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Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by Deke40, Jan 5, 2003.

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  1. Deke40

    Deke40 Thread Starter

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    Just went to Road Runner. Is it imperative to have a firewall or is this more dependent on the type of surfing you do? I don't have any critical information such as banking or account numbers stored on my pc. I guess the worst that could be done is somebody get in and crash the system. If so, what would be a basic and free one.
     
  2. steamwiz

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    Hi Deke

    Zonealarm free firewall appears to be the most popular

    There's also sygate....tiny.....if you do a search on this site you will find a lot of information and links in the threads

    steam
     
  3. Deke40

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    Thanks. I usually do search ,but on something like this I like to get a fresh perspective.
     
  4. RSM123

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    Deke,

    Try here : http://www.free-firewall.org

    I use Sygate - it says on this site that Sygate is a 30 dayer - well its actually free for personal users. Use Google and get it somewhere else if you opt for this one. Most prefer ZA or Sygate.

    For your info try here :

    http://www.pcflank.com

    They will run a series of tests showing what can be learned from your pc if you are not running a F/W. Go back there again and test your F/W if / when you get one.



    RSM123
     
  5. Deke40

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    RSM123-How safe is that type of site that checks your system? They must have the opportunity to gather all kinds of informaiton.

    I guess I am a little paranoid about giving access to my pc.

    I guess that would be an oxymoron as I don't have a firewall.
     
  6. TonyKlein

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    Deke,

    Sorry for not replying to your query about PCFLANK I had to log off. I actually got the link on another forum where a long time poster recommended it. I agree that this doesn't prove the legitimacy of the site but I tested my Firewall there as soon as it was installed.

    My first battery of tests indicated I was stealthed on all ports except 137 / 139 - The Netbios / File Sharing. If you get the same return then check out the GRC.COM link supplied above as the site owner provides a walkthrough for disabling this .... if you are not on a home network of course.


    Good Luck,


    RSM123.
     
  8. Deke40

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    Thanks guys. I downloaded ZA and have it running. Did a test on it and the only negative was on browsing and cookies. Also reveived this on ZA when I accessed this site:

    <img src="http://forums.techguy.org/attachment.php?s=&postid=668590">

    I will do more reading on the subject but at my age and level of expertise it is a slow go with a low level of retention.
     

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    I guess my brain isn't dead yet. Found this:

    Program Name: CFD

    Executable Name: CFD.exe

    Required: No

    Comments: BroadJump Client Foundation. Broadband troubleshooting software installed by various companies. Not required and you can remove it via Add/Remove programs .

    Found it here:http://www.lafn.org/webconnect/mentor/startup/PENINDEX.HTM.

    Will this hurt to leave it are if I delete it I wonder if it will have any effect on the operation of Road Runner?
     
  10. Deke40

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    I promise I will not keep this up. One more quick question. Since I am on a cable connection and connected all the time would it be prudent to click the "Stop all internet activity" button during periods of inactivity?
     
  11. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

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    Not really.

    Your firewall will protect you from all unwanted traffic anyway.
     
  12. Deke40

    Deke40 Thread Starter

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    Thanks Tony. I have been like a kid with a new toy. This cable connection is awesome. I downloaded about 10 or 12 updates that I never did on dial-up and it took about 2 or so minutes. Some sites are still a little slow but I guess that is the site and not the cables fault.
     
  13. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

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    Yes, isn't it great? :D

    I went from my analog modem straight to 1024 Kbit/s DSL, and even that's been upped to 1536 kbps per January 1st.

    It's funnnn!
     
  14. Deke40

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    I wonder where I could check the Kbps on my connection? I haven't paid any attention to the downloads while they were going on.
     
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