"Seven Desktop Firewall Software Reviews and Recommendations"

Using personal or desktop firewall software is one of the very common solutions to stop the hacker attacks.

Before I recommend some of the FREE firewall software that you can use, here are some of the important tips that you needs to be aware:

  • Before installing personal firewall software on a Windows XP or Vista computer, be sure that the firewall built into the Windows operating system is turned off.
  • Try NOT to use two firewalls software at the same time. You can remove the previous one before installing the new one.
  • However, you can use a hardware firewall with the software firewall installed.
  • Once the firewall software was installed, always check the vendor's website for patches and updates.

Please note that some of the antivirus and antispyware software also build in the firewall capabilities. However, here are my top 5 free desktop firewall software:

1.) ZoneAlarm Free Firewall

ZoneAlarm Free Firewall blocks hackers from infiltrating your home PC by hiding your computer from unsolicited network traffic. By detecting and preventing intrusions, it keeps your PC free from viruses that slow down performance, and spyware that steals your personal information, passwords, and financial data.

While Windows does come with a pretty good firewall, it's not particularly customizable. Zone Alarm is a really great application, allowing you to set what software is able to access the internet as well as blocking other computers from trying to access your system. While it can sometimes slow things down a bit, and it takes a bit to get set up at the start (you have to set permissions on every piece of software you run), I still personally enjoy the added security.

Download site: www.zonealarm.com

2.) Agnitum Outpost Firewall Free

Outpost Firewall Free gives you solid firewall protection with standard packet and application filtering to safeguard your data against unauthorized third parties. It gives you:

  • Protection that can't be shut down by hackers
  • Application behavior monitoring
  • Intuitive, resource-friendly operation
  • Activity monitoring capabilities

The more advanced features can be found on Outpost Firewall Pro.

Download site: www.agnitum.com

3.) PC Tools Firewall Plus Free Edition

PC Tools Firewall Plus Free Edition is a powerful free desktop firewall software that:

  • protects your computer from hackers and intruders.
  • control the network traffic in and out of your PC by monitoring applications that connect to the network.
  • can stop Trojans, backdoors, and keyloggers from damaging your computer and stealing your private information.
  • easy to use, no interruptions when playing full-screen games.

This application makes it easy to set filtering rules, just by answering a few questions in a wizard. If you really encounter any problem from using it, the Help file is a simple quick-start guide.

Download site: www.pctools.com

4.) Comodo Firewall + AntiVirus

Comodo Firewall + AntiVirus are a kick-ass free desktop firewall software. It keeps hackers out and tricky unauthorized programs off the Internet. And it resists being terminated. Here is what this program will do:

  • Blocks attacks from outside.
  • Controls which programs can access the Internet or network.
  • Recognizes known safe programs.
  • Blocks malware-style leak tests and resists termination by malware-style techniques.
  • Easily learns your PC habits for personalized alerts, consume less PC resources
  • Automatic updates for the most current protection

Download site: www.comodo.com

5.) Windows 7 Firewall Control Free

Windows 7 Firewall Control protects your applications from:

  • undesirable network incoming and outgoing activity, controls applications internet access.
  • control personal information leakage via controlling application network traffic.
  • instant notifications of blocked activity
  • automatic Port Forwarding-to-applications synchronization
  • and more...

Download site: http://www.sphinx-soft.com/Vista/

6.) Online Armor Free

Online Armor Free is a powerful personal / desktop firewall software, with HIPS and a host of other security features to keep your PC clear of infections and running smoothly. Also, it helps keep you safe when surfing the internet. The program key features:

  • Stops hackers
  • Stops malicious programs
  • Protects your identity

Download site: http://www.tallemu.com/

7.) Ashampoo FireWall Free

Ashampoo FireWall Free makes it easy for anyone to set up an effective, free desktop firewall software. Its Configuration Assistant guides you through every step of the setup process. Here are the program main features:

  • Easy and expert mode - Get full protection in seconds with Easy Mode and the Configuration Assistant. Experience users can activate expert mode for additional capabilities.
  • Simple and compact - Self-explanatory user interface. Very small program that uses minimum memory and resources.
  • Monitor local and LAN connections - Monitor all the local and LAN traffic into and out of your computer. Can be enabled or disabled.
  • Block All - One-click panic button for emergencies that lets you block all traffic.

Download site: www.ashampoo.com

For more advanced firewall software, visit my business firewall software recommendation.

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