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ZoneAlarm has long been perhaps the most popular free firewall available, and millions have used it to block unwanted access to their computers. ZoneAlarm generally works well with antivirus software, too, but perhaps you'd be interested in a free antivirus solution that actually incorporates ZoneAlarm's firewall? That's CheckPoint's ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus Plus Firewall. ZoneAlarm Antivirus not only protects your system from unwanted intrusions, viruses, and other malware, but it also includes anti-phishing, site authentication, identity protection, and download management features. It's also available as a premium package. The free tool lacks the premium version's parental controls, virtual browsing, PC tune-up, and support features.

ZoneAlarm Antivirus's firewall component and Identity & Data Protection were active in the program's start window, though the main component, the antivirus protection, was disabled due to a conflict with our existing antivirus solution, which we'd left active to gauge ZoneAlarm's response. We disabled our existing tool, and ZoneAlarm automatically picked up the slack, showing our status for Real-Time Protection, Antivirus Scan, and Antivirus Update. The first thing to do when you're installing a new antivirus program is to update its definitions and make a baseline scan of your computer. We did that, choosing Full Scan with Archives, which we're glad to say found no bad stuff. You can schedule scans, of course, and ZoneAlarm's Settings let you customize scans, too, as well as launch targeted scans, set exceptions, view quarantined files, enable On Access scanning (which scans when you access files) and other options. One feature ZoneAlarm offers is Behavioral Scanning, which includes an extensive checklist of options the program can monitor for suspicious activity. The familiar ZoneAlarm Firewall includes Application Control, which blocks unauthorized access by programs. The Identity & Data tab includes two protection features, Web and Identity, plus 5 GB of online storage space.

ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus Plus Firewall has both online and offline Help options, basic support, and some extras like Top 10 Questions. We found it as easy to use as the standalone Firewall, and a lot easier than using ZoneAlarm's Firewall with another antivirus program. ZoneAlarm has stepped up as a significant player in free antivirus solutions.

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    • 5 star: 248
    • 4 star: 43
    • 3 star: 15
    • 2 star: 9
    • 1 star: 30
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good product."

    January 6, 2013  |   By common_user

    Version: ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+Firewall 110.000.018

    Pros

    Good protection for a free product. The combination of antivirus and firewall works fine in my computer (Vista 32-bit).

    Cons

    None so far.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "So good it's annoying!"

    January 5, 2013  |   By MortanoTech

    Version: ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+Firewall 110.000.018

    Pros

    -Unbelievably paranoid firewall that keeps you safe from almost every threat on the web!
    -Anti-Virus specially designed to work with ZoneAlarm's firewall.
    -Free.

    Cons

    -Can be VERY annoying considering all the firewall popups, yet that is only because of how secure ZoneAlarm is!
    -Not very light on system resources.

    Summary

    If you don't mind about the constant "nagging" of the firewall trying to keep you safe, and the powerful consumption of the software, this may be the perfect product for you! one of the most critically acclaimed third-party firewalls just got safer with an Anti-Virus to keep your computer safe and secure!
    I would recommend this to those who don't have a short temper and to those who want the best protection available for free.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works well, and free Makes it Better"

    December 31, 2012  |   By zebra148

    Version: ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+Firewall 110.000.018

    Pros

    Free....number 1
    Not tied to a full blown internet security suite for those of Us who have no use for. All I wanted / looking for was a (one) program that had a Good firewall and antivirus in one program and not 2....this fits the bill perfectly....and works
    And for free a lot of user controls that can adjust

    Cons

    At times eats a lot of CPU cycles, would be nice if able to reset all settings and programs without having to install all over.

    Summary

    over all it is a great product and works well. I love the fact they brought back the option of being able to stop ALL internet activity. Could use a couple other features but I think one of the best Free Firewall and Antivirus programs out. I have been using Their firewall now or 20 + Years.
    Again for people like me who do not have the need for a big and bulky full blown internet security program....This is perfect

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simply The Best, Download, Set and Forget!"

    December 31, 2012  |   By -BondJamesBond-

    Version: ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+Firewall 110.000.018

    Pros

    Beats all other AV software in catching nasties, see AV-Test.Org.
    Uses Kaspersky engine.
    Easy to install.
    Acclaimed and trusted Firewall.
    Simply set and forget and it WILL protect you.

    Cons

    None really to mention. Can't believe this much security and piece of mind is FREE!

    Summary

    Having used lots of other suites in the past, including KIS, NIS, when it came around to renew time with NIS, I decided to see what's available. I was impressed with the independent results and was undecided whether to choose Bitdefender or ZoneAlarm Extreme Security, which is basic the same as the free version plus a few "bells and whistles".

    Life's too short to worry about viruses and malware. Download this now, you won't regret it....

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Set and forget and feel secure"

    December 30, 2012  |   By Supersoul777

    Version: ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+Firewall 110.000.018

    Pros

    All security issues can be relegated to Zonealarm and apart from the little icon reminding you it is looking after your security, you might forget you have a guardian angel.

    Can do it all automatically in the background and soon catches up with the updates in Firefox which I use as a browser.

    Cons

    Had a problem once where Zonealarm ran something - not a scan - in the background which used a lot of CPU power. I went to their website and updated to the latest version and since then it runs unobstrusively again.

    Summary

    Does it all with minimum setup and input - set and forget.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent Software - EDIT"

    December 29, 2012  |   By Tester455

    Version: ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+Firewall 110.000.018

    Pros

    This is the best protection I've ever had since I discovered the condom. Zone Alarm does an excellent job, all-around. They utilize a construct that reacts better than all other protection programs I've ever used. It's UI is easy, it runs fast, non-intrusive etc. The free version of this is far better than platinum paid subscriptions on most all other competitors. You won't regret ditching your old protection and moving to Zone Alarm. I was so amazed by the trial that I bought the subscription. Well worth it! Thanks for reading!

    Cons

    the only "Con" I can think of is that when I open programs (i.e. games) it can cause some games or other full screen apps to hang, until you tell ZA to allow the process permission which I know is typical. I've heard that it runs slower on some computers. I have a new system and it runs great.

    Summary

    I've heard that it runs slower on some computers. I have a new system and it runs great. Most computers built within the last 5 years or less should be able to run it without issue. It's definitely worth paying for.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "DON'T WORRY BE HAPPY"

    December 29, 2012  |   By StingNo1

    Version: ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+Firewall 110.000.018

    Pros

    I swear by your product. I have never had a virus problem, EVER !

    Cons

    There is one thing that bothers me. It slows my shut down process 20 times. It takes about 2 minutes sometimes more for my system to shut down. This never happened when I was not using Zone Alarm (short periods of time), or when my system was freshly installed.

    Summary

    I swear by your product. But there is one thing that bothers me. It slows my shut down process 20 times. It takes about 2 minutes sometimes more for my system to shut down. This never happened when I was not using Zone Alarm (short periods of time), or when my system was freshly installed.

    EVERYTHING ELSE IS ABSOLUTELY GREAT !

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Free Antivirus and Firewall I've ever used!"

    December 28, 2012  |   By Wise-Widower

    Version: ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+Firewall 110.000.018

    Pros

    ZoneAlarm is the best free anti-virus and firewall I've used that doesn't hog my memory or CPU while its running. Its fast and has found what others have missed, that includes Norton which is a big hog of the resources.

    Cons

    Ohly thing I don't like is having to install the Ask tool-bar.

    Summary

    I'd recommend ZoneAlarm to my friends and family, and tell them to remove Ask tool-bar after installation

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  • 5.0 stars

    "My experience with Zonealarm"

    December 28, 2012  |   By jan77751

    Version: ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+Firewall 110.000.018

    Pros

    I have really felt safe with ZoneAlarm . It has found virus's and Quarantined them. I am very impressed with ZoneAlarm and would recommend it to all of my friends.

    Cons

    None that I notice

    Summary

    I would recommend this product to my friends and family

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It's just the best"

    December 28, 2012  |   By zookatooya

    Version: ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+Firewall 110.000.018

    Pros

    I was using ZoneAlarm as beta-tester when Steve Gibson was still "working the kinks out" and even then, never lost control of my data or connection! When Zonealarm Pro came out it was head and shoulders above McAfee, Norton, and all the big names.
    Reports of hacking attempts included enough information to report the thug to their isp!! (which I did)
    If you're going to get stalked online, you may as well have the ability to stalk the stalker!!

    Cons

    As far as the "not very attractive" comment above, pu-leese!!!
    What's NOT ATTRACTIVE is knowing your information has just left the building while you stare at the BSOD!
    Some people just don't get it.

    Summary

    GET IT NOW!

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