What's the best free firewall for Windows 98 (Win9x/ME)?

Discussion in 'other firewalls' started by pcalvert, Oct 26, 2005.

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  1. pcalvert

    pcalvert Registered Member

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    The subject says it all: What's the best free firewall for Windows 98 (Win9x/ME)?

    The thing that prompted me to ask this question is that I am currently using Kerio PF 2.1.5, and I'd like to switch to something a little more modern. I was going to give Kerio PF 4.2.x a try, but then I saw that it only works on Windows 2000/XP.

    Phil
     
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    NetVeda is slightly heavy, and Filseclab is OK except for the small ads.....Both work well IMO :)
     
  4. Arup

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    Actually at 6mb and max CPU of 4% average, NetVeda is lighter than Filseclab, however the later has much better rule making but no component control which NetVeda features.
     
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    I tried NetVeda back in June and had some problems with it. It may not have been NetVeda's fault, though. There could be something weird about my system, or maybe I didn't completely uninstall Sygate before installing NetVeda. I am going to try it again on a clean system to see how it behaves.

    Does anyone know how well either of these work when there is a local proxy in use? I am referring to something like Proxomitron or the web-filtering component of AVAST.

    Phil
     
  6. Arup

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    Sygate tends to leave behind some NDIS drivers, there is a detailed explanation of clean un-install of Sygate at their forum.

    I faced some problems with NetVeda and Avast as well even though I made a rule for Avast, however others with Avast haven't faced my problems so could be machine specific.
     
  7. z12

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    Hi pcalver

    I'm running Jetico on XP having switched from kerio 2.15 about a month ago. Jetico says it work with 98/ME but I haven't tried that.

    Since your used to a rules based firewall, I think you'll like it, I know I do. I converted my kerio rules over without to much hassle.

    I also use Proxomitron and was able to create the necessary loopback rules to prevent unauthorized programs from accessing it. The loopback rules were a bit of pain, the invert port # doesn't work in the application table rules, but an email I got from said they would fix this in the next Major release.

    As for memory usage, it seems light to me, varies between 3-7M.

    All in all, I'm happy with it and haven't looked back. I've decided I like running a firewall that is supported by the vendor.

    HTH

    Mike
     
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    Hi Mike (z12),

    I was going to try Jetico at one time (a few months ago), but I saw several reports of people experiencing BSODs on Win9x. So I decided to avoid it for the time being. I will probably try it at some point, though.

    Phil
     
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