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    Need a good, free firewall

    My son just told me his AVG expired and he needs to replace it with a free firewall. I suggested ZoneAlarm but he says it and his laptop don't like each other. He is using Vista. Any recommendations?
    Last edited by Ron Jones; 07-07-2009 at 12:02 AM.
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    You mention anti-virus and firewall as if they are interchangeable, they're not ;-). Vista being what it is, would lean me toward running the Windows FW. For AV I have used Norton for over a dozen years and have none of the problems I so often hear of so, that would be my AV choice.
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    My fault, I didn't make it clear. He had the AVG package, AV, firewall, etc. He is trying PC Tools at this time. College kid--running out of money.
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    Ron,

    Lots of people I know run this: http://www.free-av.com/

    For a firewall, they use the one that comes with windows. We run that firewall on all the University machines, so it should be good enough for a starving college kid...

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    Is he running a router on his system? I've never seen one that doesnt have a built in firewall, and they are way more reliable than a software one.
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    I've used a router on my system for many years for isolation. I had a McAfee license for several years, but have been using Free AVG for the past few years with excellent results. I changed to a wireless router three years ago rather than run a cable to my shop, still with excellent results.
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    AVG just came out with Version 8.5 and there is a free version on their sitre.

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