What was the best free version of Sygate firewall?

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  1. Firebytes

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    Does anyone have any advice on which version of Sygate firewall (free) was the best? There are several different builds still available for download at oldversion.com. Were any of the versions more stable, less resource hungry, more secure, easier to use, etc?
     
  2. Fuzzfas

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    5.5.2710 was the best for me.
     
  3. Firebytes

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    Thanks for the reply Fuzzfas. Did you try 5.6 and if so what made it less desirable than 5.5.2710?
     
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    I vote for 5.5.2710 too. I'm using it for more than a year with no problems.
     
  5. trjam

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    5.6.3408
     
  6. WSFuser

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    5.6.3408 seemed good.
     
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    I ran v.5.5.2710 with no issues on WinXP for a long time.
    Never heard of anyone having problems with that version.

    Version 5.6.2808 ran fine for many, but also crashed some
    XP systems on startup or shutdown. It seemed to
    depend on individual hardware/software configurations.
    I was one of the those that crashed.

    Never tried 5.6.3408, I thought it was only a Beta. Others
    may have better info on that one.

    I dropped Sygate when I began using a local proxy.
     
  8. Firebytes

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    I will probably go with 5.5.2710 then. No sense risking crashes to go with 5.6.2808 unless it had some major improvement. As far as 5.6.3408 I didn't see it listed to download at oldversion.com. Maybe another site has it or maybe it wasn't free and was a paid version??
     
  9. KDNeese

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    I tried both versions mentioned on my system running XP SP2, 512mb ram, and I had some real stability problems with the 5.6 version. Version 5.5.2710 ran like a charm, caused no system problems, utilized less resources, and seemed to be much more stable. The only reason I quit using it was the limited rules (20) the free version allowed you to create. Other than that, I thought it was a fine firewall.
     
  10. Mrkvonic

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    Hello,
    5.6.2808, not a single glitch. 5.5.2710 was quite good too.
    Mrk
     
  11. dave88

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    I never used 2808 or 2818 but from reading the Sygate forum before it went down 3408 was recommended over 2808 or 2818, but not necessarily over 5.5.2710.

    Sygate.5.5.2710 - Good stable version, not recognized by XP Security Center, Recommended
    Sygate.5.6.3408.Debug.Final - Good stable version, recognized by XP Security Center, Fixed issues from 2808 and 2818, Recommended

    You can find all these in both free and pro versions at:
    http://www.savefile.com/projects/1045215

    If using the pro version, you can update the IPS signature file to the final 3055 with red_jacks updater.
    http://www.savefile.com/files/267654

    All those files were put on savefile by red_jack, former moderator of Sygate forum.
     
  12. Jarmo P

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    Thanks Dave. I was trying to remember the site where red_jack put those firewall versions for a download. Tried from google something like SaveFileNow and a few others to find Firebytes that link.

    I will put that link you posted to my Sygate bookmarks in case I try that latest 3408 beta build again someday. 5.6.2808 did not crash on my computer but it somehow started so late that Avasts's network shield gave me a warning once.
    SPF 5.6.3408 was on my PC a short while 1.5 years ago and caused no problems. The memory consumption was a bit higher than 5.5.2710's if I remember right.

    Jarmo
     
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  13. trjam

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    here is what you may be looking for.
     
  14. Firebytes

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    Thanks for the savefile.com link. I really appreciate all the help.

    A couple of questions though...the first file is an .exe and the second is a .msi does anyone know about the others? Also the 5.6.3408 version is listed as a debug build...I assume it is a full version and doesn't require any of the others to be installed first?

    I still believe from what I have seen that 5.5.2710 is the better choice for me since it is reported to be stable and use less resources. I did not know that the free versions limited you to the number of rules you could create though.

    It probably won't affect me much either way though. Not smart enough to make 1 rule. LOLo_O That's one reason I don't use Comodo, I tried it and it seemed to complicated to me. I have always used ZA free in the past but only the older versions...no rules to create, just application control.
     
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    msi stands for microsoft installer and they are smaller than exe files, but both file formats contain a complete=full firewall install.

    Only in the so called advanced rules. It is very unlikely that a normal user will ever need more than 20 of those rules. Unless starting to treat SPF as a rulebased firewall.
    Below in my signature is a Sygate guide I made to help new users and it has also advices how to make firewall rules.

    Jarmo
     
  16. Firebytes

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    Thanks Jarmo, very informative link you provided in your signature. I didn't know that Sygate's settings could get so complicated (for me anyway). I have never used any firewall except for ZA free and it's very simple. (I did try Comodo once, very briefly! :eek:) I am aware ZA free is probably not as secure as Comodo or even Sygate but at least I could figure it out and didn't shut myself off from the net. LOL
     
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    here this may answer your question
     
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    My one and only version of 5.6.2808 just crashed.

    I would dearly love to use it again but I am having big trouble with the uninstall.

    I tried installing Comodo but that just stopped my internet conection.

    So how do I uninstall and reinstall 2808 o_O?
     
  20. dave88

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    Uninstall Sygate:

    http://www.hackfix.org/software/uninstall/sygate.html

    After doing this I would recommend trying 5.5.2710 or 5.6.3408
     
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    Someone said that version 5.6.3408 locked up on them back in 2005. If you have that problem, you can try the 5.6.3311 version that you can download from this link.

    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=AIGGVC73
     
  22. Jarmo P

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    I have never heard of such links you give ccsito, or the version number in your post.
    Anyone downloading SPF install file should use the link Dave gave where red_jack has the firewal installs or the oldversion.com link that is in my guide page.
    Jarmo
     
  23. damienwan

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    ok.

    Thanks for the link the uninstall works a treat.

    Now that I know how to uninstall Sygate without tears I can stay with it.

    Now for the install of 3408 !!!!
     
  24. waters

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    3408 runs best for me
     
  25. Kerodo

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    Yep, from what I remember, 3408 was the one to use... worked well for me anyway...
     
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