ZoneAlarm Free Firewall

ZoneAlarm Free Firewall

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 3469 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    133.052
  • Total Downloads:
    51,188,937
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 13, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    3.24MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,693
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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ZoneAlarm Free Firewall protects your Windows PC from intrusions and online threats. It's easy to use and works alongside your antivirus and other security tools, including many other firewalls. Its Auto-Learn feature conforms to your computer use. After you've allowed your frequently used apps, ZoneAlarm mostly works in the background, only appearing when something changes, like when you install a new program -- or some hacker tries to.

To install ZoneAlarm Free Firewall, you must opt for an IE toolbar and search provider (which keeps ZoneAlarm free of charge), though they uninstall with a click; or (like us) you could simply use a different browser. ZoneAlarm's setup process includes selecting optional AUTO-LEARN and MAX SECURITY modes, and the wizard does a good job of explaining both. When done, ZoneAlarm indicated its status in its system tray icon and a main console that also offered Tools and other features.

But that's just the first step with ZoneAlarm. For a while, its security pop-ups will appear frequently, including the first time you run your programs and when your antivirus and other software updaters try to access the Internet. You can click "Allow" or "Deny," as required, and check a box to have ZoneAlarm remember your choice. After a while, the pop-ups appear less frequently, but don't get lazy and reflexively click "Allow" each time! ZoneAlarm Free Firewall is effective and easy to use.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.8

    out of 11 votes

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    • 4 star 1
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  • All Versions

    3.4

    out of 3469 votes

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    • 4 star 746
    • 3 star 314
    • 2 star 290
    • 1 star 819
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2 stars

"Latest update made ZA very BAD"

March 07, 2015  |  By multi-timm

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 133.052

Pros

it alledgedly improves windows security

Cons

After the latest update, applications started hanging, crashing, failing.
things that should simply work, like a browser, started becoming unreliable.
(Iron, Chrome, Firefox, Maxthon)

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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4 stars

"Still testing it."

March 03, 2015  |  By Batchoy2

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 133.052

Pros

Solid reviews and proven reputation.
Works quietly on the background.
No nagging ads.
Very simple GUI.
It's almost a "plug and play" app.
Works well on Windows 8.1 and no compatibilty issues with Windows Defender.

Cons

The "Privacy Toolbar" feature doesn't support Chrome.

Summary



Updated on Mar 23, 2015

I installed ZA onto my old Win XP system with Panda Antivirus Free and it worked fine.

Now, regularly being used on my Win 8 with the built-in Windows Defender and it works quietly on the background.

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1 stars

"Can Prevent Network Printing W/O Warning"

January 28, 2015  |  By ermannacio

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 133.052

Pros

Seems adequate in its detection

Cons

Can block local network requests, even on a home network, and won't say it did. This means you may suddenly lose the ability to print and not know why. This is a serious trap that may frustrate MANY users.

Summary

Support or replies to this issue have been non-existent. Do you expect support for a free version? Perhaps not but if it blocks normal activity without warning they had better know. This is simply unacceptable.

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5 stars

"Great Software"

January 11, 2015  |  By SAGauthier0000

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 133.052

Pros

Easy to install with custom option.
No computer slow down.
Very reliable and easy to use.

Cons

None so far.

Summary

I would very well recommend this software

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3 stars

"Great, If You Can Handle A Speed Reduction"

January 01, 2015  |  By jasonp82

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 133.052

Pros

Great features
Few popup notifications
Blocks most intrustions
Trusted by many
It's been around a long time...

Cons

Internet browsing speed reduction (Very noticeable)

Summary

After using PC Tools for years, I switched to Comodo's free firewall, and used it for years. I never had any issues with Comodo, and it worked great. Unfortunately, when I upgraded to Win 7, the program would not install correctly and you would wind up in a restart loop which I couldn't fix despite trying many recommended solutions. So it was time to give Zone Alarm another try, as I hadn't in many years.

Zone alarm was easy to install, has a built in list of programs that are generally safe to use (Such as web browsers), so you will receive few popup notifications. Most of the time you don't even know it's down there monitoring, and it seems to be pretty effective. However, I noticed one huge drawback..

After installing (and uninstalling, reinstalling, etc) I noticed a huge performance hit in my internet browsing speed. I was constantly in my task manager trying to see what was going on. The performance hit was not only on my Internet, but with my computer as well. Music would start lagging/skipping, and opening a few tabs in Chrome, for example, would cause an immense amount of memory to be used. The mouse cursor would be sluggish... Through trial and error, I realized it was indeed Zone Alarm.. which is a shame. I would have used it if not for this.

Despite it being a pretty good firewall, especially for the price ($0), I had to uninstall it for good and try another free one. I'm currently exploring PrivateFirewall, which I also downloaded here. So far so good. It's nice to be able to browse with some speed again.

Perhaps this wouldn't be an issue on a brand new computer, though I have a quad core processor with 4GB ram. I don't have any memory/speed issues unless Zonealarm is installed...

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1 stars

"why i tried that WHY??????!!!!!!!!"

December 14, 2014  |  By peter nashaat

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 133.052

Pros

...........................non..................

Cons

Don't even download that it's like pain in ass you can't uninstall it you can't delete it I have tried it just don't waste your time avast or avira or avg are all batter than this chit I told you I have it on my computer and I can't remove it I can't delete it and I tried many uninstallers but it seem like it I stuck with this chit

Summary



Updated on Jan 5, 2015

i finally remove it with file aasaasin

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5 stars

"I've been using Zone Alarm firewall for the last 20 ys"

September 13, 2014  |  By Nickreviews

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 133.052

Pros

I have been using Zone Alarm firewall for the last twenty years, very happy with it. No issues whatsoever.. Thank you Check Point team, Well done.

Cons

None. so simple to use.

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1 stars

"First install of all-in-one free suite and it wants $50"

September 11, 2014  |  By jcadbiz

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 133.052

Pros

ONLY Deceptive - which is better than being murdered or something.

Cons

Criminal behavior - fraudulent. PSYCHOPATHIC BUSINESS MODEL TRIES TO FORCE YOU TO BUY UPGRADE AFTER INSTALLING FREE PRODUCT. THIS MAY BE A NEW "IDEA." BET THEY GET BUSTED FOR IT!

Summary

Dark side element counts on having you install a deep program (roots into the pre-boot pre-windows) of a free product so that you have "bought into" the program (worried you can't / don't want to have to uninstall it. Not to mention 200MB VC++ library download that it installed from MS) Now they simply try and make you pay for a different "product." Psychopathic!
GO TO HELL.

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3 stars

"Over the Years with ZoneAlarn"

August 18, 2014  |  By ONEderer

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 133.052

Pros

Being retired and low income, free Zone Alarm has made it possible for us to keep our computer safe from malicious malware. We are very happy to have had the pleasure of using this product over the years. The software has always run without any problems, and the updates just keep on coming, as needed. With Zone Alarm, we've been able to keep up with the deep-pockets "big-boys". This company is offering a civic service for people who otherwise would have been plagued with Windows incoming malware, which would clog down their machines.

Cons

Hijacking malware in order to install ZA. One is presented with toolbars, search engine, and a pletora of offers that must be declined. It is necessary to click on the "custom" button to have control as to what gets installed into your machine.

Summary

The ZA installation program makes me very happy to being able to use Linux 95% of the time, and avoid such harrassment. It gives us a bad taste to have to deal with such things and Windows. I can only give ZA 3 stars because of the installer program and the malware that comes with it. If ZA would be on the up-and-up like years past, ZA would have gotten 5 stars for the firewall application. That installer has got to go!

It makes one cringe, having to deal with that kind of undesirable being foistered on us, in order to use such a fine firewall/antivirus checker

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5 stars

"Great firewall."

August 16, 2014  |  By smash72

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 133.052

Pros

I haven't had any problems with latest ZA either. Installation went without forcing to install toolbar etc. Just unchecked them before installing. Takes up only 30MB RAM in my machine. Easy to use. No boot delays for me.

Cons

Haven't found anything special to mention.

Summary

Great product. My long time favourite, online armor is my second option. ZA doesn't install anything extra if you don't want it to do that. You can easily skip them. Using ZA with AVG antivirus free 2014 and no problems at all.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 133.052
Version 133.052:
  • Updated: Firewall Driver (security and other fixes)
  • Improved: Localization fixes
  • Improved: Stability and performance enhancements
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 Firewall Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3.24MB
File Name zafwSetupWeb_133_052_000.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 51,188,937
Downloads Last Week 1,693
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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