ZoneAlarm Pro

ZoneAlarm Pro

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 293 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
6.5.722
File Size:
37.97MB
Date Added:
June 16, 2006
Price:
Free to try (15-day trial); $39.95 to buy
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP
Total Downloads:
1,784,707
Downloads Last Week:
43
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Windows 2000/XP

Editors' review

Along with its effective and easy-to-use firewall and additional security features, this new version of ZoneAlarm Pro brings mostly solid antispyware protection to the table. ZoneAlarm Pro makes configuring a firewall, which sounds like a daunting task for the majority of computer users, incredibly easy with the included wizard. Maintaining and updating settings also is a snap when you're using the application's stylish interface and its simple slider controls. The app now boasts an ultrasecure triple-layer firewall, which safeguards your machine's OS and Registry. Experts will appreciate options that let them set up custom rules. The program's Zones feature also allows you to assign different security levels for a local network and the Internet. We found ZoneAlarm Pro very good at recognizing and automatically including settings for our local network. In all our tests, the firewall guarded against all external and internal threats it encountered.

ZoneAlarm Pro includes a cookie cleaner, an ad blocker, a pop-up stopper, and new antispyware tools. Happily, the app offers both real-time protection against malware as well as a scanning engine. In our tests, spyware scans were blisteringly fast and almost always accurate, though ZoneAlarm Pro did leave a few minor traces that some dedicated utilities removed. The real-time module also fared pretty well, but we wish it offered more information on potential threats from directly within the program. Elsewhere, we like the configuration options for the privacy-protection features, which let you individually apply settings to different Web sites. The ID Lock feature, which lets users specify what information the firewall should prevent from being sent out via the Web or e-mail, also is a nice touch. With a tougher firewall and the addition of antispyware tools, this excellent program just keeps improving.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.5

    out of 293 votes

    • 5 star: 124
    • 4 star: 52
    • 3 star: 28
    • 2 star: 26
    • 1 star: 63
  • Current Version:

    4.0

    out of 59 votes

    • 5 star: 26
    • 4 star: 19
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 4
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    "Does whomever designed this still have the job?"

    January 28, 2013   |   By winn23

    Version: ZoneAlarm Pro Firewall 110.000.038

    Pros

    I can't think of anything.

    Cons

    This is the worst interface design I have ever seen. With all the wasted space and scrolling and multiclicking required to manage this
    mess, it appears designed by some amatuer.WHY DON'T they put the information on the screen instead of forcing you to SCROLL or drop down context menus for it. The lack of gridlines causes lots of wasted time scrolling back and forth to verify that you are tick/unticking the correct thing. The design is bland and uninteresting, like someone sucked the life out of it==which is exactly what trying to use this version will do to you.

    Summary

    So disappointing! What are they thinking??
    If the top managers of Checkpoint were forced to use this, heads would roll...then again, maybe they are the designers.

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