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Privatefirewall for Windows

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Key Details of Privatefirewall

  • Protect your Windows desktops and servers from viruses, spyware, and other intrusions.
  • Last updated on April 30, 2019
  • There have been 5 updates
  • Virus scan status:

    Clean (it's extremely likely that this software program is clean)

Editors' Review

Download.com staff

Privatefirewall 7.0 is easy enough for beginners to master yet powerful and flexible enough for advanced users. Privatefirewall's features include a Process Monitor, Port Tracking, and Applications Monitor. You can customize many settings, yet Privatefirewall also teaches itself to protect you from hackers and other threats just by studying your habits.


Training: Privatefirewall's Training mode analyzes your computer and online habits to protect you without annoying you. It's easy to allow or block apps and sites manually or when they appear in pop-up alerts.

Help and more: Privatefirewall's Help file and online resources explain every aspect of using the software as well as topics, such as system security and online privacy and protection.

Settings: The Internet and Network Security options include custom security levels and other settings that can maximize protection with minimum impact on performance.

Anomaly Detection: Privatefirewall's Email and System Anomaly Detection features analyze your normal usage patterns and issue alerts when deviations are detected. You can tell Privatefirewall to block all outgoing email when anomalies are detected.


Busy and wordy interface: Privatefirewall's Main Menu is a bit busy and text-heavy.

Updates: Privatefirewall couldn't save a software update to the default destination without Admin privileges, and we had to choose another folder. A minor inconvenience; but inexperienced users might feel uncomfortable or confused.

Bottom Line

Privatefirewall 7.0 is a keeper. It's not the flashiest firewall you can download, but it's one of the best we've tried.

What's new in version

Version - Added support for Windows 8.1 (32/64 bit). - Fixed Windows 8 Live Tiles issue. - Added version query check confirmation. - Updated drivers reviewed and tested by Microsoft Winqual.

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Full Specifications

November 8, 2013
Latest update
April 30, 2019
Operating System
Windows 10, Windows Vista, Windows Server, Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows 2003, Windows 7
Additional Requirements
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Developer's Description

Protect your Windows desktops and servers from viruses, spyware, and other intrusions.
Privatefirewall is a Personal Firewall and Host Intrusion Prevention application designed to help individuals and businesses protect Windows desktops and servers from malware and unauthorized use. Privatefirewall addresses the operating system and application level vulnerabilities and intrusion techniques that hackers exploit to gain access and cause damage to private systems and data. Privatefirewall provides an excellent layer of additional protection to the Windows operating system. Beyond unparalleled personal firewall protection, Privatefirewall leverages proprietary HIPS technologies that model and monitor system and application behavior to identify and block activity characteristic of known malware, hacking, phishing, and other threat types. Privatefirewall ranks among the best performing desktop defense applications tested against the industry's most rigorous leak, general bypass, spying and termination tests and is among a short list of free personal firewall and host intrusion prevention software (HIPS) products that fully supports Microsoft's Windows 8/8.1 Operating System.