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Well, windows has tons of services etc that are spamming my network uselessly much, and not only windows itself, but many windows apps, and I'd like to reduce this "spam". when I'm "idling" on desktop, no browsers open, no MSN messenger or similar stuff open, only windows itself and some background services/apps, I get roughly 5-10 packets per SECOND going out. I figured easiest way to stop it is getting a firewall that have good configuration possibilities. I have not used any firewall software in almost 10 years so I'm kinda lost..

What I'm looking for is:
- Wide configuration options, blocking specific ports and/or applications.
- Free
- For windows (obviously)
- Filtering by packet contents (content filtering) would be a big +
- "easy", aka. graphical interface, fast to set up without needing to do allot of cryptic stuff. (aka. not like configuring iptables manually in linux)

And before you start yelling about "how stupid can u be with no firewall", all my network traffic is routed through my server, that acts as a router with firewall. And before you ask why do I want a firewall on this computer then, My linux router is configured to filter only incoming packets from Internet, and I'd like to keep it that way, and also, this "packet spam" is messing up my network usage graphs generated by my server rolleyes.gif
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post #2 of 11
mmm try zonealarm?
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For free go with Comodo
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allright, thanks guys, ill check out those some day. tongue.gif if anyone comes up with more suggestions, feel free to share biggrin.gif
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post #5 of 11
+1 to comodo
also disable any windows features that are spamming your network as you can..

lastly offload the FW tasks from the rig by if happen to have an older spare rig you could turn it into a firewall using pFsense
http://www.pfsense.org/
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post #6 of 11
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+1 to comodo
also disable any windows features that are spamming your network as you can..

lastly offload the FW tasks from the rig by if happen to have an older spare rig you could turn it into a firewall using pFsense
http://www.pfsense.org/

I have turned off pretty much stuff I can, but I can't turn off everything without losing some features frown.gif

And putting another rig between this computer and my server would be wayy too much of a slow-down to be any useful, especially when my server system already acts as a router and a firewall, with additional features ofcourse rolleyes.gif
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post #7 of 11
Lots of network traffic? Is it often tiny packets? Yeah, all OS's do that, Windows is just a bit worse about it, that's all.
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The firewall in win7 will actually do everything you asked for out of the box. It''s actually pretty good.
    
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post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by allikat View Post

Lots of network traffic? Is it often tiny packets? Yeah, all OS's do that, Windows is just a bit worse about it, that's all.

"a bit" ? from windows i get rougly 1200% the traffic of my linux laptop flooding into my network rolleyes.gif
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The firewall in win7 will actually do everything you asked for out of the box. It''s actually pretty good.

That's exactly the problem, by default win7 firewall ofcourse lets all windows stuff and "stuff it knows" through and would be too much work to disallow all crap I don't need and fine-tune it to be like I want rolleyes.gif
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I thought windows firewall only applied to inbound traffic?

Also, +1 for zonalarm. Although comodo is rumored to be great as well.
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