I need a firewall.

By i_am_a_newbie
Jul 16, 2006
  1. Or do I? I run AVG home edition for my antivirus, along with Adaware and spybot for spyware. I do daily scans and I also occasionally check my HJT logs for anything suspicious.

    I leave windows firewall on, and I haven't had a problem with viruses or anything of the far.

    Do I need a firewall? Or will I be fine as long as I'm careful? I use Firefox btw.
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Windows firewall is crap.

    Get a good software firewall programme.

    I recommend either the free Zonealarm, or free Kerio firewall programmes.

    You can get them Here and HERE.

    Regards Howard :)
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,145   +597

    there are better firewalls than the windows freebie. a good firewall
    controls both in/out bound traffic, and the MS freebie gets a bad rap because it
    only controls the inbound traffic. This means you are protected from direct
    attack, but if you do get infected (say by some email or ActiveX from your
    browser), you could have issues with identity thieft and future email spam.
    btw: even a good firewall can be poorly configured and all your effort is in vain:(
  4. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,383   +105

    If you want to block spyware you can use Peerguardin2 (free)
    If you want a intrustion detection software SNORT (free)
    If you want a good firewall it's not free buy it works Armor2net

    Still need some ad blocking software:

    Ad Muncher (not free) been around for years

    Really have to do your homework there are tons of software that are free at
  5. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 TS Rookie Posts: 398

    YES! are you crazy thinking that you dont need a firewall with a windows PC connnected to the internet. I run Mcafee AV with ZoneAlarm free. Mcafee cst $39.99 per year, but it never bogs down my system, and its got a speedy scan.

  6. i_am_a_newbie

    i_am_a_newbie TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 170

    Thanks for the input guys. I have downloaded and installed ZoneAlarm.
  7. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    Firewalls are for boring people.
  8. i_am_a_newbie

    i_am_a_newbie TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 170

    No idea how this works, but this seemed to fix my annoying LAN problem(installing the firewall, that is).

    Before it was installed, when the net dropped for a second or two then went back on, my net would completely stop responding. Like it would only recognize the connection of the cable and give me a private address, a power off + power supply disconnect was my only solution.

    Now, when the net dies and comes back on, it functions as normal...

    Weird, eh?
  9. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,145   +597

    this one is worth your investigation too
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