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#1 az0000000

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 09:45 AM

Here is my situation,
For some reasons i am on an old AMD Athlon 600 MHz CPU with 512 RAM junk machine (Windows XP SP2 Pro), and will have to stay on it for a while.
After the last virus attack I hardly recovered from, I feel I canít rely anymore on Windows Firewall, it just doesnít do anything to protect me.
I would really appreciate an advice for an alternative Firewall that would be protecting better than Windows Firewall, but would take just as many resources as Windows Firewall does.
Please consider seriously that I am on an old machine and working with monsters like Photoshop, every bit of RAM and CPU power matters to me, and i would kindly ask you to advice me only software you are sure about (not just for advertising purposes), and have tested it and know what you are talking about.

p.s. by the way I am really want to know:
1. How many resources take Windows Firewall and where can I check such data?
2. How exactly can I check if my Windows Firewall is really running (and doesnít just appear as ON in control panel, or Security Center) because after the last attack I am not sure anymore if my firewall is running at allÖ

#2 dave38

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 02:18 PM

If you want a good firewall, then the Windows Firewall just doesn't do it! The problem is that it is one way, incoming only, and you need a bothway firewall. I would recommeng Sunbelt Kerio firewall, as it uses very little in the way of resources, and works very well. It can be installed as "fit and forget", or in expert mode, where you can fine tune what is allowed out, and in. Another advantage is IT IS FREE!
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#3 az0000000

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 04:20 AM

If you want a good firewall, then the Windows Firewall just doesn't do it! The problem is that it is one way, incoming only, and you need a bothway firewall. I would recommeng Sunbelt Kerio firewall, as it uses very little in the way of resources, and works very well. It can be installed as "fit and forget", or in expert mode, where you can fine tune what is allowed out, and in. Another advantage is IT IS FREE!

Hello,
Thank you for advice.
I've been give the suggestion about Sunbelt Kerio firewall before but i was also suggested that Jetico is good for old computers. So i was wondering which firewall eat more computer power, Sunbelt Kerio firewall or Jetico firewall. I will have to make my choise.
Thanks much.

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 05:42 PM

Jetico and Kerio are both not very resource-intensive. You are in good hands with either. :thumbup:

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#5 az0000000

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 03:40 AM

Jetico and Kerio are both not very resource-intensive. You are in good hands with either. :thumbup:

I would be surprised to see that these two eat an exact amount of power. There should be one. :whistle:
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Posted 11 February 2008 - 06:28 AM

There may be a few nanoseconds difference between the two on some functions -- if it is that important to you, I suggest you set up a test lab and check it... However, it is irrelevant to common daily use, so what screen317 said is accurate...
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#7 az0000000

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 11:12 AM

There may be a few nanoseconds difference between the two on some functions
I suggest you set up a test lab and check it...

:thumbup: Good one.




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