This easy-to-use firewall presents itself as a quality option for those seeking protection from the Net nasties. We like Sygate Personal Firewall's handy and clear interface, which lets you quickly disable the firewall and access dialog windows via the system-tray icon.
This application is a good bet for beginners because it's not necessary to configure any settings to get started. When the utility detects a program trying to connect to the Web for the first time, it asks you whether to allow or disallow access and remembers the setting. Advanced users can set permissions manually for any group of applications, such as a range of trusted IPs and protocols. Unfortunately, the current version isn't Vista compatible if you're looking for an alternative to the Windows Firewall.
The app didn't slow down our computer and less than 10 MB of RAM. Password protection guards against other users, such as children or employees, changing settings or turning off the firewall. Whether you're new to firewalls or have used them before, this free option should be on your shortlist.
From Sygate Technologies:
Sygate Personal Firewall provides best of breed security in a user friendly interface, protecting your PC from hackers, trojans and DoS attacks. New features include full-ICS support, protocol driver level protection, enhanced logging, and more. Sygate Personal Firewall is a personal firewall to offer protection from malicious code intrusions, keeping the information on your PC safe and private.
Just tried to install Sygate yesterday and only after running installer was I told it would not run on Windows 7. But it DID install Sweetpacks and SweetIM which I have just spent hours trying to remove from my computer. Sweetpacks is a browser hijacker and is hidden in many files in all browsers, so even when you think it is gone it still lurks in corners. Years ago I used Sygate and was happy with it until an update caused me to look elsewhere, but any program that installs junk without my permission is a major fail.
Avoid at all costs. There are plenty of other excellent firewalls available. If you have to use Sygate, be prepared for a lot of trouble.
I like that this firewall is so easy for beginners. Because of the way it works, it wasn't constantly asking me to allow or deny internet access to various programs and services. I also really liked that it isn't a resource hog, as I don't have much memory in the machine it's installed on, only 1G. Very easy to use, and I trust it because of its parent company, Norton. According to the knowledge I have of them, they're reliable.
Can't think of any.
An all round good firewall, and the sandbox feature gives peace of mind.
That because instead of having an understanding how things work, you just go with hte latest fashion. WinXp is out of date too, but still an awsome software. I wish Sygate was not bought by Norton but heck this firewall is light, functional and perfect for winxp even in 2011.