trying out the free kerio personal firewall seems to work ok but i cant seem to get the firewall to work with filezilla i can log into the website address with username and password but the files wont download from the site so i can upload new files, expecting the washing machine person so i might be a while replying at times
It sounds to me as if you have installed Kerio in Basic mode, rather than Advanced mode. This is a bad idea, as you have much less control over program access. Basic mode is just designed to make it easy for computer newbies and even the manual advises users to choose Advanced mode. If you had chosen the correct mode, you would receive pop-up rule requests where appropriate.
I've just stopped using Kerio because it was interfering with proper use of Windows 16 Bit Subsystem.
I could neither install or run anything that had a 16 Bit installer which included a number of old games and more impoertantly some educational software for my kids.
It was also a bit of a problem getting it to run with AOL as even in advanced mode it did not always ask if programs tried to access the internet......I had set it to ask for every listed program and all other programs.
I am now trying out the Comodo firewall which is getting some seriously good reviews.....Bear in mind that this is a brand new product and it doea ask for permission an awful lot atr first.
Yup,I do get all "legacy" at times......the original TombRaider game or the first No-one Lives Forever game to name but two.
What took me a long time to track down was that Kerio was the problem..things just didn't start or installers wouldn't run.....then a message that the 16 Bit subsystem was unstable.No attempts at fixing this worked...uninstalling Kerio did.
Other than that I agree that Kerio is a mighty fine firewall.....I've tried ZA,Norton,mcAfee(free with AOL),sygate,Outpost and Look-n-Stop as well.
If it was easier to configure I would have stuck with it.