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cLean
Im looking for a decent firewall that will do what it is suppost to of course.. but for some reason i have had problems with siteadvisor im not sure if it was with my vista computer or this one... so i want one that may have teh siteadvisor fix or some news on the problems with siteadvisor. i have though about


Trend MIcro Internet Security 2008
Mcafee Internet Security With site Advisor 2008
Mcafee Firewall v8 5 Corp Edition FINAL
Norton Ghost
Norton 2008
Norton Internet Secruity
Just some ive seen or thought about ABOVE!!! can you guys rank them for me.!!

are these the newest?? Is there a better with all the antivirus plus firewall plus all the other odds i need.
or some other name that isnt so popular that makes a GREAT firewall that is easily manageable with router. THanks
qscomputing
Obviously the best security is simply not to have anything listening in the first place, but based on your list you seem to be using Windows so that's not very practical.

ZoneAlarm is all I've ever used in Windows, and it always worked fine for me. But then I did stop using Windows a few years ago so that may well be out of date.
JayBee
I have used Sunbelt Personal Firewall, but it is also few years ago.
silverdown
I use sygate pro even thought it's not available anymore I still use it. Can't find anther one I Like. Confused
cLean
jus got home from vaca. going to look into some of the software named and read some reviews ne other information and opinions are greatly appreciated ThX
gh0stface
The best firewall is a hard firewall. Software firewalls, aren't as secure as they can be poorly configured by users and have the chance of being disabled through viruses/trojans. Not saying that a hard firewall is absolute, however it takes a bit more to disable and knock it down.
csoftdev
i use sygate myself. I have tried few others, I don't really have any particular preference. Just use one for the sake of having a firewall :p
froginabox
I would definitely suggest Sygate, it has worked for me quite well.
kansloos
Windows Firewall suits the normal PC-user just fine...
Especially when you have a router with firewall somewhere in your network protecting ur ass.
bulek
I have tested many firewalls and read many reviews and the best I found is Agnitum Outpost Firewall Pro 4.x. ZoneAlarm is pretty effective, too, but there are many problems and troubles with it so Outpost is absolute winner.
Just make sure that you don't install Norton firewall or antivirus because it's a peace of crap and can also make unrepairable damage to you Windows.
Diablosblizz
Honestly, I use AVG Firewall. It suits me for what I need. Firewall, Spyware, Anti-Virus.. ect.

I have tried Zone Alarm, and I liked it a lot. I'd go with that. Or, use a router if you have one.
zjosie729
It's been a while since I used windows, but when I did, I used Comodo Firewall.
kicy
kansloos wrote:
Windows Firewall suits the normal PC-user just fine...
Especially when you have a router with firewall somewhere in your network protecting ur ass.


Windows Firewall is constantly being exploited since it comes with every computer.

I would recommend Comondo Firewall, which also comes with a neat defence thing that blocks odd programs from preforming actions like connecting to the internet, injecting code into running processes, and more things.
FriBogdan
ZoneAlarm is a very good choice. It has a good quality/performance ratio ... and it is easy to configure. I've used it in ... hm... interactive mode (i think this was the name) and you don't have to be "technical" to know what option to choose when an alert appears. Try it Smile...
blueray
You may try out the outpost pro and it is now 2008 now.
Just google it and download a trial out.
bloodrider
I used a good firewall, Comodo, one of the best all-around, at the time it beated everything, norton/mcafee/sygate/outpost/zone alarm ... And it is free for life Very Happy
But now I rely on my router's firewall and use the windows firewall, this way I can save up some resources Very Happy
Now I'm trying the ESET suite on my laptop and if their firewall follows the same standards of quality of their antivirus it would also be a good choice, you could have antivirus+firewall+anti-spy+anti-spam+... all in one suite requiring few resources Wink
black1029
spyware is mycurrently used for fire wall on my internet security... and also i used kaspersky v7 ist nice and great firewall its totally heavy security... and depending on your system choose a nice firewall.... Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
black1029
avg is good on internet security as well.. i used on my second unit for security.... im hoping u can use thios ...
lethaltriad
Best thing to do really is buy a hardware firewall.. protects you much better. Right now i'm using a d-link gaming router and i have zone alarm running so i can accept or deny programs requests to go online. Before the hardware firewall though I used to use Zone Alarm exclusively and i tried out Sunbelt Personal Firewall which is pretty good 2. Try out the trial versions and see which one works best for ya.
chartcentral
I've used Norton Internet Security when my PC was new. It came with a three-month OEM subscription to Symantec. But now, just relying on free anti-virus Anti-Vir and for firewall, just the built-in Windows Firewall. It may not be the best, but I'm being vigilant on my activities to be more safe and careful.
Rosanova
Hi there,

In matter of fact is the conclusion that no firewall are 100% waterproof, and therefore is the most secure solution that to stay off-line as much you can. If you can get into Pentagon, can you get into everywhere.

But no one would like to live like that, so I suggest that the best and most simple alternative would be ZoneAlarm, as if you're total paranoid you can open and lock Internet activity by right clicking at the Z icon at the activity field, without disconnecting your Internet connection.

And if you have the ZoneAlarm Security Suite, would I think that you have done what you can do best.

The at last, don't enter any suspicious that contains words like warez, serials, cracks, porn sites and even beware of Windows/Microsoft Update, as I've expired that it often there from you getting all that stuff that you don't want to see on your computer.

Cheers!

Ps. I've heard that Mac and Linux users don't have any further problems with viruses etc.
Xtremist
Man if you are a regular home user, you don't need anything except the Windows Firewall.
ThePolemistis
Sygate personal firewall was and is still the best.

They discontinued the product (free version) since it was bought by synmantec,, but it remains the best there is.
rockyec78
Currently the firewall i m using is COMODO Firewall Pro (Ver 3), these guys have improved a lot since the 2.x versions to 3.x version and added a lot new functionality and it will continue to develop. I earlier used their 2.x version but that lacked some features but now they have covered those.
This is the only one i liked after using Zone Alarm 6.x editions for long. But of late, their &.x and previous 6.x versions started giving trouble and were eating out CPU processing power. So i needed a switch from ZA, in the meantime i used Outpost (dint like it when compared to ZA), Sygate( my XP wont boot after installing, i think the problem was some incompatibility with the n/w firewall driver Sygate Personal Firewall installs, so had to discard it too), then i downloaded the COMODO firewall, and it gave me the same ease i had with ZA in happy days. Used some other firewalls, not worth mentioning.

Problem with internet security suites like Norton (too heavy on system), if one component like Antivirus is good then it might be case that there firewall isnt that good compared to individual firewalls like ZA, Comodo etc So i just avoid those suites.

And if u r on a local network then u dont need more than Windows Firewall until u r running softwares that act as servers or u r using a local server software for development purposes. And as far as external world (networks beyond your local network) is concerned, then u have a HARDWARE based firewall installed with the server u connect through, so u dont have to worry for attacks from there.

And before u install a firewall, just make sure there is not any compatibility problems with antivirus u r using. Just google to check if somebody has posted anything on that somewhere.
biljap
I was using ZoneAlarm for several years and I was very satisfied with it. But since Iíve changed the type of connection to the Internet it stopped working. I was very suspicious that it didnít show any warnings at all. I searched for another firewall and Iíve chosen Comodo. It works perfect; I like it much more than ZoneAlarm. I donít know if itís one of the best but Iíve read other peopleís reviews and most of them said that itís a great firewall.
Craeft
silverdown wrote:
I use sygate pro even thought it's not available anymore I still use it. Can't find anther one I Like. Confused


I too use SygatePro. I love it. It's very detailed and editable, yet still easy to use. And yes it is still available. It's at version 5.5. You can get it at:
http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,22890-order,1-page,1-c,alldownloads/description.html
ssthanapati
I trust Zonealarm Pro.

It works for me and dosent use up the resources too much
minty
silverdown wrote:
I use sygate pro even thought it's not available anymore I still use it. Can't find anther one I Like. Confused


I use sygate as well, however, mine is not registered. I love it because unless you grant a program access to the network it will always ask you what you want to do. It can get annoying, but with me being in the security field I feel that it is a lot better than an implicit allow all out which most firewalls implement.
welshsteve
If you are willing to pay I would go with Kaspersky Internet Security Suite. It's the best on the market. The firewall is very strong.

If you're looking for a free firewall, I would recommend Comodo Firewall Pro. It's excellent and very easy to use and configure.
Craeft
I really feel the need to repoke my 2Ę and claim that Internet Security suites of any flavour are horrid, deadly, evil animals that should be taken out into the woods and shot, picked up, skinned, shot again, and then placed on the doorstep of the NRA and used as target practice.

Internet Security suites are over-invasive, usually don't work like they're supposed to, resource hogs, and and just plain impossible to actually set up.

This is in NO WAY an attack or flame of any kind. This is just my opinion regarding Internet Security Suites for the OP to consider. I hear "Internet Security Suite" and I give the same reaction a parent would give when they hear their 13 year-old daughter is going to a high-school party. Fear, anger, and just really wanting to kick someone's posterior.
welshsteve
Craeft wrote:
I really feel the need to repoke my 2Ę and claim that Internet Security suites of any flavour are horrid, deadly, evil animals that should be taken out into the woods and shot, picked up, skinned, shot again, and then placed on the doorstep of the NRA and used as target practice.

Internet Security suites are over-invasive, usually don't work like they're supposed to, resource hogs, and and just plain impossible to actually set up.

This is in NO WAY an attack or flame of any kind. This is just my opinion regarding Internet Security Suites for the OP to consider. I hear "Internet Security Suite" and I give the same reaction a parent would give when they hear their 13 year-old daughter is going to a high-school party. Fear, anger, and just really wanting to kick someone's posterior.


Laughing *LOL* Laughing

To a point I tends to agree. Certainly when it comes to Norton and McAfee products. But I have tried Zone Alarm's Suite and Kaspersky's, and although initially they tend to be a royal pain with constant prompting and resource hogging, once they have bedded into your system and learn the way you work, they are very good at protecting you from attacks of all kinds and actually speeds up your PC. That's my experience of it anyway. I was ready to wipe my PC and start again when it just wouldn't do anything with maxing the CPU. I received a free 6 month licence of Kaspersky. I installed it and the PC is great now. Very Happy
Rosanova
welshsteve wrote:
If you are willing to pay I would go with Kaspersky Internet Security Suite. It's the best on the market. The firewall is very strong.

If you're looking for a free firewall, I would recommend Comodo Firewall Pro. It's excellent and very easy to use and configure.


Hi there,

Actually do I at the moment use the trial of Kaspersky, and I'm surprised how effective it works. In this case do I really mean the whole package. And I really think it's worth to pay for.

Cheers!
welshsteve
Rosanova wrote:
welshsteve wrote:
If you are willing to pay I would go with Kaspersky Internet Security Suite. It's the best on the market. The firewall is very strong.

If you're looking for a free firewall, I would recommend Comodo Firewall Pro. It's excellent and very easy to use and configure.


Hi there,

Actually do I at the moment use the trial of Kaspersky, and I'm surprised how effective it works. In this case do I really mean the whole package. And I really think it's worth to pay for.

Cheers!


If you buy it online, it's an excellent price. It's gives you three PCs protection as well, so handy if you have a laptop as well as a desktop.
frih
best firewall is zone alarm. it is freeware.
Craeft
frih wrote:
best firewall is zone alarm. it is freeware.


It's also invasive.
welshsteve
Craeft wrote:
frih wrote:
best firewall is zone alarm. it is freeware.


It's also invasive.


All Firewall's are invasive at first. Until they are told what is happening on the computer is meant to to be happening, they all prompt constantly whether you wish to allow or deny an action. Once they "learn" things can run quite smoothly.

For years ZoneAlarm was the best freeware firewall out there, but this is not the case anymore. It's still up there with the best free apps, but Comodo is fastly becoming the free firewall of choice, and always seems to top "tests" done by computer magazines.
loonix
I ues ZoneAlarm, mainly because for the price (free) it is awesome value for money and have never had any problems with it. If you use a router to connect to the internet, then the chances are it has its own NAT firewall built in.

Just to point out in your list Norton Ghost is not a firewall so please don't install it thinking it will protect your PC =)

Regards
bigdan
I've used ZoneAlarm for a while, going back to university when I was on their network. It does the job for me quite well, and I can't complain.

It also helps if you stay away from dodgy sites and combine it with a good anti-virus and anti-spyware solution.

That's what I tell anyone who asks me anyway.
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