Which firewall for me? Easy, lightweight and free!

Discussion in 'other firewalls' started by adam993, Jan 25, 2010.

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  1. adam993

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    I've got DefenseWall HIPS and Avast! 5 Free Antivirus. I find firewall for me: easy, lightweight and free. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Matthijs5nl

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    Windows Firewall? Nothing wrong with it, and it is extremely light.

    Especially Windows 7 Firewall is good, and in combination with a router (don't know if you are behind one) there is no need at all to install another firewall.

    Your completely protected with that and DefenseWall and Avast.
     
  3. whitedragon551

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    If you must have one check out Private Firewall Free, PC Tools Firewall Free, Rising Firewall Free. All are very light.
     
  4. adam993

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    PrivetaFirewall has got a behavior blocker - and Avast has got (conflict).
    My OS is Windows XP Professional (and Fedora 12 ;))

    I've got router - D-Link DIR-300.
     
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    PC Tools and Rising. LookNStop is also a good one, but you will have to pay for it.
     
  6. adam993

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    Its quit clear you dont want opinions or options.:rolleyes:
     
  8. Creer

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    If we are talking about lightweight and resource usage:
    Kerio 2.15 = Ghostwall = DefenseWall Personal Firewall (still beta)> Look 'n' Stop > Rising Free > Ashampoo Free > PC Tools Firewall >/= Comodo >> ZA > OA >> Outpost >/= Sygate
     
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    PC Tools Firewall Plus has served me well and it's free.
     
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    windows firewall is my #1 choice, or if u want 3rd party, PC Tools FW hands down for lightest.
     
  11. zip

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    I highly recommend Privatefirewall. It's very lite on system resources & easy to use. The "training periods" are a bonus for novices.

    Privatefirewall's behavior blocker (System Anomaly Detection) can be disabled.

    I believe avast! 5's behavior blocker doesn't work in 64bit OS yet, so Privatefirewall's behavior blocker is a bonus for those like me using 64bit os.:cool:
     

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    Hi Zip,

    to my understanding Pirvatefirewall's HIPS is not functioning in 64 bit environment. On their site it states 'process monitoring is not enabled in 64bit', which is what they mean I think.

    Also, default answer on some alert is Allow, strangely enough,

    Brgds

    mack
     
  13. clocks

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    If you are using a router, just use the windows FW.
     
  14. adam993

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    I'm undecided:
    Ghost Wall or Kerio (possibly Sunbelt).
     
  15. Noob

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    In my opinion any firewall will do it
    Unless you want real customization :D :thumb: :thumb:
     
  16. lordraiden

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    Have you try Comodo? just the firewall no AV no defense+?
    Its lighter than Ashampoo Free
     
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    PCTFW+
     
  18. adam993

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    Yes, but Comodo EULA is strange!
     
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    Seriously though, I know it's been mentioned several times in this thread, but why would you want to change Windows firewall? Care to elaborate?
    If you replace pfirewall with any of the suggestions here, you will actually worsen your inbound filtering - the primary job of a firewall.
    But then again, you may not be interested in inbound filtering at all. Perhaps you just want something lightweight to play with, no matter the quality.
     
  20. sparviero

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    Strange conclusion this ?! when someone talks like that ? or had a brute configuration experience, or did not know choose the right firewall !

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    Brute configuration?

    Probably a language barrier, but I don't quite get what you wanted to say.
     
  22. Escalader

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    1)Tell us what you want to achieve with a Firewall.
    2) Give a FULL description of your SW and HW setup.
    3) What firewalls have you used in the past?
    4) What firewall do you have right now on your PC? Hint: The answer is NOT none.

    If you answer these I will try to help you.
     
  23. lordraiden

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    Can you explain why please?
     
  24. adam993

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    Processor: AMD Sempron 1.6GHz
    RAM: 1GB DDR400
    Two disks 160GB (Seagate and WD)
    Radeon 9250 (Gigabyte)
    Windows XP SP3, Fedora 12
    BIOS Phoenix (Award)
    I installed IM, Thunderbird, Firefox, Office (OpenOffice), codecs, games: CoD:UO, Cossacks 2. Desktop ;)
    On Fedora i've got: SELinux enabled, iptables, sandbox -x and kernel 2.6.31.xxfc12.
    I used: Comodo Firewall 3.0 (was good), Sunbelt Firewall, Online Armor, PC Tools FW and Outpost Firewall Free. Of course without HIPS - Defense+, Program Guard, Host protection etc..

    Now I'm using Windows Firewall.

    I need firewall with advanced rules and full control about connections with option "disconnect".
     
  25. Escalader

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    Right, with windows xp you get a one way FW filtering incoming only.

    For disconnect you can use OP FW free and get rule control the same with OA free.

    But for an advanced users it is better in my view to pay for the full product.

    The other FW's you used I haven't worked them lately so I will not suggest them.

    On windows 7 you could use windows FW for in and out rules but I doubt your configuration has the resources for W7.

    That's it I'm done here!
     
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