Listing of all FREEWARE Firewalls

Discussion in 'other firewalls' started by TheMozart, May 9, 2012.

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  1. TheMozart
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    Why are people paying money these days for a Firewall when there are so many great FREEWARE Firewalls around?

    What are all the FREEWARE Firewalls that are descent enough to use, and that have great protection?

    Online Armour

    Zone Alarm

    PCTOOLS

    COMODO

    Any others?
  2. TyRizian
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    Online Armor

    Comodo Firewall

    The above are the best, In my opinion

    ....Then you got

    PrivateFirewall

    Quick Heal Firewall Pro

    FireBwall

    AVS Firewall

    HandyCafe Firewall

    Ashampoo Firewall Free

    PC Tools Firewall Plus

    Outpost Firewall Free

    Athena Firewall Browser

    ZoneAlarm Firewall Free

    Then you have Windows firewall controllers...

    Tinywall

    Windows Firewall Control
    Last edited: May 10, 2012
  3. Dark Shadow
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    Fortknox personal firewall
  4. TheMozart
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    TheMozart Former Poster

    Thanks for all those listings :thumb:

    So my question is, why are people paying money for a Firewall when so many Freeware ones around?

    What can paid versions do that freeware cannot?

    Or are there any Freeware Firewalls that do exactly the same as paid versions do? :blink:
  5. ichito
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    FortKnox?...isn't free.
    For free we have also: Filseclab FW, NetVeda Safety.Net, Kerio 2.1.5, SoftPerfect Personal Firewall, Outpost 2009, Primedius Firewall Lite, Ghost Wall...
  6. Dark Shadow
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    Fortknox is not free my bad,I thought is was.
  7. acr1965
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    The last I checked Fort Knox had a full featured trial and after the trial period ended it became freeware with some features disabled.
  8. dw426
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    I'd also take Sygate off of there. It's long been under a headstone and no way would I trust it, even on a system it supported to secure me.
  9. TyRizian
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    Sygate removed :thumb:
  10. TyRizian
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    No problem

    I am sure for those who pay for a firewall, are people who don't know the free ones exist. Sure, we know they exist....But Grandma, Grandpa, Mom or Dad may not know about what's out there, So they buy the first thing they think will benefit them.

    Of course now a days, I think that is less common due to more people being into computers.
  11. alexandrud
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    Also, many freeware firewalls are bloated with commercials about upgrading to the pro version, and other annoying ads. Also, many of these software have fancy graphical interfaces with more settings and buttons that an average user would use.

    Kerio 2.1.5. This one I like for simplicity. :) Unfortunately it is a little old, for XP is great.
  12. guest
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    sygate is still a great firewall, I still use it and will for the foreseeable future
  13. ellison64
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    I think whether the firewall is free or paid is irrelevant and a red herring.For instance those free ones you mention i personally dont like and wouldnt use any of them for any great length of time ,i wouldnt pay for the "pro" versions of them either.People who buy or use free firewalls choose them for their needs at the time.Those that dont know what a firewall is usually end up using the windows firewall which is defaulted on or the firewall in a security suite that usually comes bundled with it.
  14. TheMozart
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    So what firewall do you use? :blink:
  15. ellison64
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    .Well i also use a router but as far as software firewalls go ,For the last few days Im using AWFC,which i donated to ,in july jast year,well before it was the finished article.Before that I used the one in roboscan security suite (free) before that i used the one in NIS2012 (paid).Ive also got licences for outpost which ive had since it was beta around 10 years ago (paid).I also have a licence for sygate pro (paid) which i cant use any more and looknstop (paid).Ive used at one time or another all those that you mentioned an others.These days i prefer simple application firewalls ,that show outgoing apps via a popup whith a simple choice to allow or not /delay etc.Unfortunatley most of this type are inbuilt with security suites and dont come seperate.I dont want any with hips,even if i can turn the hips component off.Again though my choice is not based on whether its free ,donationware or paid ,as that isnt really representative of whether i would choose a firewall or not (it might be for some ,but without trying them all you are limiting your choices).If its good and suits my needs ill try/ use it.
    Last edited: May 11, 2012
  16. DropTen1
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    Hello, I have some questions PLEASE

    (1) Is it still necessary to use a Firewall? I am using ThreatFire Free antimalware and Avast Free since Windows 7 first came out, with Windows firewall turned on, and feel very protected

    (2) If the answer to question 1 is yes, please explain why.

    (3) Why are the two on top (Comodo and Online Armor) better than the others. Also, why is ZoneAlram not included in the best category.

    (4) I prefer not to use a Firewall because it keeps asking and interrupting, and in almost all cases I found myself allowing whatever it was intercepting. Even if I shouldn't have, I would not be able to know not to allow. This is the same reason why I have the windows UAC disabled.

    Any comments, thoughts, and information on any of these points would be very appreciated.
  17. kupo
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    1. Windows 7 firewall is secure enough so you'll be fine/
    3. It's just their opinion.
    4. As I said, Windows 7 firewall in enough. You don't want to be interrupted answering questions, so you disabled UAC, but you are using Threatfire? The last time I used it, I remember it asking me questions.

    Summary: You are secure enough :D. Well you could enable UAC for enhance protection ;)
  18. alexandrud
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    Every firewall has a mode without notifications. You create a few rules after installation and then disable any user interactive mode. That's it. You won't be annoyed again with dozens of notifications.
  19. TheMozart
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    I really like and appreciate your questions. I too would like someone who is unbiased and experienced and educated to answer your questions.
  20. zip
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    There is a free version of Fort Knox firewall.

    http://fortknox-firewall.com/

    I got bsod when I tried it. :'(
  21. kupo
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    Another reason to use Windows Firewall ;). or Stick to a well-known one that is used by many. I am now using Online Armor and started to like it. The alert it's giving me is enough for me to understand if it's safe or not. :D
  22. Dark Shadow
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    I thought it was.thanks.
  23. TheMozart
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    I love OA but I had to remove it, because no matter what, it blocks Punkbuster and I keep getting booted of game servers. Even when I followed all the instructions to allow it etc, OA obviously has a problem with Punkbuster.:thumbd:
  24. clubhouse
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    A free download of a trial isn't a free version in the traditional meaning of free?
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