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    Default IMPORTANT...PLEASE READ...firewalls

    I was trying to upgdate a user's PC with Sygate or Kerio but noticed some announcements on the site.

    It turns out that both of them, two of the popular free firewalls suggested here and elsewhere, will be off the market very soon. Sygate in the next few days and Kerio in December.

    For a good free firewall I still go with ZoneAlarm from zonelabs here....
    http://www.zonelabs.com/store/content/home.jsp

    Some others here but may not be as effective....

    Free avast! 4 Home Edition (AntiVirus/Firewall Combo)
    http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html

    Agnitum Outpost Personal Firewall, Free Version
    http://agnitum.com/products/outpost/download.php

    Tiny Personal Firewall
    http://www.webmasterfree.com/tpfw.html

    Jetico Personal Firewall for Windows
    http://www.jetico.com/


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    Thanks for the heads up amigo.
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    Symantec, the makers of Norton, have just done the buy up competition, pinch the best stuff and drop the software trick.
    The move is now commonly known as Gatesing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whoozhe
    Symantec, the makers of Norton, have just done the buy up competition, pinch the best stuff and drop the software trick.
    The move is now commonly known as Gatesing.
    Didn't they also do it with PQI - Power Quest Imaging - a few years back? That's a cracking program. Still usable if you have it on your system. Excellent for data recovery on trashed HDDs. Probably saw it as a competitor for Ghost.

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    Thanks for the heads up OddJob! I'm a little confused though. I'm not so sure that Avast is both a firewall and an antivirus. Maybe I'm just not comprehending the information page for avast (http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html)

    Thanks,

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    Partie ™

    Sort of have to agree with you, not seeing a "Firewall" in the Avast link.

    One of the links we provide does state that is is both an A/V and Fiewall:

    http://www.help2go.com/article152.html

    Will have osc or Canuck also check out this link:

    http://www.help2go.com/article163.html

    The link for Avast appears to stand alone Free virus & worm removal tool, not the Avast A/V program.

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    OK. Hands up. I don't use this one so should have checked it more carefully.

    I think your'e right, Partie. Avast doesn't actually have a firewall, as such, but it does scan packets of data like a firewall. I apprecate a "real" firewall does more so perhaps we should reclassify this link.

    Thanks for pointing this out.

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    The Network Shield function is what gives Avast a quasi-firewall aspect.

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    Network Shield

    A new resident protection module was added to avast! 4.5: the Network Shield. This module provides protection against known Internet worms/attacks. It analyses all network traffic and scans it for malicious contents. It can be viewed as a lightweight firewall (or more precisely, an IDS (Intrusion Detection System).

    The Network Shield is only available on NT-based systems (Windows NT/2000/XP/2003). [end quote]

    I did say at the start of all this that Avast wasn't as strong a firewall as the "proper" ones. Well, that's my excuse for including it anyway.

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    I'd see it more as a glorified packet sniffer but close enough to an IDS. Just wanted to make sure that the right information was getting through to people...didn't mean to sound like I was "flaming" or anything...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PartieHonteuse
    didn't mean to sound like I was "flaming" or anything
    Didn't even cross my mind, my friend. You're perfectly OK. I'm only too grateful someone else keeps tabs on what I ramble on about sometimes! :lol:

    Thanks again Partie.

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