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Windows 7: Which Firewall is better, Avast's or 7's ?

07 Jul 2010   #1
WBFAir

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (Full)
 
 
Which Firewall is better, Avast's or 7's ?

Hello all

Recently I have been using Avast's free Anti-Virus/Malware program and am very very impressed.

Never before have I had a program that uses such little resources and completely and fully blocked all attacks.

For a firewall though, for now I have been using Windows 7's and for e-mail spam, Thunderbirds stock one, but I figure if it is better, for the firewall I would like to buy the paid version of Avast but only if it is better.

As well the same question applies for the spam filter.

So if anyone has a opinion on this please feel free to chime in.

Thanks.


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07 Jul 2010   #2
hackerman1

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

hi !


Avast has got very bad results when tested by Matousec:
Results and comments - www.matousec.com

under "Security Basics" above there is a thread with a lot of info:
Free Software Firewalls for Windows 7

save your money, get Online Armor-FREE instead, itīs one of the very best firewalls:
Best Free Firewall Software - Download Online Armor Free Personal Firewall - Get it Now

iīm using Online Armor-Premium myself....

for more info: SEARCH.....
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07 Jul 2010   #3
JonM33

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Windows 7 Firewall works without a problem. No need for any 3rd party application.
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07 Jul 2010   #4
Fathther Jack

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JonM33 View Post
Windows 7 Firewall works without a problem. No need for any 3rd party application.
"You took the words right out of my mouth......"
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07 Jul 2010   #5
hackerman1

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

hi !

JonM33 & Father Jack:
yes, of course W7īs firewall works.
but, it doesnīt block OUTGOING connections (by default).
other firewall likes fx. Online Armor blocks, and also has better protection as it also has HIPS.
read fx. the sticky thread above, and also do a search, there are lots of information in all those firewall-threads...
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07 Jul 2010   #6
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hackerman1 View Post
hi !

JonM33 & Father Jack:
yes, of course W7īs firewall works.
but, it doesnīt block OUTGOING connections (by default).
Actually, it does, and out of the box, blocked Trillian, providing me a notice and the option to unblock it.

Quote:
With all network types, by default the Windows 7 firewall blocks connections to programs that are not on the list of allowed programs.
The above quote is from a nice article by Microsoft MVP Deb Shinder, What's new in the Windows 7 Firewall?.
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07 Jul 2010   #7
JonM33

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hackerman1 View Post
hi !

JonM33 & Father Jack:
yes, of course W7īs firewall works.
but, it doesnīt block OUTGOING connections (by default).
other firewall likes fx. Online Armor blocks, and also has better protection as it also has HIPS.
read fx. the sticky thread above, and also do a search, there are lots of information in all those firewall-threads...
Are you downloading illegal software? If not, you have nothing to worry about with outbound connections.
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07 Jul 2010   #8
hackerman1

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

hi !

Corrine: according to what i have read both here on sevenforums & other forums, it does not block outgoing connections (by default).

when i tested different firewalls with Comodoīs Leak-Test (CLT), W7īs firewall had lots of leaks, it didnīt block those tests from connecting to internet.

i donīt know what settings you use, but i suppose you must have changed something....

but now you woke my interest in running some tests on W7īs FW, and double-check myself.
actually i have already planned to test the new version of Zonealarm some rainy day, so i can test W7īs FW too.

might be interesting...
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07 Jul 2010   #9
JonM33

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hackerman1 View Post
when i tested different firewalls with Comodoīs Leak-Test (CLT), W7īs firewall had lots of leaks, it didnīt block those tests from connecting to internet.
You don't need to worry about outbound connections if you do not use illegal software (keygens, cracks, etc).
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08 Jul 2010   #10
malexous

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 

What about (compromised) websites installing malware that call home?
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