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NetBarrier X9 Reviews10.9.12

12 August 2020

Firewall and identity-protection software.

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jefferis
16 August 2019
Version: 10.9.6

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I have used it for many years, but I recently tried Bitdefender and it does not slow the system as did the Antivirus suite did from Intego. Also, it did not catch all the trojans in email that Bitdefender did.
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5
johnsnyder453
29 July 2020
Version: 10.9.11
Very easy to use and setup.
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jefferis
16 August 2019
Version: 10.9.6
I have used it for many years, but I recently tried Bitdefender and it does not slow the system as did the Antivirus suite did from Intego. Also, it did not catch all the trojans in email that Bitdefender did.
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Derekcurrie
12 April 2019
Version: 10.9.6
v10.9.6 was released in November, 2018. If you own NetBarrier X9, you most likely already have this update.
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5
DonK5579
09 March 2019
Version: 10.9.5
Excellent product. Uninstalled because my subscription was up and I had decided to go with the Bitdefender Box 2 to cover all of my online devices instead.
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5
k20death
21 November 2018
Version: 10.9.5
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3
BobUN
16 February 2015
Version: 10.8.3
Hélas, peu d'évolution depuis 2 ans. Moteur recherche de virus lent et pas assez fiable. M'a laissé passer 2 malware !!
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4.5
tjekov37
10 February 2015
Version: 10.8.3
What's the new in v10.8.3 ??
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Mcr
22 January 2015
Version: 10.8.2
Detailed malware detection test results are regularly posted here for nearly 2 dozen products, free and paid: http://securityspread.com/detection-rate-results/ These are very detailed, showing EXACTLY by name for each malware/virus if it is detected or not, for each product, then products are ranked 95%, 85%, 75% etc based on detection rates. Historical results are maintained so you can compare over time, and you do see product results change with each test (done every month to every 3 months depending on whether there are any new reported malware in the field, and a sample can be obtained for testing). I've done a bit of research on the site and tester, to make sure it was not one of those 'sponsored' sites by a vendor that are made to appear as objective, neutral reviews. The fact that the product rankings change constantly AND that the results are very specific and listed in detail, further support that this site and the tester are very objective. In fact this is exactly the kind of site and test results, that vendors DON'T want you to see, even the ones that do well on the test (because no product is 100%). I am posting this to support the Mac Community. When we are all better informed when it comes to this important area of security in this day of cyber threats, we all benefit. Education and information is the best defense, (as with so many things in life). For example, if someone uses MacKeeper because they don't know better, then in some ways the community failed for not getting the word out. If after doing some research and being advised not to use MacKeeper, someone still chooses to do so, then you can't help that, but hopefully it wasn't because there wasn't information available. My aim is not to support or dissuade anyone about a particular product, you pick / use or don't use whatever product you want, and live with the consequences, just remember that your decision can effect others, by virtue of whether you are part of stopping the spread, or being a part of it. I highly recommend you don't just look at the current results, but look at the past ones as well. You WILL see trends, with some products consistently doing well and others not so much, and some moving up and down. Remember, an A/V product rests on two main things, the scanning engine AND the malware database. A great engine can be crippled if the database is not updated in a timely manner. Conversely, a vendor that does maintain a current database might still not be effective if the program itself is buggy. This site only ONLY addresses virus detection results, it does not in general make any conclusions or post results regarding performance, installation, support, UI, etc.
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5
user5
24 October 2014
Version: 10.8.2
Cant find any other software that is better !, sorry for those who might be experiencing problems
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Sanchai
23 September 2014
Version: 10.8.2
Don't know whether this new version is compatible with Yosemite Developer Prevew 8 or not. in the case of Mavericks, Intego software cause Mavericks to crash and have all sort of problem until X8 releases in the second quarter of 2014, ling after Mavericks official release. This might happen again with Yosemite. No beta release so far. Other software vendor release beta for testing but not Intego. Have tried to email them on Yosemipte compatibility. The answer is do not upgrade to Yosemite developer preview and have to wait long after official OSX release Come on Intego, be more flexible and faster response to Apple release of OSX. Tell me whether this new version is compatible with Yosemite developer preview 8 or not
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3.5
ThomasK6687
20 September 2014
Version: 10.8.1
It is simple, easy to use, and you do not need to be an Uber-Geek to understand whats going on. Other firewalls tend to be a bit confusing for the non-expert, who does not wish to spend time with firewall issues, other than be safe. The price may be shocking, but it is for 5 licenses bundled. This way they try to push users to buy their internet security bundle including anti-virus. The Intego anti-virus has failed me so miserably, I can't consider buying that ever again. But NetBarrier is good for me. Only 3.5 stars, because the standalone app does not live in the task/menu-bar, only the bundled app does, which IMHO is not OK.
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ThomasK6687
18 September 2014
Version: 10.8.1
I find NetBarrier straightforward, does the job, simple, no rocket science degree needed. Eyecandy is nice to have, but why, oh why, can't it live in the taskbar?
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Cerniuk (Captcha H8r)
19 January 2014
Version: 10.7.5
One of my absolutely favorite tools gone down the tubes. Intego 2013 editions are essentially VirusBarrier 6x given a feature frontal lobotomy and a graphical interface that looks like they gave the app too much Benzodiazepine (dazed and confused with drool going). The latest incarnation named after last year (seriously, even Microsoft stopped using dates in their product names) gives us roughly 1/4 of the features of VirusBarrier x6. Gone are the features that let us figure out who exactly was attempting access, what kind of traffic is currently occurring on the network and no ability to block key data items for detection of apps trying to extract your info. Want to block the Chinese hackers network address range? Sorry... Worse the pablum interface shows almost no diagnostic information in it's drug induced arrangement and animation. The goofy graphics are very indicative of how seriously you can take this software. Point blank, this thing is horrible, make the bad man stop. I will continue to run VirusBarrier 6X until it is no longer supported on the OS and then switch to something with an interface built for computers (vs some print layout) and functional robustness. At this point I resent paying for VirusBarrier x6 because I know that the money goes into it's half-wit brother's pocket (VirusBarrier 2013) Somewhere in the distance I hear the sounds of "Taps" playing and a flag being unfurled. A medal of valor being presented to the widow of Netbarrier... Good bye old friend, you will be sorely missed. Is VirusBarrier x6 next?
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Kankei71
08 October 2013
Version: 10.7.5
I don't get it. NetBarrier cost 89$ and Mac Premium Bundle 2013 which includes VirusBarrier 2013 + Identity Scrubber + Family Protector + Washing Machine + Personal Backup AND Net Barrier 2013 also cost 89$ ? This doesn't make sense.
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0.5
Frankhh24
24 July 2013
Version: 10.7.3
I loved to use Netbarrier (Virusbarrier) until version x6. Lastly Intego split up back Virusbarrier into Virusbarrier and Netbarrier. With this Intego radically cut back the versatility and the attributes that were so important: fine tuning and manual configuration. Now Netbarrier is not more than a tool for keeping things simple. But the life (and the internet) is by far not as simple. To make things worse Netbarrier needs a lot of memory and cpu-load. Conclusion: I am now looking for alternatives.
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5
raymondb
18 April 2013
Version: 10.7.1
Intego security software is the best for Macs. I'm a happy loyal customer and highly recommend it! NetBarrier firewall adds a nice extra layer of security. This is a no brainer must-have app!
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5
RunTime
11 July 2011
Version: 10.5.6
After years as a satisfied customer (and reseller) using NetBarrier X5 we upgraded to the X6 (VirusBarrier) as to keep up with new versions of OS X. In doing that we left a lean well working, and to all other alternatives, superior firewall to a large software with a lot of good stuff* we did not needed. This did not represent a problem (other from one or two clients messing things up) as VirusBarrier is easily configurable. What was not obvious in the transition was that we were forced into a subscription system. Earlier the subscription was only about virus/malware definitions, now suddenly (and very quietly) it was the firewall itself! The Intego site is no clear at all about this; 'buy a protection' all over, not 'pay for a subscription'. In the future we (and our clients) are to fork out 60% of the initial cost yearly (in a one year plan)! Even strange companies as PGP (now Symantech) has a perpetual alternative. Worse, the reasoning for this is absolute ridiculous, Intego site; 'using out-of-date security software is dangerous'. This becomes completely nonsense when the Intego protection just stops if you forget to pay!! That must be much worse than being out-of-date. It is only for the $ as I see it. So, now back to reinstalling latest NetBarrier on all machines an clients, and stop all planed upgrades. *although in a test run it catches only 4 out of 15 virus (ClamXav detects them all in any package) Worm.BadTrans.B1 FOUND W32.Elkern.C FOUND W32.Elkern.C FOUND W32.Elkern.C FOUND W32.Elkern.C FOUND W32.Elkern.C FOUND W32.Elkern.C FOUND W32.Elkern.C FOUND W32.Elkern.C FOUND Worm.SomeFool.Z FOUND Worm.SomeFool.Z FOUND W32.PrettyPark FOUND Worm.Sircam FOUND Worm.Sircam FOUND Worm.Sircam FOUND
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0.5
Zeta32
19 December 2010
Version: 10.5.6
sucks
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Xenos
09 November 2009
Version: 10.5.5
i urge MacUpdate to shut down the user reviews as they mostly are pure nonsense. comparingLittle Snitch with NetBarrier, for instance, or the fact that those users proving they have not the least order on their Apple joke boxes and never applying system maintenance but calling developer's work crap, demonstrates what annoying burden it is to read all this crap, which it mostly is. MacUpdate, stop it! don't give chaotic kids any longer the chance to produce themselves !
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0sand1s
27 October 2009
Version: 10.5.5
Im having trouble uninstalling. I went through deleting everything in library of intego and netupdate, used app zapper to delete app. But I cant kill the "netbarrier daemo (870)" process, I tried force quitting the process, Authenticated it, and the root process runs active soon as I Auth. the force quit. Same with the "netupdateagent" process. Any idea on how I can get this off my HD??? Im trying to lower the amount of running process, I have 70 running at idle. Does it even matter how many process are active??? Im a n00b so please let me know respectfully. Thanks. djprotege@ymail.com
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Vlad-Didenko
17 October 2009
Version: 10.5.5
Not well thought-through firewall application. Messages are useless and information provided to make decisions is completely inadequate: http://didenko.com/files/091014_intego.png . Limited configurability - no way to allow/blok outgoing connections by destination domain/ip range (to prevent calls home, but leave other functionality intact).
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5
Raven-
28 August 2009
Version: 10.5.4
It froze my screen and Mac. After a restart it all works and shows up to date ?????? Strange behavior! It seems to work flawless like always! I use Netbarrier now for years and this is my first error! Raven.
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Gazman
27 August 2009
Version: 10.5.4
I can not download this update through NetUpdate (gives an invalid numeric signature error each time) or through Safari or Firefox.
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Mitch-de
26 August 2009
Version: 10.5.4
This update offers Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard compatibility and addresses a number of other minor issues. Why not this short message in the changes ;)
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Crevatis
30 June 2009
Version: 10.5.3
Most of the features work nicely. This software does give you a feeling like you have a little more control over what goes on with your computer. Little Snitch give you much more granular control over what this program does with its "anti-spyware". The biggest problem is the Data filter feature often causes kernel panics when it catches data you want to filter. When asking their tech support for a solution to this all they offered was to try re-installing the software. After that they have ignored me and have to answered questions for further help with this issue. So if you buy this software, you are on your own. Their support stinks.
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Bs0d
11 June 2009
Version: 10.5.3
It seems that the app keeps me from using the search function on websites. on MU for example, I get a blank page when I try a search. Any advice?
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Shmk
08 June 2009
Version: 10.5.3
I got this with the promo bundle, I configured it with the simple setting and then started to get all sorts of weird problems with my browser search engines stopped working and stuff like that. I can't say 100% if netbarrier was the problem or my configuration of it but since I have uninstalled it everything is running fine again. Strange.
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Bs0d
05 June 2009
Version: 10.5.3
Brings a solution to the useless OS X built-in firewall, but too invasive when you configure it to max protection. this is not what you'd expect from an app that expensive. glad it was included in the MUPromo bundle because I would never have bought it by itself. Also, very painful to configure. It takes a while to figure out how it works if you're familiar with the panel... Have to say, I like Little Snitch better. It is less invasive and more discreet.
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Justin-K-
25 May 2009
Version: 10.5.3
I've recently bought netbarrier from Intego and I think it's a must because it's not only a classic firewall, it's a "bundle" of several tiny apps... First, it's a two-way firewall that can blocks or allows incoming or outgoing connections and detects any spyware attempt to connect the internet from your computer. You can also protect your data by encrypting any credit card numbers or passwords, define some rules when you are surfing the web, monitor the internet traffic by application or port, check the wifi hotspot status near you and cleans your browsers with caches, cookies, history, bookmark with washing machine I'm very satisfied about this product and I recommend it if you're not happy with the OSX built-in firewall
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Rimpoce
27 January 2009
Version: 10.5.3
Im using the trial (30 days) since Im not completely satisfied of the mac firewall application, and cannot spend days and days learning how to manage the unix firewall - even noobproof is a bit too complicate for an average user like me. So far, after teaching net barrier how to react, I've encountered no problems at all: no crash, no undesired services block, no slowdown in my old macmini working, no interference with my heavy internet and intranet work.I had to install it to prevent further problems (hacking tried on my mac , I think through Upnp open ports- now Upnp is shut down) and I have to say Im fairly satisfied. Net Barrier is a bit expensive (when it will be discounted again with a MacUpdate promo?) but I think, since Mac hardware and software is becoming more and more popular, there are some security risks, and people working on the computer several hours cant sacrifice hours just to try to prevent hackers to ruin their work. So I think I'll buy the license, since, at least with this last updated version, I've not experienced any of the troubles other users had apparently, and finally I saved lot of time and I feel (and I am) safer in my work environment.
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Backpacker
02 October 2008
Version: 10.5.3
It doesn't take that much effort to configure NB X5 or to navigate its interface. I didn't have to go through all 175 pages of the manual, although it was both very helpful and fun to read. My gripe is that although the NB X5 dmg opens to reveal installer folders for various languages, using the English installer (for example) results in multi-lingual Intego apps. Please clean up the installers. Thanks.
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Ninjaboy
30 September 2008
Version: 10.5.3
X5 didn't work for me either. As noted above, I also seemed to have a code for another version. When this problem was eventually sorted, the app interfered too much with my internet connection, cutting it off altogether, in most cases. Had to uninstall. Waste of time and money.
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Vince-nt
05 June 2008
Version: 10.5.2
I cannot find any reason to upgrade to X5. X4 still works with Leopard, and the User Interface is far easier to use than X5.
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Kzx72
08 April 2008
Version: 10.5.2
The new graphical interface is hideous (when compared to X4) and honestly, why the hell isn't the log part of the main window like it was in every other version? What genius made this decision? Also, why isn't there an option to remove the Netbarrier menubar icon from...Netbarrier? Why is it hidden away in Netupdate?
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Lounge-Deluxe
31 March 2008
Version: 10.5.2
I bought NetBarrier X5 through MU Promo, but the registration key I received seems to be for a different version (the format is different from the format version 5 accepts). I emailed Intego about this but after receiving a response that made no sense at all (and it took them days to do so), they simply don't answer any other emails I send them. And emails to support at MU Promo don't get delivered for some odd reason, this department is totally unreachable. Who's to blame? No more MU Promo deals for me, that's for sure, and no more Intego software either.
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Fringewood
14 February 2008
Version: 10.5.1
This person obviously doesn't understand this wonderful networking security application. NetBarrier is a must for anyone who wants a truly secure Mac.
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5
Darth-Brooks
14 February 2008
Version: 10.5.1
Ignore the comments and rating, below, by MAC ATA, he obviously doesn't know how to use this software much less uninstall it. Once NetBarrier is configured -- admittedly a bit tricky at first especially if you're on a network and do port forwarding -- it stands guard like a silent pit bull that never sleeps. And no, NetBarrier X4 does not disable the built-in Mac OS 10.4 Tiger firewall; they can peacefully coexist.
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Msackett
26 January 2008
Version: 10.5
I have downloaded Intego NetBarrier X5. Other reviewers have said about X4 disables the OS X firewall. X5 appears to leave the Firewall running in OS X 10.5.1, Leopard.
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Weavie
02 January 2008
Version: 10.4.5
This software is GREAT!!! I bought it during the promo a few days ago and I am very pleased. I was skeptical at first but now I am very glad I made the purchase. It handles firewall protection very well.
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5
victorbishop
28 December 2007
Version: 10.4.5
Yes. This product beat all my expectations. The software firewall interface is the best I've seen on any platform. I have installed it on all the Macs on my network and have been very happy with the install and uninstall portions. The feature which lets you see which channel all wireless routers in range are set to is also WAY COOL.
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Mac-Ata
28 December 2007
Version: 10.4.5
Do not buy or install this Cr*p! The only way to fully uninstall the Buggy software is re-installing OS X! Even it's own uninstaller can not uninstall it completely and it will disable OS X built in Firewall!
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JeePee
12 November 2007
Version: 10.4.4
While I dislike the price and especially the fact they want subscription-money every year for some service-updates (trojan-information I think), I still love NetBarrier. I now use it for several years and now with Leopard, I still get updates for NetBarrier X4 and it works perfectly. I thought Leopard would break NetBarrier X4 and they would ask me to pay for NetBarrier X5, but X4 does work in Leopard. Thank you for that Intego! I still didn't renew the service-update subscription, but I believe NetBarrier X4 can do without it. I also use a hardware firewall in my router, so I'm quite safe, I think. :-) I know there are other firewalls as well, but as long as NetBarrier X4 works, I stay.
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Markoh
01 October 2007
Version: 10.4.3
I DO NOT recommend this application at all, to remove it is impossible, even if you decide to pay for it it is based on a yearly license fee, and again erasing your drive low level format is the ONLY way to remove it and you will want to at some point when the serial (which they do see) will be exposed. There are no serials that are permanent for these applications, they are licenses for a year, you pay as you go and these products can be monitored, a extension is left totaly messing with you firewall wether NETBARRIER is installed or not any more. I would seriously avoid it., its really a DEMO. PRODUCT can NOT be uninstalled with out Intego code, while it has a uninstaller Intego has been confronted to why there Firewall still intercepts Apple's OR PREVENTS ANOTHER FROM BEEN THE MAIN 3RD PARTY FW after the NETBARRIER demo OR FALSE PASSWORD is detected! This product is supposed to block passwords like Little Snitch, but what happens is Intego simply de-activates all the features while you think they are working, and you can see from testing the firewall that ports are open everywhere, then when you try to uninstall it you will notice after your done that your Apple firewall will say another firewall is in use, you try all the methods Apple users recommend and as well as Apple to get rid of this and you notice a Intego extension is doing it via console, then you're told to contact Intego and explain where you got the password or reformat your drive, nice trick...
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Woofer
26 March 2007
Version: 10.4.2
As already stated by others, there's nothing wrong with using the FREE OS X built-in Firewall, or even the Firewall in your Modem/Router, but NetBarrier does have the standalone NetBarrier Monitor, which is useful in accurately tracking your Monthly D/L quota from your ISP, but definitely not worth the asking price for such a small extra utility.
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Juki
10 October 2006
Version: 10.4.1
Let's see, first you pay $70 for it and then, after the first year, you pay $30 for another year's worth of Trojan definitions....and $30 every year thereafter. I'd say that's just greed. To hell with them...I'll pass on this.
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1.25
Piako
20 July 2006
Version: 10.4.1
Garbage! Customizing the firewall for very restrictive port settings doesn't work like you would think. It's backwards and expensive. I don't want you to waste your time with this. Find a standalone firewall. x:
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3.75
Zoozo
05 March 2006
Version: 10.4.1
The update to 10.4.x from 10.3 swaps your working copy of version 3 with version 4. But version 4 is a paid upgrade. So now you have lost version 3 for which you have paid for (the upgrade removes it without asking). A poster on versiontracker details how you can contact support and get help in downgrading. What if I have a better use for my day? (like writing this comment) Why change the working program for a trial version in the first place?? And without mentioning it during installation?? The honest way is giving a warning. Is Intego running out of ways to "persuade" people to keep buying their product? A shame, 'cause the program itself is great...
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4.5
Raven-
28 February 2006
Version: 10.4.1
Still the best fire wall around! No install or other problems with this version! Like always :) Raven!
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4.25
Section8
27 February 2006
Version: 10.4.1
X3 tended to act terribly on 10.3 but now using X4 on 10.4 there have been to kernel panics and it works flawlessly. Personally, i think it a very great piece of software. Although, you DO have to know what your doing, otherwise it can be a tad confusing... that being said, its not work $70...
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3.25
Pirx
06 February 2006
Version: 10.4
It installs and runs fine, but I am very concerned: I installed NetBarrier, ran the update, rebooted and confirmed everything runs fine. Then I installed wimp 1.1 http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/20455 wimp calls home, i.e. in a way it behaves like spyware - OK, it is a cron job, but still, I a extremely concerned that NetBarrier did not utter a whimper when wimp called home and sent an e-mail, even.
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