The ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall

ZoneAlarm generally works well with antivirus software, too, but perhaps you’d be interested in a free antivirus solution that actually incorporates ZoneAlarm’s firewall? That’s CheckPoint’s ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus Plus Firewall. ZoneAlarm Antivirus not only protects your system from unwanted intrusions, viruses, and other malware, but it also includes anti-phishing, site authentication, identity protection, and download management features. It’s also available as a premium package. The free tool lacks the premium version’s parental controls, virtual browsing, PC tune-up, and support features.

ZoneAlarm has long been perhaps the most popular free firewall available, and millions have used it to block unwanted access to their computers.

ZoneAlarm Antivirus’s firewall component and Identity & Data Protection were active in the program’s start window, though the main component, the antivirus protection, was disabled due to a conflict with our existing antivirus solution, which we’d left active to gauge ZoneAlarm’s response. We disabled our existing tool, and ZoneAlarm automatically picked up the slack, showing our status for Real-Time Protection, Antivirus Scan, and Antivirus Update. The first thing to do when you’re installing a new antivirus program is to update its definitions and make a baseline scan of your computer. We did that, choosing Full Scan with Archives, which we’re glad to say found no bad stuff. You can schedule scans, of course, and ZoneAlarm’s Settings let you customize scans, too, as well as launch targeted scans, set exceptions, view quarantined files, enable On Access scanning (which scans when you access files) and other options. One feature ZoneAlarm offers is Behavioral Scanning, which includes an extensive checklist of options the program can monitor for suspicious activity. The familiar ZoneAlarm Firewall includes Application Control, which blocks unauthorized access by programs. The Identity & Data tab includes two protection features, Web and Identity, plus 5 GB of online storage space.

ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus Plus Firewall has both online and offline Help options, basic support, and some extras like Top 10 Questions. We found it as easy to use as the standalone Firewall, and a lot easier than using ZoneAlarm’s Firewall with another antivirus program. ZoneAlarm has stepped up as a significant player in free antivirus solutions.

 

Publisher’s Description

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From ZoneAlarm:

The all-in-one security solution that seamlessly integrates antivirus and firewall together for maximum protection and performance. Product features:

Antivirus/Anti-spyware Engine–Detect and blocks viruses, spyware, trojans, worms, bots, and rootkits. Two-Way Firewall–Makes your PC invisible to hackers and stops spyware from sending your data out to the Internet. Advanced Firewall–Monitors programs for suspicious behavior spotting and stopping new attacks that bypass traditional antivirus. Anti-Phishing/Site Status Toolbar–Blocks phishers and authenticates websites, and warns you if a Web site is dangerous. Advanced Download Protection–Warns you when you try to download a dangerous program. Identity Protection–Monitors your credit and alerts you of changes in your credit files.

 

What’s new in this version:

  • New: Antivirus Engine
  • Improved: Virus/Malware detection improvements
  • Improved: Various performance improvements
  • Improved: Better compatibility on 4K and high resolution displays
  • Fixed: iTunes backup and startup time
  • Fixed: Rosetta Stone compatibility

 

 

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