Does your firewall offer or are you thinking of offering all of these features with the next update yes I know some of them are blotware but some of them are quite good…
Better Protection, More Powerful Features
The free Ashampoo FireWall FREE gives you solid basic protection but if you want the full functionality of a modern firewall you need Ashampoo FireWall PRO. The Pro version includes all the strong features of the regular version – monitoring of incoming and outgoing Internet traffic, one-click protection and more – but it also gives you a whole range of powerful additional features.
Ashampoo FireWall PRO is like a trusty watchdog standing guard at the entrance to your property. It is always alert and checks everything going in and out of your computer, keeping out unwanted intruders and preventing unauthorized access to the Internet from your computer. And despite its impressive power it is so simple to use – in Easy Mode you just click and go for full protection.
Additional features in Ashampoo FireWall PRO
All the following functions and features are only available in the Pro version of Ashampoo FireWall.
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Child Protection mode:
This feature is great for concerned parents, making it impossible to go online without entering the correct password.
Active protection against Trojans:
The Pro version provides effective active protection against Trojan horse programs, DLL hijackers and other malware that tries to use trusted applications like your web browser to go online secretly and transmit information.
“Ports” are like radio channels. They are the addresses in your computer that are used to access your machine from the Internet. There are thousands of these addresses, and if any of them are “open” a port scanner can find them and gain access to your computer. Stealth ports make your ports invisible so that scanner programs can’t even see that your computer exists. This provides very strong protection against attacks.
Port scan blocking:
This feature adds further protection by actively preventing scans of your computer’s ports, even including the open ports that you are using for communication. Together with stealth ports it makes it virtually impossible for attackers to access your machine.
Experienced users can define complex firewall rules geared to their own specific needs. For example, you could create a rule specifying “Allow outgoing UDP packets on port X for application Y”.
Traffic volume limiting:
This useful function prevents unexpected costs on volume-based Internet accounts. It monitors your traffic and can be set to automatically close your connection as soon as you reach your monthly limit.
Real-time connection analysis:
This function generates detailed statistics on every connection and every event in real time and displays them.
Checks the configuration of your Internet connection and optimizes your settings automatically if necessary to achieve better performance.
This useful tool enables you to permanently delete critical files and folders from your hard disks so that they can never be found or recovered – not even by data security experts using professional laboratory tools.
Compact, efficient and easy to use
Just like the free version, Ashampoo FireWall PRO is a very small program that goes easy on your system resources. Despite its impressive power, it uses so little memory and processor time that you’ll never notice it’s there.
The Configuration Assistant guides you through every step of the simple setup process. And if you’re a novice Easy Mode makes using it a breeze – just click and go for full protection. More experienced users can switch to Expert Mode to get full control over the program’s many powerful features.
Six additional tools
In addition to solid firewall protection, Ashampoo FireWall PRO comes with six additional tools that can significantly increase your security and make your online life easier.
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Both regular programs and malicious programs often configure themselves to start automatically with Windows®. This can be both annoying and dangerous. This tool shows all auto-starting programs and enables you to disable them.
System Processes Monitor:
Shows you all the processes running on your system and enables you to stop them. Useful for identifying and killing malicious programs.
Wipes all traces of your surfing activity from your computer to protect your privacy.
Deletes files and folders permanently, so that not even data recovery labs can restore them.
IP Spam Blocker:
Prevents annoying popup spam on the desktop that is sent using the Windows® messaging service (not to be confused with the Windows® Messenger instant messaging program).
Interactively analyzes the configuration of your Internet connection and allows you to optimize your settings for better performance.
Features at a glance
Features and tools:
* Heavy-duty firewall protection: Monitors all your computer’s network activity and provides strong protection on both incoming and outgoing connections.
* Easy Mode: Get full protection in seconds with Easy Mode and the Configuration Assistant. No expert knowledge required.
* Expert Mode: Experienced users can activate this mode for powerful additional capabilities.
* Simple and compact: Self-explanatory user interface, uses minimum memory and resources.
* Learning Mode: Automatically identifies programs that try to make connections and lets you decide whether you want to allow them. Click and go protection in Easy Mode or full configuration options in Expert Mode.
* Rules: Create rules for every program to control how they can access the network. One-click operation in Easy Mode or full configuration and the ability to define complex rules in Expert Mode.
* Child protection: Control your children’s access to the Internet and the sites that they can view.
* Traffic volume limiting: For volume-based accounts. Monitors your online traffic and warns you or closes the connection when you reach your limit.
* Block All: One-click panic button for emergencies that lets you block all traffic, for example if you are under attack or suspect that a malicious program is active.
* AutoStart Manager: Identify and disable unwanted auto-starting programs. Finds these programs in all the locations where they can be hidden.
* System Processes Monitor: Check running processes and stop them if necessary. Allows you to display all processes, only system processes or only non-system processes.
* Internet Cleaner: Delete all traces of your surfing activity. Includes support for multiple browsers.
* File Wiper: Permanently delete files and folders so that they can never be recovered.
* IP Spam Blocker: Stop annoying popup spam on your desktop.
* Internet Accelerator: Analyzes and optimizes your Internet connection.
* Online Updates: Updates to increase protection performance and security can be downloaded and installed from within the program with a couple of clicks.
Technology highlights for the experts:
* Monitor local connections: Ashampoo FireWall PRO can also monitor the local connections used inside your computer. Useful for identifying suspicious activity. Can be enabled or disabled.
* Monitor LAN connections: Monitor all the local LAN traffic into and out of your computer. Can be enabled or disabled.
* Stealth ports and port scan blocking: Makes your computer invisible and actively prevents port scans, even on open ports that you are using for communication.
* Connection log: Detailed logging of all internal, LAN and Internet connections with date, time, application, port used and IP address.
* Real-time connection analysis: Direct access to the information normally only available with NetStat, with live updating and configurable update intervals.
* Communications statistics: Full data on your communications settings and statistics, also with live updating and configurable updating intervals.
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* Easy Mode / Expert Mode
* Easy: One-click firewall protection for everyone with easy Configuration Assistant
* Expert: Activate expert functions for full control if you want it
* Small, compact and efficient, minimum system load
* Learning Mode identifies applications that try to phone home
* Block All panic button to stop all traffic with a single click
* Stealth Ports and Port Scan Blocking for maximum protection
* Child Protection Mode and Traffic Volume Limiting
* Active protection against Trojans and other malware
* Real-time connection analysis
* Detailed statistics and connection logging, including real-time NetStat statistics for experts
* Six additional tools included