Firewall -Windows own, or another?

  Diemmess 12:30 28 May 2012

I disliked the latest update on Zone Alarm (free version), and posted a question here about its seeming take-over tactics enter link description here

That answered my question at the time. It also brought a feeling that perhaps it is enough to rely on Windows own security? I remember at least one experienced member saying so.

I use XP pro regularly updated.

Avast for defence.

Malwarebytes for a weekly check and CCleaner for loose ends at about weekly intervals.

Apart from warnings, there has been no malware bother since DOS and pre-internet days when the only source of bother was by "dodgy" floppys.

  Woolwell 12:35 28 May 2012

Vista and Windows 7's firewalls are fine but XP's is one way only and another program should be used.

  spuds 13:25 28 May 2012

I have used and recommended ZoneAlarm for many years in the past, but approx 2 years ago I started to have a number of problems with that product, so I left it to Mocrosoft. No problems since?.

But I wasn't aware that on XP it was one way only,(I also use it on Vista and W7) so thanks to Woolwell, I might need to look into that!.

  Diemmess 13:50 28 May 2012

Thank you Woolwell for a defining statement! ...... Also to spuds for his interest........ For me, it means two more problems -

1). Is this one a worthy replacement? C/Net gives full marks to Comodo (free firewall).

2). Is ZA normal to uninstall, or does it need ZA's own removal tool like Norton?

  Woolwell 14:02 28 May 2012

I've never used either products but according to Zone Alarm this is how to uninstall it ZoneAlarm support

  Woolwell 14:04 28 May 2012

That link didn't work properly - type in removal in the search box and the first article should tell you how.

  spuds 14:38 28 May 2012

I tried Comodo on recommendations of a forum member and some good reviews, but for some reason (forget now) I removed the product.

I would suggest that you install Revo Uninstaller, and perhaps try that for removal, because when I tried ZoneAlarm uninstaller, I found that it left some bits behind.

  rdave13 15:49 28 May 2012

I strongly suggest not using revo to uninstall security or microsoft software. You can land in trouble. Use the ZA removal tool if there is one.

On my netbook I run PC Tools firewall the free version. It's light on resources and doesn't nag too much.

  rdave13 15:55 28 May 2012

It's suggested to go to safe mode, then programs, Zone Alarm menu and uninstall icon.

  rdave13 16:13 28 May 2012
  Diemmess 17:07 28 May 2012

Job done!...... Seems OK but much too early to be sure.

Once a tick box of an ambiguous nature had been cleared Add/Remove did most of the uninstall, but the last thing was a comb through the Registry, deleting any or all references though most of those were default settings, there were at least a dozen of them.

Previously downloaded exe file installed Comodo quite quickly with the expected permissions being granted.

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