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Privatefirewall

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 138 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    7.0.27.1
  • Total Downloads:
    105,810
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 05, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    3.58MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    200
  • 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

"Ignore spoiler reviews by so called software engineers"

May 21, 2012  |  By i9100gs2

 |  Version: Privatefirewall 7.0.27.1

Pros

Easy to setup and use. Right click on things in Port Tracking etc is good.

Cons

Would like the option to right click on an entry in the log and it take you to Whois etc.

Summary

I'm no software engineer but I can setup PrivateFirewall without any problems at all. I've been using it for quite some time now and I've never had it crash whilst playing online games like I have some of the supposedly better ones, comodo for example.

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1 stars

"1 hour of my life gone"

May 15, 2012  |  By fffwerwefff

 |  Version: Privatefirewall 7.0.27.1

Pros

You might say a Pro is that it's free, but when I get something worthless for free I call that trash.

Cons

I'm a very experienced software engineer with a lot of experience in networking and couldn't get this thing to work after an hour playing with it.
It's not clear how 'processes' and 'applications' are related.
It's not clear how the different 'rules' you can add in different areas effect security nor how they relate to the different 'levels' you can set in several places.
Finally, the logging was simply missing a lot of information and much of the info it did have was incorrect.

Summary

Only functionality I got out of this thing was to completely block all traffic or completely allow all traffic.

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1 stars

"Look elsewhere - MS Essentials."

May 08, 2012  |  By davenull311

 |  Version: Privatefirewall 7.0.27.1

Pros

Free download, easy install. Easy uninstall immediately reconnected my laptop to my home network.

Cons

Disabled the DNS server connection on my laptop. I don't need a firewall if I cannot access the internet at all! If I'd wanted this level of network (dis-)connectivity, I'd have bought a Mac.

Summary

Download Microsoft's Essentials pack - better name, better program, and no connectivity issues.

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5 stars

"Free! Solid! Protects! Set it and forget it!"

May 08, 2012  |  By pickycustomer

 |  Version: Privatefirewall 7.0.27.1

Pros

Easy to set-up. Simple to use.

Cons

None here.

Summary

Used Online Armor Free until a friend recommended Private Firewall. I am now a very satisfied user. Private Firewall (PF) is simple to set-up and runs quietly in the background. And doesn't slow down my computer. The GUI is easy to navigate and pretty much straight forward. Read the many reviews and decided that PF is a good choice. If you want something better than Windows Firewall give Private Firewall a try. I highly recommend it.

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4 stars

"An advanced firewall - not for the novice."

May 05, 2012  |  By Give-Up-I-do

 |  Version: Privatefirewall 7.0.27.1

Pros

I love it. Never a fan of OS inbuilt / ISP pushed security bundled products I have been searching for something. Anti-Virus and a decent Firewall. My Pro for this is and why I rate it very highly is due to the fact I can see what's going on (in-bound / outbound) and control the rules. It's a free firewall for those who like to lift the lid a little and see who is knocking on your door & trying to get in. I liked it so much I thought I may even pay the freeware licence - but no this is yours (Gratis) - I recommend.

Cons

No cons - other than a lack of cut or export from the firewall log.

The Internet is a dangerous place, this is only for an experienced person with knowledge in operating systems, networking & the fabric of internet. If you don't know what an IP or MAC address is a TCP Port or a PID - This is not for you - if you do then it is.

Summary

The freedom to view, analyse inbound & outbound network traffic from network - OS and applications. The control to create your own rules & Allow / Block IP's, URL's, ports etc. Has a learning mode which is very useful for transporting onto a new build. And yes for free. A great product.

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3 stars

"slowing down my comp"

April 25, 2012  |  By gregb204

 |  Version: Privatefirewall 7.0.27.1

Pros

free webroot malware comes with it. settings easy to change or add to allow in applications. allow all to see if that helped.

Cons

exit it and comp w7 runs faster . so still changing settings to see if will get faster by allows allow my browser and others.

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5 stars

"Excellent firewall"

April 20, 2012  |  By DakotaSpirit

 |  Version: Privatefirewall 7.0.27.1

Pros

Everything about it I like, it works well and does what it says it will do. I have had no problem with this software at all. it is a good strong firewall.

Cons

None that I can think of at this time

Summary

This is a good free firewall and I do not think you can do better with any other, paid or not.

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4 stars

"One of the Best Free Firewalls"

April 18, 2012  |  By Fixedisk

 |  Version: Privatefirewall 7.0.27.1

Pros

Stealths your computer

Cons

I does not seem to remember the updates. Every udate it requests requires removing "old" version and reinstalling new version and rebooting. It frequently wants to be uodated. I removed it for this annoying reason.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 7.0.27.1
Version 7.0.27.1 added option to Disable Trusted Publisher feature and IP address specific rules to Settings export file.
General
Publisher Privacyware
Publisher web site http://www.privacyware.com/
Release Date April 05, 2012
Date Added April 05, 2012
Version 7.0.27.1
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Firewall Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/Server 2008 x86/Server 2008 x64
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3.58MB
File Name privatefirewall.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 105,810
Downloads Last Week 200
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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