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  • 1.0 stars

    "Netbook Users Don't Install It!"

    October 17, 2013  |   By davefarkus

    Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 9.2.106

    Pros

    None for me.

    Cons

    Freezes your Netbook to the point that you almost CANNOT use it. I have a minimum of 8 hours so far trying to uninstall it but can't even do that. Takes forever to boot, forever to shut down and forever for it to accept ANY mouse or keyboard input. Forever to boot to Safe Mode. Awful mess.

    Summary

    That said, I know people who have desktop PC's and it's working very nicely so for me it was just a Netbook issue.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I'm IT technician."

    June 14, 2012  |   By tbvromania

    Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 9.2.106

    Pros

    free, lite, efficiently

    Cons

    Advertising unnecessary.

    Summary

    A firewall helps me more than an antivirus. With the firewall can block the application to connect to the Internet. In many firewalls tested by me, Zone Alarm is the best. It is easy to use, free and very efficiently.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "blocked everything and froze up comp"

    November 6, 2011  |   By McKayS

    Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 9.2.106

    Pros

    used to be great

    Cons

    froze up everything.. could not get into the setting to adjust. running a 2 month old samsung laptop.

    Summary

    was very let down by how after 3 tries it still would not work right

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Conflicts with Norton Antivirus 2012"

    November 4, 2011  |   By TE7

    Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 9.2.106

    Pros

    Worked good for a while with Microsoft Security Essentials, Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.

    Cons

    Switched to Norton Antivirus 2012 and I lost my internet access. Uninstalled Zonealarm firewall and got internet back.

    Summary

    This firewall has conflicts with certain antiviruses. Would not recommend for Windows 7.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Stick with the Standard Firewall"

    October 30, 2011  |   By lukenoot

    Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 9.2.106

    Pros

    Easy download and install.

    It seems like its doing a good job.

    Cons

    You don't need it.

    Leaves leftover files and registry keys on uninstall.

    it's just a fancy interface firewall.

    Blocks websites and cant change your homepage from coduit.

    Summary

    You don't need it.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Blue Screen of Death"

    October 22, 2011  |   By Anotherone773

    Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 9.2.106

    Pros

    Didnt try it long enough to notice any.

    Cons

    Soon as i installed this on Win7, my PC started getting random Blue Screens of Death. It installs 3 different programs. A toolbar, something called conduit, and then ZoneAlarm. It makes the pc run decently slower when opening programs. Even with an i7 CPU and 8 GB of RAM.

    Summary

    Its pretty bad. I uninstalled it because of the random blue screens of death. I hope this fixes the blue screens and i dont have to do more extensive repairs to my pc because of this. This editor that reviewed should be fired.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "very good as it has always been"

    October 21, 2011  |   By earlshaffer

    Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 9.2.106

    Pros

    it always works

    Cons

    does not stop access to sites

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Totally Useless"

    October 13, 2011  |   By Ray_2k

    Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 9.2.106

    Pros

    Dont know any

    Cons

    Can't access internet anymore with Zonealarm

    Summary

    Waste of time

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Absolutely Terrible!"

    October 8, 2011  |   By Madison

    Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 9.2.106

    Pros

    Uninstalled easily and apparently did no lasting damage to registry.

    Cons

    Largely disabled Firefox and IE browsers, making page loading at most sites next to impossible. Lowering security levels did no good.

    Summary

    As a longtime user of Zone Alarm on my old XP machine, I did not hesitate installing this on my new Win 7 computer. It turned out to be a total disaster right from the start, blocking most sites and partially disabling others. After messing with all possible settings, I gave up on it and un-installed. I'll never believe another editor's review on this site. They couldn't possibly give this piece of garbage a positive review if they had actually tested it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Dont use as an UPGRADE!"

    September 23, 2011  |   By VonRenchler

    Version: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 9.2.106

    Pros

    If it didnt clog up, the features would be incredible. I like the learning feature and the ability to control every program.

    Cons

    Oh Lord what a mess. They offer terrible support and wont address it when THOUSANDS suffer from new updates that slow down or crash machines. Everything slowed down..
    Beware their program VSMON thats always alive and slows things down.

    Summary

    WARNING!! If you have a previous version on the computer, go to Zonealarms chat and learn how to totally erase it before loading any new versions/upgrades. The last two times they put out upgrades, THOUSANDS of people were screwed up. Unless ZA erased all that from the chatboards there, you would;d see. It was a frenzy of upset and desperate people all trying to get help.

    Go to ZoneAlarms chatroom and read the horror stories. Wish I had before starting it. It has a feature that gobbles resources. I believe its vsmon. It stays on no matter what, even if you close the program down. You must go through a vastly complicated set of instructions and work not suited for anyone but a programmer to delete older versions before updating or you are in big trouble. My business was shut down for over a week. Their fixes wouldnt work or were hard to understand.

    I had to hire PC experts and even at that only got a final piece of code out after a year. I would like to try the new version but am afraid of it, frankly.

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