Are you looking for an easy to use personal firewall? PC Tools Firewall Plus 7 should be considered. Here's how PC Tools firewall works in Windows.
Free Personal Firewall by PC Tools
The freeware PC Tools Firewall Plus 7 runs on Windows 7, Vista and XP computers. It provides two-way protection that monitors inbound and outbound network connections. The personal firewall is also a rule-based firewall which means you can be in control which applications can use the connection. It's a perfect free firewall for Windows and you should continue reading to learn how the firewall can help protect against unsolicited modification or connection attempts.
The install process of PC Tools Firewall Plus is impressive. It will start the firewall service and install the firewall drivers without the need for a computer restart. This type of installation process is not what most firewall developers are implementing. The program added the following firewall drivers in the system32/drivers directory:
- PCTAppEvent.sys - App monitor driver
- PCTCore.sys - KDS core driver
- pctgntdi.sys - Generic TDI driver
- pctNdis.sys - NDIS driver
- pctNdis-DNS.sys - NDIS - DNS driver
- pctNdis-PacketFilter.sys - Packet filter driver
- pctplfw.sys - Plugin driver
- pctwfpfilter.sys - WFP kernel dll
If you are using Windows Defender and the program is configured to notify you on any installation of known and unknown applications, you should see a notice like the image at the right. The firewall program by PC Tools will detect the active connection after it finishes installing and running the necessary firewall services. The only item that people should be cautious during installation is the bundled Google toolbar in PC tools installer . Simply uncheck the box to prevent the installation of any unnecessary toolbar or changes in the browser's start and search pages.
It is worth keeping PC Tools Firewall Plus for its good performance and ease of use. It should make XP firewall users decide to use a better firewall protection.