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    RickJ Posts: 7,762, Reputation: 864
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    Mar 16, 2007, 05:38 AM
    WindowsXP vs. Zone Alarm Free
    Got a new computer.

    I had Zone Alarm Free on the other one and I had no problems.

    ... now I wonder:

    1. Is ZA Free really better than WindowsXP firewall?
    2. Which of the two uses less resources?

    Thanks!
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    Mar 16, 2007, 05:48 AM
    I used to use ZA free but once I got my router I was comfortable with its built-in hardware firewall duties. ZA does not use a lot of resources and gives you good control and reporting functions (which apps have been granted which rights, etc.)
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    Mar 16, 2007, 06:00 AM
    There's two ways of doing things.
    The Micro$haft way or the proper way ;)

    As NK mentioned go for a herdware firewall if you can then the inbuilt WIndoze one will be fine for you.
    Oh and don't forget your Tin Foil Hat.
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    Mar 16, 2007, 06:19 AM
    No router here. It's a stand alone PC so I'll stick with software for my firewall.

    Seems ZA Free is the best rated free firewall out there... but functionality wise, do you think it's really better than the WinXP firewall?
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    Mar 16, 2007, 06:21 AM
    YEP
    Which would you rather cut a tree down with ?
    An Axe or a Chainsaw?

    They both do the job but one is some much more efficient, more quick and hassle free.

    Draw your own conclusions ;)
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    Mar 16, 2007, 06:24 AM
    It served me well before... I'll put it back on :)

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