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Windows 7: EST free firewall for win 7 home

22 Dec 2014   #1
oxdie23

Windows 7, 64bit
 
 
EST free firewall for win 7 home

I guys. I've looked around the net but only to read contradictory info. Some sites swearing on win firewall, others really not!

Any suggestions for a free, decent firewall for win 7 home (sp1)

Thanks


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22 Dec 2014   #2
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Win 7 has an excellent firewall already and I recommend most users to stick with it. I used to recommend Zone Alarm Free to people who would know which transmissions to allow and which to block but I had a problem with a recent update so I'm waiting to see if that gets ironed out.
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22 Dec 2014   #3
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I would vote for the Windows Firewall myself too. Despite its disastrous default configuration, it's very capable once you learn how to use it. Just give it a try, go directly for "firewall with advanced security" control panel and investigate a bit about its rules and learn how to block and allow specific programs/ports/protocols, etc.

Its most important drawback is the lacking of outgoing block notifications, which makes troubleshooting network problems a bit harder. A few third party programs attempt (without great results) to give those notifications.

But other than that, I find it to be a surprisingly good piece of software, so far it hasn't turned me down.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
to people who would know which transmissions to allow and which to block
If people don't know even basic network management, it's better not to have a firewall at all. It's a good tool and all, but without proper knowledge it will just get in the way and will fail to give any protection.
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22 Dec 2014   #4
mdd1963

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Many have referred to Windows 'firewall' as being more of a 'wide open door'...

I never had a Windows Firewall warning....one wonders just what sort of things it will actually block by default.

Personal Firewall 7.0, on the other hand, has a learning period after it's intial install, but, seems quite adept at initially blocking almost everything 'new', but, prompts you for permission (block/allow), with ability to trust assorted signed publishers. I don't mind the occasional 'block/allow' popup, I'd rather have that than 99.99% of malicious stuff allowed through by default!
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22 Dec 2014   #5
oxdie23

Windows 7, 64bit
 
 

Thanks for the replies guys. Back in the day it was almost standard to install zonealarm, (that is, the 32 bit days) but I'm quite surprised-at least on a net search- that more peeps are OK with win 7's own firewall. Got decent enough antivirus so probably gonna stick with what I've got for now.

Cheers
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22 Dec 2014   #6
mdd1963

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Few complain about the WIndows Firewall, as it never mistakenly blocks anything....; sometimes I wonder if it blocks anything at all, good or bad, by default.
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22 Dec 2014   #7
oxdie23

Windows 7, 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mdd1963 View Post
Few complain about the WIndows Firewall, as it never mistakenly blocks anything....; sometimes I wonder if it blocks anything at all, good or bad, by default.

What firewall are you using? How is that going for you?
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24 Dec 2014   #8
mdd1963

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Private Firewall (7.0)...

privacyware dot com

It will ask permission at almost anything new/unknown, so, if you are an active downloader of new applications, and dislike the occasional security popup, this is NOT your product. On the other hand, if you accidentally install something, then it is indeed your fault, as the Firewall feature will indeed ask "Block/Allow" for pretty much everything new..
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26 Dec 2014   #9
Tookeri

Windows 7 Pro 32
 
 

The default setting for Windows Firewall is to block inbound connections, but allow ALL outbound connections.

I use a third-party GUI app for Windows Firewall and have changed settings so it blocks outbound by default. This is what happens when I for example start CCleaner and I haven't allowed that app:
EST free firewall for win 7 home-outbound-alert.png

This is a good example why I don't allow all outbound connections. I've configured CCleaner to not check for updates, but it still wants to create connections every time I run it and I have no idea what it sends or receives as it's encrypted (port 443).


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26 Dec 2014   #10
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tookeri View Post
The default setting for Windows Firewall is to block inbound connections, but allow ALL outbound connections.

I use a third-party GUI app for Windows Firewall and have changed settings so it blocks outbound by default. This is what happens when I for example start CCleaner and I haven't allowed that app:
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This is a good example why I don't allow all outbound connections. I've configured CCleaner to not check for updates, but it still wants to create connections every time I run it and I have no idea what it sends or receives as it's encrypted (port 443).
I'm intrigued by Windows Firewall Control. How does it work? I'm using Zone Alarm's free firewall right now but ran into an issue with a recent update and I'm considering switching. Does Windows Firewall Control "train" itself by, every time an application tried to send or receive a transmission, posting a popup that asks you if it is to allow or disallow a transmission either permanently or this time only?
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