Sunbelt Personal Firewall Software End-of-Life

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  1. Triple Helix

    Triple Helix Webroot Product Advisor

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    Sunbelt Personal Firewall Software End-of-Life

    http://www.sunbeltsoftware.com/Home-Home-Office/Sunbelt-Personal-Firewall/

    Down the same road as CounterSpy and ClearCloud!

    TH
     
  2. funkydude

    funkydude Registered Member

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    How unexpected... -.- So, who here likes GFI?
     
  3. Blues7

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    I'm starting to wonder if it doesn't stand for Gekko Financial, Inc.
    :rolleyes:


    (..."greed is good"...:thumbd: )
     
  4. m00nbl00d

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    I always thought that people enjoyed having different choices available, and not just one.

    I kind of know what will be the next end-of-life notice to come: VIPRE Antivirus. Then... let's wait and see... :p
     
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    this should have been the first t o be banned. not CS and not the CCloud DNS . well it is already made so nothing left to do or say.
    R>I>P to the victims:thumbd:
     
  7. acr1965

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    Wasn't Sunbelt requesting beta testers of this firewall not long ago?
    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=286002&highlight=sunbelt

    And the recent ClearCloud beta user request...
    It all makes a little more sense now...companies like to have the appearance of a potential profit margin, especially if some cuts can be made- such as ending the life of a few profit sucking products. This makes them attractive targets to be taken over by larger companies.

    Sunbelt was just looking for some guinea pigs the entire time of their beta testing in order to look more attractive to companies such as GFI.
     
  8. Brummelchen

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    rofl rofl rofl - to bad for satiesfied customers.
    reminds me to all products symantec has killed bought.
     
  9. Kerodo

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    I think the last message in the beta forum was something to the effect that the beta build was the last and final build. I don't think there's any time limit in it. They just made it free software, but never really came out and released a final build or anything. That's my understanding of it anyhow...
     
  10. ellison64

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    Maybe gfi is ending all the freebies in the hope that vipre premium which more or less includes all the discontinued freebies will have increased sales?.If that is the case ,im afraid the decision may have been ill judged.
    ellison
     
  11. Ibrad

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    I am no CEO but I honestly think they should have spaced out the shutting down of the products.
     
  12. ellison64

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    I agree.I also think that vipre premium isn't quite the tried and tested suite that perhaps a sunbelt firewall user may want to migrate too.
     
  13. J_L

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    Let me guess, VIPRE Rescue is next, because "most customers prefer to purchase GFI VIPRE® Antivirus Premium instead". Then the Online Sandbox for a similar dumb reason. Then all the Prevx freebies. Then Prevx itself if sales aren't strong enough. Might as well make GFI Backup payware as well.
     
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  14. m00nbl00d

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    Prevx was bought by Webroot, not GFI. Or, are you predicting something? :D
     
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    you never know buddy;)
     
  16. J_L

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    Sorry, my mistake. Somehow, I remember someone posting about Prevx being next on one of these GFI kills Sunbelt freeware threads.
     
  17. m00nbl00d

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    Roots also rot... indeed. Let's hope this one stays alive, though. ;)
     
  18. act8192

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    Information in post #9 is correct.
    Beta was never released officially. The firewall should work forever, as there is no license at all, unless something is hardcoded within to stop working later.

    The last post from a GFI official on the beta forum is dated 3/23/2011 2:10 PM
    I like this firewall. I only wish there was a way to uninstall the few features that aren't needed (IDS, main app rules, hips, behavior, web watch) to just have an easy to work with packet firewall which is as good as Kerio.
     
  19. Kerodo

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    If I remember right (it's been a while now), you should be able to disable all the features that you don't want, including the predefined rules, and just use your own rule set just like Kerio 2.1.5. Take a closer look.... I remember doing this a long time ago in earlier 4.xx versions. The only awkward part was sometimes rules didn't log as expected due to the way 4.xx logging was implemented.
     
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    You're correct. Disable is the solution of course. I've done that long ago. Predefined and all that is gone. Logging is totally correct in 4.6 and this beta 4.7.
    My wish is/was for not having it big, i.e. modular installation. So it would be small like Kerio. I hate to have code there I don't use or need. Incidentally there is a way to uninstall the HIPS section, or just shut off that part of the service, but the other things still take up space. Bad for a small computer of which I have one of (<512meg with XP-Pro things do get a bit tight)
     
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    m00nbl00d agree man let's cross our fingers man:D
     
  22. Mr. Y

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    I just downloaded it and tried it out and it has a lot of rough edges!
    This firewall is not for me (don't like it).
     
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    -- this is a copy of a post I just put on DSL reports --

    Folks, this was solely my decision. As the former CEO of Sunbelt Software, I now run the security business for GFI.

    Basically, the desktop firewall market disappeared on us, as did the antispyware market. It made little sense to keep developers working on two products where there was no market.

    We thought long and hard on it, and decided that instead of just ending the products, we would offer a free copy of VIPRE Premium (which includes the firewall) to all SPF customers, and a free copy of VIPRE (which includes the CounterSpy technology) to all CounterSpy customers.

    There is no intention in the least possible way to discontinue VIPRE. If anything, this lets the team focus more on VIPRE.

    Alex Eckelberry
    General Manager, GFI Security
    alexe(at)gfi.com
     
  24. eBBox

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    Nice gesture IMO :thumb:
     
  25. Triple Helix

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    Thanks Alex and how about ClearCloud l also asked on DSLR? https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=300572

    TH
     
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