Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Which free firewall?

29 Mar 2013   #1
ish4d0w

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Which free firewall?

Hi,

I'm looking for a free firewall.
Which one should I use? ZoneAlarm free vs Comodo Firewall vs Outpost?

This would be used on a family computer so I need it to be as user-friendly as possible and possibly not many question popups. I tried Comodo already, it's great and advanced (I like the way I can have a in-depth look what's going on), but since we're now talking about a shared family PC, giving too much alerts might be an issue.

I also used Outpost Firewall in the past (on XP and Vista). I also liked that. I see they now have a freeware version, too. But since it's a 2009 version I'm not sure if it's fully compatible with Windows 7.

UPDATE:
For anyone reading this topic I'm leaving this here for reference, I hope this information will be useful for anyone looking for Outpost Free Firewall.

It seems that Outpost Free Firewall is now integrated into Outpost Security Suite Free. (AntiVirus is included too but if you have a different AntiVirus installed, Outpost will detect it and install as Firewall-only so they can work together!) I tested it with Kaspersky installed and it's OK. It's compatible with Windows 7.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Mar 2013   #2
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

What's wrong with the built in firewall?

Jerry
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Mar 2013   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

The built in Windows 7 Firewall works for me. Of course it free.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Mar 2013   #4
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

From the two, I prefer Comodo for the same reasons as you, it's greatly configurable and I like the alerts as they're informative of what's going on. ZoneAlarm is much more restricted in configuration, I tested but discarded in favor of the Win7 built in one. Have yet to change again for Comodo.

The Windows Firewall may be good for your case, since you don't want alerts. The advanced configuration panel provides a great deal of control and it works well. Most important for you, it has NO notifications when it blocks something. The only popups it shows are for listening programs on unauthorized ports, which rarely happens (I only faced it with a few games). Be sure to configure it though, as the default setup is very insecure by default.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Mar 2013   #5
Roderunner

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Mar 2013   #6
ish4d0w

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

As for Windows Firewall:


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alejandro85 View Post
[...]

The Windows Firewall [...]
Be sure to configure it though, as the default setup is very insecure by default.
This is what I'm worried about. I'd feel safer with a third-party firewall from a trusted brand even if I can configure the Windows Firewall to be safer.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Roderunner View Post
That's great! I see this one includes antivirus too.

How powerful is it's AV? I originally wanted to choose just a firewall to use together with Avast free antivirus, but I might go this way if Outpost AV is just as powerful too.

UPDATE: I read some reviews, it's AV seems OK, but it's a good thing that I can use it with any AntiVirus software (like Avast, Kaspersky etc.), Outpost will then work as firewall-only.

Thanks for the great idea about this software!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Mar 2013   #7
Roderunner

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ish4d0w View Post
A
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Roderunner View Post
That's great! I see this one includes antivirus too.
How powerful is it's AV? I originally wanted to choose just a firewall to use together with Avast free antivirus, but I might go this way if Outpost AV is just as powerful too.
I use the paid for version. Never gave any trouble.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Mar 2013   #8
ish4d0w

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I'm currently looking for free solutions so I'll use the free version of it.
I just installed it. We'll see. I like it so far.

Thanks everyone.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Mar 2013   #9
Roderunner

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

Here are a few tips tony77.

To install NEW programs, right click the Outpost icon in the taskbar, select 'Rules Wizard'.
Then right click it again and Enter Auto-Learn Mode for 1 Hour.

When installed programs get an update on my pc, I always right click the taskbar icon for Outpost and select 'Exit' to shut down the FW, as it protects certain files. This way the update is installed correctly. When the update has been installed, I restart Outpost, put it into 'Rules Wizard' mode and reboot, then reset Outpost to my setting 'Block Most'
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Apr 2013   #10
robinb9

Windows 7 Pro 32/64 bit and Windows 8 Pro 32 Bit/64bit
 
 

yes, what is wrong with windows 7 or windows 8 firewall, I do not like third party firewalls because they tend to break other things and most people do not know what to allow in or out. What hapens is something pops up and most people have no clue whether to allow it in or out and will click NO, then they find either a program stops working or worse they cannot connect to the internet.
With the built in one you can set up rules and Microsoft knows which ones should go out and in most of the time.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Which free firewall?




Thread Tools



Similar help and support threads for2: Which free firewall?
Thread Forum
Avast 7 free! AV + Comodo Free Firewall Conflicts System Security
Best free antivirus/ firewall System Security
Zonealarm Firewall or Comodo firewall? (Free) System Security
Best free firewall System Security
Need advice for free antivirus+free firewall combo System Security
Free firewall, have firewallcontroll System Security
Free Firewall? System Security

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:54 PM.
Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App