A good software firewall for 98SE ?

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by Alex., May 3, 2006.

  1. Alex.

    Alex. Guest

    Hi, I'm running Zone Alarm at home (until I get a router), and I'm
    basically running exactly the same setup on my Fathers PC. 98SE Pentium
    3 450, 256Mb of RAM. It crashes too often, which we have put this down
    to Zone Alarm not being too hot on a 98SE system.

    Can somebody recommend a good software alternative I can suggest he use
    until I have time to sort him an Ethernet card, and a router?

    Thanks, Alex.

    PS Any opinions of the BT Voyager 210. He could use this on hiss USB
    port until I can find the time to sort the Ethernet out....
    -.-. --.- -.. -..- -.. . --. --... -.-. --. .-.
    Alex.@.home running on LX (Athlon XP 2.4, XP PRO, Madasafish 2 meg)
    Alex.@.work running on HAL (Pentium 3 450, 98 SE, Madasafish 1 meg)
    Alex.@.mobile running on ELLI (Sony Ericsson K750i, Vodafone)
    http://www.VampirOS.me.UK
     
    Alex., May 3, 2006
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    Tony Hogarty Guest

    Linux :)
     
    Tony Hogarty, May 3, 2006
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    poster Guest

    Tiny Software's personal firewall product, which you might find still on
    some archive web sites (and which allows remote access, so you could do
    a check of what connections are established from his PC, and alter the
    set of rules, again on *his* PC, if he needed assistance). There's also
    the Kerio distribution - both are numbered 2.1.15 - which allows the set
    of rules to be saved (in case of a reinstall, perhaps, or to crib the
    rules from one PC to another). I feel sure I have copies of both,
    and a PDF about Tiny's version, at least.

    NB there is a limit to the number of rules which can be saved, and there
    is the need for some 'learning' of your wishes, of course. I've never
    used Zone Alarm so don't know how well these two compare, sorry, so
    can only say to try it out... Peter Morgan.
     
    poster, May 3, 2006
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  4. Alex.

    Roger Mills Guest

    In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
    I've not used ZA on 98SE - but I currently have it running on vanilla 98
    systems and on XP, with no problems. Maybe your problem *isn't* ZA?

    What makes you think that you won't need a software firewall once you've got
    a router? They do different jobs, and *both* are necessary!
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    Roger Mills, May 3, 2006
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  5. I have no problems running ZA (the free one) on a Win98SE box. If
    it crashes a lot then you have some other problem I'd say.

    Regards,
    Harry.
     
    Harry Broomhall, May 3, 2006
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    Beck Guest

    Two free alternatives I can think of - Kerio personal firewall and Sygate
    personal firewall.
     
    Beck, May 3, 2006
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    Peter James Guest

    I have had no problems whatsoever with ZA on 98SE. As others have said look
    elsewhere for your problem.
     
    Peter James, May 3, 2006
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    AnthonyL Guest

    Seconded re Sygate but unfortunately now part of Symantec and from
    their website

    "Important Notice: Effective November 30th, 2005 all Sygate personal
    firewall products will be discontinued. This does not affect Sygate's
    Enterprise firewall and endpoint compliance products, which will still
    be updated and supported."
     
    AnthonyL, May 3, 2006
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    fred Guest

    No problems here either but I did hear a few moans about ZA problems in
    later versions as the functionality increased, I picked a stable version
    (2.6.362) and have stuck with it. It's still available for download here:
    http://www.voodoofiles.com/4860
     
    fred, May 3, 2006
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  10. Alex.

    poster Guest

    Don't think there was any implication of not needing a software firewall,
    just wanting an alternative to ZA for use now, since a PC with software
    that might crash while doing that task would make the PC vulnerable.
     
    poster, May 3, 2006
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  11. Alex.

    Roger Mills Guest

    In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
    So what do you suppose the word "until" means in the original question?
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    Beck Guest

    Damn I didn't know that.
     
    Beck, May 3, 2006
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  13. Alex.

    poster Guest

    That with Zone Alarm unreliable, he needs some alternative software for
    use *until* an ethernet card can be installed and a router put in place.

    Gives him peace of mind the PC (with presumably a USB modem) is not put
    into the vulnerable situation of being online and having limited f/w or
    even worse, no f/w at all, to protect it.

    It might be a 600 mile round trip to visit, for all we know. That may
    be a good enough reason for it not to be an "I'll pop over tonight and
    put in the card/router" type solution, esp if he doesn't have a spare
    router on the shelf to take, or doesn't want to pay PC World prices!
     
    poster, May 3, 2006
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  14. Alex.

    poster Guest

    [ re sygate ]
    and, FWIW, Kerio is no longer responsible for the freebie firewall that
    they had been offering (v3 or v4 perhaps) for the last few months...
    Link from Kerio goes to <http://www.sunbelt-software.com/Kerio.cfm>

    Sunbelt Kerio Personal Firewall Version: 4.2.3.912

    (which was why I mentioned the much older one v2.1.15 - small enough
    to go on a 1.44 MB floppy :)
     
    poster, May 3, 2006
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    Old Codger Guest

    Have run the free version of ZoneAlarm on two computers with Win 98SE for
    years with no problems. Your problems are probably elsewhere.

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    Old Codger, May 3, 2006
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  16. Alex.

    Roger Mills Guest

    In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
    .. . implying that it would no longer be needed once the router was in place.

    That was my interpretation, anyway! Even if I'm wrong in this particular
    case (which I doubt!) it does no harm to remind the world at large of the
    need for a software firewall to stop rougue applications from 'calling home'
    *in addition* to the external attack protection afforded by a router's
    firewall.
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    Roger
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    Colin Wilson Guest

    Hi, I'm running Zone Alarm at home (until I get a router)

    I`d stick with ZA 2.x on 98SE - reply if you need it or can`t find it
    elsewhere.
     
    Colin Wilson, May 3, 2006
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    Alan Guest

    I'm also running the free ZA on Win98SE without problems (USB modem)
     
    Alan, May 3, 2006
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  19. I'm using ZoneAlarm on Win98se and it's never crashed!


    Richard.
     
    Richard Brooks, May 4, 2006
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    pete devlin Guest

    Atguard. The only firewall worth bothering with pre XP. Norton bought it
    and messed it up but you can still get it out there for nowt.
    Don't do the USB thing for win98se, just go and get a cheapo ethernet
    card and stick it in. Even if the nearest shop that is open is 40 miles
    away you will still probably get it up and running quicker than the usb
    job!!
     
    pete devlin, May 5, 2006
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