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Firewall Advice

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by ACPCUP, 1 Feb 2006.



    Joined: 12 Sep 2005

    Posts: 1,165

    Location: Up A Tree

    I am using Zonealarm which is a great Firewall but every now and then it stops me gaining acces to the net. I got to keep going in and allowing access. I have checked the box for allow without asking but can anyone say if i really need Zonealarm / Firewall or if there is a better (free) one available.

  2. fluiduk

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 13 Nov 2003

    Posts: 1,567

    Location: Manchester

    I hate Zone Alarm. Are you running xp, apparently the windows built in one is fine?
  3. Enzo


    Joined: 21 Mar 2005

    Posts: 590

    Location: York

    But if you still want one I use Kerio, looks ok does the job and more importantly is free [google]
  4. Abooie


    Joined: 20 Apr 2004

    Posts: 4,587

    Location: Chepstow

    I too was using Zone Alarm for quite a while but soon began to hate it. Whilst looking for an alternative relied on Windows XP and never ended up replacing it.

    Pros, it just works. No memory (or negligable) signature.
    Cons, no outbound firewall so if you already have anything thats sending out info etc. you won't pick it up. Imo, this isn't at all a problem for a personal PC with a user that uses his brain on what executables s/he runs.

    I'd give Windows XP a go for a week then decide if you really need anything else.


    Joined: 12 Sep 2005

    Posts: 1,165

    Location: Up A Tree

    Thanks for the advice mate. Will give it a try.
  6. ic1male


    Joined: 28 Oct 2003

    Posts: 28,675

    Location: Westchestershire

    I use Agnitum Outpost Pro. Does bug you a little bit now and again but I like to know what's going on. It also has antispyware built in now.