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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4 stars

"Found Good"

August 04, 2009  |  By akwillyn

 |  Version: PC Tools Firewall Plus 4

Pros

Good Software with easy installation

Cons

Good Software

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5 stars

"Sweet! No Problems!"

August 04, 2009  |  By nmweatherman

 |  Version: PC Tools Firewall Plus 4

Pros

Easy to: download, install, configure

Cons

None so far

Summary

I recently had some negative experiences with firewalls on my older computer (Sony Vaio). I was thus appropriately leery of PC Firewall Plus (Edition 4). But I trusted the PC Tools name, and I was pleasantly surprised: a seamless download, install and configuration. What's not to like? It's simple, light on your computer and it runs quietly in the background. A bit later I found out it works seamlessly with PC Tools AV. This must be my lucky day! PC Tools AV is free, too! (But that's another review).

I used in the past ZoneAlarm (not bad) and Norton/Symantec, plus I tried Trend Micro. They are all good in their way but some of them "take over" your computer, disk space, speed, and intrusion. PC Tools Firewall (Edition 4) does everything I need and doesn't sit on my computer like an elephant on an ant. I am running Windows XP and this program is just right!

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4 stars

"very good !!!"

June 29, 2009  |  By imposible6

 |  Version: PC Tools Firewall Plus 4

Pros

Simple user interface and firewall good

Cons

none to find

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5 stars

"Very good firewall!"

June 11, 2009  |  By sagan46

 |  Version: PC Tools Firewall Plus 4

Pros

Really a very good firewall. Home users can easily respond to requests on features. Between the first order, a free program.

Cons

But there is still a very old version is available. I like my new version of the editor to put here. Then add the new features. Pc tools firewall plus 5.0.0.38

Summary

A computer program does not absolutely muscle. Simple user mode very successful. A continuous warning to the user structure is not disturbed. Certainly much more advanced version that will be successful.

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4 stars

"Easy to install not a large download."

June 06, 2009  |  By randomcycle

 |  Version: PC Tools Firewall Plus 4

Pros

Easy to understand ask your permission for incoming encounters.

Cons

I was prompted to try an upgrade and mistakenly clicked on only to discover there was cost. I lost my free firewall and had to download it again.

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3 stars

"Better than many, way better than no firewall"

June 03, 2009  |  By Zenbob96

 |  Version: PC Tools Firewall Plus 4

Pros

Easy to set up, minor annoyances, but not hyper active as some others.

Cons

Errs on the side of being too open...cannot fully secure outgoing communication, has issues with Net framework and other MS programs -- I blame MS, but in the end, applications must find ways to work with the scourge of MS.

Summary

There are easier to use, and more intuitive products out there such as Winpatrol (one of my favorites) and Zone Alarm. Just remember that there are no perfect Firewall Products at any price, and the more secure you are, the less happy you will be in terms of being nagged, getting hit with performance restrictions, slow Internet access, inability to access sites, etc. You can reduce firewall controls at the price of less security, better performance. It is a personal decision, and those programs that make this adjustment more obvious and easier for the user to implement are my favorites. I think there should be no specific settings at all -- just a slider or rotary knob that adjusts from "Totally Insecure" to "Totally Secure" and a wide range in between for the user to play with. I would call this Firewall "Toaster Firewall" and everyone would understand how to use it immediately. Just a thought...

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5 stars

"Excellent product"

June 01, 2009  |  By phani kondapani

 |  Version: PC Tools Firewall Plus 4

Pros

Simple user interface
very light on resources
improved leak test protection
stealth mode,password protection and full screen mode for advanced users
works very well along with award winning threat fire
Automatic updating and no nag screens.

Cons

very few but it is negligible, when giving users a free excellent product.

Summary

use pc tools firewall along with threatfire4.5 and avast it gives you a top notch security toolkit.

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1 stars

"It Leaks!! As review from myorny states correctly :-((("

May 07, 2009  |  By TigerHorse

 |  Version: PC Tools Firewall Plus 4

Pros

Lovely Interface. Loads of functionality. Installs and operates nicely.

Cons

1. No control to 'block all internet communications' (unlike Zone alarm for example)

2. The firewall leaks! Reviewer myorny January 30 2009 is correct.

I tested it using Leaktest, free utility downloaded from www[dot]grc[dot]com/lt/leaktest[dot]htm

Summary

I tried various ways to configure PC Tools Firewall to block Leaktest from sending out packets. I could not get the firewall to stop the packets being sent.

This means the firewall fails in its job to protect the PC. Reluctantly I must now get another firewall.

Very sad. A *fatal* flaw in what appears to be a great product :-(((

## PC Tools: please TAKE NOTE AND FIX ## this potentially excellent product!!

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5 stars

"Get it its good"

April 29, 2009  |  By susiekates08

 |  Version: PC Tools Firewall Plus 4

Pros

Good protection, doesn't hog my memory, good for game playing. Once you have it trained to accept your usual connections this thing will be dependable and won't bug you much.

Cons

None i can think of.

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3 stars

"Version 5 is a very good firewall, has .Net issues"

April 15, 2009  |  By mavc0212

 |  Version: PC Tools Firewall Plus 4

Pros

Clean interface. Provide settings for newbies or advanced users. You can select the list of programs with Internet access. Includes both per application and per port (or port range) settings, the last a feature missed in many free alternatives.

Cons

Internet applications using .Net framework crashed unless given Full Access. I had firewall in advanced settings, and had the issue running Paint .Net and another .Net application I cant remember now.

Summary

If you don't have many .Net applications, go for it. If you have many .Net applications, probably will have to look somewhere else, or live with the possible crashes if you forget to adjust the offending application security settings to Full Access. Also Windows firewall is not disabled by default, so you have to do that yourself.

If they fix the .Net app issue and disable the Windows Firewall at installation, then it will get a 5 star.

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Full Specifications

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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
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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