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Windows 7: Need advice for free antivirus+free firewall combo

02 Sep 2010   #11
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by notsograymatter View Post
I don't recommend Zone Alarm products anymore. They've had too many bugs w/ Win7. My best recommendation for a firewall would be Comodo. Anti-Virus is another story, either Avast or Microsoft Security essentials probably.

Check the results of AV-Comparitives tests for the best anti-virus
AV-Comparatives - Independent Tests of Anti-Virus Software - Welcome to AV-Comparatives.org

You'll also need a spyware/malware scanner. I recommend SuperAntiSpyware and/or Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware.
In addition a driver in Zone Alarm has been causing BSODs. MS has now issued a fix, but I do not know how effective it is.


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02 Sep 2010   #12
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

A lot of people are having very good results with Windows 7 built in firewall including me. Many also use MSE and there reports are very good. I would recommend trying both of these.
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02 Sep 2010   #13
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

I agree Ladyback Bear. It is the best in my estimation.
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02 Sep 2010   #14
Keiichi25

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and Home Premium x64
 
 

I'm experimenting with MSE and the Windows Firewall with my laptop to see how effective it is.
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02 Sep 2010   #15
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

If you have any questions start a new thread and ask. Most members know about that AV software.
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02 Sep 2010   #16
Keiichi25

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and Home Premium x64
 
 

Not really much of a question... Lately, I've been disillusioned with Symantec and McAfee, mostly over the clutter. I have heard some comments on MSE being good, but I've always been on the fence with MS' AV and Security for the most part.

Now that I am on Win 7 and looking at little at the fact that Windows Firewall interface looks a little better than before, I might give it a chance to tweak around with it.

Normally, I have hidden behind a router, not using UPNP or much port forwarding, which has done a reasonable amount of protection with the exception of the fun web based injection methodologies which I now counter using NoScript and Ad Blocker.

On my main system, I got into getting Eset Smart Security (Which I opted in due to my Nod32 sub expiring and that was recommended by some friends as a lightweight AV), which a few times, I am contemplating not continuing when it runs out near the end of this year, mostly cause I was unimpressed by the advance configuration of the Firewall and some nuisances with certain protection (like ICMP pure blocking, which made one Net ping/traceroute program I like to use not work unless I disabled it.)

When I was working at another company, I was used to configuring Checkpoint Firewall (Larger company firewall decision) and also tweaking MS ISA Server, so mostly used to that sort of interface compared to the bland and blah one that XP had. I also played around with ZoneAlarm for another user on XP and found it created some annoyances trying to get it to parse some activities that I needed it to do for Checkpoint VPN for the XP side.

But like I said, I will have to play around with the Windows 7 Firewall version as well as MSE.
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02 Sep 2010   #17
Pusspa

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
A lot of people are having very good results with Windows 7 built in firewall including me. Many also use MSE and there reports are very good. I would recommend trying both of these.
thats what i use too! although i did download MSE beta after reading here on sevenforums that it was more comprehensive than the original MSE.
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03 Sep 2010   #18
malexous

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by antares View Post
Yes. it's obsolete, but NIS2008's firewall is rock solid and very stable. Nevertheless you're right, it's a system hog, apparently NIS2010 is a big improvement in this respect.
And 2011 which has just released is even more of an improvement. If you still have an active subscription, upgrade for free here: Norton Update Center
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03 Sep 2010   #19
yowanvista

Windows 10 Pro x64, Arch Linux
 
 

Upgrade to NIS2011 or use MSE/Avast5+comodo firewall/Windows firewall
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05 Sep 2010   #20
antares

Windows XP Professional SP3/Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I replaced NIS2008 with Avast Free+Comodo Firewall Free. They seem to be working fine, I checked Shields Up and the firewall is keeping my system Stealth on all ports. Avast+Comodo are using the same amount of memory as NIS2008 (no improvement there). Boot time improved by a few seconds, but this is subjective, I haven't tested scientifically.
Before installing Avast I tried MSE, but its real time engine is a CPU/Memory hog in my system (WinXP Pro SP3) so I opted for Avast.
In my Win7 32bit netbook I'm using MSE+Comodo Firewall, both running smoothly.
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