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Software firewall recommendations

By abe10tiger
Sep 30, 2010
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  1. Hi, I've been wondering, Do I need to download any software firewall in my PC? If yes, can anyone tell any good and free software firewall downloads? thanks! :D
     
  2. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    My router has a firewall which should protect my PC's so I just run the standard Windows FW (which is pretty basic). If you want something extra, Online Armor is supposed to be good:
    http://www.online-armor.com/

    Zone Alarm free is another popular one.
     
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,091   +592

    Comodo and Sunbelt are two very good choices
     
  4. abe10tiger

    abe10tiger TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 770   +10

    Cool..

    Alright, thanks guys! :D
     
  5. kristin48616

    kristin48616 TS Rookie Posts: 25

    Useful information, I will consider which one I should install on my PC.
     
  6. abe10tiger

    abe10tiger TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 770   +10

    Cool! I'm glad this thread helped out! :D
     
  7. abe10tiger

    abe10tiger TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 770   +10

    Alright guys. I downloaded the Sunbelt that Jobeard recommended. Does a a sofware firewall slow down a pc? :D
     
  8. CAMusing

    CAMusing TS Enthusiast Posts: 179

  9. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,091   +592

    Any that really are worth keeping do not. Comodo & Sunbelt have light weight processing while some of the B I G boys, eg Norton are really poor imo.
     
  10. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,436   +37

    Question for the OP - What OS are you running? (xp, vista, win7) and what version (32bit, 64bit, home, pro, ultimate, etc)
    The answer could affect some recommendations.

    Running XP (32bit) I prefer Online Armor.
    I have tried and also like Comodo, just like OA better.
    I do not recommend ZA, though I used to,
    and some I know run it still - based on my earlier recommendation.
    I find ZA to be too much of a hog.
     
  11. abe10tiger

    abe10tiger TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 770   +10

    I've noticed that Sunbelt won't allow me to update Malwarebyte's unless I i disable the firewall. Other than that, Sunbelt is pretty ok.
     
  12. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,091   +592

    that's a configuration issue - - I can update anything and use SPF on my laptop.
    make sure you allow PORTS 80,443 TCP IN/OUT SRC=ANY
     
  13. abe10tiger

    abe10tiger TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 770   +10

    hi.

    Hold on, how do I enable those? :D
     

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