Windows8FirewallControl

Discussion in 'other firewalls' started by Saint Satin Stain, Apr 7, 2014.

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  1. Saint Satin Stain

    Saint Satin Stain Registered Member

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    I decided to use XP Pro SP3 for a little longer, 2 years maybe past the Ms expiration, so moved most of my security to Vista machine in the kitchen. I decided to research and choose security layers which would secure XP for awhile.

    I chose Windows*FirewallControl as the firewall; I'm testing the free version now, seems robust, a few more popup messages asking me to decide if I should allow xxx or not. Anyone here familiar with it?
    I could really use some help and guidance.

    I have in tandem NetGear WNR1000 Router and Linksys WRT54G2 Wireless-G Broadband Router, Windows firewall, Windows8FirewallControl, Clam Sentinel and ClamWin Antivirus, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free, Panda Cloud Antivirus, SpywareBlaster (autoupdate), Sandboxie, BootkitRemoval_x86, VBA32 Antirootkit. Seems to work fine. I experimented with the double router because I also wanted the added protection before the desktop. No perceptible decrease in surfing or download speed.

    Some friends tell me I won't be secure even with this setup. My group has tested, assaulted my network; so far one succeeded in shutting down egress to the internet. I did the test with the permission of my ISP, a representative visited, and we sipped Sidamo black no sugar while we watched. No breaches.

    My Nexus 7 and 4 have more power, 2 gigs, and Quadcore than this XP desktop with 1 gig and dualcore. I have open the programs I usually have open to use, Copernic Search 2.3 build 18, WordWeb Pro 7.04, Password Safe 3.33, Jarte Plus 4.5, and Say the Time 11.01, sometimes K-Meleon (homepage American Heritage Dictionary, a button on wordprocessor opens it.) without problems.
    AMD Athlon 5000 DualCore, 2.21 GHz Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP3
    I gig RAM. Available:492, 104 KB; Kernel mem 64,516 KB/paged 41384 KBc\; commit mem 702192 KB, limit 2220508 KB; peak 1330844KB. I only do text, surfing, and some sound editing sometimes; make my own ringtones, tag songs, and make compilations.

    Last date I go to Windows Update April 7.

    I've reduced Services to necessary, useful, and wanted minimum, uninstalled Telnet; browsers and email client sandboxed, so too DVD/CD drive and antivirus scans any usb drive attached auto. No one else uses my computers. You never anyone else use your computers, bicycles, or wife.
    What have I forgotten? Probably a lot. Tell me; be lean, mean, and helpful. I have Open SUSE waiting in the wings.
    I know the malware is getting smarter.
     
  2. TairikuOkami

    TairikuOkami Registered Member

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    Very nice setup, but I think, that you can loose ClamWin Antivirus with Clam Sentinel, it is kind of weak and a bit of overkill, since you have Panda.
    SpywareBlaster has also seen better days, better to use HitmanPro as a startup on-demand scanner. Do you use safer DNS, like Norton, OpenDNS?
     
  3. Brummelchen

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    W8FC Free ist complete waste of time. granular rules/zones only with paid. even the built-in is much better. btw anytime use ONLY ONE firewall! and you are overprotected with such collection of rubbish av.
     
  4. Saint Satin Stain

    Saint Satin Stain Registered Member

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    I have Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete on other desktop, on desktops of two relatives, and on my smart phone and tablet, and the smart phone of a relative, so decide to add this computer. It needs all the help it can get, I guess. You are right about ClamWin.

    Now with Webroot I can monitor all the protected computers on my page at the Webroot servers.

    I harden the system, which includes uninstalling some features not used and unnecessary, such as Telnet.

    I have security apps which cover most attack vectors.

    SpywareBlaster still good app; WinPatrol a steady and useful app. Of course Malwarebytes a good second opine, and I'm trying their antirootkit, but still depend on gmer.
    I dont use Firefox anymore. I have SeaMonkey (default), Comodo IceDragon, Pale Moon, K-Meleon (four gecko browsers), Google Chrome, IE.

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has an Android app too; I use it along with the Webroot on my Nexus phone and tablet.
     
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  5. Minimalist

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    One question for Windows 8 Firewall control users: does portable version of program save logs of blocked outbound packets that were blocked by Windows firewall? If yes, where can I find them?
     
  6. Brummelchen

    Brummelchen Registered Member

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    same folder es EXE-file -> blocked.log
    open the settings tab and click right lower edge on the small book
     
  7. Minimalist

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    OK thank you for answer. Those options are grayed out and can't be enabled. Maybe that option is possible for installed or Plus version only.

    EDIT: I have found found Portable version Pro and it allows logging. I will test it for a while...
     
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    Thnx. I'm using last version 6.1.9.53 (Portable Pro). I really like it and use it as windows built-in FW log collector.
     
  10. henryg

    henryg Registered Member

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    The plus version is definitely a much better choice. Just by having System/Core application protection is a big plus. Also, having control over Port Forwarding is another essential option for me...
     
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