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Windows 7: What do you use for a Firewall on your Windows computer ?

23 Oct 2012   #1

Vista Home Premium, contemplating moving to Linux
What do you use for a Firewall on your Windows computer ?

I found Zone Alarm to be lacking, with updates this year making it work worse for me.

I had purchased AVG Paid anti-virus last year and found out my paid update this year included a firewall.

ZA went into panic mode, with popups, as I uninstalled it. Ethernet disconnected.

I ran the AVG paid instlal agina, and selected install firewall this time.

I did find that you have to tell it to ask for a program's permisison to go outside my computer. It doesn't do that automatically.

What do you use ? And how well does it work for you ?

Not going to change mine. I'm just curious.
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23 Oct 2012   #2
Carl Lawrence

Dual-boot: Windows 7 HP 32-bit SP1 & Windows XP Pro 32-bit SP2.

I use the standard Windows 7 one, it seems to be good enough for me. Never had any problems with it yet.
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23 Oct 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I use windows 7 built in, but I also have a hardware firewall between me and the world.
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24 Oct 2012   #4
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Comodo Firewall. The firewall, not the internet suite. Defense+ on. A Guy
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24 Oct 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I am ashamed to admit I do not use a firewall other than on my router. I do not use an antivirus program either. I keep Kaspersky installed but not enabled mostly to ward off evil spirits. I will say that in 10 years I can recall a few times that I have had a virus. Some have told me it is just a matter of time or that I am just lucky. i disagree, I chalk it up to sanitary browsing. ( I also keep my internet browsing security settings at a minimum. I do have a pesky habit of periodically checking the registry and obsessing over my task manager. Not that I recommend this approach. Now my teenager, she has all of the securitybI can put on the machine and she still gets viruses, malware, and all manner of cyber disease.
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24 Oct 2012   #6
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

You assume you aren't infected

A Guy
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24 Oct 2012   #7

Windows 8.1u1 x64

Norton Internet Security 2013
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24 Oct 2012   #8
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit

avast! Internet Security
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24 Oct 2012   #9

Windows 8 - 64-bit

I'm using Windows Firewall ......W7 laptop and Avast Internet Security, Free version,
I ALSO Have a router that's completely secured.. as much as is possible .. the whole nine yards .
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24 Oct 2012   #10
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit

I've been using Zone Alarm's free firewall without any problems for years (the only downside are fairly rare popups asking me to upgrade--maybe one every month or two). I like it because it is easy to use, unlike Win 7's firewall. I've used it with MSE and Avast free (I'm currently using MSE). It also plays well with other anti-malware programs like MBAM and SAS.
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