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GrahamB
02-06-2010, 12:17 AM
I am Running XP Pro and using Avast Amti Virus.

Any thoughts on the best free Firewall at present.

I'm tossing up between ZoneAlarm, Comodo, & Sygate. Or plain-jane windows firewall?

Speedy Gonzales
02-06-2010, 12:20 AM
Are you using a mode/router with firewall? If you are, I wouldnt bother with a separate firewall

somebody
02-06-2010, 08:38 AM
Are you using a mode/router with firewall? If you are, I wouldnt bother with a separate firewall

Those work great at stopping inbound attacks, but won't stop malicious or unwanted outbound traffic.

nedkelly
02-06-2010, 09:14 AM
I like Comodo myself

PinoyKiw
02-06-2010, 09:18 AM
Comodo is what I use.

DeSade
02-06-2010, 09:28 AM
Unless you have paid for it I would recommend ditching Avast and running MSSE with Windows Firewall.

This setup works well for me

chiefnz
02-06-2010, 09:51 AM
ESET Smart Security on the wife's laptop and my desktop and Symantec End Point Security on my Server box.

ronyville
02-06-2010, 10:54 AM
Unless you have paid for it I would recommend ditching Avast and running MSSE with Windows Firewall.


x2 - thats all I use.

Speedy Gonzales
02-06-2010, 11:03 AM
Those work great at stopping inbound attacks, but won't stop malicious or unwanted outbound traffic.

Yer I know that. Just dont do / get anything dodgy. Then you wont need another one. Just install a decent AV program

Metla
02-06-2010, 11:11 AM
I use Comodo.

And I want to know everything that is trying to connect from my PC, and I stop everything possible no matter how legit it is, Its also a good indicator of crap that has installed itself to run in the background for no other reason then to suck up resources and report to its masters, and that is the
"legit" crap.

Agent_24
02-06-2010, 11:41 AM
GrahamB: Don't bother with ZoneAlarm, it's horrible.


Yer I know that. Just dont do / get anything dodgy. Then you wont need another one. Just install a decent AV program

But you may not know if you have something dodgy or not, it may get past your AV, no AV stops 100% of attacks 100% of the time. Having a backup layer of security is not a bad thing.


I use Comodo.

And I want to know everything that is trying to connect from my PC, and I stop everything possible no matter how legit it is, Its also a good indicator of crap that has installed itself to run in the background for no other reason then to suck up resources and report to its masters, and that is the
"legit" crap.

That is a large part of the reason I use Comodo firewall too.

Speedy Gonzales
02-06-2010, 11:46 AM
Well true, depends how paranoid you are, I suppose, on how many programs you install. You'll be surprised how many people get carried away with trying to secure their system. They install so many programs, they clash with each other. And in the end all of them do nothing at all to protect you

Richard
02-06-2010, 11:47 AM
Comodo. :thumbs:

GrahamB
02-06-2010, 12:12 PM
Thanks for the input guys.. great help. I will run with Comodo.

GrahamB

sarel
02-06-2010, 03:04 PM
Comodo and Nod32.

sarel