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    Default [SOLVED] What's the difference between Firewall & OSFirewall

    In the Log viewer there are 2 firewall sections, 1 called Firewall and 1 called OSFirewall and I'm wondering what the difference is.
    I would have expected that OSFirewall meant 'Operating System Firewall' ie. Windows Firewall and the other 'Firewall' was the ZoneAlarm firewall but this doesn't seem to be the case. I have Windows Firewall turned off and am just using the ZoneAlarm firewall; however the logging is only appearing in the OSFirewall log; the Firewall log is empty.
    Can someone please explain why there are 2 firewall logs and what they are each monitoring ?

    Am using version 10.1.065.000 ZoneAlarm pro.
    Last edited by carina; January 10th, 2012 at 06:13 AM. Reason: Forgot to specify version

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    Smile Re: What's the difference between Firewall & OSFirewall

    Hi;
    This Zone Alarm Web page may be helpful..

    http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en...e-security.htm
    GeorgeV
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    Default Re: What's the difference between Firewall & OSFirewall

    Sorry, am I missing something, that link takes me to a page to purchase
    ZoneAlarm Extreme Security 2012.
    I'd already searched for an answer before I posted the question and couldn't find one.

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    Default Re: What's the difference between Firewall & OSFirewall

    Ok,

    Sorry, we are all Users here in this User Supported Forum,
    it will be difficult to help someone that is not observant enough to read further down the displayed page..

    Here is another way for you to find the information..

    Use the Forum "Search" feature

    Type in: OSFirewall
    then select "Show Post"

    Now click on "GO"
    Last edited by GeorgeV; January 10th, 2012 at 07:09 AM.

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    Default Re: What's the difference between Firewall & OSFirewall

    Quote Originally Posted by carina View Post
    Sorry, am I missing something, that link takes me to a page to purchase
    ZoneAlarm Extreme Security 2012.
    On the link provided by Guru GeorgeV, Had you click on the " BENFITS" tab and under PC Security you would have seen the following :

    Two-way Firewall
    Stops Internet attacks at the front door and even catches thieves on their way out. Our two-way firewall proactively protects against inbound and outbound attacks while making you invisible to hackers.

    You can also expand the down arrow for more info :

    Threat Traffic is monitored and blocked - inbound and outbound.
    Full Stealth Mode makes you invisible to hackers.
    Kill Controls instantly disable malicious programs.

    Advanced Firewall
    No product is 100% effective against viruses or spyware. ZoneAlarm's advanced firewall monitors behaviors within your computer to spot and stop even the most sophisticated new attacks that bypass traditional antivirus and security suites.

    You can also expand the down arrow for more info :

    OSFirewall ™ Monitors programs for suspicious behavior - spotting and stopping new attacks that bypass traditional anti-virus protection.
    Advanced-access Protection targets and defeats new, advanced attacks that other firewalls miss, such as raw data access, timing, and SCM and COM attacks.
    Zero-hour Protection prevents silent outbreaks from gaining system access - before other security programs can even detect the threat.
    Application Control uniquely shields your operating system during start-up, before most security products have even loaded.
    Early Boot Protection uniquely shields your operating system during start-up, before most security products have even loaded.

    Have a nice Day
    Last edited by Sky Soldiers; January 10th, 2012 at 07:19 AM. Reason: typo

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    Default Re: What's the difference between Firewall & OSFirewall

    ~Snip~
    To SkySoldiers, thank you for trying to be helpful but I still don't see the answer to my precise question which is
    Why, in ZoneAlarm Pro 10.1.065.000, are there 2 firewall logs, 1 called 'Firewall' and 1 called 'OSFirewall'. What is the difference in what they are logging ?
    Last edited by GeorgeV; January 10th, 2012 at 09:20 AM. Reason: Deleted Comments that Violate "posted" Forum Rules

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    Default Re: What's the difference between Firewall & OSFirewall

    Hi!
    you have an online help built in ZA (help --> help). You will find all the explanations...

    Firewall log: logs inbound
    OSfirewall: logs suspicious behaviour by applications
    Programs: logs specific program access

    Why is your firewall log empty? Probably because you are behind a router or modem doing NAT (i.e. already protecting from inbound calls)

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    Default Re: What's the difference between Firewall & OSFirewall

    Thank you Fax, you are obviously a better man than I as I still cannot find that explanation in the ZA Help even though I've just been and searched again.
    Thank you though for providing me with the info; that was the answer I needed.

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    Default Re: What's the difference between Firewall & OSFirewall

    You need to look a bit harder then.... there are plenty of information, not all fully up-to-date but more than enough to understand the difference between the logging types

    Viewing logged Firewall events

    Viewing logged OSFirewall events

    Viewing logged virus events

    Viewing logged program events

    About alerts and managing them

    Understanding alerts and logs

    Cheers,
    Fax
    Last edited by fax; January 10th, 2012 at 08:31 AM.

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    Default Re: What's the difference between Firewall & OSFirewall

    ... but they don't explain what the difference is between 'Firewall' & 'OSFirewall'.

    If they do, then I apologise but I really can't see it there.

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