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Free Firewall


thumbscrew

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I'm clinging on to XP, it suits my needs, does all I want and I'll keep it as long as I can. I've always used the Windows firewall but I'm thinking of installing one of the freebies. Can anyone who uses them point me towards what they consider the best?

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thumbscrew

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Thanks Batch and John...ZA never again with the proverbial bargepole. It's gone now ...but only just and I'm back with Windows firewall which has never bothered me, let alone crash my machine!! I'm reluctant to try any of the others, Comodo, AVG etc in case it happens again, but I'd love to find out why it went berserk.

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rdave13

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When I used XP I settled for PCTools free firewall. Owned by Norton now I believe. LINK

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john bunyan

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I also used Comodo firewall in XP days- if it is still free, worth a look.

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john bunyan

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It is around see:
Comodo Free Firewall

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thumbscrew

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Thanks Rdave and John, I pretty much know the options but after the ZA disaster I don't want to go through the same again..once bitten etc!

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Forum Editor

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Mainstream support for Windows XP has officially ended as far as ordinary consumers are concerned, and that is going to become an increasingly important factor from the security point of view.

XP may still fit the bill as far as your computing needs go, but you will not receive any security updates, and that will impact on the effectiveness of your firewall. If you want up to date security in that respect you really should move to a third-party firewall, or consider migrating to Windows 7, which is about as stable and secure as operating systems go at the moment.

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Batch

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FE - that is not how it is according to Microsoft.

Security Updates will be provided for XP until April 2014 (see Microsoft Support Lifecycle) and Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy), so there's nearly 2 years to go before any XP users needs to get worried.

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thumbscrew

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FE, surely Batch is correct, I've read the 2014 date several times!

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