i started using swfw's just to see wtf. i guess they are nice, but honestly so far they are more trouble than "I" can tell. i started using peerguardian 2 (if u wanna call that a fw) and it did the job i wanted it to do. without flaw. well, a couple times it has crashed, but i think that was my fault. i've learnt. anywho, then i moved on to zone alarm pro version 6 (or whatever). w0w, did that just suck! maybe it was the copy i got, idk, but it was terrible. then i tried the zone alarm free version 6 and it was A LOT better! so, that went back to me thinking that the zone alarm pro version i had wasn't prob a good dl. pretty much though it was the same outcum. TERRIBLE with ONLINE GAMING!!!! i can't stress that enough. so, from there i just went back to windows' built in firewall. maybe it sux, but dammit i've never had a problem with it. lol, maybe that's why it sux? some odd time later zone alarm free version 7 came out. dl'ed it and gave it a try. w0w, back to dog shit! crashed ALL my programs more than a couple of times and stll laggy as hell with, u guessed it, ONLINE GAMING. currently i switched over to Comodo Firewall PRO version 2 and i thought it was pretty good. mind u u have to config certain things like hardware firewalls in order for ports to work, but that's ok. tried ONLINE GAMING once and it seems to work fine. today, right be4 work i tried me some CSS with CFW enabled and the damn thing was terrible laggy. i disabled it and walla back to beautifully flowing ONLINE GAMING!
i guess i'll be trying a different fw again cum sunday and hopefully i can find something that works. my question is... is there a swfw that has great security along with stable ONLINE GAMING? or do all software firewalls need to be disabled in order for ONLINE GAMING to be worth a damn? i do want to continue using a swfw "if" i can get one working properly for anything is better than nothing i believe. i really hope someone can help me out in this for this has been an ongoing problem for me and i can't seem to fix it the way "I" want it fixed and/or just working in the way i think is properly. thank you.