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PCTools Firewall Plus - a free firewall, is it right for you?

review from ClifNotes, Mar 2007, permalink Personal Firewalls


PCTools is the home of the popular anti-spyware program called SpywareDoctor. When I saw that they had a free firewall program, I just had to try it out. So far, I'm pretty pleased with it. I'm not an advanced user when it comes to personal firewalls, but I know how they are supposed to work. This firewall hasn't been bombarding me with constant questions and it does pop up when I expect it to. After a few days of use, it only bugs me when I run a new program that tries to access the internet.


I saw one person's review at Download.com who said it was the world's most perfect firewall because it wouldn't allow him to connect to the internet at all. I had to laugh when I saw that, and I'd still be laughing if I hadn't accidently done the same thing myself. You should never block the Windows Socket Services. In my desire to limit Windows access to the internet, I did this, and the next time I rebooted I couldn't connect to my home network. Go ahead, you can laugh at me now.


I saw a few other people complain that the program was too complex or buggy for new users, but this only tells me that YMMV (your mileage may vary). In other words, it's a new program and it may not work well for everyone.


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Quote from the website

PC Tools Firewall Plus is a powerful personal firewall for Windows that protects your computer by preventing unauthorized users from gaining access to your computer through the Internet or a network. By monitoring applications that connect to the network Firewall Plus can stop Trojans, backdoors, keyloggers and other malware from damaging your computer and stealing your private information.


requires Win2000, Win2003, or WinXP