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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 3 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 3 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 3 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 1 month 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 2 years 1 day ago joy90976

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

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 years 1 day 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 months ago darrin71

Thanks MC for the update!

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 11 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 10 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 10 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 9 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 9 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 8 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 8 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 months 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 months ago MrBrian

AVS Firewall isn't available at the link provided.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 1 month 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 1 year 1 month 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 1 year 1 month ago MidnightCowboy AVS firewall is still available from Softpedia and some other trusted download sites. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 1 month ago MrBrian

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

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 1 month 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 1 year 4 weeks 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 1 year 4 weeks 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 12 months 3 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 12 months 3 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 12 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 12 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 12 months 1 day 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 12 months 10 hours 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 11 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 months 5 hours 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 4 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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Best Free Firewall Protection 4 months 3 weeks ago t i m Hi Camile, thanks for your comment. The security wizard has been discontinued from our site at this time. I invite you to visit our forum for any questions or comments you may have on selecting the appropriate security software view
Best Free Firewall Protection 1 month 2 weeks ago urshurak

BEWARE FOR COMODO on windows 10! It gave me huge problems and difficulties to uninstall. After boot I only had a black screen, and couldn't run anything. I couldn't even get in safemode and it even gave me my first BSOD in windows 10. Had to use Linux to straighten things up. NOT FOR BEGINNERS.

Windows 10 firewall control has a very, very, very annoying sound, so uninstalled it straight away. Please, developers, get rid of that sound!

Zone-alarm is getting too little credit here. It's really a "fire-and-forget" kind of software, with more than enough possibilities if you want them.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 month 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy It is very easy to blame software for system problems that can be caused by a variety of other issues. I know plenty of folks using Comodo with Windows 10 and having zero issues. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Firewall Protection 1 month 2 weeks ago urshurak

It's just intended as a big warning, not a blame. I recently installed Windows 10, and there's only some other securitysoftware there, like malwarebytes and bitdefender. Other firewalls didn't give any problems.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 month 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

The current Windows firewall is in fact better than most third party alternatives unless of course you install untrusted software in which case nothing will protect you. It also depends on how you configure Comodo to work with other software. This is highlighted in many places including Wilders. MC - Site Manager.
http://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/comodo-firewall-free-vs-windows-f...

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 weeks 4 days ago Malbec

Hi tim,
thanks for this very intreresting paper!
And what about "Sophos UTM Essential Firewall", free for home users? Did you tested it? I'd be quite glad to have your opinion about it.
Best regards
M.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 weeks 4 days ago MidnightCowboy "You will need a dedicated computer to use Sophos firewall application"... so it is therefore outside the scope of this review. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Firewall Protection 3 weeks 4 days ago Malbec

You're right... I didn't notice that! Thanks for answering so fast!
M.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 week 6 days ago grammygeek

While looking for a new firewall, I chose to go back to Comodo, which I have used in the past with good results. Bad move. While I had no technical errors or problems installing in Windows 10, the first thing I saw it install was Geek Buddy! I saw no option made available in install to not install this program. I am usually pretty good at catching this. I did catch where it wanted to change homepages and search engine.
So off the uninstall Geek Buddy - Not happening. Uninstall button was disabled in add/remove programs. So I uninstalled Comodo and guess what - it left Geek Buddy behind on my computer. Thankfully this time the uninstall button was enabled so I could get rid of it. Then scanned for leftovers just in case.
I would not have expected this from Comodo, so I will no longer consider it as an option anymore.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 days 42 min ago weltall

Although it has been a long time since I installed Comodo, I was sure there is an option to choose what to install, which for me always did not include the annoying GeekBuddy.

I honestly was on with PrivateFirewall, until in messed up a handful of my computers. The computer would start and it would give me a black screen. I looked it up and tried to fix it, but I never found a solution. Had to format my PC for that. Keep in mind I do not say something like "OMG THEIR PROGRAM DESTROYED MY PC! DEFINITELY A VIRUS! DO NOT INSTALL!". I usually laugh at people that exaggerate like that. But it did it 5 times, 3 being on my main PC.

I returned to Comodo mostly cause I am used to it and I know where to go and what to adjust to make it work. Just to check it out I just downloaded the installer of Comodo Internet Security. Seems the option is still there when you install it.

When the installer starts, on the bottom left there is a customize option. You click that and you can enable and disable what you want. I used to disabled only GeekBuddy in the past, but now I disable Chromodo too, since I use Comodo Dragon instead. But the option is still there to disable what you want.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 days 36 min ago weltall

Software always will give problems. That does not make them bad. Definitely Comodo always had and probably still have issues with BSODs and you can see so in their main site too. Obviously a lot of them happen because of conflicts though, rather than just the product. Of course updates do not happen without reason too.

I had a black screen problem with Private Firewall and not only once, but I remember it happened always when I did something specific. But either way, I have been using Comodo Internet Security for many years now and I do not get problems from it. It runs along MalwareBytes Antimalware with no problems and it is fine.

But I agree. Definitely not for someone that wants to start it up and forget it.

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Best Free Text Editor 3 years 1 week ago MidnightCowboy Poet is beta status software and so won't be featured here until after the final release. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Text Editor 2 years 8 months ago poemmuse

Poet has been released already. You can try it.
There are many smart and powerful features.
Also editor has a beautiful interface.

http://poet.of.by/
http://poet.of.by/download

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Best Free Text Editor 2 years 8 months ago ChocolateChip

Of the various notepad replacements I've tried, I like Notepad++ and Akelpad the best. At the time of writing this, Notepad++ has the most features of the two and is one of the most popular replacements around. However, Akelpad is more customizable. It starts off very basic, but plug-ins can be enabled or disabled, increasing or decreasing functionality and loading times respectively.

I tested the loading times of both of them using AppTimer on different machines. After enabling the features I needed, such as Code Folding, Syntax Highlighting, etc, I found that Akelpad loaded 40-50% faster than Notepad++. That being said, the loading times of Notepad++ aren't particularly slow when compared to other text editors.

I use Akelpad because I want something that loads at a speed similar to that of the operating systems Notepad and lets me make quick edits or write small code. I prefer using a complete IDE instead for medium to large projects. Notepad++ is still an excellent application if you need the extra features though.

Note: I prefer to set the file associations myself, rather than choosing to have Akelpad replace the default windows notepad during the installation.

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Best Free Text Editor 2 years 5 months ago sicknero

Akelpad is always my default text reader/editor, I really like it.

It loads extremely quickly, quicker even than Notepad2 and has a fantastic selection of plug-ins and toolbar buttons.

One of the reasons I like it is that it has a print preview option, something that's missing from the other freebie text editors I've looked at.

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Best Free Text Editor 2 years 5 months ago Panzer Syncplify.me Notepad!: http://www.softpedia.com/get/Office-tools/Text-editors/Syncplify-me-Note... view
Best Free Text Editor 2 years 3 weeks ago muhammad.ahmad.... Hello everyone! My name is Muhammad Ahmad Mujtaba and I am the new section manager of the site and I will be controlling the "Best Free Text Editors" section. But first,how a text editor software is created and used, highly depends upon what and how a user wants from it besides everyone has one's own taste regarding how one uses it's text editor. If someone is normal user, he might just accept only the builtin platform plain text editor, notepad[Windows], gedit[Ubuntu, Debian = Linux] or SimpleText [Mac OS X]. But if there is an author who is interested in create free writing who will likely to have his hands on gedit, leafpad, notepad -neat, clean & easy to use- text editors. If anyone of you is either a programmer or a designer, he will definitely look for more than a simple text editor, may be a semi-IDE[Integrated Development Environment], or syntax higlighting and coloring text editors. There are a lot of uses and lots of users, but there's one thing is common. They all need be single focused and easy to use text editors.No one appreciate complexity for just a simple task of writing. This introduction ends with that I'll try my best to provide you best text editors out of internet and provide you updated information on how they're best and what else you can know new about a text editor. Please, stay connected :) view
Best Free Text Editor 1 year 11 months ago Fairportfan

I looked at Poet. I was like "What?!?" and uninstalled it.

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Best Free Text Editor 1 year 11 months ago Bhat59

SynWrite needs to be looked at. I have just begun to use it as a simple text editor. I liked it because it has the best interface of the many editors I have seen. It has even themes! Download Crew gives it a four and a half rating. I don't know whether it should be in this section or along with Notepad++.

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Best Free Text Editor 1 year 9 months ago lil_king420

As with a couple of other posters I like Notepad++. Why it is not listed as a replacement for the standard windows Notepad is beyond me. Here's the jist of Notepad++ forthose who are unfamiliar.

Notepad++ - http://notepad-plus-plus.org

Syntax Highlighting and Syntax Folding
User Defined Syntax Highlighting and Folding
PCRE (Perl Compatible Regular Expression) Search/Replace
GUI entirely customizable: minimalist, tab with close button, multi-line tab, vertical tab and vertical document list
Document Mapping
Auto-completion including Word completion, programming function completion and Programming function parameter hinting
Multi-Document (Tabbed interface)
Multi-View
WYSIWYG (Printing)
Zoom control
Multi-Language programming environments supported
Bookmarking
Macro recording and playback
Launch Notepad++ with different arguments

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Best Free Text Editor 1 year 9 months ago Anupam This category is about simple text editors. Notepad++ is more of a programming editor, and is covered here in a different review: http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-programming-editor.htm view
Best Free Text Editor 1 year 9 months ago lil_king420

@Anupam True. I did see that it was listed in the prog editor section and agree. It can be and is a well rounded programming editor. However, out of curiosity,and in the interest of sharing for the greater good :) I was doin a web search for a recommended alternative to the MS Notepad for some friends, and obviously Notepad++ was a forerunner in that list. Certainly you'd have to agree Notepad++ IS a GREAT simple text editor that few people are aware of, with features that I would think most typical users would appreciate and use over the stock editor. Like tabs for one instance. Anyways... I simply thought it prudent to mention ++ in this section in hopes that it helps someone seeking a sound Windows Notepad replacement. Nothing wrong with a little redundancy no? Thanks for your reply too.

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Best Free Text Editor 1 year 9 months ago Panzer Write!: http://wri.tt/ view
Best Free Text Editor 1 year 6 months ago Panzer "... Textadept - a fast, minimalist, and remarkably extensible cross-platform text editor ...": http://foicica.com/textadept/ view
Best Free Text Editor 1 year 6 months ago Anupam Should be posted here: http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-programming-editor.htm view
Best Free Text Editor 1 year 1 month ago kunkel321

Don't forget good old TED Notepad http://jsimlo.sk/notepad/
Not a lot of frills... Doesn't even have a toolbar. Super fast though. And good text manipulation capabilities.

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Best Free Text Editor 9 months 2 weeks ago Panzer

Notepad Supreme:
https://sites.google.com/site/akoware/downloads/software-for-window

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Best Free Text Editor 9 months 1 week ago Panzer

"... RichEdit is a lightweight, handy and useful text editor which allows you to create, open, and save files using both the Rich Text Format and the Plain Text Format ...":
http://richedit.co.nr/

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Best Free Text Editor 5 months 2 weeks ago Panzer "... Zed is a fully offline-capable, open source, keyboard-focused, text and code editor for power users ...": http://zedapp.org/ view
Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 5 months 3 days ago bklampfl

I'm a long term, satisfied 7-Zip user. But I stumbled on a free promo offer for BulkZip (http://www.bulkzip.com/), and I nstalled. Liked simple interface, as I like 7-Zip. Didn't compare compressions with already installed 7-Zip, but I was impressed that they put quick tutorial for compression newbs in their help file. With quick overview which compression format is best for each type of data. Even little historical info about each format. I'm not power user for archivers, so I appreciated that effort. Before I just used .7z format for personal backups and .zip format for sending stuff to others (compatibility). Now I might choose based on file types for personal backups. Program even suggests which format to use based on file types and gives rough estimates of compression.

It's free for personal use. And today (25-FEB-2016) you can get lifetime promo license (includes commercial use) here: http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/bulkzip-file-compressor-7-5-4/

I posted this here because I love this site and it guided my freeware decissions for years. Also note that I'm not connected to BulkZip or Giveaway of the Day in any way other than using them myself.

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Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 3 years 6 months ago Crapton

HaoZip and jZip are missing. This section needs updating. See also post 94602.

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Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 3 years 6 months ago MidnightCowboy jZip will not be included because their website has a poor WOT (Web Of Trust) rating. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 3 years 5 months ago crombierob

I have IZarc 4.1.6 on my PC, and I don't recall having the problems that some of you are experiencing with the latest version.
The old versions web site lists 4.1.6 and also older versions -
http://www.downloadoldversion.com/izarc.html

Also I am thrilled to say that I can use that program to create a Self Extracting EXE, that will 'silently' (no interaction with user) extract it's contents into the same folder that the EXE is in.
To do this you right click a zip file, and choose -
IZarc -> Create Self-Extracting (.EXE) File
I leave all the defaults in the wee dialog untouched, except I tick - 'Create an Autorun SFX'
When later, the user double clicks that EXE it will -
- Silently extract it's contents into the same folder as the EXE.
- It does not create a sub folder
It just does what I told it to do.

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Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 3 years 4 months ago soltaran

Just tried to install IZArc 4.1.7 - it now INSISTS on installing a new search toolbar (Babylon) .. it's not possible to continue without installing it .. even with the /NOCANDY command line option.

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Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 3 years 4 months ago crombierob

Did you not read my post ?
It all went to hades after 4.1.6
See my post (right next to yours) and get 4.1.6

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Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 3 years 2 months ago Home User

*Bandizip*

[http://www.bandicam.com/bandizip/]

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Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 3 years 2 months ago crombierob

It would be helpful if you gave a brief synopsis of why you are recommending it.
If you don't, then some of us, have to go to the site, and rummage around to work out why it is good, and what features are present and lacking.
More likely, you will find that the majority of us, say WTH (What The Heck), and think it is too much trouble, and don't check it out.

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Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 3 years 2 months ago George.J Bandizip has got a 5 star rating at CNET and Softpedia 4.5 stars at SnapFiles and plenty of positive comments at their website view
Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 3 years 2 months ago George.J One thing I noticed is that Bandizip tries to install itself in %AppData% folder, and not Program Files which is strange. It doesn't support LZMA and BZip2 compression methods (only Deflate) unlike Haozip, so I'll still keep using Haozip for the time being. view
Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 3 years 2 months ago Anupam Not all people use the software they recommend. Sometimes, they come across it, or it's a new software. So, nothing wrong in suggesting it without saying why it's being suggested. Looking at the program, and testing it out, is the job of the editor, to see if it's good. Of course, it would be an added help if the users do share their experience, because it's not always possible to review a software immediately. view
Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 3 years 1 week ago George.J Peazip has been updated to version 5.0 view
Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 2 years 11 months ago SpaceOctopus

Well firstly, peazip just sucks. I mean aside from the fact it is infected with opencandy, there are just too many things that render it a pain in the ass to use, especially if you like downloading a lot of stuff and they're always in archives, which you want to easily right click on and either choose "extract to____" so that you can select multiple different archives to each extract into separate folders for each one, with the same name, in that directory, which takes less than 2 seconds and requires no further input, and also the fact it was a pain in the ass trying to extract multiple archives in general, no matter how I wanted to do it, but especially if I wanted to name the folder myself from the UI. I can't remember what else, but I do remember I hated peazip within the first week of using it and went on to find 7zip, which I find absolutely perfect for what it's supposed to do. Honestly, the "boring" or "old" damn UI shouldn't factor into the rating or whatever, especially considering there are quite a lot of us who LIKE that kind of user interface, especially people with Windowsblinds or at least a classic theme, not to mention the fact people have been building unbelievably HIDEOUS and completely unusable user interfaces for all kinds of good software as of late and completely DESTROYING them and all of their functionality. Regardless, it needs to WORK for everyone. I found 7zip to be the most awesome utility I've ever had, in fact. I really appreciate the work done on it, and they've kept it simple & effective.

Still, any software, no matter how free, that installs crap like adware, babylon toolbar and more nonsense, does NOT deserve to be on a list like this, nor to get anything above a 1-star rating. If they really need to do advertising to get paid for their free software, they should put actual ads in their software. Don't infect our computers and change shit around to screw us over. It's just despicable, infuriating, disgusting and stupid.

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