TinyWall

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 11 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.1
  • Total Downloads:
    11,748
  • Date Added:
    July 08, 2013
  • File Size:
    1.11MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    74
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows Vista/7/8

Editors' Review

+

A firewall controller utility developed by Karoly Pados, TinyWall improves the operation of the default Windows firewall and effectively blocks Trojans, viruses, and worms. It's largely based on application whitelisting picked by its corresponding executable, process, or window.

Pros

Robust: TinyWall does not install its own kernels but cleverly adds some very robust features and protection to your Windows firewall by initially blocking practically everything and then creating exceptions. Even after we deactivated it, it reactivated itself after a computer restart.

No pop-up messages: Taking a cue from the default Windows firewall, TinyWall does away with those extremely annoying diversions. Plus, you do not have to understand anything about DLL files, ports, or other technical details to use this app effectively.

Updates: For a utility developed by a single person, it is surprising to have updates, although admittedly cloud functionality is a much more immediate way to respond to new threats.

Cons

Learning mode is not foolproof: When entering Autolearn mode you must be absolutely certain that your computer has no malware; otherwise it will unavoidably be whitelisted by the firewall and not detected at all. It kind of beats the logic of having protection in the first place.

Manual unblocking: We had to manually whitelist Firefox, Skype, and Dropbox. Even though this is done only once for every application, popular applications should be whitelisted by default.

Bottom Line

TinyWall increases the control you have over the default Windows firewall and enhances its level of protection. It requires very limited user input and does away with all the irritating messages and pop-ups. We highly recommended this well-made app.

 
read more +

Publisher's Description

+
 
read more +
User Reviews
+

Results 1–10 of 11

2 stars

"Good but has serious flaws"

May 14, 2013  |  By yesterdayz_man

 |  Version: TinyWall 2.0

Pros

Easy to use

Cons

Doesn't work properly with multiple user accounts

Summary

Is a nice easy to use firewall for a single user machine but it simple does not work with multiple users and completely blocks every other user other than the one that installed it and gives an error when you try to change setting which is a pretty serious flaw and a deal breaker. I had to uninstall it as this makes it useless.

Reply to this review Read reply (1)

Was this review helpful? (0) (1)

5 stars

"Simple, uses almost no recourses and no CPU!"

March 29, 2013  |  By bupbup777

 |  Version: TinyWall 2.0

Pros

Lightweight!, Simple. Still testing it.

Cons

Unsure yet, still testing it. Perhaps a learn as you go option. But, not required. Perhaps enable capable in options would be nice, off by default.

Summary

So far So good!

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (1) (0)

3 stars

"seems easy to use, quick access to important settings"

January 22, 2013  |  By swupdt

 |  Version: TinyWall 2.0

Pros

the w7 firewall is quite unintuitive to configure for anyone not in depth familiar with it and/or coming from a separate firewall with a user-friendlier interface. tiny wall takes care of that quite well and while there is certainly room for improvement it does make handling w7's on-board firewall significantly easier

Cons

some quirks I've encountered took me to the brink of uninstalling the app for good. I've finally decided to give it one last try, though. problems being: re-setting your settings for no obvious reason, forcing you to reconfigure everything allowed. blocking all internet traffic arbitrarily, as it seems, (forcing you to reset your settings yourself - at least that helped). finally, after installing avg free 2013 not only the internet could not be accessed anymore but the tiny wall service kept starting and stopping itself over and over (leading to massive cpu consumption) while presenting itself as "unavailable", thus preventing you from restarting and/or configuring it manually. uninstalling it was the only solution. as said above, now running the third and last test.

Summary

nice if you can live with bugs and your requirements are not too high. however, if problems arise, they usually will prevent you from accessing the net and thus the many solutions you could find there. with a bit of work and more thorough bug-testing it would be recommendable outright

Updated on Jan 22, 2013

[1/2] Just installed the lastest version and usability-wise imho it has deteriorated. The handy auto-learn feature has been removed (yes, I know that it can lead to problems, esp. if you forget switching back to normal) and thus much more has to be configured manually. For configuration you have to use so-called profiles or individual port configuraton. Either way, you should know at least a bit about how the program you want to unblock works: if not the specific ports then at least if it works as a http(s) client or server, with pptp or l2tp etc. Or you use the profile "blind trust" which, according to its name (other information is not given), should unblock all. It didn't with "Bid-O-Matic", though.

Updated on Jan 22, 2013

[2/2] The program detection service does not recognize many of my programs (e.g. Waterfox or Cisco VPN Client; from Thunderbird it only detects the plugin-container etc.; otoh, Opera is detected twice).

As soon as you hit "apply", the gui closes. You cannot edit several apps in a row but always have to open the ui again. Irritating.

Finally, the program now can no longer be uninstalled from the control panel but only from its own tray-icon/gui. It seems to me that this would effectively have prevented my uninstallation last time (still the old version) when the TinyWall service had blocked net access completely, constantly started and stopped again and the icon itself had been greyed out - "not available".

After these experiences, I'd judge it as both too risky and too complicated (or rather lacking in ease-of-use) to use this over the original W7 firewall controls.

Uninstalling now - too bad, the concept was/is really promising

Reply to this review Read reply (1)

Was this review helpful? (2) (0)

3 stars

"Nice program,but needs work"

December 20, 2012  |  By razzamatazzer

 |  Version: TinyWall 2.0

Pros

I installed and used this for about a month.A lot of the times,when I either re-started or came out of sleep mode,the program would not allow me to change it's status,as the status was unknown.It also caused some issues when I uninstalled it(luckily I had a good system image to restore from).

Cons

I installed and used this for about a month.A lot of the times,when I either re-started or came out of sleep mode,the program would not allow me to change it's status,as the status was unknown.It also caused some issues when I uninstalled it(luckily I had a good system image to restore from).

Summary

It still has bugs to be worked out,but so far it's pretty good...

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

4 stars

"Pretty good!"

November 11, 2012  |  By Jexthoth

 |  Version: TinyWall 2.0

Pros

When it says block everything, it means everything. I like the mode switching feature very well. I love how I can lock it so nothing can touch my firewall. It does not slow the system down too bad.

Cons

I hate finding new registry entries of invalid firewall rule each time I use my cleaner, but I can live with it for added security.

Summary

Works well with any antivirus I have tested so far. It is worth a try.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

2 stars

"Has Alzheimer's"

October 20, 2012  |  By JackSpears

 |  Version: TinyWall 2.0

Pros

It seems to work fine.

Cons

It has reset my whitelisted exceptions three times now, forcing me to re-teach it which programs should not be blocked. Three strikes, and you're out -- I uninstalled this faulty product.

Summary

For a product that is supposed to streamline firewalls to be less obtrusive and high maintenance, it fails.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

5 stars

"very pleased"

August 31, 2012

 |  Version: TinyWall 2.0

Pros

compact, fast, uses low resources, easy to use

Cons

cant think of any right now

Summary

i was a massive fan of zone alarm but as the years roll by, it just got more and more buggy. clunky, just annoying, eventually i had enough and decided to switch. I am so glad i did, tinywall works exactly like a firewall should work, silently, in the background, its my silent guardian.

okay so, when you first start using it, you may need to add specific programs manually to the cleared list but when your done with the config thats it job done :)

i'm happy with it so far been using it for about two weeks, i would recommend this for sure.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

2 stars

"Blocked Carbonite"

August 18, 2012  |  By parvan

 |  Version: TinyWall 2.0

Pros

Initially it seemed easy to use. It blocked some programs but I was able to unblock them easily.

Cons

Never could get it to stop blocking carbonite. As soon as I uninstalled TinyWall, Carbonite started working.

Summary

TinyWall did seem easy to use and effective. However, my inability to make it stop blocking Carbonite made TinyWall unacceptable to me. Given that Carbonite is a pretty mainstream service, it really should be on the list of programs allowed access by default.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

4 stars

"A nice enhancement to Windows Firewall."

July 25, 2012  |  By GCG1000

 |  Version: TinyWall 2.0

Pros

Easily installs; provides a fairly comprehensive user interface for tighter control over Win's firewall functions. It's 'Learning Mode" is the ideal way to get started with Tiny Wall.

Cons

Needs a better FAQ at their web site.

Summary

Quite cool and it's free!

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

4 stars

"800k installer, minimalist but rich"

April 01, 2012  |  By hammai

 |  Version: TinyWall 1.0.3

Pros

Small installer, minimalist approach, good features, select applications by process, window or executable. Clear option to "Elevate" the process.

Cons

Relatively big memory usage, compared to the installer size, but it's still ok for nowadays standards.

The biggest problem for me is the lack of that traditional firewall warning with the option to unblock it right away. Some applications/games call other processes in sequence(launchers, etc...), making it very complicated to unblock that app/game. You have to find out which process will be used and sometimes it's not obvious. Luckily its possible to disable the firewall and then try to pick the processes involved.

Summary

If you're looking for a small firewall that comes in less than 1MB, this is definitely worth to check out. Despite my particular problem with the lack of warning I'm definitely sticking around with it, because it's still easy and minimalist. Version 2.0 seems to be in beta already.

Reply to this review Read reply (1)

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

Results 1–10 of 11

Add Your Review

Login or create an account to post a review.

You are logged in as . Please submit your review for TinyWall
Add Your Review

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

Update your review

Since you've already submitted a review for this product, this submission will be added as an update to your original review.
Submit

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

 
see all reviews +

Full Specifications

+
What's new in version 2.1
Version 2.1 incorporates a large number of stability, usability and security enhancements, as well as improves support for Windows 8.
  • All previously reported issues fixed.
  • Removed automatic network zone switching.
  • Enhanced support for Windows 8 and Metro applications.
  • Multi-user/multi-session support.
  • New Dutch, German, Hungarian, Spanish and Russian translations.
  • Better authenticode verification support.
  • Improved startup performance.
  • Ability to disable global shortcuts, as well as numerous other usability enhancements.
A more detailed log of changes can be found at http://tinywall.pados.hu/changelog.txt .
General
Publisher Karoly Pados
Publisher web site http://tinywall.pados.hu
Release Date July 04, 2013
Date Added July 08, 2013
Version 2.1
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Firewall Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5 SP1
Download Information
File Size 1.11MB
File Name TinyWallInstaller.msi
Popularity
Total Downloads 11,748
Downloads Last Week 74
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

Previous Versions:

 
read more +

More Products to Consider

Close[x]

Submit a problem report for TinyWall

Please describe the problem you have with this software. This information will be sent to our editors for review.

Problem:

The Download.com Installer isn't working as expected

The download link does not work

The software has a newer version

The product contains malicious software

Other

Description:

Please select a feedback type.

Please enter a description.

Submit Problem Report

Close[x]

Problem Report submitted

Thank you for submitting a problem report! The Download team is committed to providing you with accurate software information.

OK