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Windows 7: I'm looking for a good and advanced firewall for win7?

31 Mar 2017   #1
Marie SWE

1xWin7 Home X64, 2xWin7 Pro x64, 1xWin 2008 R2 server. 1xWinXP Pro, 1xWin 2k and Linux Mint Mate
 
 
I'm looking for a good and advanced firewall for win7?

Hello
Sorry if my english is a little bit bad, but i hope you will understand me.:)
In my older computers, i use Sygate Personal Firewall Pro 5.5 but it does not work on win7 .. So i wonder if there are any other firewalls that are as advanced or more?
I still want to be able to allow or block MAC addresses, IP addresses and the entire range of IP addresses, for all applications or only individual applications.
And i like that Sygate have detailed logs and connection details....... but I'm not going to complain if it is even better and more detailed logs.
Do you have any suggestions?

and yes, i cheat a little bit with a translator to get a correct spelling.. it's better for all of us that way i think.
//Marie





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31 Mar 2017   #2
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I've been happy with ZoneAlarm's free firewall and have been using it for several years.
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01 Apr 2017   #3
msalton1

windows 7 Pro 64 Bit
 
 

I use and highly recommend Windows 10 Firewall Control

Don't let the name fool you...it works with windows versions Vista, 7, 8 AND 10.

It's highly customizable. The free version works great for most. I run the free version on 4 machines here, but I have the paid Plus Edition on my main system, as it allows me to block windows system connections, specific IP addresses and much more.
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01 Apr 2017   #4
Marie SWE

1xWin7 Home X64, 2xWin7 Pro x64, 1xWin 2008 R2 server. 1xWinXP Pro, 1xWin 2k and Linux Mint Mate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
I've been happy with ZoneAlarm's free firewall and have been using it for several years.
Hey! Thanks for the tip.:)
I have tested free ZoneAlarm, but it missing many functions for my needs, unfortunately. But ZoneAlarm is a very good freeware and does it's job well.
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01 Apr 2017   #5
Marie SWE

1xWin7 Home X64, 2xWin7 Pro x64, 1xWin 2008 R2 server. 1xWinXP Pro, 1xWin 2k and Linux Mint Mate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by msalton1 View Post
I use and highly recommend Windows 10 Firewall Control

Don't let the name fool you...it works with windows versions Vista, 7, 8 AND 10.

It's highly customizable. The free version works great for most. I run the free version on 4 machines here, but I have the paid Plus Edition on my main system, as it allows me to block windows system connections, specific IP addresses and much more.
Helluu :)
Oh no.. program name is nothing that i relay react to. ....as long as it is not from Microsoft .. then you should beware of anything that has a W and a 10 or X in the same sentence.
I've tested the free version Windows 10 Firewall Control, and it was not for me. But I will test the Plus version and evaluate it.
Thanks for the tip.:)
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28 Jan 2018   #6
Marie SWE

1xWin7 Home X64, 2xWin7 Pro x64, 1xWin 2008 R2 server. 1xWinXP Pro, 1xWin 2k and Linux Mint Mate
 
 

Hello again :)

Now it has almost been a year since I started this thread
And I haven't found any firewall as advanced as Sygate Firewall Pro.5.5
Have any new firewalls come up on the market that I have missed out?

So I ask you all again. Please Is there any of you who know about an advanced firewall software?

Features i relay need is.
If a program wants internet access, I want it to ask me "every time".. and an option to remember my answer. (but not an requirement to remember).
Why? if I'm on my mobile internet connection, (and it's slow) then i want the firewall to ask me if every program is going to have internet access or not.. a fast no or yes click and my bandwidth isn't blocked by antivirus, winupdate and so on.

Block or allow IP numbers ex.10.0.0.1 or a IP-range 10.0.0.0-10.255.255.255
That rule is going to apply on all internet connections or on an specific program.
Block or allow mac-addresses in my network.

+ is if it's possible to block domains.. ex google.analytics.com

Is this possible?
Or is it so bad that a 15year old program is superior to any software firewalls today?
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28 Jan 2018   #7
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi Maria,

not sure if this will be of any use, but

Cloud Delivered Enterprise Security by OpenDNS

hit the personal tab


Roy
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28 Jan 2018   #8
Marie SWE

1xWin7 Home X64, 2xWin7 Pro x64, 1xWin 2008 R2 server. 1xWinXP Pro, 1xWin 2k and Linux Mint Mate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by torchwood View Post
Hi Maria,

not sure if this will be of any use, but

Cloud Delivered Enterprise Security by OpenDNS

hit the personal tab


Roy
Hello Roy :)
OpenDNS is a good solution, I use it at home with a Cisco firewall router. But it does not give me total control over my local computer's program if I want it to access the internet this time but not next time.
I must be able to block or allow access before it passes the network card. With OpenDNS, I need to configure the settings each time instead of just clicking yes or no depending on what I am going to do online. My mobile-internet speed is only 2-6 Mbps, that is why I need to be able to block access with just one yes or no. And I need to be able to block IP numbers and IP-ranges. There are way too many companies that track everything we do online. But some time i easily need to be able to unblock them temporary, if i need to use google.com :lol:
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28 Jan 2018   #9
msalton1

windows 7 Pro 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Marie SWE View Post
Hello again :)

Now it has almost been a year since I started this thread
And I haven't found any firewall as advanced as Sygate Firewall Pro.5.5
Have any new firewalls come up on the market that I have missed out?

So I ask you all again. Please Is there any of you who know about an advanced firewall software?

Features i relay need is.
If a program wants internet access, I want it to ask me "every time".. and an option to remember my answer. (but not an requirement to remember).
Why? if I'm on my mobile internet connection, (and it's slow) then i want the firewall to ask me if every program is going to have internet access or not.. a fast no or yes click and my bandwidth isn't blocked by antivirus, winupdate and so on.

Block or allow IP numbers ex.10.0.0.1 or a IP-range 10.0.0.0-10.255.255.255
That rule is going to apply on all internet connections or on an specific program.
Block or allow mac-addresses in my network.

+ is if it's possible to block domains.. ex google.analytics.com

Is this possible?
Or is it so bad that a 15year old program is superior to any software firewalls today?
Windows Firewall Control Plus will do all of this. Even the free version will seek your permission to connect every time. Just click 'Apply Once' instead of 'Apply' when the Zone Window appears (asking for your permission). Clicking 'Apply' will allow trusted programs to access at will. A Log Balloon will appear when a permissioned program, app, system file accesses the internet, unless you tell it not to (for all or for specific ones).

The Plus version will allow you to create 'Zones' to block specific IPs, IP address ranges and domains. Online manual is here.

And, from your previous post, I assume you know that W10FC is not a Microsoft program.

Online manual is here.

But honestly, what you are asking for can be done with the (Microsoft) Advanced Firewall bundled with Windows (with the exception of asking permission to connect). In fact, W10FC is a front-end for the bundled firewall.

You access the advanced settings via Control Panel\Windows Firewall. The left pane has a link for 'Advanced Settings'. There, you can edit or create inbound and outbound rules that you can apply to private, public or even corporate networks. The (Microsoft) firewall is actually pretty extensive and will allow you to do everything you're asking, but you have to create the rules, which can add up to a lot of time. You could easily find guides using Google (or DuckDuckGo, the search engine I prefer).

It would be easier to give W10FC a try. The plus version is only $30. Read the manual and you should be able to do all you want.

And, since you're security conscious, I suggest using Firefox (or perhaps you already are). There are many add-ons that will increase your security further. One add-on that's a must is NoScript, which allows you to block scripts from whatever website or domain you wish. Or you can allow (Trust) it, or you can choose to 'allow' it or not on demand.

There are learning curves to these (FW & NoScript), but since you seem to know what you want and are determined, it shouldn't be a problem.

You can search for NoScript in FireFox add-ons. Here's a basic guide on what it does and its use.
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29 Jan 2018   #10
Marie SWE

1xWin7 Home X64, 2xWin7 Pro x64, 1xWin 2008 R2 server. 1xWinXP Pro, 1xWin 2k and Linux Mint Mate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by msalton1 View Post
Windows Firewall Control Plus will do all of this. Even the free version will seek your permission to connect every time. Just click 'Apply Once' instead of 'Apply' when the Zone Window appears (asking for your permission). Clicking 'Apply' will allow trusted programs to access at will. A Log Balloon will appear when a permissioned program, app, system file accesses the internet, unless you tell it not to (for all or for specific ones).

The Plus version will allow you to create 'Zones' to block specific IPs, IP address ranges and domains. Online manual is here.

And, from your previous post, I assume you know that W10FC is not a Microsoft program.

Online manual is here.

But honestly, what you are asking for can be done with the (Microsoft) Advanced Firewall bundled with Windows (with the exception of asking permission to connect). In fact, W10FC is a front-end for the bundled firewall.

You access the advanced settings via Control Panel\Windows Firewall. The left pane has a link for 'Advanced Settings'. There, you can edit or create inbound and outbound rules that you can apply to private, public or even corporate networks. The (Microsoft) firewall is actually pretty extensive and will allow you to do everything you're asking, but you have to create the rules, which can add up to a lot of time. You could easily find guides using Google (or DuckDuckGo, the search engine I prefer).

It would be easier to give W10FC a try. The plus version is only $30. Read the manual and you should be able to do all you want.

And, since you're security conscious, I suggest using Firefox (or perhaps you already are). There are many add-ons that will increase your security further. One add-on that's a must is NoScript, which allows you to block scripts from whatever website or domain you wish. Or you can allow (Trust) it, or you can choose to 'allow' it or not on demand.

There are learning curves to these (FW & NoScript), but since you seem to know what you want and are determined, it shouldn't be a problem.

You can search for NoScript in FireFox add-ons. Here's a basic guide on what it does and its use.
Hello :)
Okay.. I did try Windows Firewall Control, but it only asked for permission ones.. next time it didn't ask..
Maybe I missed any setting, I only evaluated the program for 10 minutes.
I thought it was unnecessary complicated to add rules and later quickly lift the rules temporarily... In the program, Sygate firewall pro, I just needed to tick the box to temporarily cancel the rule and then tick the box again to re-enable the rule. Neat, simple and user-friendly.
I didn't try Windows Firewall Control Plus.I didn't find any trail version.
Am trying Windows Firewall Control Plus right now, and i don't find were I can apply all my rules to the different programs.. i want to block ex: IP10.0.0.0-10.255.255.255 but i want one program to have access to 10.0.10.10.
And the installation crashed my access from my winxp computer to my win7
So i did uninstall it again.. Damn, I need a lab-computer to learn it.. I hope the uninstallation restored the original Win firewall settings.. Because I can't reinstall win7 on that computer before next year I hope the security isn't compromised..

Yes, I use Firefox and advanced custom settings ... And DuckDuckGo as a search engine. Sometimes I'm forced to use google .. that's then I quickly have to lift the rule for 20 seconds to a minute and then apply it again.

I relay hate win7 some times... I think win xp was the last windows that doesn't have i mind of it own and have a good backward compatible..
I am in the process to learn Linux.. when win7 doesn't get any security updates then i am screwed.. win8, 10 not in my life.

so maybe I should give up trying to get a good protection to Windows 7.. and use win xp until i have "learned" Linus... one or two years more..

Yes I give up.. throwing in the towel... TKO
used Microsoft 1989-2018(2019)


Now I'll sleep on it...... The time is now 06:59 here in Sweden. It's time to sleep a long time ago. Good night
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