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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 7 months 3 weeks ago Phylis Sophical

SearchMyFiles was great as is all Nirsoft prms. simple, easy to use. same files are color coded. It even warns you if you try to delete both files of a set. Also warns if you try to straight out Delete rather than send to Recycle bin.

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 6 months 4 weeks ago weltall

Pictures is the only thing I do not use searchmyfiles for. I use VisiPics that compares the pictures visually too and has a slider to adjust how much the searcher should be strict or loose about his choices, that can range from choosing pictures that have a lot of the same background color (like all pictures that have a lot of white or a lot of black) to pictures that must be completely identical with each other. Recolored pictures can be found as duplicates too. Playing with the slider needs a bit of testing, but it is the best program I know of.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 8 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 1 month 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 10 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 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 1 hour 58 min ago ComodoSucks

You sir are an arrogant fool.
I have tried installing Comodo Firewall on the different windows 10 computers, all different vendors and the install fails!
FATAL ERROR. at 99% of the install, but hey according to you its every thing else , why don't you go tell Misrosoft its them, or is it also not their issue, its some kind of mysterious alien presence in the ether that is the problem.?

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 3 months ago hakoti

I am a long time user of Comodo software. And I like it a lot. There are several Comodo security products and one needs to specify which product is being discussed. CIS (Comodo Internet Security) is an all-in-one package including anti-virus, firewall, defense+, sandbox, etc. Then they have other software that provides only one or two of these functions. Pick what you need.

In the past Comodo CIS has been criticized for generating too many alerts, as compared to other packages. The new CIS v6 has almost eliminated all popups for its default configuration. I think that is a good step while at the same time retaining optional settings for those who have advanced needs.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 3 months ago dbuck53

I have used Zone Alarm for years because it always hid my computer, and stop change programs from going out until I okay them again. While Zone Labs owned the program it was super. Then Central Point bought them out and the bloat started. Eventually vsmon.exe became so nasty it was slowing my whole system. It occurred to me then that I wanted Zone Alarm to hide my computer and stop changed programs from going out. I don't need my firewall to do any thing else. I now use Zone Alarm 4.5.x, the last Zone Labs release before the Central Point buyout and will not update it as long as I still have my XP machines.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 2 months ago darthmalware

So much crying over Comodo being too complicated and confusing. It installs programs without the option to say no. For starters Comodo does not force you to install anything you don't want. Geekbuddy and Comodo Dragon are optional but I guess you didn't bother to look and read before you installed the software. That's Comodo's fault, right? It's the same garbage I still read in many security forums about how Norton Antivirus is this bloated pig of a piece of software that will never touch their machine. Yes. Yes, it was. Five years ago! Comodo is bloatware. It's too complicated. Why couldn't they leave it like it was? I know, change is hard.

Actually, version 6 is as close to install and forget it as this product has ever been. But even so, I will grant you it is far more complex than the install and configuration for Zone Alarm free. Comodo is actually a brilliant piece of software that an "IT Professional" would have no trouble installing and configuring. This very website has the best instructional you will find anywhere on the planet for setting CIS up and configuring it. Step by step it's all there, but you have to do some work. If you want easy then by all means install Zone Alarm free. It's a decent product and perfect for someone who is not a hands on type when it comes to computer security. Another option is to use the Windows 7 firewall, which is actually very good, and with a bit of work, can be configured to handle both inbound and outbound traffic. Is it easy to do? That depends on the individual. It should be for an "IT Professional" but you might have to some research, and actually read a bit. Does Comodo's suite have any flaws? Yeah, more than a few. I also hate the way version 6 was thrown out into the world with what seemed like a very short beta test cycle. What I cannot stomach is the crying over what Comodo is not. Tell me it did a horrible job protecting your computer and back it up with facts. The last time I looked the entire Comodo suite was "FREE" and is easily one of the best security solutions available to the home user. It is not everyone's cup of tea. I'll buy that, but please stop the cry baby bashing of a product that does not suit your particular needs.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 2 months ago 57troutrough84

What are your thoughts about older versions of firewall like Kerio Personal Firewall or Sygate? What I am looking for is a lightweight and easy to use firewall that won't bog down the computer as some people are still running xp pro and home with 512Mb of RAM. Any ideas or thoughts. I was thinking of installng "private firewall" as it possibly fits the bill as being light and easy.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 2 months ago Kuoi

Since today's version 11.0.000.504 of "ZoneAlarm Free" you can't install without checking the 2 following boxes ...

"Set Zonealarm Search as my default search provider for : Firefox"
"Set Zonealarm Search as my home page and new tab for : Firefox"

NO THANKS !!!

Anybody knows a good alternative with user rules ?
With user rules i mean you'll get a popup where you can decide to block or allow a program to send data to interenet.

Greets , Kuoi

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 2 months ago MidnightCowboy You can opt out of these changes, or change them back after install. https://www.zonealarm.com/forums/showthread.php/79478-MUST-select-search... No one can help you with an alternative unless you tell us which operating system you have. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 2 months ago rlweiner

MidnightCowboy: I'm seeing the same thing as Kuoi. The latest ZA upgrade only offers a Quick Install option; the Custom Install option has been removed. Maybe those choices show up later in the installation, but when I chatted with ZA tech support I was told that this is the new normal -- you cannot set or override the defaults during an upgrade. The tech said I'd have to completely remove ZA and reinstall to get the custom install option. I can back up my security settings, but would have to manually undo the changes they make to my search engine and home page. I'm going to stay with the current version of ZA.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 2 months ago majoMo

You can try "Windows 7 Firewall Control": easy-to-use and effective! You can run it with native Windows Firewall on - so you don't need to disable in-built firewall.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 2 months ago MidnightCowboy Well, the OP did say install and not upgrade. Even so, most would regard this as a minor inconvenience considering the changes are so easily reversed and certainly no reason to move to a different firewall. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 2 months ago Sid in Extremis

Having your browser hijacked is a "minor inconvenience"?

No, it's a reason never to go near the guilty party ever again.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 2 months ago MidnightCowboy Posts like this are regarded as flaming or trolling and we are not alone in making this judgement. http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=344524&highlight=zone+alarm If you wish to debate this particular issue, please post it in the forum because further posts here will be deleted. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 2 months ago CyberWolf64

I was browsing around on Softpedia. And I discovered a rather interesting, um case of TWINS.

Here is the link to the screenshots of PrivateFirewall:

http://www.softpedia.com/progScreenshots/Privatefirewall-Screenshot-567....

OK?

Now, check the screenshots for an older firewall called
Webroot Desktop Firewall:

http://www.softpedia.com/progScreenshots/Webroot-Desktop-Firewall-Screen...

Gee, I believe that when Webroot "disappeared", it became PriveateFirewall, either that or it is a clear case of copying.

Just thought I'd share that with the nice people here.

BTW, I have used PrivateFirewall in the past, excellent package. A wee bit too "chatty", or maybe that would be "naggy"?

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 2 months ago MidnightCowboy Privatefirewall is the original code. Webroot licensed this technology for use in their own products. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 1 month ago Paxmilitaris

I've been using PrivateFirewall for a while now and i'm back here to see if i can't get something better.

I've gotten a lot of pop-ups, but that in itself is not a problem since i did put all the security settings to high.

The problem i'm having is that the pop-ups stay on screen and on-top of every other windows, for what seems an eternity, after i've clicked allow, now that is very annoying.

Also, this is a firewall and yet in all those pop-ups, i have yet to see the mention of a protocol, a url, an IP, a port or anything related to networking. Does that mean any program that i "allow" to run gets full network and internet access?

btw, i'm on Win XP if that makes a difference.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 1 month ago MidnightCowboy Using any type of firewall with HIPS capability requires an understanding of how this operates and how to respond to alerts. Users should read the vendors documentation before installing the software to avoid setting rules that could be leave their system vulnerable. The PDF guide for Privatefirewall is located on this page. MC - Site Manager. http://www.privacyware.com/PF_support.html Further reading. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/hips-explained.htm http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/safe-computing-under-hour.htm view
Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 1 month ago Paxmilitaris

I haven't read the documentation, but the pop-ups are clear enough.

You seem to have completely missed the point of my comment.

What i expect of a firewall is to be asked what program should have access to the network and the internet, trough what protocol (TCPIP, UDP, ...), to make outbound or accept inbound connections, from what URLs or IPs. That's the firewall's job. A firewall that's always asking about temp files created by portable software is more annoying then helpful.

The HIPS i need is to know what program is using svchost to access the internet or using firefox.

Do the Basic Firewalls offer that kind of control?

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 1 month ago setcho

The kind of information you require can be found by clicking 'details' which is next to the 'options' button on the pop up.

See pages 12 & 16 in the PF guide, links in MC's post.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 1 month ago Paxmilitaris

mmm ... now that's weird. I just opened Skype (that always gets me 2 pop-ups or more) and nowhere on the pop-ups can i see either "options" or "details". The only buttons are "Allow", "Train", "Terminate" and "Block".

I even removed Skype from the rules and yet all the pop-ups (much more numerous) i got had only the same 4 buttons.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 1 month ago MidnightCowboy Sorry, but my reply was completely relevant, hence my suggestion to research these things before installing the software concerned. You are asking about firewall functions and yet commenting about process monitor alerts which are completely separate issues. HIPS related components and alerts are notoriously difficult to understand unless you have an advanced knowledge of Windows processes. In this respect, such users are better off employing safe surfing practices and using a pure firewall. With XP this is not a problem as you can run one of several excellent free firewalls that no longer function beyond XP or Vista. My own recommendations would be either Kerio 2.1.5 or Sygate. MC - Site Manager. http://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Firewall/Sygate-Personal-Firewall-... You will need to Google around for Kerio and choose your own download source. view
Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 1 month ago setcho

I get four choices on both the firewall alerts and the process monitor alerts, 3 buttons (Allow, Block, Options) and a 'Details' link. I've only just started using it myself so I'm not sure I can help further, I just thought I would post about pages 12 & 16 (see also p23) as I had just been reading them in the manual. The manual is 62 pages long so you might find a reason in there why its not working for you.

I'm using PF on Windows 8 pro 64-bit so this is a difference but PF should support XP as well.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 1 month ago MidnightCowboy It's also worth noting that with most firewalls of this type, the nature, number and options possible from alerts will vary depending on how the initial configuration has been setup. Again, it is necessary to read the documentation thoroughly first and then decide which are the best options for your own requirements. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 1 month ago BrollyLSSJ

Could this topic be updated again in some time? Online Armor has been at version since since October 2012 and I would like to see if it got better. Also the other firewalls should also have improved. I would also like to see binisoft windows firewall control tested. Sphynx also updated there version to version 5.x.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 1 month ago t i m Sorry for the delay in replying. If you're still searching for one, TinyWall might be a good one to consider, as it's quite low-resource usage. Of course Private Firewall, as you mentioned, would also be a good light one - and it has behaviour blocking functionality. view
Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 1 month ago t i m As soon as I get the chance I'll definitely be checking them out again and improving as needed - thank you for the comment view
Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 1 month ago GraveDigger

I thought the same thing was happening as well, but it turns out you can install ZoneAlarm Free without changing your default search, home page, new tab or adding a toolbar. First of all, select Custom Install rather than Quick Install. Now on the next screen on the bottom left hand corner you should see "ignore all offers" - look closely, because they HIDE this option in a light blue text on the dark blue background (pretty sneaky...) This bypasses the popup screen that prompts you to check those boxes and installs it without making the changes.

I don't know why they're making this so difficult (I tried to have my sister install ZoneAlarm Free on a XP-based system that she got from a friend and didn't know about this, do I had her turn on the Windows XP firewall instead...) Having to search for a way to avoid making these kinds of changes to your browser's configuration isn't the most effective way to promote a product...

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 1 month ago Kuoi

... but there is only 1 BIG button you can click on in the first window
"QUICK INSTALL : install with default settings"

... and I don't want to push that button because I don't want their browser hyjack !!!

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 1 month ago BallyIrish

Hi to the best website in the world! A comment on Comodo Free Firewall, which is not as it used to be. I used it for years without problems, on your recommendation. However, the latest newest version caused me nothing but trouble, would not respond to my "Allow" clicks, and had so many popups that I eventually had to uninstall it. Then I could not get rid of the left-over registry entries.

A visit to the Comodo website enabled me to download and install "Comodo Registry Cleaner" and use it "at my own risk", as it is not a Comodo product, but provided by a Comodo user, to whom I say great work! It worked marvelously and cleaned all the uninstall left-overs from the uninstall (using Revo Free). As always I did a search using RegSeeker v1.55 after the uninstall, and found over a page-full of Comodo regisry keys which would not uninstall. It was then I used the third-party Comodo Registry Cleaner which did a thorough job.

Although it did not uninstall the Comodo left-overs, it readied them for uninstall, and RegSeeker uninstalled them first shot.

Comodo Free Firewall has deteriorated: after the uninstallation, my Internet Connection was gone. It took me a whole day to fix it, and this by using, as a last resort, "Tweaking.com (Windows Repair all-in- one): a fantastic free program available from Major Geeks. On reboot, my Internet Connection was back.

Whilst on the Comodo web site, I read numerous complaints from folks who had had the same problem of having their Internet Connection broken by the latest Comodo Free Firewall.

I have now installed ZoneAlarm Free Firewall on my Windows 7 Pro and will also install a HIPS protector as you suggest. Best greetings and gratitude to TSAlert.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 1 month ago MidnightCowboy Many thanks for sharing your experience. Just an advisory to users who may be curious but I have seen more Windows systems trashed by the use of RegSeeker than any other single piece of software. This is definitely a tool for the experienced, as indeed are all programs capable of deleting registry keys. It is so easy to delete shared entries or keys relied upon by other services to operate and the result can render your machine unbootable. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 1 month ago BallyIrish

MC, you are quite right about the dangers of RegSeeker 1.55. One has to be very careful. For example, if Opera Browser has been uninstalled, and you search for Opera left-overs, you will get pages of keys. But, if you look carefully, you will see many blue "opera" keys, but followed by "tion" - so the search has produced many keys containing "operation."

But you don't have this problem with most well-defined program names e.g. "Comodo" or "Dragon" I find the free Revo Uninstaller leaves a lot of left-overs behind, both in Windows and the Registry. So I use "Everything" to search for left-overs in the OS - "Everything" does not search the Registry.

I have used RegSeeker for years, without a problem, using ONLY the Automatic cleaner, and never have I trashed my registry.

But as you rightly say, caution is definitely required.

Thanks for the comment.

How about testing Tweaking.com's free tweakers? The "repair all-in-one" is quite something.,,

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 years 1 month 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 month 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 3 years 3 weeks 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 3 years 3 weeks 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 3 years 2 weeks 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 3 years 2 weeks 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 3 years 2 weeks 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 3 years 2 weeks 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 3 years 1 week 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 3 years 1 week 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 7 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 5 months ago Ile67

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

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 years 2 weeks 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 11 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 11 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 months ago darrin71

Thanks MC for the update!

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 10 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 9 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 9 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 8 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 8 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 avtar

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

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 7 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 6 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 6 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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