5 Popular Firewalls - Efficiency Test

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  1. Creer

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    Below you will find results and methodology of my tests:

    Tested: 5 popular firewalls:
    Online Armor v4.0.0.44 (Firewall with HIPS) (link to test #1)
    DefenseWall Personal Firewall v3.00 (Firewall with HIPS) (link to test #2)
    Comodo (CIS) v4.0.141842.828 (without AV module) (Firewall with HIPS) (link to test #3)
    PC Tools Firewall Plus v6.0.0.88 (Firewall with HIPS) (link to test #4)
    Look 'n' Stop v2.07 (Pure Firewall) (link to test #5)

    Additional tests:
    Outpost Firewall Pro v7.0 (bulid: 3330.505.1221 - beta) (Firewall with HIPS) (link to test #24)
    ZoneAlarm v9.1.007 (Pure Firewall) - unable to test, BSOD after installation.


    Test machine: Windows 7 HP x32 (2GB RAM, CPU: 2x2.6 GHz) with updates from image backup as a baseline for the next tests.

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    1. Online Armor v4.0.0.44 (Firewall with HIPS)

    1) Test no.1: resource usage during web browsing (Opera as a main browser and open simultaneously ~15 tabs with different content - two sites with flash animation) Results below:

    Online Armor (Web Shield enabled):
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    Online Armor (Web Shield disabled):
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    2) Test no.2: resource usage during CNN TV-streaming in Windows Media Player 12:
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    3) Test no.3: resource usage during uTorrent activity - downloaded one of the Linux distro (Ubuntu) for test purposes:
    waiting for re-test


    4) Resource usage in Windows Task Manager - CPU Time, during all these tests:
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  2. Creer

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    2. DefenseWall Personal Firewall v3.00 (Firewall with HIPS)

    1) Test no.1: resource usage during web browsing (Opera as a main browser and open simultaneously ~15 tabs with different content - two sites with flash animation) Results below:
    waiting for re-test


    2) Test no.2: resource usage during CNN TV-streaming in Windows Media Player 12:
    waiting for re-test


    3) Test no.3: resource usage during uTorrent activity - downloaded one of the Linux distro (Ubuntu) for test purposes:
    waiting for re-test


    4) Resource usage in Windows Task Manager - CPU Time, during all these tests:
    waiting for re-test
     
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    3. Comodo (CIS) v4.0.141842.828 (without AV module) (Firewall with HIPS)

    1) Test no.1: resource usage during web browsing (Opera as a main browser and open simultaneously ~15 tabs with different content - two sites with flash animation) Results below:
    comodo_webbrowsing.png


    2) Test no.2: resource usage during CNN TV-streaming in Windows Media Player 12:
    comodo_streaming.png


    3) Test no.3: resource usage during uTorrent activity - downloaded one of the Linux distro (Ubuntu) for test purposes:
    comodo_torrent.png


    4) Resource usage in Windows Task Manager - CPU Time, during all these tests:
    comodo_wtm.png
     
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    4. PC Tools Firewall Plus v6.0.0.88 (Firewall with HIPS)

    1) Test no.1: resource usage during web browsing (Opera as a main browser and open simultaneously ~15 tabs with different content - two sites with flash animation) Results below:
    pctools_browsing.png


    2) Test no.2: resource usage during CNN TV-streaming in Windows Media Player 12:
    pctools_streaming.png


    3) Test no.3: resource usage during uTorrent activity - downloaded one of the Linux distro (Ubuntu) for test purposes:
    pctools_torrent.png


    4) Resource usage in Windows Task Manager - CPU Time, during all these tests:
    wtm_pctools.png
     
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    5. Look 'n' Stop v2.07 (pure firewall, No HIPS)

    1) Test no.1: resource usage during web browsing (Opera as a main browser and open simultaneously ~15 tabs with different content - two sites with flash animation) Results below:
    lns_browsing.png
    Note: SPI was enabled in L'n'S options (by default this feature is disabled)


    2) Test no.2: resource usage during CNN TV-streaming in Windows Media Player 12:
    lns_streaming.png


    3) Test no.3: resource usage during uTorrent activity - downloaded one of the Linux distro (Ubuntu) for test purposes:
    lns_torrent.png


    4) Resource usage in Windows Task Manager - CPU Time, during all these tests:
    wtm_lns.png
     
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  6. Creer

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    Ok that's all I hope you like it ;)

    As you can see almost every firewall is different for system resources, I hope that my tests will be helpful for those who are looking for a strong&light software firewall at the same time.


    Creer.
     
  7. Cudni

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    Nice one! Thanks. A good job.
    An obvious question, to me at least, would you consider doing similar for other FWs out there?
     
  8. backfolder

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    Very interesting report, I´m gonna try DefenseWall.
    Thanks so much!
     
  9. Yakuman

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    I wonder how much of a difference it would be if logging was disabled.
     
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    Grrreat tests Creer. Thanks!!!
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    In making comparisons, bear in mind that OA & Comodo & DW are firewalls + HIPS whereas...

    1- LnS is a firewall only (no HIPs)

    2- PCTools is a firewall that has been patched so as to score well on Matousec's silly tests. It does not, by any means, have a full-fledged HIPS.
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    +1 to hayc59's request to test Outpost.
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    To make OA similar to other FW+HIPS you tested,. I suggest you disable (uncheck) its Mail Shield & Web Shield options. You can access those options by right-clicking OA's system tray icon.
     
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  12. acuariano

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    i was surprised that free OA is light,despite sys requirements says it needs 512 ram.
    i tested 3 days ago.
     
  13. falkor

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    Good to see someone spend their time on this . Apparently meaningful to most . Useless to me . Not bashing because it is great someone would take the time to do this . I however ; do not see the point trying to be made . And these so called tests ( of what I do not know ) have not made me even think about a change in my arsenal . Sorry guys . Just someone here in the minority stating an opinion . As bad as that opinion may be perceived .:rolleyes: PLEASE do not think I am being argumentative . I am not . It just does nothing for me .
     
  14. Noob

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    Nice test, all seems to be light for a modern computer actually :D
    With this i mean computers with 2gb+ ram and a avg. CPU
     
  15. Kees1958

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    Overview graphs/tables please :D
     
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    LnS looks like a keeper.
     
  18. rdsu

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    What about Windows 7 Firewall?

    Thanks
     
  19. whitedragon551

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    It would be hard to measure Windows FW simply because its built into the OS. You wont know whats causing the spike in resources.
     
  20. Sariel Fallen

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    Hi All
    @ Creer :thumb:
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    I'm using the Filseclab, it's easy to handle with the ability to adjust the filter in many ways and the RAM-usage is not to high.
    For me it's great :D - any other experiences ?
    Regards
     
  21. rdsu

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    You are right... :)
     
  22. Creer

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    Indeed I did test for OA with Web Shield enabled and disabled. I forgot mention that in both cases Mail Shield was disabled.
     
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    I tried to install ZA Free v9.1.007, but no success - after installation I got BSOD on my machine, also I was unable to install beta since there is needed registration to access to beta-zone :rolleyes:
     
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    6. Outpost Firewall Pro v7.0 (bulid: 3330.505.1221 - beta) (Firewall with HIPS)

    1) Test no.1: resource usage during web browsing (Opera as a main browser and open simultaneously ~15 tabs with different content - two sites with flash animation) Results below:
    outpost_browsing.png


    2) Test no.2: resource usage during CNN TV-streaming in Windows Media Player 12:
    outpost_streaming.png


    3) Test no.3: resource usage during uTorrent activity - downloaded one of the Linux distro (Ubuntu) for test purposes:
    outpost_torrent.png


    4) Resource usage in Windows Task Manager - CPU Time, during all these tests:
    wtm_outpost.png
     
  25. Peter2150

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    Hi All

    First, Creer, please don't take this personally.

    People here at Wilders seem to have fallen in love with testing. I have no doubt his tests may be valid, for his machine, with his OS, his router, and his ISP. Also might well be a function his whether it's cable, DSL or whatever. So for him it's very valid.

    BUT for anyone else to use the tests as a way judging the Efficiency of a particular firewall, I would have to say I have some huge doubts.

    I think the only way one can judge any software is to test it on there setup.

    Pete
     
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