Firewall for Windows98
Thread poster: Magan

Magan  Identity Verified
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Sep 9, 2007

I have running in my computer Spybot, AVG, Ad-aware and Norton. For some reason, it is running absolutely slow these last days and the repeated scans don't pick up anything. I was thinking that installing a firewall might help in sorting out the problem (or at least finding a possible reason for it).

I have checked Zone Alarm, but according to their website they don't support Windows98 anymore and some of the features don't run/work in this OS. I don't know if it is worth to still download it or there might be any other firewall that still runs properly in Windows98.

I would really appreciate your opinions on this. Thanks in advance.



Beatriz Galiano (X)
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Problems with w98 Sep 9, 2007

The main problems with window 98 is security I guess.

You need a very good antivirus, maybe you should change the version of the one you have. All other programs you mention are useful too.

Sometimes these programs spoil your browser too so you can't surf the net quickly, so , if I were you I'd have both I.Explorer and Mozilla.

But security problems might lead to a situation in which you will not be able to open windows, so a good antivirus system is a must, I guess.



Hilde Granlund  Identity Verified
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How about a new OS? Sep 10, 2007

THis post makes me very curious to know why you want to stick with an OS that even Microsoft has given up on?


PAS  Identity Verified
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Oldies Sep 10, 2007

If you insist on running Windows 98, check out a site like

There are a few other, similar sites, where you can find older versions of software that will run on older operating systems.
Installing a firewall will slow things down more still because of the additional software load.

It's always a good idea to do a clean install of all your software once every 2 years or so. It takes a day, but cleans out all the accumulated garbage and, usually, the system runs better.

There always comes a time (for me that's once every 4-5 years) where a computer simply cannot handle new software and new technologies. That's a time to bite the bullet and buy a new machine and let the old one go on eBay for 20 bucksicon_wink.gif

Pawel Skalinski

[Edited at 2007-09-10 08:15]


Katarzyna Bieniaszewska
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Firewall for Windows 98 Sep 10, 2007

Try Sygate
or Avira - Both of them should work in Windows 98. You can also scan your computer with an online scanner: House Call by Trendmicro works in Windows 98


Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Kerio Sep 10, 2007

Magan wrote:
I have checked Zone Alarm, but according to their website they don't support Windows98 anymore and some of the features don't run/work in this OS.

Kerio Firewall runs on W95, AFAIK, but you may have to scour the web to find it. It used to be called TF (tiny firewall).

Or, if you really want ZoneAlarm (which is a good option), try here:


Magan  Identity Verified
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Thanks for the input Sep 17, 2007

Thanks to everyone for the different options. Sorry to be late to access my own post but the PC ( I guess) couldn't handle anything else. I have to format again the whole hard drive, as it has become so slow that it wouldn't even move the mouse. Definitely time to get another one, meanwhile just trying to fix this one and save everything that hasn't been backed up.

I should be ok for a while until I manage to get another one. The options are great, I think I appreciate a lot the input about those programs that wouldn't take that much space.



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