I am using zone alarm pro with my windows vista. But it seems that it has slowed down the startup and shutdown process.
Earlier my laptop came with Sysmantec AV and firewall. But I uninstalled that.
Can u people suggest me something thats less resource hungry, wont slow down my Laptop startup and shutdown, as well as wont compromise with the security
BTW is windows firewall as a standalone gud enuf if I keep my lappy updated
ya, windows built in firewall is good enough.
I use the freeware version of ZoneAlarm Firewall and AVG Anti-virus. Except for the anti-virus auto-update the first time you boot each day, I haven't noticed any major impact on my system's speed.
If the machine is taking time to boot and shutdown, try to minimise the amount of programs that automatically start with Windows. Also, if you have Vista, I recommend 2GB of RAM, if you don't have that already.
Windows Firewall is definitely not good enough for security. Although it is improved upon compared to previous versions of Windows, it is still fairly inadequate as the rules are too broad or vague and do not allow for a fully controllable or customizable rules for internet.
I've been using Kaspersky Internet Security for a while. It has a good series of default settings for a firewall and it has a great deal of leverage when it comes to making system specific rules. Kaspersky Internet Security isn't the most resource light firewall/anti-virus out there but it shouldn't be too heavy for you to notice as it does its work in the background.
I definitely recommend you Agnitum Outpost Firewall PRO. But watch out, don't install the newest version as it is not so good as older one was. That is because it was completely rewritten and therefore it's not so powerful yet.
You should install version 4.0.1025 build 700. It's the best firewall you can get out there.