ZoneAlarm Free Firewall

ZoneAlarm Free Firewall

Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 3473 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    10.1.079
  • Total Downloads:
    51,197,661
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 28, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    3.24MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,591
  • Platform:
    Windows
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  • Current Version

    1.8

    out of 26 votes

    • 5 star 2
    • 4 star 3
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 18
  • All Versions

    3.4

    out of 3473 votes

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    • 4 star 746
    • 3 star 314
    • 2 star 291
    • 1 star 822
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4 stars

"What the hell is the fuss about?"

January 20, 2012  |  By The1980

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 10.1.079

Pros

Passed all online security tests I found and a leaktest from grc.com.
Application control can be set to auto or manual.
The amount of alerts can be controlled. It logs everything if set accordingly.
It has online and offline help.
New good looking icon.

Cons

Interface is a bit too simple for my taste.
Doesnt have an offline installer.

Summary

At first I was reluctant to try it out because of all the negative reviews, I'm glad I installed it cause there is nothing wrong with it. It works fine in my win7, 64bit. In fact, it is better than the previous version, it is now bugless. I cannot speak for XP and Vista users. As for performance, I dont notice any slowdowns with my system or internet connectivity (i5 core/4Gb RAM).

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5 stars

"Huh? Wassamatta U?"

March 11, 2012  |  By leonpurvis

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 10.1.079

Pros

Works fine on my Dell laptop with Win 7. No installation problems whatsoever. No operation problems. Great product.

Cons

None that I can detect. Some people have problems tying their shoes.

Summary

Try it. You might like it.

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2 stars

"NO real support Gave up 3 Yrs ago. Not very impressive."

March 06, 2012  |  By slider710

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 10.1.079

Pros

Didn,t see anything that really impressed me.

Cons

Doesn't seem to learn at all. The graphics are simple, unimpressive, and not very professional looking. Nothing like old "Free Version" I had several years ago...

Summary

Not impressed with free version... Period!!

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1 stars

"WARNING:Anti-humans program"

March 06, 2012  |  By why-bother

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 10.1.079

Pros

nothing at all

Cons

my system is windows XP SP3
1-after booting the pc it works fine until my pc is idle then it hogs all system resources (search google for vsmon.exe)
2-when described my problem to zonealarm forums ,the employee and the fanboys started attacking me and blaming the problem on my pc and ignoring the real issue which a very big percent of users suffer from .
3-the features which were the real reason for this product to be the best product in firewall apps is now removed due to ignorance of the company .
4-Not user friendly at all ,it took me like half an hour to just prevent one certain program from accessing the internet .

Summary

I've been very loyal to ZoneAlarm and i always advised my friends to use it but now i've lost my faith in this product .I think its true that "Nothing last forever" .If you want to suffer then be my guest and install this software ,but remember you will blame yourself after that .

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1 stars

"ZoneAlarm free v10.1.079 will not allow XP to Bootup."

March 05, 2012  |  By poppersarm

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 10.1.079

Pros

Never had any problem with older versions. Been using zonealarm free for several years. Now I'm done with it. Ill find another firewall.

Cons

Installed on Windows XP SP3 On the reboot, system started to load then locked up. Tried reboot several times. Still no luck. Could not uninstall when i booted into safe mode. Finally opened Window Explorer (while in safe mode) and manually deleted all zone alarm folders. Then I dumped the trash can. Then I rebooted into windows normally. XP loaded ok. Ive used zonealarm free for years but I will not use again unless it gets fixed.

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1 stars

"What the heck is wrong with ZA"

February 24, 2012  |  By steppinstones

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 10.1.079

Pros

None. Didn't work

Cons

Have just reinstalled zone alarm on a windows 7 computer. I didn't heed the warnings from the reviews on here. I have used ZA for many years and have always found it a great program to have, but this time it didn't show up as installed. However for some reason it completely seized my computer up. Nothing would work. Restarted computer a number of times. Couldn't remove it in safe mode. Did a system restore, and computer now working. Now not in the mood to install again, in case the same problems should occur. Will check back here to see if anyone had these problems, and if these issues get resolved. Shame, it has always been a good program. The only other time I've had a problem was when a version wouldn't install in vista. They fixed that, hopefully they will this.

Summary

From my most recent experience - be warned, and as another reviewer said - Set a Restore Point before chancing installing this version of ZA.

Updated on Feb 24, 2012

Ps: Correction... I installed on windows XP professional, not windows 7.

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1 stars

"JUNK! Don't waste your time."

February 23, 2012  |  By CNetSUcksToo

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 10.1.079

Pros

None. Based on the installation failure, I'm glad it didn't install.

Cons

I've been using Zone Alarm since 2001(?), v 4.5. Always praised it, installed it on all the machines I maintained.

Never again. TOTAL CRAP!!!!!

Go to GRC.com to research an alternative.

Summary

Will not complete the install. Hooks an MS Update that fails, bombs, trys to restart and fails. If you insist on trying it, SET A RESTORE POINT!!!

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1 stars

"Where are the good features from the old software?"

February 23, 2012  |  By on3solution

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 10.1.079

Pros

Looks nice but i dont know if thats what i wanted.

Cons

Like the other user said. Where is the TRAFFIC MONITOR????

Summary

Missing the features that got ZoneAlarm to the king of the firewall. So sad :(

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5 stars

"As usual excellent product, more so since it's free"

February 22, 2012  |  By onefussyone

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 10.1.079

Pros

Easy install, easy use, gotten better with age. Even works well with my old Dell desktop with only 512mb of ram, and seamlessly with my 2 newer laptops.

Cons

None with this version...last version conflicted with WSE on Win7.

Summary

Seems like all the one star reviews are from someone who has a bone to pick with this company. Perhaps he or she should get a life, or a newer more capable machine, or anger management counseling.
This software doesn't have 50 million downloads because it doesn't work well. Doh

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1 stars

"Don't forget the master password! If you even set it."

February 13, 2012  |  By GAmadeus

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 10.1.079

Pros

No pros...

Cons

1. I was prompted to enter a password after joining a friends wireless network.
2. I never gave it a password, so there was no way for me to know the password. So I tried my admin password. No. The only other passwords it could be. No. Gave up on that and decided maybe it wouldn't matter.
3. Tried registering a freeware program that had to connect through the internet, in order to allow the program I needed the password that I did not have.
4. Got extremely annoyed with ZoneAlarm and tried to Uninstall the application, but once again I did not have the cursed password.
5. Googled how to uninstall ZoneAlarm on Windows XP for an hour, got no where and became even more annoyed. I keep finding instructions telling me to go into the "Internet Logs" folder, which does not exist on Windows XP.
6. Gave up on life. Password Requested.

Summary

Using Windows XP (SP3)

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1 stars

"Runs CPU at max."

February 07, 2012  |  By nephosis

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 10.1.079

Pros

Somewhat easy to use, simple interface. Easy to set up, easy to install. Stable, doesn't crash.

Cons

It runs several process that hog CPU and RAM, with names which do not identify themselves as part of ZoneAlarm, forcing the curious user to do a search on these mysterious processes. Processes like ForceField.exe (14 MB of ram), vsmon.exe (76 MB of ram, and 100% CPU). The only process actually named ZA for zonealarm is zatray.exe and it is a mere 5 MB. It's almost like they gave the hogs mysterious names to throw you off while making it appear as if ZA is super tiny.

The CPU runs at 100% anytime there is any network traffic. The over-simplified interface doesn't allow for much in the way of settings or options to try and address these kinds of problems.

Summary

I will be replacing this software immediately.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 10.1.079
Version 10.1.079 includes the following improvements:
    New user-friendly design:
    • Easy for all levels of users
    • Confirms protection at a glance
    • Indicates security components you have and do not have
    New Installer:
    • Makes securing your computer faster and easier than ever.
    • New Quick install reduces time to get started
    • Web installer also shortens and simplifies entire download and install time

    Enhanced Cloud Security: Continued growth of DefenseNet, the 3rd generation cloud technology that detects 50,000 - 75,000 new applications every day to improve firewall protection and make it work quietly and automatically.
General
Publisher ZoneAlarm
Publisher web site http://www.zonealarm.com/
Release Date December 27, 2011
Date Added December 28, 2011
Version 10.1.079
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Firewall Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3.24MB
File Name zafwSetupWeb_133_209_000.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 51,197,661
Downloads Last Week 1,591
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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