Alternative to Outpost?

Discussion in 'other firewalls' started by vault, Feb 20, 2007.

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  1. vault

    vault Registered Member

    Jul 20, 2006

    I'm currently using Outpost 4 and NOD32 (always on) with trojanhunter and ewido (on demand). I've got a Linksys WRT54G connected to my cable modem, and there are only two computers on the network...this one and another desktop. I don't do any P2P nor do I run any kind of server.

    I've had problems with Outpost BSOD'ing randomly while I'm in the middle of working, and I see on their forum other people have complained about that too. I also find it a pain to get the rules exactly right, a lot of times I will see "port scan by," a lot of blocked traffic on port 1900, and quirks like that.

    NOD32 also seems to catch things way before Outpost, like if I'm surfing and it throws up a warning. To my knowledge, Outpost has never actually had to deal with any kind of malware or real attack, nor has the blockpost plugin ever blocked anything at all (and I have a pretty big list in there that I got from their forum).

    I'm looking to switch to something simpler. Any suggestions? I don't mind paying, but I want something secure and lightweight, where I don't need to constantly tweak my configuration. Is that possible? I feel like with Outpost every day is an adventure, and I'm learning way more than I want to about networking...I use this computer for work too, and I'm spending way more time than I should be dealing with my firewall.

    This is a 2.8 ghz Xeon with a gig of ram and XP SP2. I've been looking at Jetico and Look 'n Stop. I'm not interested in Zone Alarm.

  2. BuzzStone

    BuzzStone Registered Member

    Nov 8, 2006
    Look n Stop (pay) or Comodo (free).
  3. JerryM

    JerryM Registered Member

    Aug 31, 2003
    I have been using LnS for several years with complete satisfaction. I don't have the knowledge to make rules, and have used the Enhanced Rule Set.
    The only other firewall I have used is Kerio 2.1.5, and it has been equally trouble free.

  4. rdsu

    rdsu Registered Member

    Jun 28, 2003
  5. farmerlee

    farmerlee Registered Member

    Jul 1, 2006
    Outpost shouldn't be picking up port scans or blocking much traffic if your routers firewall is doing its job. Have you checked to make sure your hardware firewall is on and configured?

    If you want a firewall thats super light, highly configurable and quite easy to use then Look'n'Stop is awesome.
  6. Legendkiller

    Legendkiller Registered Member

    Jun 29, 2006
    try comodo if you do not wish to use zonealarm...
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