I've just discovered that ZoneAlarm Pro won't work on an XP guest (mine happens to be in VMWare Server 1.06). I would like to know what people have had success with regarding firewalls and AV (and anti-whatever including spyware, phishing etc.)
I'm looking at Online Armor Firewall and ESET Nod32 v2.7 (because I intend to try to create a lean, clean, new Win2K Pro VM for my occasional Windows apps needs). Can people pipe in with their experiences and recommendations? I hope to skip "Don't use BLAH because it SUCKS!" wars;I'm interested in real-world experience. You're using something because it works so I'd like to know what that is. If you can provide interesting information on why you DIDN'T chose something, that'd be pretty useful, too.
For example, ZoneAlarm Pro is out because of incompatibility (unless you can detail what you had to do to get it to work. Saying "well, it just works for me" won't help because it WON'T work for me so no deal). I'm also not interested in anything McAfee or Symantec/Norton.
Free is naturally preferred but NOT a deal-breaker.