Lavasoft Personal Firewall 3.0.2293

Keep potentially harmful software and other major threats over the Internet from damaging your system with the help of this powerful application
By default, your operating system puts basic security tools at your disposal, such as a firewall. Alternatives like Lavasoft Personal Firewall aim to provide advanced protection against hackers, Trojan horses and other malicious attempts that may put your computer at risk.

Suitable for beginners and experts alike

The program tries to tackle the needs of both beginners and more experienced users with a user-friendly and straightforward interface, but also with a detailed help menu that comprises tons of information concerning its features.

Warns you if compatibility issues occur

Lavasoft Personal Firewall may be incompatible with some other security applications, such as antivirus products, so the installer first scans the computer for such programs and tells you about potential problems from the get go.

Once installation comes to an end, the user is prompted to choose whether he wants to use the program in 'Normal' or in 'Advanced' mode, providing different levels of security and rules addressed to novice and more experienced users, respectively.

Multiple settings to handle

The main window of the app is nothing special, but it gives instant access to its main features, be they firewall, host protection, web control or event viewer.

Setting the application up might be a bit difficult for beginners, as the dedicated options menu comprises tons of entries, each of the aforementioned features coming with its very own set of configurable options.

Comfortable approach on security

While Lavasoft Personal Firewall boasts all the features usually implemented in a powerful firewall, what we liked the most was the so-called auto-learning mode which keeps an eye on the way to you control the apps and thus reduces the number of alerts it launches.

Additionally, it features a dedicated 'Entertainment Mode' that will automatically detect when you are watching movies or playing games so that it doesn't show any alerts.

Create custom set of rules

Other than that, it features a web control tool to make sure no malicious software attempts to disable the firewall, host protection to defend the computer against dangerous files, network activity monitor to block certain connections and custom firewall rules to help you set your very own rules.

To end with

All in all, Lavasoft Personal Firewall is a pretty good security solution that comes with a decent set of features. You don't need a supercomputer to run the application, and it even comes with 64-bit support. So if already installed security applications leave a little something to be desired, don't hesitate to give this one a try.

Reviewed by on August 11th, 2014


our in-depth analysis
Editor's Review
VERY GOOD
last updated on:
April 29th, 2008, 7:33 GMT
file size:
14.9 MB
price:
$29.95
 
developed by:
Lavasoft
license type:
Trial 
operating system(s):
Windows 2K / XP / Vista / 2003
category:
C: \ Security \ Firewall
download hub:
Firewall Protection

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What's New in version 2.0
  • Powerful leak prevention technology recognizes and blocks all known methods for stealing your personal information
  • Self-protection mode ensures your firewall protection will not be shut down by viruses, Trojans, spyware or even keystroke simulations
  • Entertainment mode allows you to play games or watch movies online without being interrupted by firewall pop-up messages
  • Enhanced usability gives advanced users the ability to manually create individualized adaptive rules
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Application description

Lavasoft Personal Firewall was designed for small and medium-sized business organizations and home users, providing se...

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