thanks for the help, indeed ZA firewall is a good one, but after what happened yesterday was too much for me, and i've decided not to use another firewall, for now, perhaps in the future i might, this is basically what happened to me yesterday, which cause me to abandonded firewall for good.
this morning when i turn on my pc, i noticed the desktop isn't showing up, i was stuck on the welcome screen for 5 mins before the desktop decides to show up.
i did not know what was going on, it was chaos, a message pops up repeatedly saying:
"NORTON live update has terminated your VOIP modem driver in an unusual way, please contact blah blah blah"
then another message pops up:
"unable to ultized socket" or something
i immediatly knew what as happening, norton has sieze control of my network, apparently it has shut down my internet connection, and has block my voip modem's attempt to access the inernet, i am unable to go online.
what's worst norton internet security is unable to report it's status, and gives me a message that saids:
"norton system unidentified blah blah norton antivirus unable to determinate status, file damage or corroupt or something"
i checked the main norton internet secrity screen, it gives me an error status on every criteria, the antivirus isn't functioning, the firewall icon did not appeared besides the clock, the firewall itself doesn't even launch, i knew then norton has been destoryed and are unable to protect me.
the desktop takes 10 mins to boot, i see my wallpaper, but there's nothing on the screen, then out of the blue my desktop pops up, then my hardrive makes a loud noise, but sometimes everything freezes up, and sometimes nothing boots up at all, and then i thought the world is ending.
i proceed to restart over 8 times, trying my best and everything i can to fix the problem, but in the end i was left with no choice but to wipe my hardrive and reinstall windows, losing everything including my percious pictures in the process.
i did tried to uninstall the whole norton internet security 2005, but it refuses to uninstall, gives me a message saying: "live update is running blah you have to close it before running uninstall"
of course there's no way for me to close it, i also tried uninstalling the live update, but insted the pc freezes, i can't delete liveupdate or norton or anything, i am helpless.
it took another 7 restarts for me to format my hardrive, install windows and get everything running again.
that's why i don't want to use a firewall.