ZoneAlarm Free Firewall

ZoneAlarm Free Firewall

Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 3464 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    10.1.101
  • Total Downloads:
    51,128,864
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 20, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    3.24MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    2,159
  • Platform:
    Windows
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  • Current Version

    4.2

    out of 125 votes

    • 5 star 89
    • 4 star 13
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 5
    • 1 star 16
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    3.4

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5 stars

"Perfect, the best there is."

June 22, 2012  |  By Albert_Castro

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 10.1.101

Pros

Of all the others ZoneAlarm free firewall has given me no problems, unlike others, and works well with all the other anti virus software I have tried, stopping many thousands of intrusions. I use it on all my PCs, and have done for years ever since I heard about it from a friend. I feel safe with it, and in my view, if something works well and does what it claims, then why change, and take risks with something you don't know or trust. I can't fault it in any way, and wouldn't change. It's free, and out performs anything you would pay for.

Cons

Never found any in all the years I've been using it.

Summary

Why use any other firewall when you have the best there is.

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5 stars

"Probably still the best firewall out there."

June 19, 2012  |  By Zaphod_Breeblebrox

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 10.1.101

Pros

Rock solid "program authority" protection.
Has only crashed once in many years of use.
Product has never "leaked".
Have used for over 10 years with nary a problem.

Cons

As with most things, there is no such things as a free lunch, this product is now adware, plain and simple. It used to be free, without ads, but bean counters have a way of destroying utopia. At least the ads are usually only once per session, and easily dismissed, with no "accidental click trickery". They also tend to stick with high quality advertisers, if not themselves.

Summary

As most of my friends know, I do not recommend comprehensive Antivirus, Anti Spyware, & Firewall applications. I like to keep these separate, so if part of the system protection fails, there are usually 2 other parts monitoring, and able to respond to an incipient infection. Any product that combines 2 or more of these functions is asking for a single exploit to totally open the whole system to a hostile takeover.

Zone Alarm Free fills the firewall niche nicely with it's unswerving protection, advanced "identd" port handling, and it's innovative, novel, but still best "program authority" firewall rules. When Zone Alarm came into being, it was the only product to offer this... All other products would just either close or open ports, and any process could then use those ports for good, or evil. Zone Alarm was the first product to realize that not every program should be given full network privileges, and still is the best at it.

So when I need to choose a product to do the job of a firewall, and only the job of a firewall, the clear choice is still Zone Alarm.

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5 stars

"Been using ZoneAlarm for Years. Highly Recommend!"

June 19, 2012  |  By sahana64

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 10.1.101

Pros

I have been using ZoneAlarm for years and trust this program. It guards my computer from unwanted installations and monitors internet traffic both coming and going. Securing your computer with a good firewall and anti-virus is a must if you do online banking/purchasing and it save guards your computer against harmful websites. Thank you ZoneAlarm!

Cons

There are no cons :-)

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5 stars

"Be wise, protect your computer"

June 19, 2012  |  By Yangli_Mck

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 10.1.101

Pros

Nowdays, our computer is not safe as use to be, so many pretending advertisedment trying to sales their product but when you agree and click their website Boom! there you go! hacking your system.For my experience Zone alarm can help you out this problem. great job Zonealarm!

Cons

No worries of your virous protection.

Summary

For my experience Zone alarm can help you out this problem. great job Zonealarm!

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5 stars

"Recommended to all PC users"

June 18, 2012  |  By MichaelSSEC

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 10.1.101

Pros

Efficient, stable, works and plays well with others, and superior security in a FREE firewall.

Cons

Occasionally prompts you to upgrade to the commercial version.

Summary

As a tech support professional for a global company, whenever I am asked by clients to recommend a good firewall, the product I talk about is always Zone Alarm. Unlike other products, such as Norton, Zone Alarm does the job without massive bloat and incompatibilities. It just sits there quietly doing its job. No fanfare, no system-crashing lockups, no nonsense. It works and plays well with others while delivery more than adequate security for the average user. Every PC in America should be using Zone Alarm.

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5 stars

"Awesome Freeness that Lasts"

June 18, 2012  |  By leighlynn

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 10.1.101

Pros

Free software that has lasting positive effects on the system.
Blocks suspicious outbound traffic. I have also experienced the diverting away from websites with suspicious content.

Cons

Attempt to get you to purchase the premium version.

Summary

This software is one of the best free firewall software that I have used. It is conscientious to your routines and knows what to ask about and what not to. It will ask permission for a known program to visit the internet, if you haven't personally activated the program. Any unknown programs trying to access the internet, it immediately pops up and asks you whether to allow the software or not. I am always in and out of new software since I do Help Desk and hardware and software troubleshooting. I also build websites using a variety of relatively new websites and new resources. While searching for these resources I have at times wondered into some strange territory which Zone Alarm is quick on the draw to divert me away from. As a "computer geek" I am always on the internet and always experimenting with software. Zone Alarm keeps me safe on and of the web.

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5 stars

"most secure firewall"

June 18, 2012  |  By stevelupotki

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 10.1.101

Pros

ZoneAlarm was recommended to me by grc.com. Their review is more thorough, but the bottom line is that ZoneAlarm checks for programs already on your computer that try to send information OUT. You may install these without knowing it, either from an email or malware or a malicious website, but ZoneAlarm will detect any OUTBOUND attempts and alert you imediately.

Cons

sometimes they try to get you to upgrade to their paid Full Security suite

Summary

free and better protection

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5 stars

"Elegant, simple, complete for the average user"

June 18, 2012  |  By lopati

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 10.1.101

Pros

Easy to use and it does everything needed, even the default settings on windows programs can be over ridden - no more "just because it's from MS it's OK" can be acomplished because even MS programs send and receive info when it's absolutely not neccesary and should not be accepted.

Cons

I'll admit I've not upgraded from v92_106, the later versions undo some of the cons I've suggested (in some sort of attempt to dumb it down for the idiots that don't know what the are doing?)

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5 stars

"Better Protection Than From Ones You Pay For"

June 18, 2012  |  By Filhill

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 10.1.101

Pros

Zonealarm updates regularly and inobtrusively. It works in the background without fuss and can be relied on. Other alternatives become out of date or require upgrades. Zonealarm seems to be well supported and therefore is quick to cover new threats. I use AVAST antivirus for similar reasons and they work well together.

Cons

None. Never failed in 10 years

Summary

Forget the others, this is the best for so many reasons

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5 stars

"Flawless, worry free"

June 16, 2012  |  By SHAMUSHUFFLE

 |  Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 10.1.101

Pros

I've been using ZoneAlarm for 8 years. I've never had a problem. No intrusions, no viruses, no emergencies that required me to shut down.

Cons

worry free, no cons

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 10.1.101
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 March 20, 2012
Date Added March 20, 2012
Version 10.1.101
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Firewall Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3.24MB
File Name zafwSetupWeb_133_052_000.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 51,128,864
Downloads Last Week 2,159
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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