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For personal use, usually Windows Firewall (included) is the sensible choice. If you mean antivirus etc., check out Malwarebytes and AVG for good free options.

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I never advise a software firewall, but a hardware one. Most personal LAN routers provide this service quite reasonably. Set your computers to use DHCP, or a local static IP address, and your router will use NAT (Network Address Translation) to map local->internet->local addresses. That way, unless you configure the router to tunnel specific ports to local servers (such as HTTP requests to a web server on port 80 or 443), nothing from outside can connect to your systems and compromise your network.

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Yes I agree, ZoneAlarm has been great free Firewall in the past. Although, I'm not familiar with the product since CheckPoint purchased it.

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