Best firewall for windows 10?

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  1. Posts : 191
    Windows 10x64 Pro

    Best firewall for windows 10?

    Hi all, I'm doing a fresh install of Windows 10x64 and was wondering what is the best 3rd party firewall to choose, I'm looking for a firewall that will alert you of all program communications, giving one the choice of allowing/blocking any incoming/outgoing communication in full manual mode, thanks
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  2. Posts : 632
    Win 10 Pro x64 1607 (Build 14393.953)

    Best firewall for windows 10?

    ESET Smart Security v10! It's an antivirus and firewall program with some great additional security features. Download the trial and check it out. Recommended!

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  3. Posts : 191
    Windows 10x64 Pro
    Thread Starter

    Thanks, I'll try it, I'm looking though for a standalone firewall without AV or any other component, just the 3rd party firewall working with Windows Defender
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  4. Posts : 5,183
    Windows 11 Home

    Windows Firewall would do just fine, you can use GlassWire, it provides a great interface.

    Or you can go something simpler like Windows Firewall Control or Windows 10 Firewall Control.

    There are of course standalone third party solutions like Free Firewall, ZoneAlarm and Comodo.
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  5. Posts : 11,182
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux

    Hi there

    Easy answer this one


    2) Windows Firewall

    3) Important as well -- but a resource usually overlooked by nearly 90% of Home computer users -- YOUR ROUTER -- especially the logs as well -- it's much easier to check inbound / outbound requests from the Router logs -- these won't be effected by whatever Viruses / Malware exists on the Windows systems ---some malware will hide Internet access requests on the windows system --the router will just log from the hardware any physical requests whatever Windows does.

    Don't forget also you can block ports etc with the router, block specific addresses, limit wifi to specific MACID's (hardware identification of the wifi adapter) etc etc -- really useful stuff and worth learning --it will protect you better than a lot of the more rubbishy third party A/V software designed for consumer use -- also as no A/V product has yet shown itself to be 100% perfect the router logs are the best bet for checking what your system has been doing and if any external logon attempts have been tried.

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  6. Posts : 7,257
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    I just use Windows firewall and the one on the router, more than adequate. Any software firewall adds resources and more annoying notices.
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  7. Posts : 191
    Windows 10x64 Pro
    Thread Starter

    Thanks everyone, I tried Windows Firewall Control and I liked it, it adds the functionality I was looking for to the built in Windows 10 Firewall, without having to use a 3rd party one. I agree that the router's firewall is the most trustworthy and effective one, but using it for creating custom rules for each process on the go is more time consuming. Anyway, using a software firewall adds an extra layer of security to the router's.
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  8. Posts : 187
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit

    Since MS update costantly the OS, the built in firewall it's the best to avoid conflicts.
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  9. Posts : 382
    Windows 10 Home

    But when you use a router, turn off the Windows 10 firewall. Use the firewall of your router or you get problems.
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  10. Posts : 53
    Windowes 10 Pro 15063.332

    prikker said:
    But when you use a router, turn off the Windows 10 firewall. Use the firewall of your router or you get problems.
    most routers have a fire wall built in but i have never seen nor heard of it and the windows 10 firewall having conflicts. that said i use bitdefender total security, cause i refuse to use protection offered by the creator of my os. it just makes sense especially now that if we want any level of privacy in 10 we now have to run 3rd party apps to block and turn off all of microsofts spying features.
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