Please recommend: Firewall for Win98SE and WinME

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by Penang, Oct 6, 2004.

  1. Penang

    Penang Guest

    I am looking for good firewall for Win 98SE and WinME.

    My machine runs WinXP, I use ADSL to connect to the Net, and I use
    WinXP's built-in firewall when I'm online.

    My friends have their machines online via ADSL too, but their machines
    don't have WinXP. One is Win 98SE, another one is Win ME.

    During the weekend, I scan both their machines for virus, using Norton
    AntiVirus 2003 professional, and you know what I found ?

    On the Win 98SE machine, there were 793 files infected with virus, 3
    of them could NOT be fixed.

    On the Win ME machine, ther were 638 files infected with virus, 2 of
    them couldn't be fixed.

    I regularly scan my machine, and from time to time, I found one or two
    viruses, perhaps it's because of the firewall. On my friends' machines
    however, there are no firewalls.

    So my question is - if I want to set up firewall for them, what are
    the choices ?

    Are there any good and free firewall available for Win 98SE and WinME
    ?

    The machine used by my friends are older machines, and one requirement
    for the firewall, if they are used, is that they don't slow down the
    machine too much.

    Do you have any recommendation ?

    Many thanks !!
     
    Penang, Oct 6, 2004
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  2. Penang

    Webster72n Guest

    One of them would be "Sygate".
     
    Webster72n, Oct 6, 2004
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  3. Penang

    heirloom Guest

    Penang,
    A firewall's purpose is to to block, or filter, certain types of network
    traffic from reaching your computer. To prevent the viral infections, your
    friends need a good antivirus, kept up-to-date with the latest virus
    definitions AND the firewall to prevent unwanted traffic, both incoming and
    outgoing.
    Microsoft is offering the EZtrust combination AV, cookie control and
    firewall for free ($49.95 value, purported). You can have the package for 1
    year before having to renew your subscription for $9.95. If interested,
    check it out at:
    http://www.my-etrust.com/microsoft/index.cfm
    Heirloom, old and killed the Norton
     
    heirloom, Oct 6, 2004
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  4. Penang

    Richard Goh Guest

    They don't need a firewall as bad as they must need a good up-to-date
    antivirus program.
    Grisoft make a very good free antivirus program for older windows called AVG
    6 Free www.grisoft.com
    You can also get a free firewall from www.zonelabs.com called zone alarm.
     
    Richard Goh, Oct 6, 2004
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  5. Penang

    heirloom Guest

    Almost forgot to add this:
    http://www.maltanet.net/pages/help_desk/helpdeskpages/internettips/firewall.htm
    You may want to read up on firewalls.....the above sight gives some pretty
    good info and a Google search will put you in touch with a variety of apps.
    Webster's recommendation of Sygate is good, as is Zone Alarm, Tiny Firewall
    and others. Many of them are free apps. AVG by Grisoft makes a great free
    antivirus.
    Heirloom, old and had to add it
     
    heirloom, Oct 6, 2004
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  6. Penang

    Guest Guest

    They had more bugs than total files !
     
    Guest, Oct 6, 2004
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  7. Penang

    glee Guest

  8. Zone Alarm is an easy to configure and adequate firewall. However viruses
    are often caused by not keeping current with Critical Updates at Windows
    Updates, and not using a antivirus program that keeps itself updated and
    also scans ALL emails. Email attachments are a huge source of viruses and
    worms. See the link below from Microsoft on three easy steps needed to
    protect a computer from the internet. If using W2K or XP I also suggest
    using hard to guess passwords for user accounts - at least any
    administrator accounts. --- Steve

    http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/default.aspx
     
    Steven L Umbach, Oct 6, 2004
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