Firewall recommend?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Len Cuff, Dec 31, 2007.

  1. Len Cuff

    Len Cuff Guest

    Anyone suggest a decent firewall with OUTBOUND protection please? I
    had PC Tools Firewall Plus 3 installed but it would seem that even
    though it appears to be very good, it causes problems with Vista?
    Since installing it, I have had random problems with the message 'An
    unauthorised change was made to Windows' and it fails to log on. Safe
    Mode and a system restore fixes it every time but looking through the
    Microsoft Forums, it appears that this program can cause exactly this
    type of error at random so I've uninstalled it. Now looking for a
    replacement which works with Vista!

    TIA


    cheers,
    Len
     
    Len Cuff, Dec 31, 2007
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  2. Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin], Dec 31, 2007
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  3. Len Cuff

    Mellowed Guest

    Mellowed, Dec 31, 2007
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  4. Len Cuff

    Alias Guest

    Try Comodo. http://www.personalfirewall.comodo.com/ It's free and quite
    good.

    Alias
     
    Alias, Dec 31, 2007
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  5. Len

    The firewall in Vista does inclde 'outbound' protection. Follow the advice
    Andre posted and take a look at it in Control Panel.
     
    Ronnie Vernon MVP, Dec 31, 2007
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  6. Len Cuff

    Len Cuff Guest

    Ronnie,
    I did take a look at the advanced settings but they don't seem
    to do a great deal? I deleted an entry and once I started that program
    up, the firewall said it was blocked and should I allow it to continue
    so there is some form of outbound protection but nowhere near as much
    as Zone Alarm for instance. Once I installed the free version, I got
    loads of pop ups as I started various programs. I just want something
    which will alert me if a 'nasty' is trying to send data home!!



    cheers,
    Len
     
    Len Cuff, Dec 31, 2007
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  7. Vista's built-in solution is more than adequate for most consumers'
    outbound protection needs. While it's not quite up to the ease-of-use
    standards of Kerio or ZoneAlarm, it has been improved over WinXP's version.

    There are two interfaces for Vistas built-in firewall:

    1) A simplified one accessed through the Control Panel that is the only
    one most people see. Sphinx's Vista Firewall Control
    http://sphinx-soft.com/Vista/) is a piece of freeware that makes the
    Vista Firewall much more useful to the average user.

    2) And the more advanced "Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
    (WF.msc), accessed via the Start Menu's Administrative Tools folder, for
    the experienced user who wants more granular control.


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    Bruce Chambers, Jan 1, 2008
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  8. Len Cuff

    CB Guest


    Len Cuff,

    Your firewall does not know the difference between a "nasty" and a "goody".
    You have two options: list the goodies in your firewall policies or wait for
    the firewall to alert you and then make a decision.

    I have used ZoneAlarm's free firewall, but like the rest of their products
    it caused many problems in Vista.

    I would suggest Comodo. It is free and easily configured to suit your needs.

    Have a nice day.

    C.B.
     
    CB, Jan 1, 2008
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