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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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  • All versions:

    4.4 stars

    out of 345 votes

    • 5 star: 248
    • 4 star: 43
    • 3 star: 15
    • 2 star: 9
    • 1 star: 30
  • Current version:

    4.2 stars

    out of 17 votes

    • 5 star: 11
    • 4 star: 3
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Some issues, but otherwise great!"

    January 29, 2013  |   By ManekiNeko666

    Version: ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+Firewall 110.000.038

    Pros

    Works as advertised, free... Can't beat that!

    Cons

    The only problems I've had is when Zone Alarm AntiVirus detects aspects of Quickbooks 2010 as possible malware. I keep reporting it and keep telling the program to ignore these files, but they still show up every few days, when the system is scanned.

    Summary

    I would highly recommend this software to others and have personally installed it on numerous systems of friends who use me as their IT Department.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Epic antivirus"

    January 29, 2013  |   By antivirus_dude

    Version: ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+Firewall 110.000.038

    Pros

    game mode
    detects most virus's
    online protection
    lots of options
    fast full time protection
    online back up

    Cons

    nothing besides you need to buy there tune up.

    Summary

    Best free antivirus. Fast does not not slow down performance and updated to find all virus. Plus a firewall!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "THE BEST FREE SOFTWARE I HAVE EVER USED"

    January 28, 2013  |   By david_mhambi

    Version: ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+Firewall 110.000.038

    Pros

    Since I a friend received viral emails from me, he referred me to Zone Alarm and hence from the day I installed it I have never had a serious virus problem or any sort of complaint from people who are in my address book.

    Cons

    THERE WAS SOME CLASHES WITH AVG THE SECURITY SOFTWARE I WAS USING AT THE BEGINING

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Effective AV and Firewall"

    January 27, 2013  |   By Nachtengel84

    Version: ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+Firewall 110.000.038

    Pros

    I use ZA to keep my system clean from viruses and hackers. Coupled with other programs that I use in Firefox, my system has been completely clean for over a year. I would definitely recommend ZA for its effectiveness and due to the fact that it is not a memory hog as compared to other AV programs.

    Cons

    I have no complaints in regards to this program.

    Summary

    I have not experienced any problems with the system that I have and ZA. I run my OS on a SSD and my AV and browsers from a HDD with 16 GB memory coupled with a 3.22 GHz dual-core processor. I do not know how tZA performs on systems below these specifications.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "No.1 for me."

    January 26, 2013  |   By LucilleSmith

    Version: ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+Firewall 110.000.038

    Pros

    Have used ZoneAlarm since 2000 and never had a problem .. have recommended it to many and they now use it too.

    Cons

    no cons what so ever in my 13 years experience.

    Summary

    The Best in my opinion.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Helps keep everything your computer does under control."

    January 26, 2013  |   By Aftershk1

    Version: ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+Firewall 110.000.038

    Pros

    Anything that tries to access my networks, or even run files by itself, Zonealarm warns me about, and it's saved me from many a malware attack over the years by letting me know about some hidden program that downloaded itself trying to launch & access the Internet, allowing me to investigate it and remove the offending program before it could try again (while Zonealarm thwarted it from accessing anything to begin with). The free antivirus is just icing on the cake.

    Cons

    Can sometimes cause issues when a game updates, with the Allow or Deny window for the updated program's attempt to access the network popping up underneath the full-screen game, making you have to hunt blindly for the Allow prompt. However, that's more my fault than Zonealarm, as they do have the Game Mode for that very reason, if I can ever remember to turn it on when appropriate. :P

    Summary

    I've used Zonealarm for a long time, since before it added firewall capability, and I've always enjoyed the added security it gives me in addition to the hardware firewall presented by my router. I suggest an installation of Zonealarm on every computer.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best Firewall as always, and Now works even better!"

    January 25, 2013  |   By netzone101

    Version: ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+Firewall 110.000.038

    Pros

    Works perfect with vista!

    Cons

    None that I see

    Summary

    Been using them for years, and this version works the best yet.
    Don't worry about people who had a problem. If you download this into a PC that is a mess, what do you expect? Some people have multiple problems, and blame the software, when it is their PC mess. I would be scared to use anything else...

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent service a Super site"

    January 25, 2013  |   By valzart

    Version: ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+Firewall 110.000.038

    Pros

    Works with all my browsers safely and securely and I can't fault it, and they make me feel so safe surfing.

    Cons

    It can slow down my internet and it has too many pop ups!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great little, security program."

    January 24, 2013  |   By xXIDOLHANDZXx

    Version: ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+Firewall 110.000.038

    Pros

    Great protection, no viruses make it to my hard drive.
    Game mode is an awesome feature.
    Scanning is super easy.

    Cons

    Interface needs some improvements.
    Sometimes crashes.
    Can be slow on some computers.

    Summary

    With the pros and cons aside, this is overall a must have for busy individuals and gamers alike.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Zonealarm means NO HARM"

    January 22, 2013  |   By ceesboog

    Version: ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+Firewall 110.000.038

    Pros

    even found some malware avira didn't.

    Cons

    On some computers it may slow down operation

    Summary

    Sceptic at first, use Antivir (Avira) since 1998 as antivirus, I've tried on one of my computers this combo for first time ever, and am pleased with it, even found some malware avira didn't.

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