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I've chosen the software listed below which I know is stable and reliable but cannot say that some system configurations may not be as well suited as others to run them. Some I have used or are currently using on one of my systems.

Some offer trial versions and I would advise taking advantage of the trial to ensure you're system will operate properly and to assess you feel comfortable with its use.

As a good practice always back up your data and set a system restore point before installing new software to ensure a recovery process if needed.

Sunbelt Kerio Firewall


The Sunbelt Kerio personal firewall is one of the easiest ways to protect your PC from malicious attacks. It decreases the chances of hackers accessing your data and stealing personal information. With SKPF's simple installation users can be protected in a matter of minutes.
  • SKPF4 offers the hacker-proof security of a leading firewall for half the cost of the competition.
  • Two-way firewall keeps hackers out and private info secure!
  • Protects your credit card numbers, passwords, account information
  • Windows 2000 Professional (desktop version), Windows XP Home, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Media Center Edition

Vendor: Sunbelt Software          Cost: $19.95 USD

Agnitum Outpost Firewall Pro


Agnitum Outpost Firewall Pro protects you from the dangers of the Internet; worms, spyware agents, Trojan horses, hijackers and more can wreak havoc, causing anything from slow performance to system crashes to full-blown identity theft. And to provide you with the kind of protection you need in these days of cyber thieves and online extortionists, your firewall must be able to monitor all inbound and outbound traffic and protect you from any unauthorized intrusion by rendering your PC invisible to anything that you haven't authorized to see it.
  • Protection from spyware and identity theft
  • Know what's happening on your PC at all times
  • Automatic, intelligent protection against hacker attacks
  • Control how applications communicate
  • Understand the threats
  • Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 98, Windows ME

Vendor: Agnitum          Cost: $39.95 USD

ZoneAlarm Pro


ZoneAlarm Pro proactively protects your PC with the most advanced, multi-layered, firewall-based security available, stops spyware before it gets on your PC, removes spyware already on it, and offers extra protection from dangerous websites and stops hackers and criminals from stealing your identity or financial assets.
  • Network and Program Firewall
  • Operating System Firewall (OSFirewall™)
  • Identity Theft Protection
  • Anti-Spyware
  • Privacy Protection
  • Essential Email Security
  • Wireless PC Protection
  • SmartDefense™ Service
  • Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows ME

Vendor: Check Point          Cost:$39.95 USD

Norton Personal Firewall 2006


With Norton Personal Firewall 2006 you can regulate and monitor all applications and block intruders from gaining access to your sensitive data. It blocks security holes which may exist in other software applications. Updates automatically eliminating concerns for new threats.
  • Monitors and regulates all incoming and outgoing Internet traffic
  • Automatically blocks intruders and identity thieves
  • Hides your computer from hackers
  • Shields security holes in software lacking current patches
  • Windows® XP Home Edition/Professional, Windows 2000 Professional ONLY, Boxed product includes Norton Personal Firewall 2005 for Windows Me & 98 users

Vendor: Symantec          Cost: $49.99 USD