Good, free firewalls.
April 25, 2007 9:12 PM Subscribe
What's a good, free firewall I can use on my home PC (running WindowsXP SP2) that isn't
Zone Alarm Pro, Sygate or Kerio?
posted by Effigy2000 to Computers & Internet (24 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I currently use the last free version of the Sygate firewall. It's great and seems to protect my system from attacks well enough (as far as I can tell) but I'm thinking that it's probably going to start becoming ridiculously obsolete soon (if it isn't hopelessly so already). So I need a new, preferably free firewall solution for my home computer which is linked via an Ethernet cable to one other home computer.
I don't want to use Zone Alarm Pro, for the simple reason that it doesn’t get on with Nintendo's Wi-Fi service. So I suppose one other feature that I'd like to see this new firewall use would be compatibility with that service.
I've tried Kerio, but I didn't like it. Maybe I didn't configure it correctly when I used it or something, but within a day or so of running it my system had collected more spyware than you could shake a stick at, something which simply hadn't happened under Sygate. It got so bad that I had to actually restore my Windows installation to a restore point from before Kerio was installed! So sufficed to say, it was a bad experience and I don’t intend to repeat the Kerio experiment again.
If there aren't any free firewalls out there that are worth using, I'd be happy to hear a few recommendations for low cost firewall solutions, but as I'm sure many here would agree, free is pretty much always better.