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Recommendation for FireWall

by Gatta / July 16, 2006 10:15 PM PDT

I have couple of comptrers connected to internet via
DSL servive. I am using Norton AntiVirus plus SpyBot
and would like to add a FireWall software.

Will appreciate recommendations from members for a good
free-standing FireWall software . I don't want bundled


Frank Gatta

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(NT) (NT) Zone Alarm, free version.
by Coryphaeus / July 16, 2006 10:22 PM PDT
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Your router might...
by reefurbb / July 16, 2006 10:55 PM PDT

have a built in hardware firewall. I assume you a router if you have more than 1 PC on DSL. There just was a Tech Republic article about it. ...Go to the Mfg website and see.
Although ZoneAlarm is dropping support of W9x-ME, download and save the current installation file that is still availible. This old version supposedly will still be availible but no more support-updates. I used an older version for 2 years with no updates, and it worked fine, as far as I know.
Be careful of saying "free-standing" or "standalone" as this means "no installation", "run from folder".
Your comment about "bundled" was good enough.
Also use Google Toolbar for the popup blocker, or other such freeware.
I prefer Adaware spy detector and cleaner. You can have it active along with Spybot. I don't get much or anything with Spybot that is missed by AdAware, but I do vice-versa.
I now prefer Spyware Blaster over Spybot-Immunize for blocking stuff, except it interferred with Norton Utilities on one PC. Be sure to Immunize after each Spybot update. Or "enable all protection" after a Blaster update.

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(NT) (NT) Zone Alarm, the one for 98...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 16, 2006 11:31 PM PDT
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