ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall 2017

ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall 2017

Antivirus and a firewall all in one program

ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall is an aggressive move by Check Point Software to combine two of the most sought after security features every PC should have. View full description

PROS

  • Quick scanning
  • Combines basic antivirus and firewall
  • Minimal ads
  • Easy to use interface
  • Real time protection

CONS

  • No parental controls in free version
  • Average performance

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ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall is an aggressive move by Check Point Software to combine two of the most sought after security features every PC should have.

With the antivirus market crowded by giants like AVG and Avast, ZoneAlarm has to differentiate itself. ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall does just that by giving users two of the most important security features in one simple to use program.

Features

ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall includes many powerful features for both their antivirus and firewall. There is real-time protection against viruses, as well as auto updating definitions and scheduling. ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall will only check for new definitions once every 24 hours, while its paid versions will update as soon as new definitions are available.

ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall's firewall features a log of the different programs that are accessing the internet. The firewall will also give users a list of programs and their "Trust Level," which is a good way to quickly glance at suspicious applications. There is also phishing and spyware protection built in.

One surprising feature of ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall is "Game Mode," which allows you to temporarily suspend ZoneAlarm's popup notifications for uninterrupted gaming. Users can also set it to allow all firewall requests, which is obviously less secure.

Performance

Performance of ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall is very good. Quick scans take only a few minutes. Full scans will take some time but are still an improvement over older ZoneAlarm programs. The speed increase is a result of a redesigned scanning engine. Still, we found ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall to be resource intensive on our system and slowed our boot times down. Competiting antivirus applications were quicker and less resource heavy.

Conclusion

While other programs have more advanced features, ZoneAlarm has successfully combined two of the most important security features for the average user and all for free. This makes it a very useful program for virtually anyone needing this type of protection.

ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall is a comprehensive application that provides basic firewall and antivirus features for the average user.

ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall 2017

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— User reviews — about ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall 2017

  • Nick9999

    by Nick9999

    "The best AV!"

    By far the best antivirus! Blocks all malware without harming the performance of my PC. More.

    reviewed on April 24, 2016

  • andy.ratty

    by andy.ratty

    " Never mind the Bol**cks! Check out check points Finnest yet - Zone Alarm "

    Never mind all the other B**locks Zone alarm FREE AV +FW Wonts slow your rig down At all unlike all them other free Prog... More.

    reviewed on January 9, 2015

  • CR Studio Art

    by CR Studio Art

    "Best!"

    The Best Free software! Has long been a favorite for me and I use it. The best firewall you can find in the market! E... More.

    reviewed on May 15, 2014

  • tattoojeff

    by tattoojeff

    "I can relax with peace of mind knowing my computer is this safe from attack"

    I'm a 62 year old man on disability and having said that, i really don't get a lot of pay from the government and Zone-A... More.

    reviewed on May 3, 2014

  • timothy.talbot.167

    by timothy.talbot.167

    "awsome set of tools for free"

    works great for free have used pay ones that offer less easy to use setting to block files and folders. More.

    reviewed on March 5, 2014

  • yearn2earncash

    by yearn2earncash

    "A fully satisfied user!"

    I love it so much I bought it full price! I have been really happy with the free version of ZoneAlarm and so I upgraded... More.

    reviewed on February 21, 2014