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Windows 7: Best AV/Firewall that I can really control?

14 May 2010   #1
kenny782

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail
 
 
Best AV/Firewall that I can really control?

Anyway I just reloading windows 7 so I'm seeing what else is out there.

I'm trying to find something very secure but that I can really control it.
I know there's lots of articles including this forum.
But I'm looking for something I can really get my hands into not a half a dozen settings.

And on that actually defends itself since the first thing this crap does now is kill the antivirus lol

I have been Zone alarm extreme which I've been really happy with.
Except for my system performance that is.

I especially like the "program control" feature and the advanced firewall controls.
Though they could improve on the AV settings some.
And why is their no allow option when restoring from quarantine?

I've tried... - mind you many of these were tried last year.
Mcafee - DELETED some of my files (which it falsely identified). Support told me that was normal behavior and I couldn't change it.

Vipre - too many pop-ups. And many once I approved an apps action, the app would then crash. I'd end up disabling vipre in order to run the program.

Norton - Junk

BitDefender - I think I might have tried this once but I don't recall.

can't remember the others...

Just looking for some opinions because the last time I tested it destroyed my OS the installing and uninstalling them all.


Thanks,

Kenny


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14 May 2010   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

What features in particular are you wanting to control?

Comodo is the highest rated free firewall out there.
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14 May 2010   #3
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Comodo is the closest I have found to the program control in ZA. It is not as straight forward as is ZA and you will have to look for it. I am satisfied with Comodo.

If you try Comodo and can't find the settings, post back.
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14 May 2010   #4
kenny782

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail
 
 

Well these two are mainly the two I used the most
Definitely the firewall.

This program control thing - I was able to easily see a list of what apps could access the internet and stop them permanently in a single click.
It also had several levels in which it would monitor an app.
This is an old version but essentially the same thing


Features
A good browser plugin
It's not perfect but maybe Browser virtualization
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14 May 2010   #5
kenny782

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6 View Post
Comodo is the closest I have found to the program control in ZA. It is not as straight forward as is ZA and you will have to look for it. I am satisfied with Comodo.

If you try Comodo and can't find the settings, post back.
Cool thanks. How was the performance hit with Comodo vs ZA?
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14 May 2010   #6
HMonk

Dual boot XP Pro SP3x86 and Win7 Pro x64
 
 
Comodo for sure, but . . .

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14 May 2010   #7
polarbear

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I used ZA for years... then found Windows7 Firewall Control and never looked back... GL
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14 May 2010   #8
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I never ran ZA with Win 7; I knew there were conflicts. I don't notice any slowdown with Comodo.
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14 May 2010   #9
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by polarbear View Post
I used ZA for years... then found Windows7 Firewall Control and never looked back... GL
I have nothing against Windows Firewall. It is just too much of a hassle to control outgoing programs with it.
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14 May 2010   #10
HMonk

Dual boot XP Pro SP3x86 and Win7 Pro x64
 
 
Forgot . . .

@Kenny782: One legendary issue was associated with Comodo is the file, cmdagent.exe (Google if curious), which had been known to consume 100% of your CPU. I had an issue with this in late 2008 and it is argued that it was a SW bug v. one's quirky OS.

I've had no issues since and mention this in the event that you may have heard about it and thus your performance question.

Monk
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