It seems I may have found a perfect solution to my personal firewall needs. Since Tiny Personal Firewall (TPF) days that I haven't had the luxury of running a simple non bloated personal firewall solution. And have always been more or less on the lookout for something that could help me rid of Comodo.
I've been running for the past 3 months TinyWall. It's essentially a simple and no-nonsense rules manager for the Windows Firewall. As a bonus it also hardens WF against attempts at tampering with it. Windows Firewall has come a long way since Windows XP and it is today a much more reliable security solution. With TinyWall hardening and management features it has become perfect for my needs because it gives me access to software-based and port-based security without any of the bloat of more advanced security suits while avoiding the absolutely horrid Windows Firewall interface (although admittedly it has improved much). I feel like I'm back on the good old TPF days.
(Along with TinyWall, I've adopted MVPS HOSTS for my hosts file and manage it with HostsMan, for added security)
My only complaint about TinyWall is the choice of programming language and environment. It's been made on C# and runs on the .Net Platform 3.5. I'd have rather preferred if it had been developed in a non interpreted language. The benefit of a much smaller memory footprint would have been appreciated in an application such as this. The author has an entry about this on the FAQ webpage. But it is far from convincing.