Windows 2000 Firewall alternatives for Zonealarm and Norton

Posted on 2006-04-14
Last Modified: 2013-12-04
I'm looking for a firewall for a Windows 2000 Professional computer. I know about Zonealarm and Norton, but for some reason this doesn't work like I want to. It turns out that every time a message pops up, the user just clicks "allow" or "deny" but doesn't know what to do when, and I cannot control this. For the moment this computer connects to the internet using dialup, so cannot be put behind a router/firewall (afaik). The user is not at high risk for viruses etc (surfing safe websites, not using IE, Outlook, and generally knows what to do when receiving strange emails). I've installed zonealarm for a while, but want to change to something else if possible.

Do you have any suggestions (freeware or commercial) about what alternatives there are? I'm looking for a firewall where I can open and close ports, like the standard unix firewall, not one that reacts to program actions.
Question by:grexx
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    Until Windows XP came in I was very happy with Sygate Personal Firewall, which is freeware. Now that I look up the website... Sygate has been assimilated and another fine product is lost in the claws of Symantec... Damn them. I despise Zone Alarm and Norton "Internet Security", probably for the same reasons you do.

    Other fine option is Kerio Personal Firewall. Kerio has been acquired too, but the products are continued. There is a free version and a full version.

    Usually, the application-awareness of personal firewalls is a blessing, and the accept/deny you're talking about is some kind of learning mode. Well... usually learning mode can be disabled and you can configure "Any application" instead of a specific executable with a corresponding MD5 hash ;-)
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    Greetings, grexx !

    Sygate 5.6 is available for download here and is free.

    Windows Defender from Microsoft is free and works with Windows 2000 SP4

    Best wishes!
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    Uhh... I'm up against the #10 here, but Windows Defender is not a firewall...

    I still keep Sygate PF 5.6 in my personal stash for systems that really need a firewall, so check out the link.

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