the IPchains firewall and the program called fwsnort which will implement snort rules into the firewall if you do not know what snort is I highly suggest you look it up it is a very well written IDS that can be utilized for free on both windows and *nix systems or they offer pay style lists.

As for windows based protections one stand alone firewall I would not turn my back on is Outpost I was one of the many beta testers before it became a paid product I put tat firewall through the ringer between unleashing massive DoS and DDoS attacks to various known trojans and viruses that go out bound and in bound and it passed my tests with flying colors.

IMO if I can be hit with a DoS or DDoS from a dual trunked OC32 connection and lag enough to cause slight stutters in videos and some latency with loading webpages but not be shut out entirely then it wins.

Next on the list that's not mentioned is BitDefender their products are pretty solid and they are now offering free products I have never had any issues using their products.

2 more stay away from are any Norton and Mcaffee product when I was a we lad I used to write and sell different virus code to the 2 vendors as back then they were the only 2 on the market but now days knowing what I know they are also the 2 weakest as I have been infected multiple times and their firewalls have failed to block malicious activity even when I told them specifically to.

Comodo is another solid in my books though I have not pushed and tested the packet filtering capabilities of it, still it is a solid product and I stand behind it.

I have been in this field since I was 12 back when the internet was getting started when BBS's still existed I have seen all sorts of firewalls come and go and honestly if you want to be as secure as you possibly can, especially for a business or small business I recommend reading into IPtables and learn how they work the filters work and Snort and how to implement FWsnort so you can use the IDS capabilities of the snort filtering list through IPtables.

I hope this helps and people learn something from this!
West

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 6 months ago avtar

Does Win 8.1 need a 3rd party firewall and a/v?

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 6 months ago astral_cyborg

I've just abandoned today the long favorite Comodo Firewall, as I reformatted my system and now I can't install it for no reason, plus I always wanted to test something lighter, but I was kinda bored.

Anyone tested GlassWire? What's your opinion?

I'm reading from forums for large memory consumption, but the developers were trying to fix it.
Is it any good or should I give a try to PrivateFirewall, too? I've never used that either.

I'm without firewall at the moment.

Thanks and keep up the cool information. Love the users and their comments, too. My respect to you, too :]

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 5 months ago freestuffrocks

Like you I've just abandoned my long time favorite Comodo. Version 7 worked fine but version 8 wont install despite following Chiron's guide on the Comodo forums to the letter - Comodo keeps on saying it can't load because Avast is incompatible despite me looking everywhere and, as far as I know, removing everything to do with Avast. I particularly liked the way you could bind applications with Comodo, for instance, to a VPN to safeguard against disconnects. I think you can do that with Windows 7 firewall too but of course it doesn't give the super protection Comodo does with D+ etc.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 5 months ago astral_cyborg

Hmm, I haven't thought of that. I have also the Avast antivirus installed.
So, the problem may be an incompatibility between these two applications huh?

It feels weird though, as before the format, the two of them used to cooperate normally.

I can't remember, if I had Comodo v7 installed at the very beginning and updating it afterwards or if I had installed v8 before Avast.

Anyway, I'm trying to get used to Private firewall, because I like the low system requirements that it has.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 5 months ago freestuffrocks

Something I've noticed with Online Armor is its high memory consumption compared with Comodo, around 60 mb to Comodo's 10mb or so, and judging by comments on the Emisoft forums I'm not alone. Otherwise it's a good firewall, easy to configure and understand. I'd still rather have Comodo though but v8 wouldn't install.

PS - My PC wouldn't boot after installing PrivateFirewall and I had to system restore from recovery options.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 5 months ago freestuffrocks

Yes, it could have been a Comodo/Avast problem. I was a long time Avast user and switched a few months ago to Comodo's full CIS suite when Avast stopped updating properly. I used both Avast removal tools but when I tried to install Comodo v8 was when I had all the problems. Over a week later and I've only now got an AV/firewall combo I'm happy with, Panda (great recent test results btw beating all other free AV's) and Online Armor.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 2 months ago Sputnik

I have been obliged to uninstall COMODO Firewall recently because I had a problem with the last version of it.

I am using softwares like FreeFileSync or SyncFolders to backup my data with one way only mirroring on external HDs.

I don't want here to discuss if it is a good way of doing backups or not.

The problem is that after doing such a backup, if I immediately make the same backup, the same exact files that were copied in the previous backup will be backupped again, and the same thing happens each time I would immediately do the same thing again. It is as if the files were not backupped at all.

The backup software indicates clearly that everything went OK, that no problem occured at all.

I had not this problem with previous versions of COMODO Firewall which I use since a couple of years.

The backup software has the correct permissions from COMODO Firewall.

Does someone had the same problem or knows something about it ?

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 2 months ago Sputnik

The problem related in my previous comment has been treated in the COMODO's Forum.

It is a problem concerning ADS (Alternate Data Stream) and timestamps.

The problem should be addressed by the month of April.

People having problems with version 8 of COMODO Firewall should revert to version 7 till the next version 8, which will maybe have brought a fix to this problem.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 2 months ago soad1789

I am quite surprised to see no mention of Windows Firewall Notifier (https://wfn.codeplex.com) is present here! I had come back to techsupportalert after a fresh install of Windows just to see if anything had changed since I had last installed a firewall. Nothing had changed unfortunately, so I snooped on MajorGeeks and found Windows Firewall Notifier. This, like TinyWall and Windows 7 Firewall Control, utilitzed the built-in windows firewall, but unlike the others, just seemed to work for me. No issues, no excessive popups, great performance and memory + CPU utilization, and to top it all off it's open source. This really should be the #1 recommendation for a basic firewall IMO. It allows the basic firewall to act as a two-way firewall, which is exactly what I needed. Once installed, it blocks all outbound requests by default and a simple popup is displayed above the system tray allowing you to Allow/Block as expected. I highly recommend giving it a shot.

Also worth a mention is Binisoft's "Windows Firewall Control" (http://www.binisoft.org/wfc.php) (I know, painfully similar to Sphinx Software's Windows 7/8 Firewall Control which IS already mentioned here). It looks like it performs similarly and from the screenshosts seems well-designed. I am just too happy with Windows Firewall Notifier at the moment but if I didn't like it I would definitely give this a shot.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 2 months ago soad1789

I also want to briefly mention my gripes with TinyWall and Windows 7/8 Firewall Control here just for the record.

TinyWall sounded like the best frickin' idea ever when I read the description here. I loved how light it was, the premise was so promising. However, it continually seemed to deny access for all applications unless I turned it on the mode that allows all traffic. Even configuring specific rules never seemed to alleviate the "no internet access" problem, so eventually, after continually turning off the firewall, I gave up and moved to Windows 7 Firewall Control.

Windows 7 Firewall Control, unlike TinyWall, actually works as expected. It performs amicably, however there is one thing that sucks about it and it really just drove me crazy. Sometimes, for example when viewing flash content on a web page, Windows 7/8 Firewall Control would trigger a pop-up asking to allow/block the "System" app that is flash. This "System" dialog would also pop-up with Windows services intermittently as well. That's all fine and dandy, that's what it's intended to do, right? However, Windows 7/8 Firewall Control will inform you on trying to "Allow" that you need to upgrade to the Premium version to actually allow handling of "System" apps. Seems like an arbitrary destinction to nag you to pay. I get it, the developer made a good program and wants to get paid, but IMO this app didn't perform well enough to justify paying to stop this nagging.

The biggest thing I like about Windows Firewall Notifier is that on top of performing how I want, it's open source. No nagging!

Good luck in your searches all.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 2 months ago soad1789

Finally I should mention I tried Private Firewall. It worked decently enough, but was more than I needed (I really wanted just a better way to utilize the Windows Firewall). It didn't seem to hurt performance but I suspected it was a bigger impact than the other programs I mentioned which all utilized the built-in firewall. It also just looks like it was designed in the '80s, heh, and unfortunately that matters to me. More importantly, for my needs, I don't want to have to become familiar with a slew of crazy firewall options that I'll likely never need that might only result in unexpected behavior. The KISS mentality. I'd order the average users' options like this:

1. Windows Firewall Notifier
2. Private Firewall
3. Windows 7/8 Firewall Control
4. Tinywall

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 2 months ago Falcon128

I have used the free version of Online Armor for several years and have been completely satisfied though I agree it is not for complete beginners. My point is that while I appreciate the difficulties of keeping things up to date your review is badly out of date; in particular it is wrong in saying that OA does not have automatic updates. The current version 6.0 does have them and they are entirely reliable. Your picture is of version 3 or 4 and even that had automatic updates though they were not always reliable.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 2 weeks ago MrBrian

There are 3 Security Wizard-related links that could be deleted. Also, the link for "Comprehensive List of Firewalls" could be updated.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 2 weeks ago MrBrian

AVS Firewall isn't available at the link provided.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 2 weeks ago shripalsingh

Gajshield – A Buggy Firewall, Time & Money Waster.

Dear All,
I am writing this to you to make you all aware of this useless, buggy and one of the worst firewall “GajShield” that we have purchased and got ripped off, I wish to share my experience to you all to save you being ripped off.

BEWARE OF GAJSHIELD FIREWALL AND THIS COMPANY!

I have purchased “GajShield 80DC Firewall” in the month of May, 2014 by paying handsome amount of Rs. 1,15,000/- For 3 years subscription through their distributor www.dxitservices.com (DX IT SERVICES), which is almost double as compare to any other firewall and also with sonicwall TZ210 that I was using earlier. Right after the installation, we have had issues of many features of internet (email, chat, websites, images, FTP) not working properly and they have very weird way of making them work to create different certificate and patches and ask us to install on individual PC’s. This works one day and other day on any other PC or for all, other thing that was working earlier will stop working and then again they will make some patch, ask us to install and fix it.

This was happening over 10 months and still they could not have a stable version of their firewall, they were not able to give us guarantee that all things fixed and will keep working. They kept giving assurances, trying hit & try and giving new patches. We were forced to waste hours every day to test their system, work with them to get issues fixed and we not only wasted thousands of hours for their testing but we have lost good amount of business due to their buggy and incompetent firewall.

We have all records of daily communication and written complaints of all of our issues to them to prove how bad it went for us for the past 1 year. The worst part is when finally started asking them either to fix everything and make it stable, or refund us and take back your buggy firewall, they stopped responding to my concerns and never tried to resolve. We have proof of all of these email communications too. We even tried to approach the distributor/dealer “DX IT SERVICES” who sold this to us, they were helpless and of no use, simply refused to do anything by asking us to deal with GajShield Infotech (I) Pvt. Ltd Directly.

I was forced to throw their firewall out, buy new sonicwall TX215 and to save my business and to save my losses I was having due to their broken system. I tried to have communication with all of the top management and no one bothers to listen and respond back to make a resolution, they are happy to enjoy our money that we pre-paid for 3 years. I am now forced to explore our ways to take help of legal system to get our money back that we will do for sure.

I just want you all to please avoid dealing with GajShield Infotech (I) Pvt. Ltd (www.gajshield.com), avoid purchasing GajShield firewall or any of their other products, It’s a very bad company, gives no value to dissatisfaction of their clients and a buggy software they have and moreover, their system is not easy to use and provide no additional benefit over other well established brands.

Thanks & Regards,
Shri Pal Singh
A Dissatisfied Client of Gajshield.com
shripal.singh78@gmail.com

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Best Free Firewall Protection 12 months 3 days ago t i m

It was previously there but on a different page, looks like they have removed it completely now and discontinued the product. Thanks for bringing it to our attention I will make the necessary changes.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 12 months 3 days ago t i m

Apologies for the delay in responding but thanks for the heads up. Will update accordingly

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Best Free Firewall Protection 12 months 3 days ago MidnightCowboy AVS firewall is still available from Softpedia and some other trusted download sites. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Firewall Protection 12 months 3 days ago MrBrian

The home pages for Outpost Firewall Free and Online Armor Free could be updated.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 12 months 2 days ago BrollyLSSJ

Online Armor has been quit: http://blog.emsisoft.com/2015/03/31/emsisoft-online-armor-support-roadmap/
It should probably be removed later (though you can still download the latest free version v7.0.0.1866 somewhere using google search) or atleast mentioned.

PrivateFirewalls latest version is 7.0.30.3 from 19th December of 2013.

AVS Firewall also seem to have ceased to exist.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 11 months 3 days ago t i m

Thanks MrBrian, Outpost links have been updated. Seems like Online Armor has now been discontinued though. I'll probably move those to a different discountinued section..might leave the reviews up though, since they're already there as like an 'FYI' for all the ones who want to explore

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Best Free Firewall Protection 11 months 3 days ago t i m

Thanks for the comment. Agree looks like Online Armor has ceased support and development, so while it's still available for download elsewhere I will probably move it to the unsupported section. Likewise for AVS firewall.

PrivateFirewall I believe the developer has not completely stopped development of the firewall; however, as far as I know they haven't been actively developing it either.

The list has been getting a bit outdated lately, over the next while I'll aim to refresh and update the list with some more current software. Stay tuned!

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Best Free Firewall Protection 10 months 3 weeks ago krb2709

Quick Selection Guide - Basic Firewalls seems details are not updated for Windows 7 Firewall Control....
it is now called windows 10 Firewall,
version is 7.2.105.116,
It is now Designed for Windows 10/8/7/Vista/2008/2012/XP/2003,
size is 4212 KB,

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Best Free Firewall Protection 10 months 3 weeks ago eikelein

The link at the end of paragraph 7 to "most important advice of all" is wrong/broken.

Besides this: 99% of my many thousands of customers are not able (or willing) to even do the least bit of configuration. They ALL have (so far) been served well by the Windows default FW.

I am afraid that we hang on way too tenaciously to old paradigms. Yes, under Vista and earlier MS operating systems a third party firewall made sometimes sense - if the user could configure it. But nowadays?

If you can and want to tinker, be my guest. For the average Joe/June I have them stick with what is in Windows.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 10 months 2 days ago raymond4500332

My installed firewall, Privatefirwall 7.0, has been disabled after I upgraded to Windows 10 Home. I tried uninstalling, downloading and reinstalling Privatefirewall 7.0 and it failed. I tried downloading the latest versions of Comodo Internet Security and ZoneAlarm Free Firewall, and Windows immediately stopped me from installing each of them and told me neither app was compatible with Windows 10.

I dug into the Security settings of Windows 10 and found the default Windows firewall already turned on. Why can't I install a TRUSTED firewall and not rely on Microsoft apps?

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Best Free Firewall Protection 10 months 2 days ago eikelein

Raymond,
Did you run the compatibility check before you jumped on the upgrade?
There are very good reasons why Microsoft "knows better".
I believe we can only fret about them not allowing us to install certain pieces of software AFTER MS's own product of this kind has failed us.
As I wrote in #122798 http://www.techsupportalert.com/comment/123101#comment-122798
"I am afraid that we hang on way too tenaciously to old paradigms. Yes, under Vista and earlier MS operating systems a third party firewall made sometimes sense - if the user could configure it. But nowadays?
If you can and want to tinker, be my guest. For the average Joe/June I have them stick with what is in Windows. "
It seems you ran against a "tinker"-wall instead a firewall.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 10 months 2 days ago MidnightCowboy I also think staying with Windows firewall is the best option. If you download the test report from this page it makes interesting reading, even though it relates to the Windows 7 firewall. MC - Site Manager. http://www.av-comparatives.org/firewall-reviews/ view
Best Free Firewall Protection 10 months 1 day ago darrin71

Hi MC! Hope all is well. Well I have to ask you if you have heard anything from or if you can contact Privacyware regarding a Windows 10 compatibility update. As you know there is a lot of people out there who love Privatefirewall, me included...which brings up another question for you, how can you disable trusted publishers in Windows 7 firewall? Reason is Qihoo is trying to force people to upgrade from 360 Internet Security to Total Security. Total Security, as you know is not the same product, however Total Security Essentials is. If I want to wait to see how Total Security Essentials develops before I decide to upgrade then I should be able to block the 360 Total Security Online installer rule 360 just made in windows 7 firewall. Correct?? Why is it everytime 360 updates its virus definitions it changes the 360 Total Security Online installer rule it made from "my blocked setting" to allow? As usual I thank you for your time and consideration and any links you can provide.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 10 months 22 hours ago MidnightCowboy

Hi darrin71. Management of trusted publishers is detailed here.
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc733026.aspx

The two things that annoy me most are popup windows for "are you sure you really want to exit" and apps that overwrite permission rules. Regarding 360, I guess you're stuck with this behaviour because no doubt the permissions granted for the program at install are what allows it to overwrite your block rule. Although not an ideal solution for you maybe, but I would suggest switching to Panda until the full direction of the 360 products becomes more clear. I have Panda on two machines and neither have been compromised by anything nasty and what money I do have is still in my bank account. :D

Regarding Privatefirewall, I've sent a contact to the vendor and will post their response here as soon as I get it. MC - Site Manager.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 9 months 4 weeks ago MidnightCowboy I have now received a reply from Privacyware re: Windows 10 compatibility. Although this is possible, it is unlikely in the short term so you will need to use Windows own firewall (my recommendation) or find an alternative. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Firewall Protection 9 months 3 weeks ago g2mXagent

Comodo Firewall always locked USB drives, won't let user eject usb hd:

带有进程 ID 840 的应用程序 \Device\HarddiskVolume2\Program Files\COMODO\COMODO Internet Security\cmdagent.exe 停止了设备 USB\VID_0BC2&PID_3322\NA8E33YW 的移除或弹出。

there is a post at comodo forums in 2012, comodo said that is a bug, but 3 years ago, this "bug" is still there.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 9 months 1 week ago MidnightCowboy

Privacyware have now informed us of a workaround regarding Privatefirewall and Windows 10 which is working for the majority of those who have tried it.

http://www.privacyware.com/PF_support.html

Please let us know your own experience after trying this so we can pass this on to the developer. Naturally we need only constructive data to forward so please be sure to include your system details and any other relevant information. MC - Site Manager.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 8 months 3 weeks ago BrollyLSSJ

I found maybe 2 additional alternatives. One is called XVirus, the other is called [Commercial product reference removed]

XVirus us available here: http://www.mysecuritywin.com/xvirus-personal-firewall.html

Edit: Rising is free. But seems to be an older version (has 2012 in its name). And it installs other software from the same company. So atleast from my site not recommend.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 months 2 weeks ago LeeW777

I've been using Private Firewall for several months now with good success. I find the popups quite handy as (being paranoid) I want to know exactly what programs and software are attempting to access the internet. I'd also give it a 5-star.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon FYI, Russian internet search engine Yandex purchased Agnitum Outpost: http://www.agnitum.com/news/2016-01-14-yandex-acquired-agnitum-technolog... view
Best Free Firewall Protection 3 months 1 week ago snakyjake

I'm surprised after reading the pros/cons for Comodo that it didn't get more stars. Sure it installs the AV files, but I can live with that if everything else is 5 stars. As for potential uninstall leaving remnants...most software does that anyways.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 months 1 week ago camile

just a disapointment:
when I click on the link "Security Wizard" in the introduction, I'm given a message: OUPS§ NOT FOUND
In spite of the fact that the article is recent
hat's happen? Could you help?
Thanks

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 months 4 weeks ago bklampfl

Used PrivateFirewall for a long time (on my Win XP), but now with Win 10 I gave up on 3rd party options. One thing that annoys me with Windows built in firewall is user unfriendly interface when you want to block connection for some specific file. Found one simple program that allows you to do that. The whole program has about 600 KB. You can even add option to explorer contex menu to block specific files from there. Program doesn't install, it's portable. You can start it from anywhere, but then it does copy itself with ini file to Windows Program Files section.

Can't add link, so try googling "Firewall App Blocker" by Sordum.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 months 4 weeks ago freestuffrocks

I think the 3 star rating for Comodo is about right. Excellent protection but a nightmare to uninstall. Even if you follow Chiron's lengthy clean install guide (and how many average users are prepared to do all that?) there is still a good chance you will have serious issues, as I found, eventually having to ditch Comodo after numerous BSOD's and failure of V8 to install properly. Until Comodo rectifies this I don't think it can be recommended. Sure, there are other security products that don't always uninstall cleanly, but none I've used have been anywhere near as problematic as Comodo.

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