Earthlink Protection Control Center

Earthlink Protection Control Center

Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 3 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    Not available
  • Total Downloads:
    83,131
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 14, 2005
  • Price:
    Free to try; $4.95/month or $48/year to Buy
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3
  • Platform:
    Windows

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1 stars

"Buggy, clunky, sometimes works/or not, rough edges."

January 10, 2007  |  By imnothere

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

A combined Antivirus/Antispyware and Firewall solution, the basic version is free (including ongoing definition file updates for Antivirus and Antispyware) for Earthlink subscribers. Despite what Earthlink support tells you in Chat the latest versions will co-exist with ZoneAlarm (it notifies you of an issue, turns the Earthlink PCC Firewall off, leaving ZoneAlarm alone). Seems to catch many spyware items that Ad-Aware, Spybot, Norton and others seem to miss.

Cons

New Version 2.x seems to be buggy - even the updated versions up to 2.0.7.31373 - reports of not being able to scan after upgrading, failure to update definitions, detecting some spyware items that it will not delete (tells you it has ignored them!), etc. The app also suffers some freezes during some updates which may require it to be shut down then restarted - dangerous if it is your firewall solution! Forces an installation of Earthlink's IE toolbar. Does not appear to integrate with email software such as Thunderbird, Outlook or Eudora so there is no scanning of email. Previous versions sometimes crashed for no reason leaving users exposed. The firewall is not all that easy to use - ZoneAlarm does the question & answer method much better than this product does. Aluria software (the author of PCC) has been rumored to have had some controversial involvement with the WhenU adware company in years past which may no longer be the case. For now, more mainstream vendor software is probably more developed and stable. If you are not an Earthlink customer you may want to buy something else - if you are a customer - you may want to hold off upgrading until the bugs are fixed as the old version is no longer available for re-installation.

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2 stars

"Not really a great product. Firewall is majorly flawed and the spyware sucks."

June 21, 2006  |  By broncos07

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

Nice interface. Good virus detection

Cons

The spyware scanner sucks. The firewall is flawed. And you can't use it with multiple users as someone else said.(That was a pain in the a** for me too). The best virus/spyware/malware scanner is nod32. Its interface sucks (especially if your a novice computer user) but it detects 85% more bad stuff than Norton or Mcafee. For firewall I would go to ZoneAlarm. The only reason I have the Protection Control Center is because im a member and its free

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2 stars

"Crashes other programs"

April 23, 2006  |  By Loomster

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

It is easier then having about 5 programs to purchase to catch virus, spam, spyware, and firewall, and update every week.

Cons

I uninstalled my Symantec products because it was not catching all the spyware, etc. After installing the Earthlink Protection software many of my programs will not work now, or they take minutes to open. For instance Thunderbird (Mozilla) email will not work at all. Anytime you click on a message is will stop working or take about 2 minutes to finally see the message. Even after you Ctrl-Alt-Del and tell Windows you want to End, you still have to wait to exit. Act! now takes about 2 minutes to finally come up. SolidWorks take a while to work as well. I think this could be a good product if they fix some things.

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2 stars

"Great Program, but USELESS WITH MULTIPLE USER PROFILES"

March 21, 2006  |  By kclarkadpi

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

This program detects many more spyware and viruses than my previous softwares, and the firewall is way better than windows XP. Easy user interface, and will definitely use AFTER THEY FIX MAJOR BUGS!!!

Cons

DOESN'T WORK IF YOU HAVE MULTIPLE PROFILES IN WINDOWS XP!!! I spent 4 hours on the phone with Earthlink trying to figure out why it didn't work on my computer's second profile before the FOURTH person said that it hasn't been configured for multiple profiles yet, which is a requirement for our usage (virus protection and firewall should ALWAYS be on, no matter who is using the computer). Also has no uninstall utility, so make sure you create a system restore before installing, just in case!

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4 stars

"Very Good, But Anti-Spyware Could Be Better"

February 21, 2006  |  By i_made_this

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

Firewall in *standard* works great; warning: do not try *custom* as it doesn't work. Anti-virus in *live* works brilliantly.

Cons

Anti-spyware is not as good as ELNK's former partner Webroot's; you'll need to run a backup anti-spyware like Spybot to catch many nasty threats which PCC doesn't pick up. As well (like every other security suite on the market), it doesn't uninstall easily - one must go into the registry to clean out remnants.

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3 stars

"the firewall has a flaw that needs to be corrected"

January 22, 2006  |  By cjshaw

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

the virus and spyware scans work well

Cons

the firewall is flawed and needs correcting in the standard setting. its a pain to use.

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4 stars

"Would download even if I had to pay."

January 09, 2006  |  By Fastmover

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

-Firewall acts very much like the Sygate that it replaced except, of course, for the display. Has the most rough edges of anything in the system if you leave it in the "Standard" setting.

-The antivirus/antispyware setup is so smooth, effective and transparent it is almost spooky. I'd been used to spending half an hour running scans every time I turned on the computer and deleting bunches of crap. Started out scheduling E'Link to scan the same way, but after a week's worth of clean bootup scans I dropped back to the recommended once-a-week deal. Ran my Ad-Aware & Spybot around a couple of times just as a check, but they say I'm clean as well. BTW, that once weekly scan takes all of twenty minutes, and the scheduling is as clean and flexible as the rest of the system.

-Absolutely no problems with spyware/viruses since I installed.

-I'm an Earthlinker, so I get the whole package for free.

Cons

-In "Standard" setting, the firewall will popup every time it sees a site it doesn't like. (Not much of a problem, is it?)

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4 stars

"Easy!!!and Effective!!!!"

January 09, 2006  |  By JacksonBill

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

I've been using the program for about 4 weeks now. It's very effective at finding virus/spyware on my computer. The real-time scanners definitely do their jobs.

Cons

Firewall takes a little bit of time to learn your preferences. It seems to be an application based Firewall as programs going in/out are always called by name. IP calls are given by # which can be confusing cause I don't know IP addresses.

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4 stars

"Great Product!...Easy to Use....."

January 08, 2006  |  By ComputerAce

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

Product removed both Spyware and Virus all in one scan. I've used Norton in the past but I wanted to try an alternative. So far so good....

Cons

Firewall is somewhat confusing but I'm a novice. Standard setting seems to working fine.

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2 stars

"Trial detects but wont remove,therefore can't judge effectiveness"

January 07, 2006  |  By halcyon946

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

Reasonable simple to install,set up and run

Cons

Cannot tell if it removes problems or not.Also had great difficulty uninstalling,don't trust any software that won't go when you want it to!

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Publisher EarthLink
Publisher web site http://www.earthlink.net
Release Date December 14, 2005
Date Added December 14, 2005
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Category Security Software
Subcategory Firewall Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 2000, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows 2000,XP
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Total Downloads 83,131
Downloads Last Week 3
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License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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