mercurial said:Littlebits said:As far as the database, the signature-based malware definitions are exactly the same for detection feature. The Protection features are different, ZoneAlarm uses its own front-end protection. ZoneAlarm uses an older Kaspersky engine, Kaspersky never license its latest engine to third-parties.
So basically the detection is the same for on-demand scans but the protection may differ. What makes ZoneAlarm just as strong as Kaspersky is its Advanced Download Protection, which scans each downloaded file for malware before letting it download to your system.
Most infections come from downloading files.
I agree to that, even on independent Lab Test Zonealarm has performed excellently, and i think some one mentioned above that it had a lot of pop up, to that i would say before it had a lot of popups but it's not the case with the latest version and as Littlebits suggested ZoneAlarm AV + Firewall is an excellent AV+FW combo, Zonealarm is a highly regarded pure firewall and i don't think ill need to explain about Kaspersky
At default settings on Application Control-
Network Firewall is set to Med for Trusted Zones, High for Public Zones.
DefenseNet is set to Auto- If you set to it manual you will get more popups. DefenseNet is a cloud-base service that helps configure trusted programs for you, each process is scanned by Kaspersky in the cloud then automatically configured.
Users who complained about popups probably either had the DefenseNet set to manual or had the Network Firewall set to High. Maybe they were in a Public Zone.
ZoneAlarm has had DefenseNet for about 4 or 5 years now which pretty much limited most popups unless there is a process that is unknown then it will ask you what to do.