I received an email asking about a firewall for 64-bit systems. We swapped several emails to discuss this and other Windows problems.
Subscriber Karen wrote to ask:
I have been reading your newsletters for about a year now and keep waiting for your recommendation for a firewall that works on 64bit systems. Sunbelt does not according to their home page. Surely not all of your computers are 32bit?
I replied to Karen that the last I heard, the 64-bit version of Sunbelt Personal Firewall is due in May. [update 10/7/10 – it still hasn’t been released.] They released their combo product (VIPRE Antivirus Premium) first.
I’m using VIPRE Antivirus Premium, which is the AV+antispyware+firewall on all my computers — including ones that are Windows 7 64-bit computers. VIPRE Antivirus Premium supports 32-bit and 64-bit.
I know some readers chose other firewalls for Windows 7 and 64-bit systems. But, until VIPRE Antivirus Premium was released, I used the Windows 7 built-in firewall.
Karen wrote back to me:
I couldn’t find when/if Sunbelt would support 64bit. Their website has too many pages from which to download but none addressed 64bit. I plan to purchase Sunbelt Firewall once its available for 64bit, solely on your recommendations.
I am using the Vista firewall now, as of about 2 weeks ago, but just don’t feel safe with it. Will download and try Sunbelt first then most likely purchase the full version. I’m using Eset Nod32 right now (trial) and so far I really like it. I know you recommend Vipre and I may give it a try before purchasing Nod32, havn’t decided just yet.
This computer (Vista64HPE) is hardwired to my secured wireless network and I have never had any problems until incompatibility to some updates on the virus/firewall package I had been using cause Vista to stop updating itself and numerous other problems. I might consider using the Vipre combo package but really think, with Vista64, I need to stay away from av/firewall packages.
I am a Cajun Clickers member and attended your Windows 7 meeting at the Christian Life Center, but it was already too late for me; I’d purchased this Vista64 mess by that time!
Thanks for your quick response and keep on keeping US informed.
karen in LA
I wrote back to Karen that if she upgrades to Windows 7 64 from Vista 64, I think she’ll be a lot happier. I never ran Vista, but the reports and comments I’ve read say that Windows 7 is faster, more stable and less interfering that is Vista. I know I really like Windows 7, whether in 32-bit or 64-bit.
The only problems I’ve seen with Windows 7 versus XP were the typical driver issues, where a manufacturer didn’t want to write a new driver, they wanted to sell a new scanner or new scanner software, or a new $15 PCI fax-modem (add-on, not one that came in a purchased computer system) — with one exception.
Read more in this week’s online issue. Karen has a surprising possible solution to my Windows 7 64-bit vs Windows XP 32-bit Printer Sharing Problems.