ZoneAlarm Free Firewall

ZoneAlarm Free Firewall

Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 3461 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
133.052
File Size:
3.24MB
Date Added:
August 13, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
51,119,564
Downloads Last Week:
2,349
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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  • All Versions:

    3.4

    out of 3461 votes

    • 5 star: 1298
    • 4 star: 745
    • 3 star: 313
    • 2 star: 289
    • 1 star: 816
  • Current Version:

    3.0

    out of 3 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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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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  • 1 stars

    "From best to bloatware that installs malware"

    August 15, 2014   |   By jonnyoda

    Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 133.052

    Pros

    Appears to still work. Although it was stuck on install at 55% for 7 minutes.. nearly gave up on it.

    Cons

    Installs Search Protect despite my clicking to bypass. Thanks for the MALWARE that you are supposed to help protect against ZoneLabs!!! ***??
    The downloader is the size Zonealarm to be... Now its a 44GB d/l.

    Summary

    Look elsewhere

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