Can you be more specific on the things BlackICE fails at, and where the test was performed?
Also, in my opinion, BlackICE and other programs like it that have an Intrusion Detect System where all incoming (and I think outgoing too) packets are anaylzed individually, is a more robust security tool.
Yesterday I reviewed the log for Norton Personall Firewall and it showed no port scan attempts to have occured while BlackICE Defender and Sygate Personal Firewall reported many of them and successfully blocked them all.
i have not used the new version, but i did use the old version. i liked it a lot, then i read a review @ zdnet.com (you can search for it, it's maybe 5 months old?). apparently blackice is fine if you install on a clean system. but if something was there prior to its installation, it maybe still be there happily chugging along. that is the test it failed and tiny(kerio) and zonealarm passed. perhaps this is fixed in the new version, i can not say.
I have had ZA 3.0 and it didn't work worth beans. I'm very happy with Sygate now and will continue to use their firewall. Trust me you will like it
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Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS