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    Free firewall for antivirus and outbound protection?


    I know that Windows comes with a firewall, which I have never really done anything with.

    I recently found this overview of firewalls on ZoneAlarms site:

    http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en...d-firewall.htm

    They clearly know there stuff, so I am thinking about getting their free firewall.

    This page says that ‘Some firewalls don’t have what’s called “outbound protection”. That means they can’t control information that leaves your computer.’

    I heard that if you are using free anti-virus software, that it is better to use the free Zonealarm firewall then the Windows firewall.

    Is this because the Windows firewall dosen’t have ‘outbound protection’?

    Is it because the Zonealarm firewall is more configurable or user friendly?
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    Originally Posted by tikifragalong
    I heard that if you are using free anti-virus software, that it is better to use the free Zonealarm firewall then the Windows firewall.
    Oh really? Who told you that? ZoneAlarm?

    Originally Posted by tikifragalong
    Is this because the Windows firewall dosen’t have ‘outbound protection’?
    I don't remember XP SP3's firewall, but Vista's and Win7's have it.

    Originally Posted by tikifragalong
    Is it because the Zonealarm firewall is more configurable or user friendly?
    Could be.

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