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i am looking for the very best free firewall software that will not conflict with my current AV. Looking for JUST a firewall. Would love to find one where you could actually watch attackers try and get in your pc? Thanks!

Edit: Moved topic from Windows 7 to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal


Would love to find one where you could actually watch attackers try and get in your pc?
Be sure to read all the details on this program first -
TCPView (http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=tcp%20view&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CCMQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Ftechnet.microsoft.com%2Fen-us%2Fsysinternals%2Fbb897437.aspx&ei=4Z9zUPT6HYmUiQfakIGIBQ&usg=AFQjCNHRgjKA1pt-MzSBvfqM0fg7xWl5yg) is a Windows program that will show you detailed listings of all TCP and UDP endpoints on your system, including the local and remote addresses and state of TCP connections.
About the easiest program for you to use -

EDIT - InadequateInfirmity has left the only reliable link, all other programs are just "personal opinions" -

get these Avast 5 + Comodo Firewall + Malwarebytes

(Free Antivirus + Firewall + Antimalware for scanning)

There are plenty of firewall programs that will report all sorts of information about "intrusion attempts" but they are all pretty much bogus. What you mostly see are false positives based on normal system activity. Serious attempts to compromise your system will either use social engineering and/or Trojans. Both of these approaches are likely to bypass any firewall.

Just like free AV software, free firewall programs almost always have a "paid" version, and they always want to want to upsell you. In order to do that, they have to report lots of activity, even if most of the reports are totally irrelevant to system security. If you use any type of broadband connection, your router already has it's own built in firewall, and most newer routers incorporate pretty sophisticated defenses. So, my take on firewall software its that it is mostly saying "Look at me!" while performing no useful function.
ChelseaWoolf, on 14 Dec 2013 - 11:38 PM, said:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/public/style_images/master/snapback.png (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/index.php?app=forums&module=forums&section=findpost&pid=3233035)

get these Avast 5 + Comodo Firewall + Malwarebytes

(Free Antivirus + Firewall + Antimalware for scanning)

I like Avast, so I don't have a big issue with that suggestion, but per the earlier section of my post, I'd rate Comodo Firewall as useless, and I would also cough up the cash for MBAM Pro. The free version of MBAM is good for scans, but most users don't have the discipline to update it regularly and run it. Honestly, I can't begin to count the number of users I've seen who may run MBAM weekly, with a database that can be a year or more out of date. MBAM Pro just doesn't do automatic updates, it offers superb site blocking, and the ability to configure automatic scans. Definitely worth the $24.99 lifetime subscription fee.

It's also worth mentioning that most of the computers I work on that require heavy duty malware removal belong to people who are addicted to a bunch of "free" stuff. Free games, coupons, TV viewers, weather viewers, etc. So I think anyone who is really into "free" products is inherently more at risk than someone who takes a more balanced view between freeware and payware.

With this type of topic question/discussion there will always be varying opinions and recommendations with Pros and Cons.

Personally, I have always used and prefer Windows Firewall.

5 Reasons Why the Windows Firewall is One of the Best Firewalls (http://www.7tutorials.com/5-reasons-why-windows-firewall-one-best-firewalls?)

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I just wanted to add that Windows will no longer be supporting XP, so anybody with XP needs to get something besides Windows Firewall. I'm thinking of ZoneAlarm. I used it way way back and hated it b/c of nag screens, but it's highly recommended so I guess it's better now. I have Comodo, which does keep asking me about things more than I'd expected.

Hello Quiet, as I promised, will hangout in the firewall forum more often. The problem I have with windows firewall is the poor GUI compared to an aftermarket. For example, if I want to view active connections, with two clicks its done on my comodo. Try to do the same in windows and the only way I know of is to use the netstat command. So its a bunch of these things that forces people to search for other FW, including myself. IMHO As long as your not compromising your security with an aftermarket FW I see no reason not to use it if they come with better GUI which can in return increase awareness, user interaction, resulting in better security.