Zone Alarm

Zone Alarm

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  • You Can't Afford To NOT Have A Firewall - This One Is Free!

    Jul 26, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Free, secure, customizable, for the most part painless to use, nice website
    Cons: Kind of confusing alerts, confusing wording for some computer novices not a typical Windows 9x program, no hard copy manual

    Summary: Let's face facts - the Internet isn't the the safest place in the world. In this day and age, of ecommerce, DSL, Home Networking, Cable Modems, Internet security is a MUST. Thankfully, ZoneLabs has created a no-frills firewall program that has a very ... read more

  • Great program!

    Nov 15, 2006 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Great program for the price!
    Cons: You still get pop-up ads.

    Summary: I recently purchased Zone Labs Zone Alarm Pro 3.0 anti-virus protection software for my new Gateway 700XL computer. My Gateway computer came pre-installed with a 30-day trial of McAfee anti-virus protection software. As soon as the McAfee anti-virus ... read more

  • Comparison of Zone lab to the mighty McAfee

    Feb 22, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: See above
    Cons: see above

    Summary: I ran McAfee security suite on my machine for a year and bought it for around £40 or roughly $60 USD. Seemed to work ok , however i once lost my internet connection due to a worm, this was fix with a winsock patch. This was a major breach of the ... read more

  • ruined product

    Dec 11, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: powerful
    Cons: very annoying popup messages that can't be turned off

    Summary: This product used to be the best product but some geniuses have improved it so that as you browse the web you will constantly be blessed with a pop-up message (that cannot be turned off) saying that privacy settings have affected this site. This message ... read more

  • My Favourite Firewall

    Apr 18, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to use and effective
    Cons: Sometimes intrusive

    Summary: I went through a lot of firewalls: Norton, Tiny, BlackIce... they all pretty much sucked. I even had problems with the integrated Windows XP firewall because there was no was to allow traffic over IRC (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, ... read more

  • Do not recommend

    Mar 8, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Supposedly blocks pop ups & banner adds
    Cons: Blocks all internet activity / lousy technical support

    Summary: I am using Zone Alarm Pro version 3.7.098. Whenever I open the program, all internet activity is blocked. In order to access the internet, I have to shut the zone alarm program down. When I contacted technical support through their web site, I ... read more

  • Unstable

    Feb 20, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Can teach beginners the basics of port security.
    Cons: If time is money, then it isn't free.

    Summary: I have worked with several versions of the freeware and the full version of Zone Alarm, and have not found any of them to be completely stable - especially on NT platform operating systems. I have experienced too many crashes and unusual behavior to ... read more

  • No support

    Feb 17, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: None
    Cons: Everything

    Summary: I downloaded the free version of zone alarm, and initially was impressed. But then, it began to do strange things. I play Descent 3 multiplayer on the internet, and Zonealarm interferes with the game. I sent them an email to ask them if the purchased ... read more

  • Top rate personal firewall product

    Dec 7, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Highly funtional, feature rich firewall
    Cons: Lots of options, difficult to understand initially (but worth it)!

    Summary: With all the talk about potential hackers breaking in you personal home PCs I decided to invest in a firewall. There were several options out there but I liked the look of the ZoneAlarm interface so I gave it a try. This application is very ... read more

  • Zone Alarm Promises Much, But Does It Deliver?

    Nov 6, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great concept, original format easy to use, promising technology.
    Cons: Questionable integrity (is Zone Alarm *CAUSING* Intrusion Attempts with its defaults?)

    Summary: We are growing increasingly frustrated over the lack of a good, reliable, HONEST Firewall that can protect our machines while we are on the Internet. We've tried at least four or five firewall products in the past couple years and have yet to find what ... read more

  • Good software, bad support (updated 1-03).

    Oct 26, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Stops inbound AND unwanted outbound traffic, good ad blocking.
    Cons: TERRIBLE SUPPORT. Not for a newbie or the faint of heart.

    Summary: This review is of Zone Alarm Pro version 3.1.395 (original post from 10/02). I recently switched from Black Ice to Zone Alarm because of the ability to monitor/block outbound traffic and the ad/pop-up blocking it offers. It does take some ... read more

  • Version 3.0 STILL Buggy

    Aug 27, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: V 3.1 Interface is a lot cleaner Installs and auto-detects networks and VPN's nicely
    Cons: I had to uninstall mine...too many freezes and crashes.

    Summary: I used 2.6 for ages with no problems...until despite the warnings of others here I (imagining some kind of papal dispensation that made me immune to these problems) I went ahead and paid for Ver 3.1 Pro. Sighs..what a ... read more

  • 3.125 requires more memory

    Jul 26, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Good securtiy, easy of use.
    Cons: Becoming bloated software, requires more memory now. version 2.6.362 interface was better.

    Summary: I've been using Zone Alarm (freeware) for a long time and like it a lot. But recently the new 3.125 version became available and I upgraded to it. After upgrading I noticed it now uses over 8MB of memory when loaded. The older 2.6.362 version only used ... read more

  • Avoid ZoneAlarm Like the Plague Until the Bugs are Squashed

    Jul 23, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Blocks trojan horses, spyware, and hacker attacks
    Cons: Buggy, unstable, difficult to uninstall when problems arise

    Summary: Last year, I wrote a glowing review of Zone Alarm. I couldn’t get over how well it worked and the fact that it was free. Unfortunately, a lot has changed in a year. Today, I removed it from my husband's computer and have no intentions of ever using it ... read more

  • Newer isn't always better

    Jul 14, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: ZAP 2.6.xxx is the way to go
    Cons: Stay away from v3.0.xxx

    Summary: I purchased ZAP 2.6 as a bundle after using the free version. I just wanted more protection. This firewall works like a champ. Oh, the problems it will cause hackers! Configuration and permissions can be confusing to the novice, but overall it is a ... read more

  • A complete review from experience

    Jun 23, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent security, Customizable, Easy to Use and Setup
    Cons: none

    Summary: I have been using Zone Alarm for many months now and it is an excellent program. The program offers powerful security and privacy features as well as complete customization to make it work for you. Security: If you have a broadband ... read more

  • Zone Alarm 3.0 Pro

    Jun 5, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Is an effective fire wall.
    Cons: Alerts tend to nag.

    Summary: *WHAT IS A FIRE WALL?* An example of a fire wall would be in houses, it's there to prevent a fire from spreading in to the neighboring house. In a computer the fire wall accomplishes the same thing, it blocks hackers...viruses Ext. from entering ... read more

  • Forget new update to Zone Alarm Pro 3.0.xx!

    Apr 29, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Basic firewall is excellent.
    Cons: ZoneAlarmPro 3.0 update is so buggy it creates more problems than it solves.

    Summary: I used the free version of Zone Alarm 2.6 for a long time and was very happy with it. Then I decided to buy it (Zone Alarm Pro) and then upgraded to their new version 3.0. BIG MISTAKE! Their support is almost non-existent and extremely ... read more

  • A Free Solution For Internet Security

    Mar 27, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: easy configuration, stable, free
    Cons: some features are available only in PRO version

    Summary: Combining ease of use and effective security, ZoneAlarm Pro 2.6 is among the most effective firewalls. It is free if you choose to use it at home. Then what does a firewall do. It blocks your open doors and prevent people sneak into your PC. ... read more

  • Clumsy, hard to set up

    Mar 25, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Didn't cost anything, easy to uninstall
    Cons: Messy, hard to set up, little or no help online

    Summary: Well, I had heard a lot of positive reviews about ZoneAlarm, so I decided to try it on my PC at work (Win2K Pro). It was so horrible, I uninstalled it after about 15 minutes (would have uninstalled it sooner, but I kept getting alarms). After ... read more

  • Protect Your PC

    Mar 16, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Protects your PC, free to download
    Cons: None

    Summary: After a friend told me about Zone Alarm Firewall, I thought I would download it for myself. Zone Alarm Firewall is software that protects your PC against anyone hacking in to it. It is like a virus scan in a way. You can use both a virus scan ... read more

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