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ZoneAlarm AntiVirus

by Zone Labs
Windows 2000 / XP
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)


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Product Features

  • Real-time security updates; new attack protection capabilities
  • Powerful antivirus protection that stops viruses before they infect your PC
  • Proactive firewall protection with multiple layers of security
  • Improved operating-system firewall; wireless PC protection
  • Essential email security quarantines suspicious attachments

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 2000 / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000HKN4W4
  • Item model number: 100705
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 10, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,232 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

ZoneAlarm's powerful antivirus protection stops viruses before they infect your PC, and removes any viruses already on it, using a simpler interface than most antivirus products. Plus, ZoneAlarm Antivirus proactively protects your PC with the most advanced, multi-layered, firewall-based security available.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good product, but you can get AVG totally free November 14, 2006
ZoneAlarm Antivirus is a solid product, way better than the buggy and insecure Norton/Symantec Antivirus. ZoneAlarm AV installs smoothly and appears to work silently protecting your PC from virus (but not sinister spyware).

However, you might as well go download the totally free AVG Free Edition 7.5 on Grisoft's website. You get free daily update with AVG for life. One caveat: it's free only for personal use, not business use.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ease yourself into the pool, don't just jump in..... December 17, 2006
I've used Norton products on our computers since the late 1980s, and generally have found them to do exactly what they're hyped to do. Over the past few years, however, they have become "bloatware," consuming far more system resources than necessary. If you want a reasonably responsive system, after installing Norton you'd best disable many, if not most, of the "automatic" services set on by default during the installation. I've also used Zone Alarm Pro for ~5 years; love the program and the depth of configuration you can set-never had a problem with Zone Alarm. So, after the last year or so of Norton Anti-Virus failing to start automatically, I started looking for a replacement. I tended to lean towards Zone Labs because of my earlier experiences with them, but the Amazon reviews for the complete Internet Security suite left me unsure. I decided to go with just the Zone Labs Anti-Virus product. First, I opened Norton and turned off everything. Then I ran the Windows System Services console app (services.msc) and turned off or disabled anything with any Norton or Symantec association. Only then did I install the ZL Anti-Virus. A caveat is in order: although the ZL manual says if you have a previous version of a ZL product installed it will ask if you want to proceed without uninstalling the previous version, it didn't. Instead, I was informed that this install would be a "downgrade" from Zone Alarm Pro to "just" Zone Alarm. I went ahead anyway. After installation, the firewall appears to be as was before, and all my settings were retained - good news! Everything appeared to be functioning well. I have a separate anti-spyware app, so losing that capability in the "downgrade" wasn't really an issue. Only then did I completely remove Norton. So far, I'm happy as a clam (touch wood!).
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good option for new or inexperienced users. November 14, 2006
I am going to recommend this for the majority of users and readers because it passes two key tests:

1) it is very easy to use;

2) it does what it does well.

The firewall aspects of ZoneAlarm are unquestionably top-rate. It is effective, clear, and can be tweaked or configured by more advanced users without being out of reach of other users. It ships with a built-in tutorial that even Mom can follow. In short, you get a good firewall with this product.

The antiviral component is well-integrated and works in the same manner. ZoneLabs has excellent help and support, and the free updates alone are worth the purchase price. Yes, you can get free antiviral software, but what you cannot get is an integrated solution such as this, with support, for well under $20. For its listed price, I would wholly recommend this to anyone without sufficient defenses (WinXP's firewall is not sufficient by itself).

-Fred
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ZoneAlarm AntiVirus Excellent! November 9, 2006
This is by far the best I've ever used. I run a small company and absolutely love it. Very easy to use. Very informative!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Troublesome software updates April 1, 2007
I been using Zone Alarm Anti-virus for a couple years. It comes with firewall and antivirus software. Both firewall and antivirus works great... before any software updates. A software update happens when Zone Alarm publishes a new version of software that completely replaces this software. You will be notified when there is a new software ready to download and run. The update happens every three to four months.

The problem is, every time I update my Zone Alarm Antivirus, I ran into software problem that prevent AV from running, at all. Every time, I had to send email to customer service to get help. The turnaround time, from the minute i have problem, to the time the problem gets fixed ranges from several hours to several days. During that time, my computer was NOT protected from virus, at all.

Zone Alarm is good when it works. But beware of the software updates.. it might piss you off.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zone Alarm AntiVirus January 9, 2007
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This product is a very simple to use, extremely efficient tool. I am very pleased with results it produced for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for novices January 15, 2007
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My husband and I bought two copies when it was a Gold Box featured product so he could install it on both of our computers. He is a computer consultant and rates ZoneAlarm at 4 stars because, after using it for a few weeks, we find too many spurious alerts for items that ZA should have had on their "safe" list, particularly the "suspicious activities" of the OS Firewall. This program is puzzling for a casual user such as myself to navigate alone. I would still rather have more protection than I can handle, rather than a dummied-down version that I would understand better but that might not provide the virus protection we need, but he says he wouldn't recommend this to his novice clients unless they wanted a lot of hands-on control of their systems.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do you get what you pay for? March 29, 2007
By Sheila
I bought this product based on Consumer Reports review. I've had Norton and McAfee in the past which slowed down my system. My computer is slower to start up with ZoneAlarm, but faster than McAfee while on. However, most of the time, I need to shut off ZoneAlarm in order to access the internet - just like another reviewer. Defeats the purpose don't you think? It also recognized my offices's software as a virus and although I allowed access, it keeps showing it as a virus. I'm going to have to go to another product.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT INSTALL, went from 'Best' to 'Worst'
Zone Alarm used to be the best consumer firewall product on the market, and I was a loyal customer for 10 years(went to a LAN party and ZA detected and gave detailed reports on... Read more
Published on September 18, 2012 by og
2.0 out of 5 stars An O.C.D. anti virus program
I have used this program for a couple of years and it is really annoying. First, I hate its updates, its locking my machine when it decides to do an update, stops Acrobat from... Read more
Published on February 19, 2008 by Firestorm
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Again
I've had Zone Alarm for about 6 months and will not renew. Is it effective in preventing viruses? Maybe. Read more
Published on August 13, 2007 by Ward N
5.0 out of 5 stars great product, and....but.....
and Amazon's version was a great price, but out-of-date. Thankfully, the company upgraded me to the current version without additional cost. Read more
Published on July 14, 2007 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars ZoneAlarm AntiVirus
One can not separate the antivirus from the firewall. If you would like to continue to use the firewall, but not the antivirus you must delete the whole thing. Read more
Published on July 1, 2007 by Eugene Petersen
4.0 out of 5 stars Zone Alarm Anti Virus
So far, so good. The software installed easily, but I wish it would have wiped out traces of the Norton A-V software. Read more
Published on May 13, 2007 by ER Andromeda
2.0 out of 5 stars Too complicated
The idea of being notified of every possibly suspicious action sounds good, but in practice ZoneAlarm is too intrusive for most home computer users. Read more
Published on March 16, 2007 by Daniel E. Suman
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Install, Gets the Job Done
CD installs easily, it even comes with a nice short instructional video.

Once installed, ZoneAalarm is fairly unobtrusive, but seems to get the job done. Read more
Published on March 5, 2007 by Mike Schilli
5.0 out of 5 stars TOP RATED ANTI VIRUS SOFTWARE
THIS IS A TOP RATED ANTI VIRUS SOFTARE.THE PRICE IS GOOD AND THE SOFTWARE IS GREAT.
Published on February 20, 2007 by Andrew M. Swiatek
4.0 out of 5 stars It works good
I am satisfied with the product. For that matter I know it before I bought and I am satisfied with it. Read more
Published on January 10, 2007 by Rajeev K. Kaza
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