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ZoneAlarm AntiVirus

Platform : Windows XP, Windows 2000
3.6 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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  • 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
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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.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000HKN4W4
  • Item model number: 100705
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 10, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,780 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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By Gadgester HALL OF FAME on 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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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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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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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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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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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 14K+ attempts to probe my system, a normal week being on comcast internet usually yielded 2-3 attempts), installing their free firewall on all my systems and buying at least two pro copies for high use professional systems. I think their marketing people took over the company and are trying to compete with Norton because the product featureset and quality has turned 180 degrees, going from the best to absolutely the worst!

After being prompted to upgrade from an older ZA version, clicking 'Yes', gone were the familiar interfaces and questions whether to allow a new programs to access the computer/internet. Replaced with feel good wizardlike windows, which is not all bad. It set my search preference in all my browsers to some ZA proxy search engine (routes searches to google through their ZA web page) and would not let me remove the option in the browser preferences. Like literally would not let me remove the option and select a different home page... kind of like what a virus would do.. When uninstalling ZA they asked some trick question about keeping browser preferences, which I answered wrong and even after uninstall my browsers routed through their proxy, deleting all search options and uninstalling and reinstalling the browsers, same.. So I did what you do when any other nasty clever virus infects your system, re-partition the HD, do a root level antivirus scan and reinstall the OS (Win7) from scratch. It works well after flattening, and I'm telling 20 of my friends.

You've been warned! By a loyal 10 year customer of ZA firewall.

It would be interesting to hear if anyone knows the type of internal shakedown at ZA that would have caused this type of 180 degree turn in product quality.
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