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Windows 7: I need a decent firewall suggestion


09 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
I need a decent firewall suggestion

There are some software installed on my computer which are silently accessing the internet. This situation makes me worried about my security and privacy.

So, I need a firewall to block internet access of some of the software installed on my PC, which I would choose by hand. It must warn me whenever an application tries to access the internet, and let me choose whether to allow it or not. I don't want any firewall which doesn't have this feature.

In old days, there was a great firewall named "Symantec Personal Firewall". But there is no new version developed for years, and its older versions are not compatible with my current operating system.

Any suggestion will be appreciated.

(My OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64)


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09 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 7 64
 
 

I've been using Comodo firewall for the last couple of years, very reliable and very configurable. If you just want simple application blocking you could turn of the hips feature (defense+) which tends to bombard you with warning dialogues.


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09 Mar 2011   #3

Win 7 64 premium
 
 

Comodo D+ is what i recommend. It can be set for learning mode, Default mode, and my favorite, PARANOID mode If you dont allready have a real HIPS, i would suggest adding the D+ with the firewall. After learning your system Comodo becomes very silent, even with D+.
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09 Mar 2011   #4

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

What you decide to use is whatever you feel comfortable with.

Comodo is highly configurable, although it would be best for you to d/l this and spend some time reading this. It's a long read, but it covers all aspects of configuring the firewall and defense+.

http://personalfirewall.comodo.com/C...User_Guide.pdf

Windows firewall is also configurable. Doing a search of this forum will yield some threads that can help you in configuring it.

Several threads have suggested that ZoneAlarm does not play well with Win 7 and causes BSOD's.

An then there's the option of a pay for security suite, like Norton 360, which has it's own firewall.
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11 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hkBattousai View Post
There are some software installed on my computer which are silently accessing the internet. This situation makes me worried about my security and privacy.

Any suggestion will be appreciated.
You're right this is a potentially serious problem, but there is a simple solution and that is to install the Comodo Firewall and set it to 'Custom Policy" Mode and it will not only stop all of the programs you have set it to prevent from accessing the internet, but it will also alert you each and every time any program which you have not given permission attempts to access the internet and then you can instruct the Comodo Firewall how to proceed.

I am constantly surprised at the number of programs that try to access the internet. Comodo recently caught a new program that I had instslled trying to contact 2 different IP numbers each time it was started, but with a couple of clicks to Block their internet access Comodo will never let them access the internet. Nearly every new program I install wants to phone home during the installation and even plugging in or unplugging a USB device can prompt a call to Redmond and I just don't see why they need to know about it so I have the Comodo Firewall see that newdev.dll's phone home privileges are perminently suspended.

BTW all of this has nothing to do with Comodo Proactive Defense+ which controls which programs are allowed to access elevated privileges and can provide excellent protection with few pop-ups when set up correctly unless several new programs are installed every day which will create new pop-ups but once Defense+ has its orders it quietly carries out your instructions.

~Maxx~



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12 Mar 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

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Nearly every new program I install wants to phone home during the installation and even plugging in or unplugging a USB device can prompt a call to Redmond
@ Maxxwire, are you talking about "Software Protection" in services?


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12 Mar 2011   #7

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
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Nearly every new program I install wants to phone home during the installation and even plugging in or unplugging a USB device can prompt a call to Redmond
@ Maxxwire, are you talking about "Software Protection" in services?
No, I was referring to how the Comodo Firewall when set in Custom Policy Mode will prevent any unauthorized access to the internet as when these 2 Piriform programs tried to 'phone home' during the installation process. As can be seen they were both trying to call the same number without success...

~Maxx~



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12 Mar 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Oh, I see .... yeah, Avira Firewall pops up too to ask allow or deny.
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12 Mar 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

How did you get your Comodo Purple? mine's black
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12 Mar 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
Oh, I see .... yeah, Avira Firewall pops up too to ask allow or deny.
Me too, want purple! It is lovely
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