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#1 orange16v

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Posted 25 February 2007 - 03:53 PM

Hi, Does anyone know of a free firewall program that is compatible with Vista ? I`ve tried ZoneAlarm but its not yet programmed to run with vista.

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Posted 25 February 2007 - 04:41 PM

Kerio (taken over by Sunbelt) http://www.sunbelt-s...e.com/Kerio.cfm offers a free trial but is $19.95. No mention of Vista for it.

(You could try the last free version, which is excellent and which I still run:
Download it from http://www.321downlo...ware/page7.html, about half way down the page, but most unlikely to run under Vista).

Our friends at CastleCops have this up: http://www.castlecop..._for_Vista.html
Here are its features: http://sphinx-soft.c...ista/order.html

I know nothing about it, but I imagine that firewalls are hard to implement for Vista and there won't be a wide choice
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Posted 27 February 2007 - 12:35 PM

Kerio (taken over by Sunbelt) http://www.sunbelt-s...e.com/Kerio.cfm offers a free trial but is $19.95. No mention of Vista for it.

(You could try the last free version, which is excellent and which I still run:
Download it from http://www.321downlo...ware/page7.html, about half way down the page, but most unlikely to run under Vista).

Our friends at CastleCops have this up: http://www.castlecop..._for_Vista.html
Here are its features: http://sphinx-soft.c...ista/order.html

I know nothing about it, but I imagine that firewalls are hard to implement for Vista and there won't be a wide choice


Cheers CNM, I`ll take a look. Could you explain why firewalls are hard to implement with Vista pls...Is Mr Gates trying to take over again?

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 01:24 PM

Kerio will continue to run in Basic mode after the trial expires... You only need to pay if you want the premium functions...
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Posted 27 February 2007 - 02:58 PM

I'm no expert on Vista and don't plan to install it anytime soon. But from what I've read, all sorts of programming machinations are necessary to get anything to run at the admin level.

That is for your protection, it is said. :)
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Posted 01 March 2007 - 02:26 PM

LOL_@with_cnm :thumbsup:

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Posted 01 March 2007 - 05:55 PM

Another possibility. I haven't tried it myself.

The firewall that's native to Vista does have the ability to monitor both incoming and outgoing traffic so a third party firewall may not be required if the Vista firewall works correctly.

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 02:12 PM

Another (free) firewall, is comodo firewall!

I have used the program, and my oppinion is that it is a good and functional firewall with an average interface!

The firewall will be launched for vista on 16th of april to both 32bit and 64bit systems!

Link to the homepage: http://www.personalf...all.comodo.com/

Link to the forum discussion for the new vista ready http://forums.comodo...pic,6849.0.html

Note: that the first version for vista is a beta version!


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Posted 25 March 2007 - 06:11 AM

Kerio will continue to run in Basic mode after the trial expires... You only need to pay if you want the premium functions...


Kerio Personal Firewall will not run on Vista and Sunbelt says it never will.
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Posted 25 March 2007 - 06:30 AM

I am using PCTools Firewall PLus. It seems to do the job. It also is free.

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Posted 25 March 2007 - 07:52 AM


Kerio will continue to run in Basic mode after the trial expires... You only need to pay if you want the premium functions...


Kerio Personal Firewall will not run on Vista and Sunbelt says it never will.


I am not sure where you got the info about Kerio never running in Vista and I really doubt that is accurate... This is what Sunbelt said about it:

Currently Kerio does NOT run on Vista. Vista is still a beta product and we are testing compatibility at this time. We will not release a compatible version until shortly after Vista is released to the general public.

Since that appears to have been written prior to the release of Vista, I don't know what the current status is... Also, I installed Kerio on a Vista beta without difficulty...

It is important to note that the Vista version of the Windows firewall is supposed to monitor both incoming and outgoing traffic... While I will probably still use another firewall, it is not as essential as it once was...
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Posted 25 July 2007 - 10:48 AM

Try this :

http://downloads.zdn...w=free firewall
http://www.jetico.co...m#/products.htm

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 09:39 PM

Try this :

http://www.jetico.co...m#/products.htm

Jetico is a nice firewall. It takes a little bit to set it up properly but once it's set up, it's really nice :thumbup:

Sygate users will feel right at home using it.

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Posted 28 November 2007 - 12:57 PM

Hey,

Sorry for bringing up an old topic but I was wondering what your opinions on a good Firewall for Vista (64bit)?

I see some of the posts are quite old and was after a bit of up-to-date information, even if the previous recommendations are still the best option.

Thanks.

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 03:57 PM

Anyone have any reviews/recommendations yet? :keybrd:

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 10:18 AM

Comodo already seems to be working with vista, i'm installing it now. download.com has great reviews of it. comodo pro 3.

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 06:04 PM

Comodo already seems to be working with vista, i'm installing it now. download.com has great reviews of it. comodo pro 3.


Yeah, been working great for me as well. Come across a good comparison site which tests and rates the various firewalls: www.matousec.com. Seems the other best free firewall is Online Armor, but it's not supported in Vista yet.

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Posted 18 April 2008 - 02:05 PM

Another (free) firewall, is comodo firewall!

I have used the program, and my oppinion is that it is a good and functional firewall with an average interface!

The firewall will be launched for vista on 16th of april to both 32bit and 64bit systems!

Link to the homepage: http://www.personalf...all.comodo.com/

Link to the forum discussion for the new vista ready http://forums.comodo...pic,6849.0.html

Note: that the first version for vista is a beta version!


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Just installed, used and uninstalled COMODO on my Windows Vista Business laptop because while it worked OK for a few days, it then started to shutdown ports for apps such as Skype, then HTTPS sites, then general IE7 URLs which made it too hit and miss. I could not configure it to leave these programs alone, even after setting them to trusted applications. Also, there was a definite lag of some seconds when you entered an URL into the browser - whether IE7, Firefox or Safari - before the HTML started to load. If I disabled the firewall the lag was less - and it was zero when I uninstalled it.

However, on my home PC, which is Windows Vista Premium I've had no such issues...Skype runs fine as do the HTTPS sites and IE7 breezes along. And there is no lag.

BUT, in both cases COMODO pops up a plethora of queries about apps for you to approve or deny and a gazillion "Learning that IE uses the keyboard" information alerts that get really annoying after a while (especially when they layer over the top of each other). I've used ZoneAlarm and CA Security Suite and they manage to give you alerts without going over the top.

So, this is a great firewall when it works. But it's a bit technical for those with little TCP/IP knowledge and the continual pop-ups are really, really annoying.

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Posted 18 April 2008 - 02:10 PM



Kerio will continue to run in Basic mode after the trial expires... You only need to pay if you want the premium functions...


Kerio Personal Firewall will not run on Vista and Sunbelt says it never will.


I am not sure where you got the info about Kerio never running in Vista and I really doubt that is accurate... This is what Sunbelt said about it:

Currently Kerio does NOT run on Vista. Vista is still a beta product and we are testing compatibility at this time. We will not release a compatible version until shortly after Vista is released to the general public.

Since that appears to have been written prior to the release of Vista, I don't know what the current status is... Also, I installed Kerio on a Vista beta without difficulty...

It is important to note that the Vista version of the Windows firewall is supposed to monitor both incoming and outgoing traffic... While I will probably still use another firewall, it is not as essential as it once was...


KFP - now called SPF - still does not run on Vista, though Sunbelt indicate on their website, http://www.sunbelt-s...rsonal-Firewall, that Vista is coming in the first quarter of 2008. Not sure how they measure time, but as of April 18 2008 it's clearly late. Which is a shame because I was looking forward to giving their product a go.

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Posted 18 April 2008 - 05:31 PM

They now say:

Running Vista? We plan on releasing a Vista compatible version in the near future.


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Posted 28 October 2008 - 04:28 PM

Sunbelt Personal Firewall 4 requires 10 MB of disk space for installation and runs on:
* Windows 2000 Professional (desktop version)
* Windows XP Home
* Windows XP Professional
* Windows XP Media Center Edition
* Windows Vista 32-bit

Sunbelt Personal Firewall 4 DOES NOT run on:
* Any 64 bit Versions of Windows
* Windows 2003 Server
* Windows 2000 Server
* Windows NT4
* Windows Me
* Windows 98
* Windows 95

I am think of using this over COMODO if it use less memory and processesing. I also thinking about Online Armor free.
I like the COMODO GUI.

Does anyone know how much memory Sunbelt Personal Firewall and Online Armor free uses.

#22 king kaos

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Posted 05 February 2010 - 05:19 AM

net limiter has a firewall enabler with it but not as good. nod32 and avast pro 5.0 net security has firewall that works with vista.

EDIT: To disable link... Posting with the link makes this appear to be SPAM and it is not needed, especially in a very old topic about a program that you seem to be saying isn't very good...

Edited by Budfred, 05 February 2010 - 06:05 AM.


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Posted 08 February 2010 - 05:43 PM

I can vouch for Comodo CIS, you can choose to install the firewall + Antivirus or just the firewall as a standalone, Completely configurable and very good.

Download: http://www.comodo.co...et-security.php

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I prevent Malware, HIPS is just backup..

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Posted 08 February 2010 - 08:19 PM

Generally SpywareInfo Forum no longer recommends Comodo, because of the issue with certificates.
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Posted 08 February 2010 - 09:27 PM

O_o I was completely un-aware of that! Thanks :)

I will reconsider getting a new firewall now.
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#26 sandra lora

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 04:02 AM

Yeah !

The best things you can do are:

Use NFTS paritions
Remove the Everyone Permission
Turn Off File & Print Sharing
Chnage the Name of the Admin Account and give it a strong password
Give the Account you use a strong password and do not use an Admin Account for your everyday work






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