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  • 3.0 stars

    "Nag, Nag, Nag"

    February 27, 2015  |   By BearPuppy

    Version: Privatefirewall 7.0.30.2

    Pros

    It does work. In the few years that I used it I never had malware breach my system. And the 60 seconds it gives you to make a decision to block or allow, is usually long enough to make your choice.

    Cons

    The biggest problem I ran into was the appearance of nag screens demanding I answer to allow or block the same application time after time. Despite white listing the location, it never followed that direction, but kept asking on every reboot to allow or block that site (Dropbox).

    Summary

    I finally uninstalled the application - too many nags.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Easy install and it's performing very well..."

    February 27, 2015  |   By yankee07mvp

    Version: Privatefirewall 7.0.30.2

    Pros

    New, first time installation of this free firewall for me. It was a simple, easy installation on my XP Pro SP3 computer, (after uninstalling Comodo Free Firewall which I was very unhappy with). Computer performance sped up immediately and noticeably. My entire computer ran better..!

    Cons

    None that I've run across so far. The only reason I have only given it four stars - to this point - is exactly that. I've only had it installed for slightly less than one week now.

    Summary

    Other than a few, (less than a half dozen in less than a week), pop-ups asking to allow permission/access to Internet, (for programs I was running), this firewall has given me NO problems what-so-ever. My previous firewall - Comodo Free Firewall - was putting sales pop-ups on my screen every 1-2 minutes..!!! (That's probably far more pop-ups than it was preventing..!!!) That made the latter firewall a complete nuance, (even if it was "working" at what it was supposed to be doing which was to protect me/my computer). I think people are going to be switching to this in droves in short order...

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Why does CNET have an old version listed?"

    February 18, 2015  |   By BDWong

    Version: Privatefirewall 7.0.30.2

    Pros

    Unknown as I just installed it.

    Cons

    Just installed this program & IMMEDIATELY it states an update is available. The version listed here on CNET is 7.0.30.2 from 12/19/2013 & the privacyware website states the latest version is 7.0.30.3 from 12/19/2013. What's up with that?

    Summary

    If you are going to offer/list software please list the most recent version not one that's OVER 4 MONTHS OLD!

    Updated on Feb 18, 2015

    Revision: The listed version is actually from 10/5/2013 not 12/19/2013 making it over 16 months old.

    Updated on Feb 20, 2015

    THIS SOFTWARE IS A TRAIN WRECK!!! CONSTANT POPUPS. FINAL STRAW WAS THAT IT REMOVED SOUND (VOLUME) ICON. UNINSTALLED THIS DISASTER & SOUND ICON RETURNED.

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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "great! free."

    June 2, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 4.0 stars

    "Straightforward, effective free firewall!"

    January 3, 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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