A few weeks ago I installed Sygate Personal Firewall (free version downloaded from their website) as I seemed to be reading pretty regularly that Win XP Home's own firewall wasn't up to much. After the initial confusion about what I should allow access or not, everything seemed fine, until...2 days ago. While I was online I noticed that the firewall icon wasn't in the notification area (I keep all my icons visible). I clicked All programs/Sygate...no response! I rebooted... the icon had reappeared and everything was fine, but later on it had disappeared again. I checked my daughters account (Limited), the problem was there also.
I have a feeling that I should uninstall/reinstall, as I assume no icon!.. no protection! But wanted to check with you guys first that I haven't missed something. All settings are default.
If nobody knows the answer to the above problem, could someone recommend a SIMPLER but just as effective free firewall.
I use sygate because i like the features that come with it but if you want a change try Zone alarm its free and well thought, of i used it for a long time before useing sygate and found it easy to use.
I had the same issues on and off. A re-install will solve the problem, but when it happened again( ie disappeared ) I looked in the task manager and sure enough the firewall was still running. The latest version doesnt seem to do this and I have had no problems with it disappearing for the last 4 months after a re-install. I prefer it to Zone Alarm to be honest, but its a personal preference
Looks like it's exactly the same problem. I do have the latest free version (5.5). Only downloaded it a couple of weeks ago. just checked their website again to be sure. Seems uninstall/reinstall might just resolve it.