Quote: Originally Posted by Anderson2
Well, since "Windows 7 Firewall Control" is really a separate firewall (that plays nicely with Windows 7's own firewall) that begs the question: is it the best choice of free firewall to be used in W 7? For instance, I've noticed that unlike Zone Alarm (that I used in XP), it (at least the free version) does not keep logs of what it blocked or did not block. Also, I am not sure it stealthes or controls the ports like ZA did.
I've heard that ZA and Comodo both have problems in W 7 and I know this is a matter of opinion but I wonder what most people use to control outbound traffic since writing Windows 7 outbound rules is a pain.
It's the best choice for me. Well actually the built-in firewall is the best choice for me but here's what happened. I installed the Plus version trial and used it's info to set up the rules for the built-in firewall and I did. It just so happened, I liked the plus version so much that I bought it. The plus version has a blocked.log which is kept in the Windows7FirewallControl folder. Wishlist would be to have access to it from the tray icon menu or ability to view it from within the control panel dialog. Most things that are blocked, you'll be presented with the popup dialog which gives you the option of applying the default which is fairly decent or you can select from another zone or you can make your own zone and use it.
On a side note, if you want similar protection that ZA or Comodo offers, meaning the addition of HIPS with their firewalls, then Malware Defender would be a great choice. Malware Defender 2.7 has just now gone free for everyone. It uses Window Filtering Platform for it's network protection but in addition to that you have alot more protection system wide with detailed logs.