Sygate Personal Firewall

Sygate Personal Firewall

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 200 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.6.2808
  • Total Downloads:
    4,031,298
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 08, 2007
  • Price:
    Free to try (See description); $39.95 to buy
  • File Size:
    8.8MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    95
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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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.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.9

    out of 53 votes

    • 5 star 25
    • 4 star 14
    • 3 star 5
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 6
  • All Versions

    3.8

    out of 200 votes

    • 5 star 109
    • 4 star 33
    • 3 star 6
    • 2 star 14
    • 1 star 38
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5 stars

"Excellent firewall but cannot install on Windows 7"

July 30, 2013  |  By benderrodriquez

 |  Version: Sygate Personal Firewall 5.6.2808

Pros

Probably one of the best firewalls around if you want to control the ins and outs of IP communications on your computer.

Cons

No longer maintained. Company was bought out and new company disbanded the software.

Summary

If you have Microsoft XP or Windows 2000, this is the software to have if you want a really good firewall.

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1 stars

"Installs Sweet spyware"

July 18, 2013  |  By 1star1heart

 |  Version: Sygate Personal Firewall 5.6.2808

Pros

No idea, it never ran.

Cons

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.

Summary

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.

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1 stars

"Doesn't work"

February 01, 2012  |  By AaronD12

 |  Version: Sygate Personal Firewall 5.6.2808

Pros

None that I can think of.

Cons

If you are still running Windows XP, it might work for you.

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4 stars

"Reliable Firewall"

December 11, 2011  |  By Sujo

 |  Version: Sygate Personal Firewall 5.6.2808

Pros

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.

Cons

Can't think of any.

Summary

An all round good firewall, and the sandbox feature gives peace of mind.

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5 stars

"Best firewall I have tried."

November 23, 2011  |  By Neil_Parks

 |  Version: Sygate Personal Firewall 5.6.2808

Pros

Requires little or no configuration. Doesn't get in the way as some other firewalls do.

Cons

No longer being actively developed.

Summary

Sygate was bought out by Symantec several years ago. Symantec discontinued the product, which is too bad because it is still the best firewall software available.

From time to time I have tried some of the newer ones out there, and I always end up disappointed. The tried-and-true Sygate Personal Firewall does not disappoint.

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5 stars

"I like it-you get to train it-then it's less verbose-"

November 12, 2011  |  By eirehawk46

 |  Version: Sygate Personal Firewall 5.6.2808

Pros

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Cons

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Summary

good product-with free and paid options

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5 stars

"I have previously made use of it and Like it.."

June 25, 2011  |  By perpal

 |  Version: Sygate Personal Firewall 5.6.2808

Pros

It is a very easy software to work with and an excellent product in all ways.

Cons

I have always been pleased with it.

Summary

None

Updated on Jun 25, 2011

I previously used this software and have always been well satisfied with it as my firewall.

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3 stars

"Good protection"

February 19, 2011  |  By grant500

 |  Version: Sygate Personal Firewall 5.6.2808

Pros

It certainly caught anything trying to access the net.

Cons

pop ups all the time. Like "winamp is trying to access the internet" Even after you click the "dont show this again" it still comes back. Annoying.

Summary

Overall good but takes over the computer a bit. I have gone back to windows firewall (xp) as it just does the job and you rarely see any issues.

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4 stars

"The best so far!"

November 03, 2010  |  By ih8bugz

 |  Version: Sygate Personal Firewall 5.6.2808

Pros

I have tested 14 free firewall products and this is the best so far. Very easy to install and configure. User friendly interface with a lot of room for tweaking.

Cons

I haven't found any yet

Summary

How can you go wrong with a free firewall made by Norton? It works great, has a sandbox feature, and one right click on the tray icon gives you total control.

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1 stars

"release date 2004! - nothing more to say"

October 03, 2010  |  By massivly_out_of_date

 |  Version: Sygate Personal Firewall 5.6.2808

Pros

none nope nothing

Cons

- publisher does _not_ exist anymore (bought by another company)
- no root download link (no official link)
- no updates, no support
-no NOTHING!!!

Summary

i don't know how people can use software, that are so out of date!!!
nor how they don't try to get reliable information about software they are about to install!!!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.6.2808
Unspecified updates and/or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Sygate Technologies
Publisher web site http://smb.sygate.com
Release Date February 08, 2007
Date Added February 08, 2007
Version 5.6.2808
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Encryption Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows XP, Windows, Windows NT, Windows Me, Windows 95
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server
Download Information
File Size 8.8MB
File Name sygate562808.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 4,031,298
Downloads Last Week 95
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations See description
Price $39.95

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