Privatefirewall

Privatefirewall

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 133 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    7.0.30.2
  • Total Downloads:
    100,412
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 08, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    3.58MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    519
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Windows ships with an effective suite of security tools, including a firewall, but third-party firewalls are popular with many users. Many are free, and the most popular ones do a good job keeping millions of users safe from cyber attacks, hackers, and other intrusive threats. Privacyware's Privatefirewall has all the features and most of the extras that most personal firewall and host intrusion prevention freeware (HIPS) offer, like its Process Monitor and Port Tracking tools. Its chief advantages are its intelligent tracking feature and its extensive explanations. Privatefirewall monitors your online activity privately to learn your usage patterns. It detects and blocks anomalous usage patterns that could signal an intrusive attack on your system. As with other firewalls, you can easily allow any activity. But Privatefirewall's system is designed to make allowing regular programs less frequent (and annoying) while still protecting you from threats.

Privatefirewall's user interface is easy to understand, and so are its various features and settings, thanks to a right-hand panel that displayed a detailed explanation of everything we selected. The Main Menu opens with two main functions, Internet Security and Network Security. Sliders let us choose High, Low, or Custom security levels much like in Windows. We could add trusted and blocked sites, too. Privatefirewall enables separate Profiles for Home, Office, and Remote connections, a handy option for laptops. We could import and export the program's settings, including Process, Email, and System Anomaly Detection settings. This interesting tool displays Training Statistics that show which programs it analyzed and when; we could set its Sensitivity level and also limit the training period. The program's Help file offers more detail than the user interface in explaining the anomaly detection feature as well as the Port Tracking tool and other features.

The true test of a firewall is in how well it protects your system. We tried a variety of probes and simulated attacks, and Privatefirewall kept them at bay. Since the firewall that fails exits the marketplace quickly, we expected nothing less from Privatefirewall. Its intelligent monitoring and its detailed documentation set it apart from the other free firewalls, though.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Believe the hype. Installs in 10 MB, but it's for real"

November 29, 2014  |  By AtlBo

 |  Version: Privatefirewall 7.0.30.2

Pros

-Monitors processes and programs (and scripts) for 21 behaviors that can be blocked
-Monitors processes and programs for attempts to connect to the internet, so that they can be blocked
-Installs in only 10 MB
-Convenient log
-Convenient port tracking feature
-Rates highly in Matousec tests
-Passes Gibson leak test
-Light on system resources even with HIPS

Cons

-I would like to see a way added to the program for blocking a particular behavior across all processes and programs. Just would be nice, although not really necessary
-I would like to see something in PF for controlling how programs and processes are allowed to interact with services (i.e. turn on/off or change startup of service from Automatic to Manual or Disabled)

Summary

I've been using PF for a year now after using Comodo Personal Firewall. At only 10 MB, PF is very similar in performance. It doesn't use resources like Comodo, though. If you try this firewall, I promise it's for real. Give it a chance to prove to you that it can do the job. Really a good program

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5 stars

"light and powerful"

November 29, 2014  |  By ChoiceVoice

 |  Version: Privatefirewall 7.0.30.2

Pros

-very light
-behavioral monitor
-highly rated in testing labs
-rarely bugs you.
-pre-configured and ready to go. good for the un-tech-savy.
-good company.

Cons

-gui a bit cluttered and confusing looking. but, you rarely need to use it. everything is fairly automated.

Summary

if you're tired of firewall popups and endless configuration and training, use this highly rated program. it does most of the thinking for you.

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5 stars

"I am extremely satisfied with this firewall."

August 14, 2014  |  By MrBoiGuy

 |  Version: Privatefirewall 7.0.30.2

Pros

- Free
- Powerful protection
- Silent security that doesn't bombard you with alerts
- No obnoxious "UPGRADE NOW" ads all over the interface
- Easy to use; a novice could easily understand this!
- No system slowdown, it is extremely lightweight
- Features intrusion protection (even though most firewalls do these days, I still count it as a plus)

Cons

Honestly, I could not find any.

Summary

Privatefirewall is good for a novice or an expert. It's extremely silent and from what I hear, plays nice with most antivirus solutions.

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5 stars

"great! free."

June 02, 2014  |  By TECHCRZY

 |  Version: Privatefirewall 7.0.30.2

Pros

Friendly UI
EASY TO USE
BLOCKS THE BAD STUFF
JUST PLAIN GREAT

Cons

BLOCKS SOME LEGIT PROGRAMS

Summary

I LIKE THIS FIREWALL SIMPLE YET ROCK SOLID I REALLY RECOMMEND A TEST SPEND.

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5 stars

"Really Good HIPS Feature!"

February 26, 2014  |  By BlackBox_Hacker

 |  Version: Privatefirewall 7.0.30.2

Pros

This Software has very good Zero-day Protection

Cons

It don't work very well with Windows Firewall!

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1 stars

"Beware!!! Intense Malware on this Install"

January 13, 2014  |  By SteveW__

 |  Version: Privatefirewall 7.0.30.2

Pros

I didn't have time to evaluate the firewall component to this install. I was to darn busy trying to remove the malware this download installed. I even opted out of all the additional "free" installs offered before the install program began.

Cons

Loaded up with hard to remove malware. Wow! It was a mistake downloading this train wreck. It was so bad, that I had to walk away from my computer and work on the malware again on another day.

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4 stars

"Straightforward, effective free firewall!"

January 03, 2014  |  By Batchoy2

 |  Version: Privatefirewall 7.0.30.2

Pros

Simple to use
Easy to navigate
Adapts easily with your system

Cons

Just the old GUI but no more so far.

Summary

From Comodo Free Firewall, I now use the Privatefirewall.

I have made an extensive research from other independent reviews and sites and hence, Privatefirewall is a good contender!

Updated on Jan 17, 2014

I now use Privatefirewall 7.0 on all of my computers. I uninstall the latest Comodo Free Firewall.

Updated on Jan 17, 2014

I now use Privatefirewall 7.0 on all of my computers. I uninstall the latest Comodo Free Firewall.

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3 stars

"Blocks legitimate programs"

December 16, 2013  |  By sharcs

 |  Version: Privatefirewall 7.0.30.2

Pros

- Very light weight and easy to use
- Does it's job of creating a barrier between your computer and the internet

Cons

- Block a lot of legitimate programs and sometimes doesn't even admit to it. It took me several resets to discover that it crashes my Steam games on launch and I had to turn it of when updating windows because it was automatically blocking random files from the update.

Summary

I wouldn't use it again simply because, if something goes wrong, I'll never be able to be sure if there's something wrong with my computer or if a program has it's hands tied behind it's back by PrivateFirewall.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 7.0.30.2
Version 7.0.30.2 - Added support for Windows 8.1 (32/64 bit).
- Fixed Windows 8 Live Tiles issue.
- Added version query check confirmation.
- Updated drivers reviewed and tested by Microsoft Winqual.
General
Publisher Privacyware
Publisher web site http://www.privacyware.com/
Release Date October 05, 2013
Date Added November 08, 2013
Version 7.0.30.2
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Firewall Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 2003
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3.58MB
File Name privatefirewall.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 100,412
Downloads Last Week 519
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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