WSA & PrivateFirewall

Discussion in 'Prevx Releases' started by Nevis, Dec 28, 2012.

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  1. Nevis

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    hi
    I was wondering whether WSA internet security would conflict with PrivateFirewall.

    I read some similar threads but they were related to WSA AV but WSA Internet security does have a firewall component.

    Moreover, do you need to install PrivateFirewall with WSA. Is it worth having this extra load for better protection. I read some excellent reviews of PrivateFirewall, hence I was wondering whether to install it alongside WSA.

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    Nevis
     
  2. Techfox1976

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    I used the two together and used PFW for network control, but the process control annoyed me so I changed to just the Windows firewall for network control. But they worked just fine when I used them. There was an issue for a little while because of a bad assumption on the part of the PFW people, but they fixed it and that was a long time ago.

    So Yes you can use them. You don't absolutely need to. The WSA firewall extends PFW just fine.
     
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    Thanks for your opinions. I am using PFW with WSA and it seems to run fine till now.
     
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    I have some queries.
    1. I see PFW is asking to block or allow some apps. This is normal for some firewall.

    However, it even tried to block VLC player and some other trusted app which I allowed. But my concern is what if some malware attacks and it asks me. Since, I did not know about this malware and thats why I executed the file, I would Allow it.

    So whats the point of using this firewall. Shouldn't it give some useful messages etc.


    2. Also, I see that now in windows , it is shown that PWF is protecting my PC. Using WSA, win firewall was ON. Now its off. So, will it impact WSA firewall capability. Is WSA dependent on Windows Firewall ?
     
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    I don't use Private Firewall, but I should think there's a way to "white list" apps it flags which you know are safe. There are threads about PFW in the Other Firewalls forum that may help answer your questions. As to WSA Firewall it's not dependent on Windows Firewall. It filters out-going connection attempts.
     
  7. DrBenGolfing

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    Did you train PFW?
    Also, if you don't know what is malware, best to use something else.
    Cheers.
     
  8. The Red Moon

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    In my opinion the best thing to do would be to ditch privatefirewall altogether.it needs a total revamp on its gui etc and there are issues with installation too.Its a terrible piece of software.:mad:
     
  9. Nevis

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    I know what malware is.

    The point we are discussing is that if a Firewall is asking you every time about a connection, then how would anyone with not so good security knowledge decide whether to allow or block an app.
     
  10. Techfox1976

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    IIRC, the old version of Webroot used PFW inside and the fact that PFW stuff asked about everything was what got it marked down some on some reviews.

    Use WSA to control outbound connections, since it does them intelligently and doesn't need to ask. Use PFW to control specific network connections at most. The process firewall portion of it is just a pain in the tail.
     
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