Zone Alarm firewall free vs Comodo firewall free?
Posted 28 July 2009 - 01:43 AM
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In order to determine which Firewall your system would need to keep
you as safe as possible , we would need the specs of your PC. Mainly,
your OS (XP , Vista , other) . If possible , how much ram (memory) and
hard disk space. Also , what antivirus and antipyware along
with other security programs already installed on that particular PC.
Post back with this info. and we will be able to steer you in the right
Posted 28 July 2009 - 02:19 AM
Well, you seem to be adequately protected as far as the Virus and Malware
is concerned. My only question now , (as long as you answer the last one) is
are you behind a Router or are you connected directly to a modem. If you are
connected to a router with a Hardware Firewall, I would simply use the Vista's
Firewall. It is a good two way firewall. All it needs is to be configured to let the apps.
that need updating on a daily to get through unhindered.
But, if you connected to a modem then, there are two that I would recommend.
The only two for Vista that are easy to install and configure are :
PC Tools Firewall Plus : http://www.pctools.com/firewall/ .
Online Armor Free by Tall Emu : http://www.tallemu.c...n-software.html .
I would not consider installing either of the ones you are considering . They are good
BUT, extremely hard to uninstall not to mention very loud. All Firewall will have
a period where they will ask permission to let any app. through the first times
in order to get the application base in place but, these two are quirky and not very
user friendly .
But, it's up to you. i would not recommend Zone Alarm nor Comodo.
Posted 28 July 2009 - 03:03 AM
Is this router provided to you by your ISP (Internet service Provider)
Cable or phone line ? I was just asking because all I can find on a
Google search , are people having trouble with this particular router.
But, this has nothing to do with your question.
OK, it does have a Hardware Firewall and in the Default config. that should
be enough. Did you enter a WEP or WAP key to secure the router.
This would be in the router's configuration page in which , you would
have to log in to the router to have access. if you did enter either one,
then , I would simply use the Vista's firewall.
I use the PC Tools Firewall Plus in Vista Premium behind a SMC Networks
router provided by my ISP and in the default config. I have never had a problem
connecting wirelessly or fending off unwelcomed visitors.
This is up to you . Either way you will be well protected.
Posted 29 July 2009 - 01:03 PM
As I understand it, the Vista firewall now is a two-way firewall. As such, it is also a viable option if that is true.