As mentioned in a previous thread I have had to uninstall Zone Alarm due to crashes possibly caused by the same. Rather than install a previous version of ZA I have decided as an AOL user to make use of the free Mcafee Personal Firewall Plus and try this for a while.
However I have my reservations to its effectiveness of outbound program control, for instance, its took 4-5 sign ins on MSN Messenger for Macafee to notice it at all, and it still has not noticed spywareblaster updater or Startup Inspector for windows consultation. It took a couple of update requests on AVG for it to notice too. Can others shed any light on this? I am sure I have read reviews of Firewalls previously where Mcafee came out with top marks!
I used to use the AOL 'freebie' firewall but after it failed GRC's Leaktest I decided to buy the boxed version mainly because in the 3+ years of using McAfee I have had no problems with either their Firewall or antivirus packages.
I have it set to show program alerts as I like to control what requires access, but it hasn't shown these few programs.
Interesting what you say CurlyWhirly. I may test it myself later. Anyhow I don't want to stick ZA back on yet until I have established if that is the apparant cause of recent crashes so I will stick with this in the short term.
I agree with VoG™, I have been using Mcafee internet suit for a while now which includes firewall plus and I also use most of the programs that you mentioned but I have had no problems I too think that AOL's might be a watered down version.
I last night contacted AOL help and they did not say it was or was not the full Mcafee version so I agree with you. Their response was that if I wasn't happy with it I should uninstall it. Fair enough I suppose, but to promote a product that does not do what it should to people who may not know better is a little disappointing.
I forgot to say that since buying the retail version of McAfee's Personal Firewall Plus, it now DOES pass the Leaktest so it was worth buying especially as I ordered it online to take advantage of a special offer of 50% off the RRP!
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