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Windows 7: Good firewall program?

30 Oct 2009   #11
HughShaw

Windows 7 Professional (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by harpua View Post
I just routinely run defense plus in training mode (it just learns everything without alerting you of anything in training mode) and just turn up the protection level when playing around with something new and untrusted that I want to use defense plus to see what it's going to do to my system.
Hmm...sounds feasible. I will give defense+ one more try.


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30 Oct 2009   #12
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

One point about the Windows firewall - it is a completely different product from that in XP or even Vista and will give a good basic protection without too much user intervention.

I am more concerned about my own security as I have to, sometimes, in the course of my work, visit certain sites that I would not do by choice .

Careful action by the user is still the best anti malware solution out there

This reason alone is sufficient for me to be prepared to pay a certain cost for the additional peace of mind. This cost is the one of time rather than the straight cost of a paid solution as Comodo provides as good a solution IMO as others charge for.

Yes there are a lot of prompts but i personally prefer this as it keeps me informed of the status of my system. These prompts do of course decrease dramatically with time as the system learns what is normal for you.

I also perform regular sweeps with a non resident anti-malware product to check for anything that is missed

For the average user the use of Windows Firewall and Microsoft security essentials is an adequate solution coupled with a certain amount of user thought. It is certainly a lot better than a lot of systems I see where the user is relient on a free trial that came with the system a year ago and ran out 9 months ago
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30 Oct 2009   #13
hackerman1

W7-Enterprise + WS-2008 (Converted to Workstation)
 
 

hi !

harpua: "I just routinely run defense plus in training mode (it just learns everything without alerting you of anything in training mode)"

thatīs not a very good idea, because then it "accepts" everything...

itīs only recommended to run i "training-mode" for a short period of time after itīs been installed, or after you have installed new software, that is has to learn the behavior of.

go up 1 or 2 steps to "clean" / "safe" instead, then switch to "training" when you have installed new software, then switch back as soon as possible, after a day or two.

i run in "safe-mode" and i switch to "training" before i install something (to reduce pop-upīs, ) so i donīt see many of them.
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30 Oct 2009   #14
Bio

Win 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
PCTools

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ttthomasss123 View Post
So I have been using Comodo Internet Security, but I think it has been causing some problems with the OS. It made everything run slow. either it was the firewall, or nvidia drivers... I reinstalled Windows 7 Pro x64 (formatted hd and did clean install), and everything is snappy and fast like it was in the beginning. The thing that I am having trouble with, is that with the RC, I used Comodo, and had the Nvidia drivers and all that, and it never was slow like this was before the reinstall. I don't think I could have messed anything up in the system files, because I never did anyhting to them.

Bottom line, I'm looking for a good, free firewall. Let me know what you guys think!
PcTools Internet security suite....works GREAT!
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30 Oct 2009   #15
rogermac

windows 7
 
 
Windows Firewall

I just ran the windows firewall on Steve Gibsons sight "Shields Up" and it passed with flying colors. Goodby Comodo. nag,nag,nag....Here's the link.

https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2
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30 Oct 2009   #16
ken9122

Win7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
One point about the Windows firewall - it is a completely different product from that in XP or even Vista and will give a good basic protection without too much user intervention.

I am more concerned about my own security as I have to, sometimes, in the course of my work, visit certain sites that I would not do by choice .

Careful action by the user is still the best anti malware solution out there

This reason alone is sufficient for me to be prepared to pay a certain cost for the additional peace of mind. This cost is the one of time rather than the straight cost of a paid solution as Comodo provides as good a solution IMO as others charge for.

Yes there are a lot of prompts but i personally prefer this as it keeps me informed of the status of my system. These prompts do of course decrease dramatically with time as the system learns what is normal for you.

I also perform regular sweeps with a non resident anti-malware product to check for anything that is missed

For the average user the use of Windows Firewall and Microsoft security essentials is an adequate solution coupled with a certain amount of user thought. It is certainly a lot better than a lot of systems I see where the user is relient on a free trial that came with the system a year ago and ran out 9 months ago
+1 Well said!!
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30 Oct 2009   #17
Fliplip

windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Im still waiting for Eset to become a bit more stable but for now the MS stuff seems ot be working ok.
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30 Oct 2009   #18
ttthomasss123

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Alright Thank you all for your input. I know that the windows firewall is pretty good, I also am behind a NAT, so I dont have as big of problems as most. I installed Comodo last night, I left the AV installed, and running, however it is not set to scan at all. I also have MS SE installed aswell.

Yes, the pop ups do get very annoying from defense+, but they do go away after awhile. But like Barman58 said, I like to know what my computer is doing. The defense+ being so damn picky has allowed me to stop some malware from connecting to the internet a few times, and I feel that because of Comodo Internet Security, I haven't had any viruses or any maliciuos attacks on my computer for over 3 years now. Or maybe its the NAT.. Who knows :P
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30 Oct 2009   #19
hackerman1

W7-Enterprise + WS-2008 (Converted to Workstation)
 
 

hi !

rogermac: "I just ran the windows firewall on Steve Gibsons sight "Shields Up" and it passed with flying colors."

yes, it does.
it blocks incoming connections.
but you should test windows firewall with Comodoīs LeakTest (CLT)....
i have tested a few firewalls the last months, and windows firewall has lots of leaks, meaning it doesnīt block outgoing connections.
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30 Oct 2009   #20
tylerorr95

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Zonealarm is the best firewall by far that I used. I recommend it to every user looking for a strong inbound as well as outbound firewall.
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