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Free Firewalls no more ?

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by Enzo, 17 Jan 2006.

  1. Enzo


    Joined: 21 Mar 2005

    Posts: 590

    Location: York

    I know recently we lost Sygte to Symantec and now Kerio has bitten the dust leaving.........?

    Has anyone got any suggesions for an alternative or have the days or free firewalls (Bar the windows firewall) gone for good ? :eek:
  2. Caged


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 24,184

    What's wrong with the Windows firewall?
  3. AJUK

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 14 Nov 2003

    Posts: 10,949

  4. Pinkeyes

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 30 May 2005

    Posts: 1,528

    Location: Greater Manchester

    What he said - never had a problem with Windows built in Firewall myself...
  5. Mason64


    Joined: 16 Jan 2006

    Posts: 940

    Location: North Wales

    have you got a nforce chip set if so nvidia do a really good firewall!
  6. A2Z


    Joined: 9 May 2005

    Posts: 8,399

    Location: London

    i would have to totally disagree there, its the worst firewall i have ever seen, countless problems until i disable it

    as said, windows firewall is all good...
  7. Caged


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 24,184

    Yeah, please don't use anything related to nVidia and networking. Please?
  8. dagwoood


    Joined: 16 Nov 2005

    Posts: 695

    Location: West Midlands, UK.

  9. GlasgowTitan

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 29 Jun 2005

    Posts: 1,416

    Location: Glasgow

    I'd vote for ZoneAlarm aswell, I've used it since I got this PC and its done me good.
  10. toy_soldier


    Joined: 3 Dec 2004

    Posts: 2,313

    Location: Sheffield

    Windows firewall is sufficient enough I would have thought, although Ive have problems with Zonealarm in the past its improved now so yea try that!
  11. uknorthboy


    Joined: 30 Oct 2005

    Posts: 351

    Another vote for zonealarm :)
  12. l33t_p3t3


    Joined: 3 Jan 2006

    Posts: 90

    Location: Stourbridge, UK

    I installed Kerio after reading about it on here.
    It seems very similar to Sygate, which I have been using for years until yesterday.
    I'm impressed so far with it, but not sure what features i'll lose after the 30day trial period.
  13. AJUK

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 14 Nov 2003

    Posts: 10,949

    I think you will lose the ad blocking and advanced filtering features.
  14. Mr Blonde


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 30,938

    Location: Liverpool -> London

    Why change your firewall at all?

    Did you ever update the actual firewall or ring the company for support on it - even if you did upgrade it did you realy get anything important from the new version - no would be my guess. So where's the problem in continuing to use it?
    God knows how many years I've been on Kerio 2.x.x without a single problem, which is why I'll continue to use it. If I didn't look at these forums I'd be happily unaware that it was not supported any more, and I know many people with it installed that wouldn't know it was dead.
    There's a morbid facination with updating to the latest version just seemingly because it's there, and if and when those updates dry up people swap to something else becuase they feel left out or something.
    Don't be a sheep, just keep using whatever you like to use, it's not going to break just because a company has decided to cease supporting it.
    Last edited: 17 Jan 2006
  15. Enzo


    Joined: 21 Mar 2005

    Posts: 590

    Location: York

    Had problems with Zonealarm when i tried it a year or so ago, if it's now improved I'll give it another bash ;)
  16. Chaos


    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,440

    If you have an old spare pc theres plenty of linux firewalls to choose from.
  17. Simian


    Joined: 19 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,117

    Location: Swindoniantown

    Zonealarm used to make me shout at my computer on a regular basis!... Flippin 'Pop-up' Questions!...

    I just use the WinXP SP2 Firewall and never run Internet Explorer!... Never had a problem (where'd I put me lump of wood???... Ahh here it is!..) 'Touch Wood!!' :)
  18. Neolink

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 27 Sep 2004

    Posts: 2,072

    theres an option to make zone alarm not ask you anything, ever. i always tick it on my sister and fathers computers so they dont mess anything up! :p
  19. bledd


    Joined: 21 Oct 2002

    Posts: 46,780

    Location: Parts Unknown

    if you want to block all imcoming

    Ghostwall is good :), freeware and really light
  20. Enfield


    Joined: 8 Nov 2003

    Posts: 7,401

    Location: Hampshire

    What's right with the Windows firewall?