PC Tools Firewall Plus

Detect and remove malware while controlling network access for all active applications, create and manage advanced firewall rules for individual profiles
PC Tools Firewall Plus
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It's best to have a security application installed when having to work with an active Internet connection. One such tool is PC Tools Firewall Plus, a comprehensive software solution for identifying and eliminating malware, while giving you the possibility of managing network access for open applications.

Multiple areas of activity

The GUI consists of a single window organized into six main areas, namely “Status”, “Applications”, “Profiles”, “History”, “Activity” and “Settings”.

The first panel gives you an overview on the product version, updates, sent and received data. Plus, you can quickly toggle firewall protection mode.

Thorough network permission handling

When it comes to active applications, users may allow or block network access for a specific process with the simple click of a button. Advanced settings are available, as it is possible to enable app logging, customize the Enhanced Security Permissions (ESPs) (e.g. allow kernel access, modify and control system), as well as configure a list of rules for sent and received packets through query statements.

View and save log activity to file

PC Tools Firewall Plus also lets you create and organize advanced firewall rules for individual profiles; you can set up connections with overriding ports, along with a trusted IP list.

In addition, it is possible to view current network traffic and firewall activity (sent and received bytes for each active application). PC Tools Firewall Plus records everything to a history panel, and you can export logs to a CSV file for further scrutiny.

Various settings to work with

Plenty of settings may be configured for this utility. For instance, you can adjust firewall security mode, show traffic information in a tray icon, modify network settings, as well as enable password protection and full screen detection.

On an ending note

To sum it up, PC Tools Firewall Plus offers multilingual support, has a good response time and runs on a surprisingly low amount of CPU and RAM. No errors have been displayed throughout our tests, and the utility did not hang or crash. Thanks to its intuitive GUI and advanced settings, PC Tools Firewall Plus should please power users.

Reviewed by , last updated on August 11th, 2014

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PC Tools
operating system(s):
Windows XP / Vista / Vista 64 bit / 7 / 7 64 bit
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Free Firewall ( + 1 other )
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What's New in version
  • Extensive Security Permission (ESP). PC Tools Firewall Plus has extended its Self Protection to block malicious programs bypassing the firewall. Some malicious programs access the internet by disabling the firewall allowing your personal information to be sent to the internet undetected. PC Tools Firewall Plus intercepts termination requests restricting who can terminate the firewall and modify protected objects.
  • Improved Application rules interface displays an applicationâ��s details as well as extended/improved user control over input and output rule creation and modification. The new rules interface also allows creation and modification of new ESP rules. This allows the expert user complete control of the network access.
  • More informative pop ups PC Tools Firewall Plus is built using the new Windows Filtering Platform (WFP) architecture in Windows 7, Vistaâ�¢ and Server 2008 to provide you with precise control over all network traffic, including IPv6, on both 32bit and 64bit systems.
  • Updated Profiles Interface for greater control over network access profiles.
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The PC Tools Firewall Plus application was developed to be a powerful free personal firewall for Windows that protects...

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