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ZoneAlarm Security Suite

CNET Editors' review

Along with its effective and easy-to-use firewall and additional security features, this new version of ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite revamps the mostly solid antispyware protection introduced in the last release.

ZoneAlarm's wizard makes firewall configuration and maintanence incredibly easy, with a stylish interface and simple slider controls. The app boasts an ultrasecure triple-layer firewall and experts will appreciate the customizing options. The Zones feature allows you to assign different security levels for local networks and the Internet. The program was very good at automatically including our local network settings and auto-detected wireless machines. In all our tests, the firewall held strong against all threats it encountered.

The suite also includes an antivirus scanner, a cookie cleaner, ad and pop-up blockers and new antispwyare 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 some minor traces were left behind. The real-time module could have offered more information from directly within the program on potential threats.

Other features include Web site-specific protections, an ID Lock for personal information and a configurable site-blocking content filter. Security Suite also incorporates the company's IMSecurity program, which protects instant-messaging programs from spam and encrypts messages (so long as the person on the other end also is using IMSecurity). Users looking for one solution to almost all their Internet-security concerns can turn to ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.5 stars

    out of 743 votes

    • 5 star: 317
    • 4 star: 128
    • 3 star: 71
    • 2 star: 83
    • 1 star: 144
  • Current version:

    3.3 stars

    out of 81 votes

    • 5 star: 23
    • 4 star: 20
    • 3 star: 10
    • 2 star: 11
    • 1 star: 17
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  • 5.0 stars

    "One of the best"

    November 27, 2008  |   By stanjam

    Version: ZoneAlarm Security Suite 7

    Pros

    I have tested a few of these "security suites" over the years. I also happen to have a Masters degree in Information Assurance (computer and network security). This is an excellent product for the price.

    Cons

    Adware scanner could be better, and the scans do take a long time to complete. As with any security solution, the more it can add little annoyances (pop ups) and slow down your system (if you have an older system). This is true of any good security

    Summary

    I teach and do security for a living. This is what I use when I use Windows. Short of buying an expensive enterprise level security solution, this is one of the best. I have found that many people who get annoyed with this system are usually doing something they thought wasn't unsafe, but actually were, and ZoneAlarm was actually trying to protect them! ZoneAlarm also makes a secure router. If you are serious about your security, take a look at it. I have one and love it!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Saved my computer from win32"

    January 13, 2008  |   By starchoque

    Version: ZoneAlarm Security Suite 7

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  • 2.0 stars

    "It was once a great Firewall, now its gone downhill"

    January 13, 2008  |   By Teresa of the Faint Smile

    Version: ZoneAlarm Security Suite 7

    Pros

    I originally bought this in 2006 and loved it. It has everything you need, AntiVirus, Antispy, spy site blocking, email, firewall, complete control of programs, and even more. It used to catch things that every other program I had didn't, and even the stuff they did, ZA also caught. But then Security Suite 7 came out.

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    Start of what I don't like,

    I have never had more problems with the security suite as I do with version 7. Ever since I downloaded it, I have had nothing but problems. I noticed that some programs if I kill them, that is make them so they can't start, when I start my computer and check, they have full access to everything. The Antivirus and Antispyware scans never finish. They never get past 7%, in fact, when I hit skip, it freezes ZA, then when I restart it, it auto starts the scanning again. Even if I tell it not to. I also noticed that with ZA, I can't get my wireless network to work right. I can make the computers share internet, but I can't do file sharing because its blocked. Even with every thing shut off, it won't work. But, if its not running, everything works just fine.

    Cons

    I also noticed that if I let it auto choose what it wants to allow on the internet, it allows things I don't want, and blocks things I do want. So basically I have to have it on maximum, then go back after I do something new and change all the settings, and so on. And this is probably me, because I don't like Microsoft knowing everything I do, so I block things like Media Player, WGA, Outlook Express from accessing the internet. In fact, I killed WGA, but it pops up every 20 seconds sayings its blocked, and I can't change that like before.

    Basically, ZA : SS 7 is not something I would recommend. I am currently trying to find a new Firewall that will protect better. Now in all fairness, it does hide your computer really well. I did test it, all the ports, and everything is invisible. I have found no leaks or anything. But, the problems I am having with it, even with a fresh install of windows and ZA, is not worth it.

    Oh, I also forgot to mention that it is a resource hog. In ZA SS 7 they added different virus or spyware, I forget which, but its Kerpelsky, and now theirs extra processes running called, "Scanning Proccess.exe", then the normal ZAClient and Vsmon run still. All in all, these run at over 100,000 just on starting. I left my computer on for 2 days, and they were at almost 500,000 together, while every other process was still low.

    Also, it likes to load after everything else has loaded on startup. I don't know why, I assume cause its so big. Sometimes it takes 30 seconds to load after every things loaded. And I don't have a weak computer, I have a dual core 3.0ghz, and 4gb of patriot ram, so to have it load as if I have a Pentium 2 with 32mb of ram, its not acceptable. And this is the only program I have trouble with, everything else runs fine.

    There also is no rouge programs or things in it. Version 7 was just written poorly.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent Security Suite"

    January 7, 2008  |   By drezjohnson

    Version: ZoneAlarm Security Suite 7

    Pros

    Zone Alarm has a smooth interface which is very easy on the eyes so that the features are not hard to find. Its simplicity also makes it fairly easy for even the most inexperienced user to learn. The anti virus protection is also excellent. I have used it with my notebook for 2 to 3 years now and it always catches viruses before they have a chance to do any damage. The auto learn feature is also a nice touch as it cuts down on the amount of notifications. The email protection is also a great feature if you use Outlook or other clients. It scans all incoming mail for viruses and also automatically detects and archives junk mail.

    Cons

    Athough pretty good, the spyware feature could be improved. I have tried other spyware programs and have found that Zone Alarm occassionally misses some spyware. Also I have noticed that not all features are available for Windows Vista which is a little annoying but expect this to be fixed in the near future.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "good"

    January 7, 2008  |   By gfulford78

    Version: ZoneAlarm Security Suite 7

    Pros

    every thing

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Anti-Virus Available"

    January 6, 2008  |   By Schilling34

    Version: ZoneAlarm Security Suite 7

    Pros

    I use on all my machines and have for several years. It stops ALL attacks including local home networks. After getting a virus that crashed both systems at home on a network (I was running McAfee), I switched to Zone Alarm and haven't looked back.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "sucks"

    January 6, 2008  |   By hotballs30

    Version: ZoneAlarm Security Suite 7

    Pros

    good scanning anti virus and alrite

    Cons

    system lag

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  • 1.0 stars

    "The suite slowed down my system so much as to be unuseable. I uninstalled it."

    January 6, 2008  |   By buhbaa

    Version: ZoneAlarm Security Suite 7

    Pros

    I'll keep the software around in case I get infected.

    Cons

    Slowed my computer down as much as some viruses have. I can't see renewing for a second year.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Once running it's hard to beat it"

    January 3, 2008  |   By wilk87

    Version: ZoneAlarm Security Suite 7

    Pros

    Provides adequate protection for the daily user. Allows user to modify security settings for each program instead of applying a general setting for the overall computer

    Cons

    first couple of days were annoying with popups for everything that I did on my computer and once it wouldn't allow me to watch my video files because my media player wasn't given permission to access files on my network

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Zone-Alarm, best one I have tried"

    December 27, 2007  |   By ermayo

    Version: ZoneAlarm Security Suite 7

    Pros

    I had Norton and it threw errors into my registry. I had to fish them out 1 by 1 to get ride of them. Norton also slowed my system considerably by updating while I was on-line. Zone-alarm complete is fantastic. Does not slow my system down, excellent firewall, spam-guard, fraud protection, you name it.

    Cons

    So far so good.....

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