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ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+Firewall

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 359 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    133.052
  • Total Downloads:
    755,323
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 13, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    3.24MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,911
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.7

    out of 11 votes

    • 5 star 2
    • 4 star 1
    • 3 star 3
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 3
  • All Versions

    4.3

    out of 359 votes

    • 5 star 252
    • 4 star 44
    • 3 star 18
    • 2 star 11
    • 1 star 34
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3 stars

"not best but ok"

June 28, 2015  |  By adrin.sc

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+Firewall 133.052

Pros

have both antivirus and fire wall whit kaspersky database defention

Cons

free version consist of very lowest feature compare from pro version.
israeli company that maybe spy your important data

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1 stars

"No Customer Service"

April 15, 2015  |  By nomad103

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+Firewall 133.052

Pros

None: Won't install.

Cons

I'm using Windows 7 and running the install as administrator. Won't install, keep getting error message #1619, which makes no sense. Can't contact support unless I phone or send a snail mail.

Summary

Don't waste your time with this app.

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3 stars

"WAS A GOOD SUITE, NOT NOW."

March 18, 2015  |  By QuentinTarantino

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+Firewall 133.052

Pros

Great security.
Set and forget.
Does the job well, but................................

Cons

For months I have been having issues with my laptop getting sluggish, I mean some pages taking an age to open. Tried a re install of my Malwarebytes, updated Shockwave player ,Adobe reader etc etc etc.
Little did I know it was ZoneAlarm, besides the high CPU use, it was the culprit for slowing down my laptop. I uninstalled it, went back to Comodo. My laptop is fast again. I never thought for once it would be Zone Alarm.(CheckPoint)

Summary

Good all round security, but made my laptop crawl.

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2 stars

"New edition is VERY problematic, adds spy toolbar"

March 07, 2015  |  By multi-timm

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+Firewall 133.052

Pros

ZoneAlarm was the safe go-to free of charge choice for increasing windows security.
But with the changes, they are becoming more and more permissive into having it approach adware status, although it's in a grey zone and doesn't quite cross that fine line.

Cons

Forced Toolbar installation.
Browsers start hanging and/or crashing after this latest install.

Summary

I thought firewall software is supposed to be on your side, helping you get rid of unwanted spyware and toolbars (that fall into this category), but now, you can't get zonealarm without a spy toolbar!
After installing this latest version, things stopped working. Maxthon was hanging and crashing, Iron & Chrome started stalling, Firefox started hanging.
I'm uninstalling this, and going back to Windows' built-in firewall and taking a closer look at TinyWall and PersonalFirewall, and maybe the Ashampoo Firewall... all good alternate choices. I've tried Comodo in the past but it seemed rather resource-hungry.

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3 stars

"Trusted, but some performance issues"

February 12, 2015  |  By kevinwc11

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+Firewall 133.052

Pros

We installed it on two of our XP machines when MS stopped supporting Security Essentials for XP. The changeover went well, and security seemed very good.
Didn't seem to be too intrusive...
Probably better on a faster PC

Cons

Overall system perfomance seemed to decrease some, but it was tollerable.
My main problem with ZoneAlarm was their removable media scans slowed progress to a crawl when using CDs or Floppy disks.

Summary

I would rate it as "above average".

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4 stars

"Some difficulties lately so I replaced it with AVAST"

January 25, 2015  |  By kaycey

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+Firewall 133.052

Pros

ZoneAlarm had been my trusted anti virus and firewall for years. It is always working in the background non-intrusively.

Cons

However nowadays I need to manually update the anti virus. Lately when I do that the update fails to download. I tried it for several days but without success.

Also a default setting in its firewall for trusted local network was set to high or medium. This caused a shared printer to be unavailable. It took me days of tweaking before I found out this default setting in ZoneAlarm was causing the problem.

Since it is a trusted local network the default setting should be minimal or none. The Windows settings - which is of course can be confusing - should do. Users just got to be careful not to share via Windows a file path to "Everyone" if you are going to use the laptop in a public area. Very risky to do that.

Because of these issues I decided to uninstall ZoneAlarm but without success. I had to download and run a new installation. After that I was able to uninstall it.

Summary

I have replaced ZoneAlarm with Avast. Hope the latter will work better.

Updated on Feb 1, 2015

The recent version of ZoneAlarm caused my old HP laptop running on XP to keep rebooting. At first I thought it was hardware failure; then I found a program VSMON.EXE running in Task Manager taking up 300,000 Kb of memory. I found out that VSMON.EXE is a ZoneAlarm program and it is considered a threat by some reviewers.

After uninstalling ZoneAlarm, my old faithful laptop continues to work without any problem.

As for Avast which I have tried on a new laptop, it is too intrusive, marking a safe exe file from a printer driver as a virus. When you download an exe file from the Internet, it also blocks it without giving you a choice.

Now I use Panda anti-virus. Hope to report on this one. Reviews like this should help developers improve on their software.

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5 stars

"Zonealarm will rescue you when other products fail."

January 10, 2015  |  By kennygo2

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+Firewall 133.052

Pros

About 10 years ago I liked Norton Internet Security Suite to protect my internet experience. After reviewing heavily products to use I decided on Norton as many people did. About 5 months into using Norton a bubble message popped up saying it found a virus. I thought "Oh good it caught it", however 2 seconds later the program hanged. My computer and internet still functioned but my internet suite was completely disabled. I did not want to reboot while a virus further imbedded itself in my software so I downloaded a free version of Zonealarm which I remembered reviewing. Within seconds of installing Zonealarm it pointed out the virus to me and eliminated it completely. I have been using Zonealarm's Internet Security Suite ever since.

Cons

Zonealarm can get technical is what causes some bad reviews.

Summary

If you are unconvinced try Ultimate 7 Suite for a week, then install Zonealarm and watch everything Ultimate missed in just a week.

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1 stars

"***SPYWARE ALERT***"

December 18, 2014  |  By Paulleewogg

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+Firewall 133.052

Pros

None. I did not get to test this out as I refused to let ZoneAlarm hijack my homepage or search engine, which is MANDATORY if you wish to install it

Cons

This software requires you relinquish your preferred search engine and homepage to whatever ZoneAlarm wishes you to have. This strikes me as something an antivirus should be protecting against, not promoting. I did not click on "Quick Install" as I prefer to read what exactly it is that someone else wishes me to get into. When you click on "custom install", you get to see that they wish to hijack your computer in order to give you supposedly free antivirus that's supposed to stop entities other than yourself from hijacking your computer. Seems like a very Orwellian piece of software (aka, POS)

Summary

Any program that wishes to take control of my home page and preferred search engine is spyware/malware, IMHO. As such, I would advise readers to continue on to another free antivirus. I would also advise DO NOT CLICK ON "QUICK iNSTALL" !!! Read what your getting into. Click on "CUSTOM INSTALL", if you must.

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5 stars

"Just the greatest free security software!"

October 13, 2014  |  By D1A4

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+Firewall 133.052

Pros

1.Free
2.Reliable
3.Great firewall
4.Kaspersky AV engine

Cons

I need more options

Summary

It's just the greatest free security software on the market, and I've tried many. And yes, Comodo too.

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2 stars

"incompatible"

September 25, 2014  |  By danakabradpitt

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+Firewall 133.052

Pros

I cannot think of any.

Cons

I am running windows 8.1 and when I tried to install the paid firewall standalone , it was so incompatible with anything else I had to get it off as quick as I could. That just tells me there is a bit of issues with these guys.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 133.052
Version 133.052 enhances the antivirus protection
General
Publisher ZoneAlarm
Publisher web site http://www.zonealarm.com/
Release Date August 06, 2014
Date Added August 13, 2014
Version 133.052
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3.24MB
File Name zaSetupWeb_133_052_000.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 755,323
Downloads Last Week 1,911
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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