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#1 marcmeier

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Posted 29 November 2005 - 06:05 PM

G'day, all

I'm using a normal 56k modem to dial in to the net. I was wondering about a suitable firewall- I see Zone Alarm is intended for DSL and cable.

Any comments regarding the need for one and any recommendations would be appreciated.

BTW: Win 2000 Pro, Firefox, Thunderbird, AVG Free, Ad-Aware and Spybot are what I use.

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Edited by marcmeier, 29 November 2005 - 06:06 PM.


#2 Jacee

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Posted 29 November 2005 - 11:41 PM

Dial-up here..I use the free ZoneAlarm on two XP's and one 98se. I've never had a problem with this program.

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Posted 30 November 2005 - 02:11 AM

I have used Zone Alarm on dial-up in the past, with no problems at all.
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#4 chiaz

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Posted 30 November 2005 - 05:03 AM

ZoneAlarm works perfectly fine on dial-up.
It's recommended however that you don't use ZA on dial-up as it slows down internet speed a little.

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Posted 30 November 2005 - 08:50 AM

Kerio 2.15 works perfectly on dial up. The file can be obtained fromhttp://www.kerio.com/dwn/kpf2-en-win.exe
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#6 marcmeier

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Posted 01 December 2005 - 07:34 PM

Okay... thanks, guys.

ZA's slowing down the inernet- is this a big problem?

Would Kerio run on a 333MHz machine?

Any comments on ZA versus Kerio?

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#7 chiaz

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Posted 01 December 2005 - 09:46 PM

ZoneAlarm slowing down the internet - not exactly a big problem.

Both firewalls are equally good, just that ZoneAlarm users are currently having some problems with 6.x.

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Posted 01 December 2005 - 10:21 PM

For a software firewall, is a dial-up (and any other) distinction useful? They are designed for general purpose use.
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Posted 09 December 2005 - 02:16 AM

I've used ZA free for years on Dialup and never had problems on my XP, or had slow internet due to it. It does its job.
Try an older version like 3.7.211 like I do, just 2.5mb total and zips along. The current free 6xx version is 10mb and bloated and just been updated due to glitches.
People here reccomend Kerio 2.5, but its a bit fiddly to configure if you dont know about ports etc , whereas ZA is easy.
Hope it helps.

#10 98SE300MHz2GBdialup

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Posted 09 December 2005 - 05:59 AM

I'm also looking for a free firewall that will work on a 300MHz machine. Any suggestions? And if so, where can I download it if it's an older version?

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Posted 09 December 2005 - 11:55 AM

where can I download it if it's an older version?


Previous editions of ZA free can be got at www.download.com
Free Kerio 2.15 at www.kerio.com/new/kpf_download.html

Hope it helps.

Edited by Trenton, 09 December 2005 - 12:01 PM.


#12 98SE300MHz2GBdialup

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Posted 10 December 2005 - 03:25 AM

Thanks.

#13 marcmeier

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Posted 20 December 2005 - 07:21 PM

Right-

I've tried Kerio 2.15, but found it a bit awkward. I now have ZA 5.5 running and it seems to suit me better.

Both ran/run fine on my 333MHz PC under Win 2000 Pro.

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Posted 26 December 2005 - 07:40 AM

ZoneAlarm slowing down the internet - not exactly a big problem.

Both firewalls are equally good, just that ZoneAlarm users are currently having some problems with 6.x.


ZA Pro cuts off approx 0.1mbps when enabled for me. It doesn't matter much to me, but I think it is quite a lot for dialup users. But ZA Pro is quite good coz it is quite resistant to malicious attacks, like trying to terminate vsmon.exe from the taskmanager.

Edited by orcaz, 26 December 2005 - 08:07 PM.


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Posted 24 January 2006 - 09:09 AM

I have Sygate's old personal firewall on my ME, which i really like. but i guess they will not be offering it anymore. i was looking for another free firewall for my XP and gave ZoneAlarm a test run on my computer here at work. i was a bit surprised it is not nearly as easy to see what is going on as the SPF. i suppose it works fine, but it just sits there basically in comparison with SPF.
I think I will try this Kerio firewall and see what its like...

#16 gobolts

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Posted 24 January 2006 - 09:23 AM

Well, I have downloaded Kerio's free firewall and it is smaller (2mb compared to 10.0mb for ZA)and simpler, and more clearly shows the activity I want to see, but it is not anywhere near the old SPF.
It is to my liking though, over ZA

I have Sygate's old personal firewall on my ME, which i really like. but i guess they will not be offering it anymore. i was looking for another free firewall for my XP and gave ZoneAlarm a test run on my computer here at work. i was a bit surprised it is not nearly as easy to see what is going on as the SPF. i suppose it works fine, but it just sits there basically in comparison with SPF.
I think I will try this Kerio firewall and see what its like...



#17 marcmeier

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Posted 02 February 2006 - 06:51 PM

Thanks, all

From my point of view, this topic can now be closed- thanks.

I went with ZA, as described above, over Kerio... different strokes for different folks.

If anyone else wants to keep it open, fine!

Cheers




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