best free AV and Firewall

Discussion in 'Spyware' started by Jesse Hand, Jan 31, 2005.

  1. Jesse Hand

    Jesse Hand Guest

    Can anyone suggest what they believe is the best *free* real time AV and
    personal Firewall?
    Jesse Hand, Jan 31, 2005
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    d11 Guest

    Firewall reviews

    Anti virus reviews
    d11, Jan 31, 2005
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    Melissa Guest

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    Hi Jesse,

    I'm not expert enough to claim to know the "best", and I haven't
    tried a free AV for a few years now (I use nod32, which I'm very
    happy with), but my current software firewall is Sygate Personal
    Firewall (free for personal use). I've never had a problem with this

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    Melissa, Jan 31, 2005
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    Zen Andreas Guest

    or ZoneAlarm....
    it has a very good reputation.

    Zen Andreas, Jan 31, 2005
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    Casey Guest

    I have used Sygate firewall for almost 4-yrs. I started with the
    free version and now use the pro. Never have I had a problem
    with installation or use. I have complete confidence in it.
    Here is the story on Sygate:

    Unofficial Help:

    Sygate Forums:

    Users Guide and Quick Start Guide:

    Compare SPF Pro and SPF Free (See what's inside each one)


    Casey, Jan 31, 2005
  6. Jesse Hand

    Charani Guest

    The best is the one that suits you best, does what you want it to do
    and you can configure eeasily. You're unlikely to get a consensus.
    You've asked a subjective question, not an objective one :))

    I use ZoneAlarm and AVG, both of which I'm satisfied with, you can get
    both free but there's a paid for version as well.
    Charani, Feb 1, 2005

    What about using NetPeeker 2.60? anyone tried that?

    I'm using Sygate right now, but considering NetPeeker because it's smaller
    and less intensive

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    Tokakeke Guest

    Sygate took 100% of my system resources, so I uninstalled it. I'
    EXTREMELY happy with zonealarm
    Tokakeke, Feb 2, 2005
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    Melissa Guest

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    Hi Tokakeke,

    While that's interesting (especially in terms of your own
    system/setup), it certainly does seem unusual. I've had no such
    experience with *my* Sygate. :)
    I've used both ZA Pro and Kerio in the past, and though I can't really
    comment on how ZA is doing now (haven't used it for about two years
    now), I was happy at one point to move from ZA Pro to the free
    version of Kerio, and now on to Sygate.

    To each our own! :)

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    Melissa, Feb 2, 2005
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    --Mike Guest

    A couple of weeks back, Sygate started taking 100% of my resources also.
    After some troubleshooting, I found that I had mistakenly "set to block" a
    system process that needed internet access. That process would not stop
    trying to connect to the internet, thus, Sygate was working doubletime to
    block that process. So Sygate inadvertantly tipped me off to a problem on
    my system.
    I've been using Sygate for a couple of years now and have never had a
    problem with it.

    --Mike, Feb 2, 2005
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