PC Tools Firewall Plus

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.3
out of 468 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4
  • Total Downloads:
    1,299,170
  • Date Added:
    August 27, 2008
  • File Size:
    10.31MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    8
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista

Editors' Review

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This freeware firewall won't replace user vigilance, but intermediate users will appreciate its configurability. From the primary interface to the packet content logs, simplicity is the key to PC Tools Firewall Plus Free Edition.

You don't "set and forget" any good firewall. This application makes it easy to set filtering rules, provided you know what you're doing. That's why we don't recommend PC Tools Firewall Plus Free Edition for novice users. This program expects you know the uses of UDP, ICMP, ARP, TCP, and a few other computer protocols. However, adding a new filter is as easy as answering a few questions in a wizard.

There are numerous filters preset to block many known problems. You'll only find a brief explanation for each, so you'll need to research elsewhere anything you don't understand. This application's Help file is a simple quick-start guide. Novice users will be overwhelmed and advanced users underwhelmed, but intermediate users wanting basic filtering would do well to install this firewall.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.1

    out of 72 votes

    • 5 star 17
    • 4 star 20
    • 3 star 8
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 23
  • All Versions

    3.3

    out of 468 votes

    • 5 star 134
    • 4 star 116
    • 3 star 60
    • 2 star 50
    • 1 star 108
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5 stars

"The best free firewall I've ever had"

March 15, 2013  |  By heeed11uknw

 |  Version: PC Tools Firewall Plus Free Edition 6.0.0.74

Pros

Good, good, good,......

Easy to use, install, operate. Dependable

Cons

None what so ever in my best knowledge

Summary

I really don't get all these dissatisfaction and problems people are conveying here. Really like to get it!

I've had Pc tools along with avast for years. Both on my Pc and laptop till few months back. They were compatible and not even once had problem or infection.

Now that I've bought my new Vaio(love this Sony btw!) that comes with Kasperski per-installed, thought of uninstalling it for I'm fed up with it's pup ups! and install Avast along with PC tools BUT to be honest all these negative comments got to me and since I'm not a Pc savvy ..........!!! wish i knew what best to do.

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4 stars

"DOING THE JOB ON TWO Win7 64-bit Notebooks"

February 22, 2013  |  By ThomasinaPaine

 |  Version: PC Tools Firewall Plus Free Edition 6.0.0.74

Pros

I had no problem with installing this firewall on a Compaq and Toshiba Win7 64-bit dual cone laptops. Have been using it for around 6 months and have fiddles around with the settings a bit. Application blocking particularly to see what is crucial. It has been an education, and I've learned a lot :)
I tried ZA and Comodo and MS Essentials. The first two were ARGHH! maddening! Hard to understand and adjust settings onunless you're an accomplished geek. (I'm not, but I hand in there...heh)
MS Essentials didn't seem to do much of anything.

PCTools FW actually obeys ms when I block something from connecting to the internet <g>
I've been well pleased, felt a little more "in control" with the newest version. I also run Kingsoft AV (along with its partner Kingsoft PCDoctor) along with SAS and Malwarebytes, CacheCleaner and Glary's and never seem to get invaded by anything. SO...I'm pretty pleased...or pretty deluded one!

Cons

I deducted one star because I think ANY security software should tell you what all those dang "svchost.exe files that you see in TaskManager running processes actually are LINKED to...! I mean,why not tell us, you know? LOL.

Summary

I tried MANY more than I mentioned above and decided for free (Since F-Secure costs now) I don't think you can beat PCTOOLS Firewall :)

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5 stars

"love the firewall and its services."

February 08, 2013  |  By Lonnie6aa

 |  Version: PC Tools Firewall Plus Free Edition 6.0.0.74

Pros

for free ware it has all the bells and whistle that should come with paid subscriptions. Gives me the peace of mind that I had even with a full paid subscription to kaspersky.

Cons

none that i have found

Summary

I love this firewall and have recommended it to numerous of my family members and friends.

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4 stars

"Now retired by PC Tools, but good while it lasted..."

November 02, 2012  |  By johntdrums

 |  Version: PC Tools Firewall Plus Free Edition 6.0.0.74

Pros

This WAS a very dependable and capable free Firewall. PC Tools have retired it now and have instead incorporated it into their Internet Security Suite (thanks to their merger with Symantec). HOWEVER, after uninstalling it (since it's no longer 'updateable') you might be faced with some problems.... See "Cons"

Cons

After uninstalling this great program (using Revo Uninstaller and doing a 'forced uninstall' to find extra little bits), I was still left with some "PC Tools Drivers" in my Device Manager. I had been trying for months to uninstall or delete these annoying network devices which didn't serve any purpose other than to sit there in my Device Manager with a little yellow exclamation mark saying they didn't work... but to no avail! Finally, after heaps of internet searching, I found the solution - yay!!! Ironically, it was from a PC Tools Moderator, but you can't find it on their website! See my summary below for the fix...

Summary

The problem many people have with PC Tools Firewall Plus is that since the program was retired many users have decided to uninstall it from their computers. The trouble is that it leaves the PC Tools Drivers in your PC's Device Manager with no possible way to uninstall them. BUT, I managed to find a solution... Here is the best way to uninstall these drivers:

1. Click on "Start" (or the Windows logo at the bottom left of your computer screen).

2. Click on Run (or type "Run" into 'All Programs',) then type in 'regedit', then press OK. You may have to sign in as an administrator.

3. Go to registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\S4_PCTDRIVERMP\...

You will find some sub-keys: 0000, 0001, etc.

4. Open a sub-key and look for a value with the name "Driver". It should contain something like {4D36E972-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002bE10318}\00xx, where xx = a digit. It may also state the name of the PC Tools driver involved. If it does, this is your culprit.

5. Now, go back up and open the key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E972-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002bE10318} and click on this to find the sub-key 00xx, where xx = the same as above.

6. Find the value called "Characteristics". Click on this and change the value from 29 to 1.

Please note: If a key does not contain the name "Characteristics", you can create a "REG_DWORD" value by going to 'Edit' - 'New' - 'DWORD (32-bit) Value', then rename it "Characteristics". Make the value "1" for each relevant key.

7. Repeat stages 4 to 6 for each appropriate PC Tools sub-key found in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\ENUM\Root\S4_PCTDRIVERMP\...

8. Restart your computer and then uninstall the PCTools Drivers using Device Manager.

This method was originally posted by "Alexey", a moderator from PC Tools. There were many posts back and forth because of discrepancies and misunderstandings. However, I edited the whole thing to make it easier to understand. After months of trying to find a solution, even with Alexey's original "hard-to-follow" description that I had to deal with, I tried this method and it actually worked. I hope it works for you too! Cheers...

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1 stars

"Almost had to reinstall XP"

July 04, 2012  |  By ChrisGDMA

 |  Version: PC Tools Firewall Plus Free Edition 6.0.0.74

Pros

Pros? Are you f-ing kiddin'?

Cons

The firewall didn't even install properly. When reaching the last step of installation, pressing "next" made my PC go a fraction of a second into the blue screen of death and restart itself. Loaded the fail-safe defaults from Bios, booted into XP in safe mode, logged into my administrator account, tried to uninstall this firewall and BAM: blue screen of death and another self-restart. Tried to uninstall it with CCleaner in safe mode (awesome software I really love for keeping my PC clean), but again the uninstaller starts, I agree to uninstall this firewall and BAM-BAM: blue screen of death and self-restart. I had to go to Program Files and delete the installation folder and my PC seems to work alright once again.

Summary

This is an XP crasher! I hate it, it's an abomination and I can't believe crap like this invaded CNET lately. Download and use at your own risk, folks. I'm going to look for a good firewall that won't destroy my PC.

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5 stars

"does the job reqd"

June 10, 2012  |  By sakshambhatla

 |  Version: PC Tools Firewall Plus Free Edition 6.0.0.74

Pros

easy to use. set it up in mnutes. windows firewall is such a pain

Cons

no complains yet

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5 stars

"Numero UNO!"

April 12, 2012  |  By LiliaMSU

 |  Version: PC Tools Firewall Plus Free Edition 6.0.0.74

Pros

The best! Your search for the best Firewall stops here!

Cons

The best! The best! The best!

Summary

The best firewall! Not long ago someone won a security suite (antivirus and firewall) and asked me if I wanted it. I said no thank you - I am very happy with PC Tools!

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1 stars

"Do not install on Windows 7 64 bit, reinstalled Windows"

April 09, 2012

 |  Version: PC Tools Firewall Plus Free Edition 6.0.0.74

Pros

Old versions used to be good on Windows XP.

Cons

Old versions used to be good on Windows XP.

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1 stars

"Cannot tell if it was working"

March 26, 2012  |  By vbustillos46

 |  Version: PC Tools Firewall Plus Free Edition 6.0.0.74

Pros

None. It does not work.

Cons

Difficult to download.
Showed some kind of error every time, EVERY TIME, computer restarted.
I could not be sure the firewall was working because there was no icon on taskbar. Tried to open program from the Start menu but all I got was a box with the PC Tools logo stating "Initializing"...for five minutes

Summary

I'm going back to ZoneAlarm

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5 stars

"I like it a lot!"

March 08, 2012  |  By Slayer2012

 |  Version: PC Tools Firewall Plus Free Edition 6.0.0.74

Pros

I always used Zone Alarm Pro, paid subscriptions for years. Then reverted back to the free Zone Alarm Firewall. Seems their last update just plain did not work. Feels funny without the Z icon on my taskbar and somewhat unsafe. I tried Comodo and couple of others and man was that aggravating. Having to reboot for every update. Well I finally got around to trying this little Firewall. I been using it now for several months and I'm totally satisfied. I'm using Windows XP Professional and Avast7 AV and no conflicts whatsoever. I'm glad too. I don't like windows firewall and the others are just insane to run, to much bleh. The Firewall and the AV is the 2 must have's on my PC. PC Tool Firewall is a winner for me. I certainly recommend it. It's simple, fast, user friendly, and easily understood. No excess baggage.

Cons

None.. I am totally pleased.

Summary

Try it out is my advice... that's what I do. For me it's my Firewall till Zone Alarm gets its act back together and then back I go LOL! 12 years with one product will do that to ya. If they don't, I will stick with PC Tool Firewall Plus. It may not be for everyone since we all have different PC's and Net habit's. From behind my screen, it works.

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What's new in version 4
Version 4 improves leak test protection.
General
Publisher PC Tools
Publisher web site http://www.pctools.com/
Release Date August 27, 2008
Date Added August 27, 2008
Version 4
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Firewall Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Download Information
File Size 10.31MB
File Name fwinstall.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,299,170
Downloads Last Week 8
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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