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Best way to control the already included Windows Firewall. See More
When wondering why some application behaves wrong, it's not easy to remember that the TinyWall might be the reason - because there was no rule yet for the specified application. For firewalls that show a notification, this could be connected more easily. See More
Bitdefender has decisively led the pack in 2016-2017 among Windows security suites. With a reliable "Autopilot mode" that requires almost zero user interaction day-to-day and dedicated banking, password, and spam protection modules, it has you covered from all angles. While it is slightly more resource-heavy and prone to false positives than in years past, in the current security climate where new threat vectors emerge hourly, they can hardly be faulted for an aggressive behavior model since it definitely gets the job done. See More
Peter J. Mello's Experience
Most experienced (amateur) users use just a frontend application beside Windows Firewall like TinyWall, Glasswire, Windows Firewall Control. If you don't want to bother and spend a lot of time tweaking: use solely the integrated Windows Firewall. Wilders Security Forums can be used to learn and know about the lastest trends. See More
It's been around since 2005 and still works reliably. Also pairs well with WireShark. See More