Having searched this and other forums, I have tried ZoneAlarm, and PC tools free edition firewalls on my new laptop. The Zonealarm product just about halved my internet connection speed, and the PC tools one, caused my computer to freeze (only a battery removal would allow me to reboot).
My laptop is cheap I know that, but I only want it for surfing really.
Fujitsu Siemens Amilo, Turion 64 MK38 2.2GHZ,1GB RAM,Vista Home Basic
I've reverted back to the Vista firewall but I'm worried about the outbound protection. Does anyone know of any other Vista compatible firewalls yet, that doesn't hog my system resources?
Thanks for the replies. I have sinced re-installed zonealarm and have found my internet connection speed back up to what it should be. The difference this time is that I have removed the 'free for 90 days Norton antivirus'. I have also changed from Avast to AVG antivirus.
Whether these are the fixes is hard to say, but i'm well happy now. I also really like the AVG interface.
Shame the PC tools firewall didn't work as I really liked the interface. Perhaps there was a conflict with my Thompson Speedtouch USB modem software, as it was with that when the computer froze. It also froze when trying to uninstall it, until I managed it in safe mode.
I will still look for a better firewall in due course, as many people say that zonealarm 'free' isn't as good as it once was.