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What do you guys recommend for a free firewall? Do you prefer Zone alarm or Comodo? I appreciate any positive responses.
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Comodo is a full-featured firewall which leaves nothing out - there's just one version and it's free. ZoneAlarm (the free version) on the other hand is a 'cut-down' basic version based on ZoneAlarm Pro (which isn't free). On that basis I would choose Comodo rather than a basic cut-down one. But it depends on your level of experience. ZoneAlarm is basic and simple to set up and understand whereas Comodo requires a little extra input and knowledge about what the various settings mean. The bottom line is that Comodo is a good, strong firewall and highly configurable. ZoneAlarm free is not.

However, despite it's limitations, ZA is still the most used free firewall (but then there aren't many free ones anyway, so that's nothing to brag about)

On a final, personal note -- I've used them both. ZoneAlarm gave me problems (sometimes failing to load). Comodo gave me no problems whatsoever.

I've since moved on to a commercial "all in one" package called kaspersky internet security. Choice based on it's reputation, independant reviews, and reasonable cost. No regrets.

Edited by pip22, 07 February 2008 - 09:03 PM.

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