How Can I Make Windows Firewall Better!

Discussion in 'other firewalls' started by highbids, Mar 29, 2012.

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  1. highbids

    highbids Registered Member

    Jan 18, 2006
    I'm running on a vary slow internet connection & have to keep
    everything vary light.

    Is there a way to make windows firewall in xp more secure or a
    vary light firewall programs to keep from slowing down my pc.
  2. FadeAway

    FadeAway Registered Member

    Apr 6, 2007
    During my several years of firewall experimenting with an XP machine that had both
    a slow CPU (1.8 Ghz), and using a dial-up connection, I found that nothing
    I tried beat the XP native firewall in terms of efficiency. The packet filtering
    stopped everything the Symantec, Sygate, GRC, PC Flank, and Auditmypc firewall
    test sites threw at it, and it never crashed. It will notify you if a program
    requests in-bound rights. If IRC, it does not filter IGMP, but, as a home user,
    I didn't think that was much of a threat. Not being a networking expert, I can
    only comment that it has served me well, and I'm very comfortable with it.
    The machine did not boot any faster even when I tried pure packet filters like
    CHX3 (SPI) and SoftPerfect (No SPI). I particularly liked CHX3, but as it grew
    older and unsupported, it began to conflict with newer software, so I reverted
    back to the XP fw. That box is stilling running with the same configuration,
    albeit now as a back-up system, and on DSL, behind a router. I notice in the
    logs that it is blocking Protocol 41 outbound packets generated by my DNS server,
    which is done by most of the up to date third party fws.

    I supplement my XP firewall (and my newer W7 Machine fw) with other system hardening
    and software security measures, and I'm a happy surfer.

    If you decide to get into third party, bi-directional fws, that offer other
    security features, then that's another discussion. Been there, done that,
    don't use them. YMMV.
  3. Seven64

    Seven64 Guest

    DefenseWall is an excellent choice if running 32bit. ;)

  4. highbids

    highbids Registered Member

    Jan 18, 2006
    Thanks guys I think I'll just stick with the xp firewall.
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