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I know alot of people use different kinds of firewalls, some use none, But I'm looking for one to use or try so any advice or the name of your firewall would be a great.

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What operating system do you have? XP, Vista etc.
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I just used a 90 day trail with Norton even after deleteing it when time ran out I'm sure they would have some cookies somewhere preventing me from using a paid version :wink:
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You could try Comodo, a free firewall. It's a fairly good one for a software firewall. It's one with a decent amount of control. Search for it in the search engine and you'll find the home page of it right off.

You should keep in mind though, software firewalls are pretty much bells and whistles. All software firewalls are subject to hacking. Maybe the worse software firewall is the one provided by Microsoft as part of Windows. If a hacker can't get past that one, he's not much of a hacker.

The better firewall is a hardware one. You usually can't infect it with a hack, though there are exceptions. Normally you get that with a router. The problem with a hardware firewall is, no warnings other than going in to look at the log daily. If someone is probing your connection you won't be told unless you go look. This is why software firewalls help some.

There's another issue people don't usually know to ask about. Firewalls are normally one direction blockage, unlike what you would assume. They'll either block incoming or outgoing, rarely both. This is true of both hardware and software. Normally hardwares block out going. Microsoft in it's wisdom decided to set up its software firewall the same way. The majority of softwares block incoming.

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I used to love Norton many many years ago but I got tired of how much control they have on your computer and I advise everyone I know to stay away from them. I'm not sure which programs from Norton need you to connect to the site to finish removing but that might be one of them. In your windows search tab type in Norton and see if it points to any files still left there, and see if you can manually remove them, or goolge remove norton XXX and you should get the info. As far as Vista and windows 7 I let windows handle the firewall, and use AVG free, spybot search and destroy, CCleaner and use virus addons for my browsers. I've been good for the last 4 or 5 years. You also need to make sure you have the user account settings set up to make sure that you get asked anytime a program wants to install something, this for the most part keeps garbage out but can be a pain sometimes when you want to install something You have to turn control off reboot then install, then after instal remember to turn it back on again. If you're like me you don't install too much so you don't have to do this that often. If you use spybot when you immunize you have to turn off user control as well. You'll get a lot of opinions and it's going to boil down to a personal choice for you, there are advantages and disadvantages to all types of setups.

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You'll get a lot of opinions and it's going to boil down to a personal choice for you, there are advantages and disadvantages to all types of setups.
I very much agree with this assessment. When you asked for what is the best, be it firewall, A/V, or software, you come down to a popularity contest.

I fell out with Norton a long time ago. Back in the days when Norton was actually running the software line, you often found that Norton exceeded your expectations, making it one dang good batch of software. Those were the days of DOS, when memory management and retrieval of files was considerably harder.

Symantic bought out Norton to be a cash cow. Typically with large corporate atmosphere, they don't really know how to handle the temperamental but outstanding programmers. It usually follows shortly that those who made the programs outstanding go too. What is left is programmers for a wage, rarely above competent level programming and the results reflect that. When was the last time a software package of any sort exceeded your expectations?

There is a reason why Norton is hard to get out of the system. It's the same reason why techs used to tell computer users to reinstall windows to get rid of AOL. Datamining is lucritave. It can only happen provided they have a connection to your computer and that is the reason most of this is so hard to uninstall. Symantic is getting an income even off free users.
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I probably held onto Nortons longer than you photostill, but not much longer. I like your logic.

One more thing to mention pop is if you want to run around a little safer don't use an administrator account on your computer, create a user with no privileges, this won't keep you totally safe but it will help, but once again it can be annoying to have to switch users when you need to do certain things.
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My problem is that I sleep when you are awake and vise versa.
So my answer are a little late.

I use (bought) ZoneAlarm Extreme Security 1 year ago.
An all in one package.
I use it together with Malwarebytes.
Have not had any problems since I installed it.
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