Need Very Simple Firewall

Discussion in 'other firewalls' started by Rainwalker, Feb 11, 2012.

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  1. Rainwalker

    Rainwalker Registered Member

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    I am looking for a good and simple firewall. A friend will need this and on a 1-10 I would rate their interest in computers/security a 2. I am just too lazy to read all the FW posts. Hoping for something a bit tighter then the basic Win FW, but without hips. Ugh....I know...I know.
     
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    try
    LnS
    or
    Windows 7 firewall control free(sphinx) with windows firewall
     
  3. fblais

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    What OS?
    XP? Win 7?
     
  4. Rainwalker

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    Windows 7 Home Premium 64

    Forgot to mention FREE
     
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    This one: http://wokhan.online.fr/progs.php?sec=WFN extends the windows default firewall by catching the event notifications and translating it into the outbound firewall rules of windows (Win FW has two-way capabilities, but by default allows all outbound and only filters inbound).

    Zone Alarm is the other one (bulky, but ease to use). New V10 still is bulky (143 MB), but with reasonable performance as reported by some

    http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-firewall.htm
     
  6. EboO

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    If you hate pop-ups try Tiny wall.
     
  7. Rainwalker

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    Keep um coming.....off and on I have been lurking aroung the Tiny thread...something to consider for sure.
    @EboO......Me?...I love pop-ups, but this ain't for me : )
     
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    How much Ram on your friends machine, free disk space?

    Thanks.. :)
    Hogndog
     
  10. Rainwalker

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    Don't know. I am guessing Ram 4GB... HD 500ish ... It will be a Laptop.
     
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    Hi Rainwalker

    I run OA Free with the HIPS features deactivated...
    no Web Shield, no Program Guard, no Anti-Keylogger.
    Just the firewall.

    It suits my needs just fine. :)
     
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    I know you said your friend needs more than basic firewall capabilities, but I am still going to suggest the built-in Windows Firewall. Maybe just change the DNS to a slightly more secure one (like Norton DNS or OpenDNS). You may also add PeerBlock on the side if you like. Finally, ask him/her to use Chrome (or sandbox his/her favorite browser).
     
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    ... or Zonealarm Free ;)
     
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    Install Comodo Firewall and then go to the settings and deactivate the HIPS/sandbox permanently (requires restart and the HIPS/sandbox components will not be loaded in memory anymore). So you will get an extremely light firewall very easy to use and free
     
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    I find private firewall extremely simple,strong and easy to use even with hips and even if your friend has 0 interest in computer security.....
     
  18. Rainwalker

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    Thank you all....I should be able to find something in those good suggestions
    ...that will be easy on the frontal lobe issue......I hope.
     
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    I agree. :thumb:

    If you use the "default" settings as I do for my wife (who has no interest in computer security issues by and large), there are very few popups after the initial setup and running the most frequently used apps. You can pretty much let it run on auto-pilot.
    (Plus, you can export the settings.)
     
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    Good to know :)
     
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    Hi back Page42..will check it out...thanks
     
  22. Escalader

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    What about just using the windows FW that came with PC? Do a few setting for your friend and forget it.

    and / or put him behind a well configured router with FW settings?

    Put in an updates HOST file update once every 4 months or so set up MSE with RT on and forget it.

    Backup needed
     
  23. Rainwalker

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    I could use Win FW+tweaks. Kinda thinking of something else. No router. Keeping it budget. Don't care for MSE. Host file will use. Thanks :)
     
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    You can get a router cheap ($20)

    If you "want" a two way FW to manage which apps can access the www then yes. BUT there is a learning curve for them all.
     
  25. lordraiden

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    Comodo Fw has the biggest whitelist for the firewall, If you configured it as I told you before (disabling FW+sandbox) you won't get almost any popup

    https://personalfirewall.comodo.com/ (the free version)
     
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