Quote: Originally Posted by Greg S
Quote: Originally Posted by Anderson2
Thank you very much. I am unfamiliar with Malware Defender and will therefore take a look at it even though I like Windows7FirewallControl and like you may buy the plus version. But I will look at Malware Defender first.
Thanks for the advice.
If you try MD, make sure your system is clean. MD should default to "Learning Mode" after installation. Open and close most of your day to day programs, Log Off/Login and Restart at least once. After that, place MD in Normal mode. You'll get a few more popup prompts after that for normal operations but not many. MD is a strong classical HIPS and offers great security system wide.
I decided to skip MD for now and instead downloaded windows7firewall Plus to try it. (Knocked out my Firefox (and even IE8) until I allowed Avast more than the recommended web/ftp access).
I had already turned off all of the Customer Experience
options but this was a new one having to do with WMP "network something or other" -
whatever that is.
Now I see that windows7firewall control is blocking a whole lot of host services (maybe DNS, DHCP, etc.) that I need to look into and find out where and how to fix it. Life is never simple. Should have stuck with the simple free version that just worked.