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ZoneAlarm Free Firewall

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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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    "Avoid - Like the Plague! Will Hose Your System!"

    April 22, 2014  |   By gradofan

    Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 13.0.208

    Pros

    Current Version - NONE Whatsoever!

    Prior Version or 5 yrs ago - Great Firewall, which has since been destroyed!

    Cons

    Slows system way down!

    And... is... Malware! You will not be able to uninstall using the Windows Uninstall app, or even 3rd party app. I even deleted all Checkpoint / ZA entries in Registry, and still couldn't get rid of it. Finally, found a link on Google to the Uninstall App in the ZA forums, which did the trick... but... it also deletes your LAN / Wifi adapter drivers, which you'll have to figure out how to reinstall using system recovery process. Cost me 4 or 5 hours of diagnosing and repairing system!

    Summary

    Garbage! DO NOT... I REPEAT... DO NOT run the risk of installing it! You will pay the price!

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