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  • 1.0 stars

    "TERRIBLE BUGGED SPAM MAGNET AVOID AT ALL COST !"

    December 1, 2013  |   By Blackhammer00

    Version: ZoneAlarm 120.104

    Pros

    NONE !
    Or perhaps it might actually stop a virus or hacker from time to time but considering the cons it's NOT WORTH IT !!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cons

    1. ONE OF THE WORST INSTALLATION EVER, VERY HARD TO AVOID SPAM TOOLBARS (I MANAGED BUT I PITY THOSE WHO DID NOT)

    2. VERY BUGGY, SOME PROGRAMS STARTED CRASHING, HAD TO REINSTALL AN 8 GB GAME BECAUSE FOR SOME REASON IT STOPPED WORKING EVEN AFTER DISABLING ZONEALARM, CAUSED A PC FREEZE A FEW TIMES

    3. BLOATING THE SYSTEM

    4. VERY DIFFICULT AND CONSUFING UNINSTALL, TOOK THIRD ATTEMPTS AND A DEDICATED REMOVAL TOOL TO DELETE

    Summary

    AVOID THERE ARE BETTER ALTERNATIVES TRUST ME ANYTHING IS BETTER HUGE NEGATIVE NO PROGRAM PISSED ME OFF THAT MUCH EVER AVOID THERE ARE BETTER ALTERNATIVES TRUST ME ANYTHING IS BETTER HUGE NEGATIVE NO PROGRAM PISSED ME OFF THAT MUCH EVERAVOID THERE ARE BETTER ALTERNATIVES TRUST ME ANYTHING IS BETTER HUGE NEGATIVE NO PROGRAM PISSED ME OFF THAT MUCH EVERAVOID THERE ARE BETTER ALTERNATIVES TRUST ME ANYTHING IS BETTER HUGE NEGATIVE NO PROGRAM PISSED ME OFF THAT MUCH EVERAVOID THERE ARE BETTER ALTERNATIVES TRUST ME ANYTHING IS BETTER HUGE NEGATIVE

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Do NOT install! AVOID THIS VERSION !!!"

    November 29, 2013  |   By dragon789wv

    Version: ZoneAlarm 120.104

    Pros

    NONE!!!! NONE!!!! and did I say NONE (?), unless you think this is better than nothing and very desperate for something.
    I'm still running older versions of ZoneAlarm on my other 2 PCs. This new version is something to avoid, as it is sneaky and doesn't allow you to bypass all the junk stuff that they want you to install.

    Cons

    I have 3 Windows computers, one of which is a laptop, all of which had been running ZA and I was very happy with it. I then installed this latest version of ZA on the laptop - as part of normal maintenance and upgrade, was distracted and wound up using their "default" installion - BAD MISTAKE. I then had a hard time backing everything out and eventually, with great effort, managed to do so. I then attempted to reinstall ZA again, and this time picking the Custom installation. I could NOT get pass their 'option' of NOT installing their Search toolbar program and other make their webpage the default webpage. I just could not bypass by unclicking these options, as ZA then informed me that I MUST install them. At this point, I pulled the plug on installation.
    This product has gone completely downhill with crap like this. Why they do it is beyond me.

    Summary

    AVOID THIS VERSION !!! Perhaps I will try it again in a few months, but check to see if it's changed its installation procedures.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "It is what it is..."

    November 24, 2013  |   By TrakerJon

    Version: ZoneAlarm 120.104

    Pros

    Offers basic software firewall protection slightly better than Windows Firewall. The free version is still available, you don't have to pay to play. I've used it for years with only a few issues (usually with antivirus programs like Avast! on Vista).

    Cons

    Watch the install windows closely and you can avoid tool bars and free trials of the pro version by choosing "skip all offers"...they're a bit sneaky about this. Don't install the latest and greatest when prompted by the program, wait a few weeks until the work bugs out.

    Summary

    It's easy to use and does a good job of monitoring unknown or unwanted traffic. There may be better products out there for free but typically you'll have to be a little more tech savvy to use them.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Forces you to download search/toolbar AGAIN!"

    November 9, 2013  |   By glitterninja

    Version: ZoneAlarm 120.104

    Pros

    The previous version, once fixed, worked well.

    Cons

    This version is doing the same thing the previous version did: Not allow a custom install, thus forcing you to download their toolbar and search engine. Lots of reports of nagging for payment after a few days or weeks, too, but I immediately went back to the prior version so I haven't seen that (yet).

    Summary

    I am only using ZoneAlarm because there is literally nothing else that will work without bloating my computer. My husband uses it on his old WinXP box for firewall and antivirus. We used to love this program, even bought the pro version about four years ago for my previous computer, but lately it has been a huge pain. My first problem with ZA was last year, when I asked on their help forums about a bizarre pop-up that was misspelled and looked fake. The ZA moderators tried to make fun of me, calling me stupid and paranoid, until I said that a lot of viruses use fake-looking popups with misspelled words and a firewall should probably be more careful to make itself NOT look like a virus. At that point, my entire thread was deleted, and I saw another thread with the same question also disappear. But since then, there have been no pop-ups like that, so I thought that meant ZA learned from their mistakes. Now, I'm not so sure. See, last year the last major ZA update, there was a huge issue with the download screen not offering a custom install option, meaning we had to download the toolbar etc. or else we couldn't update our firewall. When I contacted them via help chat, I was told all I could do is download as is and then manually uninstall the toolbar, etc. The good thing is that a few weeks later, after tons of complaints, they added a custom install option so you could bypass the unnecessary bloatware, and I hope that happens here. I'm being completely honest when I say we would purchase ZA pro firewall for both our computers IF they showed some integrity with their free product, like they used to. Now I just don't trust to pay them $29.95, given how they have acted with the free firewall.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "NOT free anymore!"

    November 9, 2013  |   By AKLERK

    Version: ZoneAlarm 120.104

    Pros

    i did not find any: i did not install it.

    Cons

    I did not install it, as I had to pay.

    Summary

    Although the site says so, it is not the free firewall anymore!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "I have it out of lack of options."

    November 8, 2013  |   By Son_of_Earth

    Version: ZoneAlarm 120.104

    Pros

    Better than windows default firewall.
    Inbound and outbound control.

    Cons

    -No offline installer.
    -New version has serious issues with install that leads to bsod and endless repeating install process that comes over and over again after each restart.
    -Advanced options window can only be resized to a certain extend, making it annoying to look at.
    -The default settings are set to automaticly allow everything and not ask.
    -Forced homepage change or search provider.

    Summary

    The install lead to bsod, after restart the program was installed but the installer download process still came up as if it still was not installed, even a cancellation wouldn't stop this endless cycle so after a restart I had to stop the process manually with taskmanager and opened the file location of the "resume zonealarm install" icon on the desktop and deleted everything. The cycle stopped. Checkpoint is getting sloppy. PROVIDE AN OFFLINE INSTALLER! At least an installer with windows 7, 64bit compatibility.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Stay away from these people! They play fast-and-loose."

    November 4, 2013  |   By Snerdly-Fackle

    Version: ZoneAlarm 120.104

    Pros

    None. Not a one.

    Cons

    Pay them real quick, they say. Then, watch your monitor in a month or so for screeching, screaming, dire warnings that your "subscription" has expired and your computer will be attacked by flesh-eating rutabagas from two galaxies away if you don't renew.

    Watch your Zone Alarm warnings while they tell you that you're not covered, and "vulnerable." But: try to contact them? In any (that's, all in caps "any") way. Forget it. They hide behind layers, drop-down menus, and circular-directing radio buttons like a bunch of little sand-box brats. They're absolutely terrible. Just terrible.

    Summary

    You're better off with Norton or MacAfee or Auntie Maud's computer protection and pickle-canning company.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Excellent firewall, user-friendly."

    November 3, 2013  |   By Mad Katt

    Version: ZoneAlarm 110.768.000

    Pros

    Easy to use, blocks hijacks without blocking most of the programs I want to use. Learns, and software updates keep that information (or at least it used to). I have tried a number of other free firewalls and have yet to find one that works as well or that I like as much.

    Cons

    Very annoying insistence on installing the ZoneAlarm Toolbar...
    (FYI, if you DO get saddled with the toolbar, try using Advanced Uninstaller Pro--I have used it in the past to successfully remove a number of unwanted toolbars and other "offers". Available free from download.com--although it also comes with a number of "offers" you need to avoid, some of them are extremely hard to remove.)

    Summary

    Very good firewall as long as you a) do a custom install and b) click on "Skip all offers". When I did this I got JUST the firewall without either the unwanted Antivirus or the equally unwanted toolbar.
    Warning, both options are very small, blue on blue, and as inconspicuous as possible. Just keep looking 'til you find them!

    Updated on Nov 3, 2013

    Downloading from their website won't help (I tried that too.)
    First you have to opt for custom rather than express install
    Then you have to click skip all offers.
    Both options are small, blue on blue, & hard to find.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Free? Not when I downloaded it"

    October 19, 2013  |   By cautionflag1956

    Version: ZoneAlarm 110.768.000

    Pros

    It downloads the product it won't allow you to use quickly and smoothly

    Cons

    Download says free, but when finished loading, informs me that I have to pay

    Summary

    Just downloaded it, let it install following the recommendations above to skip the bloated items that download with it. After it installs, it informs me my license has expired and is willing to sell me zone alarm. I'm not sure where the free comes from since I will have to pay, so I am moving on to find another product that is as advertised

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Netbook Users Don't Install It!"

    October 17, 2013  |   By davefarkus

    Version: ZoneAlarm 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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