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Wasn't too sure where to put this security or Windows 7 section.

Anyway hope this is the right place. I've finally just moved from XP to Windows 7 64 bit and the firewall I always used was my trusted Sygate that was perfect - simple to use yet advanced but sadly it is no longer developed and isn't compatible.

I've looked at couple of the names on the sticky Free Security Downloads but I'm not sure which one to go with.

What firewall are you guys using?

Just please don't recommend Comodo, I didn't like it Thanks.
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I am not a security expert, but here are my experiences.

Zone Alarm. Increased boot times and the free version nags you with Upgrade Pop Ups.
Comodo. Works well, faster boot than Zone Alarm, but was interfering with one of my programs...cant remember which now.
Windows Firewall. Interestingly enough the most seamless. Doesnt increase boot times and doesnt cause issues with any programs. Using this right now in conjunction with the hardware firewall on my router.
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At the moment I'm using the default Windows firewall because I can't decide what to get after being used to Sygate for so long.

The Windows firewall isn't bad by the way but one thing I miss is it only notifies me when a new program I installed wants to connect. With Sygate I used to get random incoming outgoing connections messages when something was trying to connect for no reason that I could decide then whether it was ok to allow it. I was also able to monitor all active inbound and outbound traffic that were happening in a log.
Edited by manny123 - 5/22/11 at 8:36am
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post #4 of 18
Hands down comodo (once you get use to it) (windows firewall is better than nothing) and make sure to have a hardware firewall as well (included with almost all routers) And I recommend avast for the antivirus
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I didn't like Comodo or Zone Alarm. They both nag you a lot.* But Zone Alarm was probably the best of the two.

I second Avast for free antivirus. I have it on the computers I decided didn't one of my three Norton licenses. Then again, I just run windows firewall on those computers as well.

*I learned to never again install Comodo on a client's computer.
Edited by Flynny - 5/22/11 at 8:50am
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go with the microsoft antivirus thing, don't know name
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I already use Microsoft Security Essentials for AV does the job, I'm looking for a firewall

Yeah I have hardware firewall enabled in router.
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post #8 of 18
Comodo personal firewall be sure to turn off Defense+ so it won't annoy you and interfere with your good programs.
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Originally Posted by godofdeath View Post
go with the microsoft antivirus thing, don't know name
Its called that \\/ \\/ and I use it on all my machines.

Quote:
Originally Posted by manny123 View Post
I already use Microsoft Security Essentials for AV does the job, I'm looking for a firewall

Yeah I have hardware firewall enabled in router.
My setup is Router Firewall>Windows Firewall>MSE>SpywareBlaster>Weekly scans of MBAM. Total cost $0.
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lol I have the exact same setup currently except of course I'm looking for a firewall like Sygate if it exists. I also use Spybot's Immunization which works the same way as Spyware Blaster alongside it and SUPERAntiSypware which I also use along with MBAM maybe bit of an overkill I know
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