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Firewall - Incoming & Outgoing? Possibly Free or Shareware

by NorthBeachnik / December 16, 2007 4:52 PM PST

As I finally get the chance to use my 6 month old HP Pavilion 9410 Vista laptop, I find myself about to uninstall the Symantec SystemWorks that came with a package of bloatware - and the notorious HP Total Care Advisor.

Is there firewall software with incoming and outgoing protection like Norton? Freeware, shareware, or something I can try out before buying a full version of? If there are more than one recommendable firewalls what are the pros and cons of each. I am a heavy Internet user doing research, always visitng new sites. I transfer photo and document files by email a lot. I also download games from reputable sites. I buy things on line. In short, I want to be as well protected as possible.

Thanks in advance for responding.


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by roddy32 / December 16, 2007 8:09 PM PST
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Don't worry about it
by SEGMAT / December 17, 2007 12:22 AM PST

Get rid of the Norton stuff, I would rate Norton products as more problematic for your computer than the virus' that they are suppposed to stop. Then just use the Windows built in firewall (assuming you're running XP or Vista). I always recommend people to not pay for or use free firewalls. Everyone knows that when you install a firewall, it will always ask you about everything that wants to access the Internet. There are so many legitimate things all the time, that want that kind of access, and so everyone just clicks yes to allow it in. Malware usually comes in when you're transfering something else. When there's already traffic in or out of your machine, it will take that opportunity to try and get in. You will think that it's something legitimate and allow the malware in. So much for a firewall. The Windows firewall does enough to protect you more than no firewall at all, but anything else is overkill.


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