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good free firewall thats compatable with win 98

Hey guy's me and pc all set up now i just need to know what is the best free firewall to install onto my pc o/s win 98. Any help would be much appreciated remember im only a newbie. Thanks

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kerio 2.1.5

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The nice thing for you is, Windows 98 isn't quite as vulnerable as an NT-based Windows like 2000 or XP. Kerio 2.1.5 works with Windows 98, and it's easy to use. In addition, it uses the SPI (Stateful Packet Inspection) standard that industrial hardware firewalls use. You can download it here: http://www.321download.com/LastFreeware/page7.html#Kerio Personal Firewall

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Still using Kerio v 2.1.5

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now with XP-PRO.

Just as effective.

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Nothing against Kerio (I love Kerio), but if you go to the vendor's site, it actually says they found vulnerabilities. Sad

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they may very well have found vulnerabilities

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Have been using since about 2000.

periodically get a probe, usually deny.

touch wood, no infection thus far.

Vulnerabilities notwithstanding their new paid personal version and corporate seem to be doing OK.

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cool beings

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It should be fine. Even ZoneAlarm will block a vast majority of attacks. I'm just paranoid. Happy Of course, that might be more of a virtue than a fault when dealing with the WWW.

Do you not have it set to stealth mode?

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Do you use HIPS? Cyberhawk's greeeeat.

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No stealth mode, but tests at DSLreports.com show

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it as being stealthed.

I suppose it is a matter of where you go on the WWW.


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Or...ZoneAlarm Version ...or...

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The older version of ZA can be downloaded from the "Release History" link below.:



Safety.NET 3.61 (a little more difficult to configure for some but a good firewall when set at it's highest settings.)

....or with Windows 98, if you're using a router with a firewall or even NAT, you probably don't need a software firewall at all. If you're not on a network with other computers, disable "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks" in the Control Panel/Networks section and you shouldn't have a problem. Still, the assessment of risk to your computer is up to you.

Hope this helps.


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good call!

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I haven't really kept track of the different versions of ZA Free. The older versions would definitely be better in any case, because the latest versions have been stripped down to practically nothing. TechSupportAlert.com no longer recommends ZA Free (the new versions, anyway).

Safety.Net is really good when it comes to blocking intruders. It's the same firewall I use myself. Note that it requires manual configuration and isn't suitable for beginners. It's also rather weak when it comes to application permissions, which is why I use a dedicated HIPS product called Novatix Cyberhawk.

I'd say Grif is right. Any basic firewall will suffice with Windows 98 (as long as it's compatible). But it's ultimately up to you how much "wall" you really want. Happy

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