Originally Posted by murtaza
Zone Alarm here and Norton Antivirus 2003.
what i hate about firewall is that it slows internet speed considerably.
....which is why I use a router with its own firewall in addition to Norton Personal Firewall 2004.
The router stops more that 50% of the garbage traffic (ie: broken packets) from hitting the PC - effectively reducing the load that the firewall software has to process.
I use a software firewall (in in particular NPF 2004
) for two reasons: 1)
when I go mobile with my laptop I can't be guaranteed the network I connect to is protected, and 2)
I really like NPF 2004's ad blocking/popup blocking feature. It is working very well for me.