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    FREEWARE SPOTLIGHT By Deanna McElveen Microsoft did a pretty decent job when it added an improved software firewall to Windows XP SP2, and it has gott
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      Thank you Deanna. I missed your grandma s applepie, unfortunaty. But your site has a very good reputation and is above any doubt of trust!

      New to me is Firewall App Blocker (making the Windows firewall usable) can you please tell about a (your) comparison with the “TinyWall“, a free windows firewall adon that proved to make WindowsFirewall reliable.  Thank you


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      I have been using Malwarebytes Windows Firewall Control for some time and find it to be a very effective tool. It’s small (650 kb), free and easy to use. You can check it out and/or download it at binisoft.org.

      Peace, CAS

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        FYI, Malwarebytes Windows Firewall Control is also available on the Older Geeks web site.

        Also see my comment below.

    • #2511764

      Your articles, for me, come first in “Ask Woody” newsletters, not last — i.e., I usually read you first. This one was especially good.

      Thanks for the tip about Malware Bytes Firewall Control. That’s also useful

    • #2512117

      This looks very good and sounds promising.

      I have used Windows 7/8/10 Firewall Control then found Malwarebytes Windows Firewall Control on the Older Geeks web site. Having been experimenting with it probably for more than a year I am undecided about it (it is good and bad at times, currently being on Windows 8 and 10). I suspect it is a 32-bit program. Malwarebytes Windows Firewall Control has exposed more items running on Windows than Windows 10 Firewall Control shows.

      Anybody have any other comments on any of these firewall control programs?

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      The RetroBar, briefly discussed at the end of Deanna’s article, is a fantastic  little application. I tried it on my Windows 7 machine and got the taskbar to look like the convex (3-D) taskbar from Vista. Thanks, Deanna!

      That said, the download link at the bottom of the oldergeeks.com page will download only the .EXE file for RetroBar, and not the XP, Win98, etc. themes. For the theme files, go to RetroBar’s Github page, then click on the green “Code” button near the top on the right, and select the “Download ZIP” option at the bottom of the drop-down menu to get the RetroBar-master.zip file. Extract both the RetroBar and the RetroBar-master .ZIP files, then copy the contents of the former into the folder created by the latter upon extraction.

      Once that’s done, you can click on RetroBar.exe and it will change your taskbar and Start menu to one of the classic styles (Windows 95, I think). Right-click on an empty spot on the taskbar to bring up the menu to select a different theme, and have fun–I sure did!

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