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Windows 7: What free firewall program do you all recommend?

19 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 
What free firewall program do you all recommend?

As the topic states, what free firewall program do you reccomend? Other than the one built into windows 7. Really all I need it to do is have it make a popup when a program tries to access the net in anyway and allow me to block or allow it, kinda like zone alarm does. Someone told me zone alarm isin't any good really, or that its bad for some reason so I got rid of it.

Thanks all for any suggestions.

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19 Aug 2012   #2

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19 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP1
 
 

I say just stick with windows firewall,I just set it up how i like it and setup the router firewall too and it keeps me safe.Only third party firewall I would recommend to use would be comodo firewall since it does a good job but i prefer windows firewall since comodo sometimes conflicted with my programs.
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19 Aug 2012   #4

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I've been happy with Zone Alarm in both XP and now, Windows 7. I've never had a problem with it conflicting with programs. I've read reports that Comodo is a bit bloated.
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19 Aug 2012   #5
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There is no reason to run a third party firewall when Windows 7 has perfected it's own firewall as long as all Updates are kept current by setting to Automatic.

There is a reason why most experts here and elsewhere recommend Microsoft Security Essentials
with the Windows 7 firewall.
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19 Aug 2012   #6
Ich

Win 7 HP 32bit - sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
There is no reason to run a third party firewall when Windows 7 has perfected it's own firewall as long as all Updates are kept current by setting to Automatic.

There is a reason why most experts here and elsewhere recommend Microsoft Security Essentials
with the Windows 7 firewall.
Interesting comment greg, can you enlighten me as to why MSE & the Win 7 firewall are recommended in preference to third party Av & firewall apps? Thanks. Ich
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19 Aug 2012   #7

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I cannot and will not speak for Greg, but I will say that with all the BSODs that I have done, many were caused by Firewalls and A/V, but never by MSE or the Windows Firewall. BTW, that is what I use, plus Malwarebytes for scans.
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19 Aug 2012   #8

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

1. Microsoft operating system
2. Microsoft firewall
3. Microsoft anti virus
4. Microsoft defrag
Microsoft works well with Microsoft.
They work great for me and millions of others and they are FREE.
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19 Aug 2012   #9

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
There is no reason to run a third party firewall when Windows 7 has perfected it's own firewall as long as all Updates are kept current by setting to Automatic...
I disagree. Windows 7's firewall is much better than the one that was in XP but Windows 7's firewall still will block only incoming transmissions and fine tuning it is difficult at best. A good third party firewall, on the other hand, will block both incoming and outgoing transmissions and is easily fine tuned.
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19 Aug 2012   #10

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

My Windows 7 built in firewall has outbound rules.
Go to Start and type in firewall and take a look see.
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