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Windows 98 firewall suggestions

by minodrol-2096221051844457 / October 18, 2006 12:22 AM PDT

Hey I got a win 98 machine and having great diff finding firewalls compatible with win 98.

Suggestions warmly welcome!


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older ZA for win98se Link
by acoxon1274 / October 18, 2006 12:59 AM PDT

Get 4.5 branch; I have not had good luck with the newer versions on Win98 computers. This is a very basic firewall. It was released in 2004 and can not stop everything but the newer versions seem to cause crashes for win98 computers. It has a good startup walk through, don't skip it. It will be a pain at first but will run unnoticed once you set it up with your programs. There maybe better firewalls out there but I can only say what has worked for me. 3 of the computers I installed the newer versions in locked up completely and one computer ran for 2 weeks and then started turning itself on when no one was around. Pulled the newer versions out and all computers were fine. Re-installed older version and all is well. An old firewall is better than no firewall.
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Windows 98 se firewall
by BenShami / January 16, 2009 3:36 PM PST

I dont use a firewall with my Windows 98 se, However, I only go on the internet for windows and Java updates which I've done only twice. The rest of the time I don't even keep it hooked up to the internet. I use my xp or vista machine to do all my web surfing and e-mails.

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Windows 98 firewall suggestions
by Bob__B / October 18, 2006 2:33 AM PDT

I've run w98 on this machine for close to 7 yrs....sans firewall.

Nothing bad has happened.

Your need for one to protect this dos OS may depend on what your doing and whether you practice safe HEX.

As has been mentioned and from what I have read the older versions of ZA will function and not cause a fuss.

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You're lucky nothing has happened.
by jeffrey_buchanan / June 8, 2008 3:46 AM PDT

In 2003, I put a firewall on my Windows 98 machine the day after someone hacked into my home computer over the internet after I had left it connected all night. I was using virus protection, but no firewall.

They renamed the "My Documents" folder to "Hacked by ------" and I can't remember now who ------ was. At first I thought the folder was deleted when I couldn't find my files, but this person was nice and just renamed the folder instead of doing something really nasty.

Any computer user who does not use a firewall runs a risk of theft or damage to hackers. It takes valuable time to deal with these things after the fact - even if you are prepared. It's easier and cheaper to just use a firewall.

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by Bob__B / June 8, 2008 5:49 AM PDT

It's coming up on 9 yrs and I'm still lucky.

Turn off sharing and w98 is a pretty tough nut to crack.

I suspect you left a door open and someone waltzed in.

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Luck has nothing to do with this one.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 8, 2008 6:14 AM PDT

Unlike later versions of Windows, the DOS based Windows with one single patch can not be compromised via external attacks.

It's a tough, deep conversation with some erupting in flames but there is nothing here to attack or get into from the outside here. Let's hope that people continue to dig how this old OS works.

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Lucky Patch
by crashnburn_2003 / September 18, 2008 12:34 PM PDT

What is the one single patch?


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Windows update gets it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 18, 2008 11:08 PM PDT
In reply to: Lucky Patch

But if you didn't enable file sharing you don't need the patch!

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Try Outpost (Free) from Agnitum
by skycatcher / October 19, 2006 3:25 AM PDT

I can strongly recommend the Free version of Outpost from Agnitum. It's faster starting than ZA. It's a bit difficult to find on the Agnitum site so go straight to it here and they will email you a link to download it from:

One other thing... after installing it you get a message to say that there is an upgrade available... if you accept this, it turns out to be the Pay version that times out in 30 days so don't update, just check the box to say not to ask again.

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Win98 Firewall
by pcguru4u / January 14, 2009 9:42 PM PST

Zone Labs ZoneAlarm is still a good pick for a free firewall. The latest version that works with Win98 is 6.1.744.001 which can be found here -

I just found that out after "reviving" an older pc I have. It never had an ethernet port, bought a pci card and I updated everything I could. (after 3 years in retirement)

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