Lavasoft Personal Firewall

Lavasoft Personal Firewall

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 46 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1
  • Total Downloads:
    171,814
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 14, 2005
  • Price:
    Free to try (10-day trial); $29.95 to buy
  • File Size:
    14.99MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    10
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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This powerful personal firewall from the makers of Ad-Aware offers effective protection, ease of use, and a solid feature set. Based on Agnitum Outpost Firewall s engine, the program boasts a well-designed interface that prominently displays an event log of all activities. The application s left panel contains sections for network activity, open ports, and allowed or blocked processes. Lavasoft Personal Firewall quickly scans your PC to add policies for all found applications and easily adapts to newly installed software. Like any good firewall, this one displays a system-tray icon and notifies you whenever an unapproved process attempts to run. When you first start using the app, you ll need to approve or block programs on your computer, either on a one-time or recurring basis. Configuring global and specific firewall policies is simple enough for novices, while the detailed logs will help advanced users track down network and PC problems. In our tests, Lavasoft Persoanl Firewall demonstrated solid protection against threats, expected from a company best known for its spyware protection. The main downside we see is the short 10-day trial period, which may prevent some users from trying the program, particularly given the amount of quality, free firewalls on the market. Nevertheless, anyone in the market for a reliable personal firewall will find Lavasoft s addition to the category a very positive affair.
 
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3 stars

"Unable to Uninstall it!"

July 22, 2006  |  By TBolt

 |  Version: Lavasoft Personal Firewall 1

Pros

This firewall seems to be okay. I was happy with the fact that it's published by the same company that is behind the free Ad-aware program.

Cons

I'm just not willing to pay $30 for this program until I've had the chance to try others. Went to uninstall the program and cannot. WinXP says that unins000.dat is missing from its directory. I e-mailed Lavasoft support today. I hope I get the help I want from Lavasoft. :0(

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2 stars

"I guess nobody gets it!"

July 10, 2007  |  By UM Canes

 |  Version: Lavasoft Personal Firewall 1

Pros

This includes "Lavasoft". So, why would I consider shelling out $30 when there are at least 2 better free firewalls? Hell, I wouldn't. I think some software vendors get it and some don't. Two perfect examples of vendors who get it are "Comodo" and "Zone Labs". Why? thats simple. Both have free firewalls that are far better them this one at thirty bucks. At least download.com shows no bias here. I hope "Lavasoft" starts to get it before they go under. Not recommended at all.

Cons

This app is 20 months old, comes from a vendor known for poor tech support. Doesn't offer vista support and they want us to pay for it. At this point, I find it amazing this company is still in business. They will once again gain my respect when they update this firewall and offer it free. I think I'll file "Lavasoft" with "PC Tools", under, "another software vendor going in the wrong direction".

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1 stars

"$29.95! Why?"

April 02, 2007  |  By crash.jenson

 |  Version: Lavasoft Personal Firewall 1

Pros

Why would anyone pay for an average, at best firewall? No pros at all! The poor reviews speak for themselves.

Cons

Weak against new types of attacks like DLL injection. The price is rediculas when you can get a free firewall (Comodo) that does pass all known leak tests! Hard to uninstall, short trial, overpriced and poor customer support tops it off as a poor program. Evan if it were free it still wouldn't be a good app! Get a grip "Lavasoft" !

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3 stars

"Mediocre"

January 07, 2007  |  By heavygear3

 |  Version: Lavasoft Personal Firewall 1

Pros

It has stealth mode and protects both inbound and outbound. It tells u how many intrusions it has blocked (like ZoneAlarm)

Cons

The GUI isnt that good. Kinda pricey but after all, it's Lavasoft. Worth a try but I don't think any novice will like it.

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4 stars

"Definatly One You Can Trust!!!"

January 03, 2007  |  By aphantomsplanet

 |  Version: Lavasoft Personal Firewall 1

Pros

Despite other reviews I had no problems installing and using this firewall. I run a pretty old computer (Win 98SE & a 7 yr old computer) and it runs perfectly. I put it through all kinds of leak tests, INCLUDING Symantec's security check and it passed with flying colors. I trust this program to do what it has to do, and I would buy it with no doubts. I don't see why I should have to pay the earth for Norton when this is so much cheaper and can do the same job, despite not having as many features!, which is ok, because it does it all for you! it detects everything so its great for people who don't know much about firewalls.

Cons

Probably that it doesn't have as many features, and there are a few popups depending on what you are doing, which does make it through, and they can be put away with ease and not seen again with no reason to worry!

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5 stars

"Nice, little and strong enough."

December 13, 2006  |  By usewell

 |  Version: Lavasoft Personal Firewall 1

Pros

No fuss. Quite small, advanced and good firewall ( on my computers ). But anything seems to work differently on different computers so make a backup on your system first. Nice interface - simple no mumbo - jumbo. Lagom - as we say in sweden.

Cons

A very good start-version on a firewall but 10 days trial? A question-mark icon on my system tray is not the best symbol for security - but hey, its almost okay.. And yes - this is not the original firewall - I think its better.

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1 stars

"Poor"

October 07, 2006  |  By BobAH

 |  Version: Lavasoft Personal Firewall 1

Cons

The products causes the PC to lockup during the configuration. It also caused the system to have GPFS (blue screen).It did not correctly identify Norton Antivirus correctly causing it to fail. Does not correctly identify the Current AOL software causing this lock up during rules creation. I am using a Dell L866r with 256 meg ram and 40 gig HD and Win98se. I am attached a Novell Network running at 100 mb speed with DSL modem. I have also discovered that to get Tech Support with their company, you have to have registered (purchased) their software. Tech Support does not come with any versions that are free or trialware.

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4 stars

"Good S/W Firewall, I'm buying it."

September 28, 2006  |  By mfumbly

 |  Version: Lavasoft Personal Firewall 1

Pros

Smooth install. Easy configuration. Small footprint, easy on system resources. Very flexible. A big improvement over my previous firewall (mcafee). I have run the trial and like it enough to buy it.

Cons

I little difficult for the novice to understand what it's doing at first. Could use a more in-depth help file.

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5 stars

"The best i've known"

August 30, 2006  |  By Tackerky

 |  Version: Lavasoft Personal Firewall 1

Pros

It's really light but extremely strong. The others are also strong but it takes the computer's resource much but Lavasoft Personal Firewall doesn't

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2 stars

"conflicts with McAfee Virusscan"

August 23, 2006  |  By johnsrinx

 |  Version: Lavasoft Personal Firewall 1

Pros

Easy to purchase and install. The program is fairly easy to understand and does a good job of protecting your computer.

Cons

The firewall conflicts with McAfee Viruscan when I open Outlook Express and download my mail. When McAfee email scan starts the firewall tries to block it and locks up the computer, the only way to kill the programs is to hard boot. I have emailed Lavasoft Support 5 times since June 2006 and have not received a response yet. I removed the program from my computer.

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2 stars

"2 me it pointless"

August 20, 2006  |  By maksic122

 |  Version: Lavasoft Personal Firewall 1

Pros

it protects you but norton personal firewall is much more better

Cons

dont like the interface

i find no point 4 it since i got nortn personal fiewall

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Lavasoft
Publisher web site http://www.lavasoft.com
Release Date November 14, 2005
Date Added November 14, 2005
Version 1
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Firewall Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/NT/2000/XP
Additional Requirements Windows 98/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server
Download Information
File Size 14.99MB
File Name LavasoftFirewallInstall.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 171,814
Downloads Last Week 10
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License Model Free to try
Limitations 10-day trial
Price $29.95

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