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ZoneAlarm Security

CNET Editors' review

An effective and easy-to-use firewall program, ZoneAlarm does a great job of keeping your PC safe from a variety of threats. ZoneAlarm uses a simple wizard to make configuring a firewall, which seems like a daunting task to many computer users, incredibly easy.

Maintaining and updating settings also is a snap when you're using the stylish interface and its simple slider controls. The program's Zones feature allows you to assign different security levels for a local network and for the Internet.

A great recent addition is small but quite helpful. A new "Game Mode" lets you automatically allow or deny alerts when you're in the middle of playing a video game. We found ZoneAlarm 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 is an excellent firewall choice for just about any average user.

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  • All versions:

    3.4 stars

    out of 3,448 votes

    • 5 star: 1296
    • 4 star: 744
    • 3 star: 311
    • 2 star: 287
    • 1 star: 809
  • Current version:

    2.8 stars

    out of 115 votes

    • 5 star: 31
    • 4 star: 17
    • 3 star: 10
    • 2 star: 14
    • 1 star: 43
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  • 5.0 stars

    "It's good firewall"

    November 28, 2009  |   By xinnianhao

    Version: ZoneAlarm Security 8.0.298

    Pros

    Works fine.

    Cons

    i didn't find any.

    Summary

    Maybe it's because I never update Zonealarm, so I never get any problems. Had it for 4 years and never updated. Works like a charm. When I first downloaded it on CNET, I remember zonealarm firewall had 5 stars from user rating. What happened to the old Zonealarm? Now it only has 3.5. Wow, Zonealarm is probably gonna go out of business soon.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not worth to download for advanced users"

    November 22, 2009  |   By Techanalyst4u

    Version: ZoneAlarm Security 8.0.298

    Pros

    1. Works as basic firewall
    2. Informs every inbound or outbound program request

    Cons

    1. Less features than windows firewall
    2. No expert rule in free version
    3. Blocks uploading of Movies, Mp3 and other apps for any Bittorrent client or Port sharing applications.

    Summary

    If you are looking for firewall than windows firewall is much better than this application or try some other app but not this one
    This application is just worth a penny or can be quite expensive if you are a PTP / BitTorrent user who wants to download Mp3, Ebooks or movies and concerned about ratios. Sometimes free lunch are quite expensive when product is available as "freeware" .
    I just can't write anything more for this application as there is hardly any feature to comment for. I am going to uninstall and swithching to another app.
    Bottom Line: If you are downloading anything through PTP applications then it blocks uploading it as there is no port based expert rule to open for your peers. When I asked a query in their forum I got this reply "Not possible with the free version of ZoneAlarm.Only with the paid versions you can open specific incoming ports.
    ". Still if you don't believe me before downloading this application I would recommend you to visit the ZA forum (http://forums.zonelabs.com/showthread.php?p=270956&posted=1#post270956)
    Please don't forget to credit me if you find this review helpful

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  • 1.0 stars

    "No free Win 7 compatibility"

    November 22, 2009  |   By aawshads

    Version: ZoneAlarm Security 8.0.298

    Pros

    Used to be a great product, no free version will interact nice with Win 7. You would think they would have had that ready to go, but are probably just trying to sell their Pro version.

    Cons

    No win 7 support without $$$$

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  • 1.0 stars

    "One star is too kind! Think I'd learned the first time!"

    November 19, 2009  |   By whispersheart

    Version: ZoneAlarm Security 8.0.298

    Pros

    Pros? Seriously? How about... NOT!!!

    Cons

    It's not worth the headache!!!

    Summary

    1st time, tried ZoneAlarm Security Suite, I had to completely reformat my desktop. 2nd time, on the advice of someone I trust, I tried it again. After realizing my mistake in doing so, I tried to download another. Problem is, WHERE THE IS ZONE ALARM?

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Drags system down to a less than a snails pace."

    November 15, 2009  |   By uncajack

    Version: ZoneAlarm Security 8.0.298

    Pros

    Its Free. But in this case, that may not be a plus.

    Cons

    Horribly slow and causes hangs.

    Summary

    It does not work. Or perhaps it works too well. Kills communiction on the net.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Free version has become bloated."

    November 13, 2009  |   By huntsman.ks

    Version: ZoneAlarm Security 8.0.298

    Pros

    None really!

    Cons

    Pushes the Pro version at every opportunity. Fools many NooB users into installing the Trial. Obfuscates the free version on every screen. Nags the user at every opportunity. I gave up with it ages ago & nothing I've seen has changed!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Completely screwed up my laptop IHP Pavilion Windows XP"

    November 11, 2009  |   By bobbem100

    Version: ZoneAlarm Security 8.0.298

    Pros

    No Pros:for me

    Cons

    Locked up my Computer

    Summary

    Locked up my Laptop, gave it a weeks Trail then removed

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Get the job done, but seems 2 have problem VistaSP2"

    November 8, 2009  |   By Law

    Version: ZoneAlarm Security 8.0.298

    Pros

    Block all sorts of intrusions

    Cons

    After install, it takes ages to log in and log out from Vista... :-(
    seems to be conflict with some utility programs....

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  • 1.0 stars

    "It's just a blocker."

    November 7, 2009  |   By kendawson

    Version: ZoneAlarm Security 8.0.298

    Pros

    No pros. I don't like anything about it.

    Cons

    Increases boot time, slows computer down, locks it up, and won't uninstall properly.

    Summary

    It relies on the user to tell it whether something is dodgy or not. What use is that? I got sick of it asking me to allow programs etc. which I'd already told it countless times to allow.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not as advertised"

    November 7, 2009  |   By animal2k

    Version: ZoneAlarm Security 8.0.298

    Pros

    Unable to install, so I don't know

    Cons

    Won't install on Windows 2000

    Summary

    It will not install on Windows 2000. The Quick Specs say it will, but installation stops shortly after starting and I get a message saying the OS is too old.

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