|Well, I downloaded bitdefender free from the company site.|
That page doesn't claim it works for all versions of windows. Also, I don't see what version it is after download, and I haven't tried installing it.
The filehippo site says that bitdefender free works for all versions of windows. It gives the version of the software as 184.108.40.2069. Is this an older version? Also, I don't like downloading from file sharing sites. What good does the MD5 checksum do me if I don't know what it should be anyway?
The link for bitdefender in post #2 takes you to a webpage that looks like the link I just posted. The difference in the URL is that one is a .com site and the other a .com.au site. I have been told a .com.com site is a phony site. What does .com.au mean?
I'm not sure what Avast V4.X is, they only seem to advertise it by the year it was made. And from what I have seen on their website it looks like they don't offer (currently anyway) a stand alone firewall product. Do you know how Avast V4.X translates in to the advertised product name?
Wiki for Jetico Personal Firewall says V1.0 became free after V2.0 was released, but I didn't see a link to download it on their website. I emailed them to find out.
I went to the Kerio company site, but at first look it appears the firewall they offer is a hardware firewall (external box). However, there is a "Try it Now" download link so I'm not sure what they are offering. The link posted to the file sharing site takes you to a download for Kerio personal firewall v 2.1.5. They don't tell you what the MD5 hash is for it, but like I said earlier I don't know what good that does anyway. It downloads as a zip file, which Norton apparently doesn't scan. I had to scan it manually. It came up clean.
So far it seems like the only site going to have this kind of software is going to be some third party file sharing site. And I'm not sure how I can place my trust in these types of download sites especially for software of this nature.