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If you're looking for a software firewall program that will give you a sense of security, Norton Personal Firewall is hard to beat. The program does not have all the perks that Zone Alarm and Outpost offer, but it is just as reliable.
Norton Personal Firewall is the only package we tested that incorporates a web assistant into your Internet browser. This feature allows you to change the dynamics of a website you view. You can instantly turn off ads, popups and cookies, even quick-configure your security settings. (This is a useful feature if you want to visit a website that you don't trust.) You can also hide your private financial data in a secure file.
Norton Personal Firewall lets you customize each filter category. You can add new rules to allow, block, or watch connections based on connection type—your connection to computers or from computers. You can add rules for different protocols as well.
Norton Personal Firewall is easy for the novice user to use. The program explains all the choices clearly, making it simple to take advantage of them.
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Norton Personal Firewall is one of the top software firewall programs on the market. The program provides enough features to keep your computer safe from hackers, viruses, unwanted popups and banners.
One of Norton Personal Firewall's weaknesses was that it allowed adware into our computer. We perform a spyware sweep with a top Anti-Spyware Review product after testing each firewall. With Norton Personal Firewall in place, we found 5 adware programs and 49 traces of spyware. This firewall would be more effective with an anti-spyware supplement.