Q&A ZoneAlarm Firewall free these days? Is it worth trying it?

ZoneAlarm Free Firewall - Have you tried it?

  • Yes

    Votes: 54 53.5%
  • No

    Votes: 47 46.5%

  • Total voters
    101

tonibalas

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Noxx

I wasn't personally a fan. Combine the unnesssesery bundled software, to the nightmare of uninstalling it, to the scareware tactics to get people to buy the paid version, I'm just not motivated at all to use it. Things may have changed over the years, if so, I'd love to hear what you all think.
 

dJim

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Mar 12, 2016
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( at least for me ) pro Vs free versions.. basically.. free is a cut version of pro.. not enougth protecction what free gives compared with others firewalls totally free.. im still love the private firewall. but i ask for this bcs i use it years ago and seems still the same lol.
 

dJim

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Mar 12, 2016
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You are right that free firewall is a cut version of the pro.
But if you need a strong firewall which is free then i suggest Comodo firewall.
When you will tweak it you will get very good protection.
You can use @cruelsister's guide to do the tweaking;)
Rigth but i tried comodo many times.. and totally will wait till they release any Version 10 stable..
 

tonibalas

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I understand but unfortunately there aren't many free firewall options.
Maybe you can try Windows Firewall Control by Binisoft.
There is a free version but the paid version will give you outbound notifications.

In the end what i can recommend is that if you have safe browsing habit's meaning you don't visit suspicious sites you stick with
Windows Firewall which is very good at it's job.
With it you just don't have outbound notifications.
 

dJim

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Mar 12, 2016
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I understand but unfortunately there aren't many free firewall options.
Maybe you can try Windows Firewall Control by Binisoft.
There is a free version but the paid version will give you outbound notifications.

In the end what i can recommend is that if you have safe browsing habit's meaning you don't visit suspicious sites you stick with
Windows Firewall which is very good at it's job.
With it you just don't have outbound notifications.
i keep using privatefirewall 7 still 100 % great protecction and it notify on all conections, still cant understand why microsoft cant make a firewall usefull and more intuitive, also zone alarm get discart from my side. atm cant pay for any software so full free ^_*
 

tonibalas

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Ι also use free software except if i win a license here in MT giveaway.
Windows firewall is very good but it doesn't have outbound notifications.
If you can add rules to Widows firewall with advanced settings then it will be much stronger.
If you can't add rules you can use widows firewall control software to have outbound notifications.
As for Private firewall i agree is very good software
 

kev216

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I tried ZoneAlarm Free Firewall in the past but then it was quite heavy on system resources (or at least on my system). It did it's job, but like others I liked Privite Firewall more too. The latter one has more options. Comodo is indeed also a good product. Like @tonibalas mentioned, you can also extend the strenght of Windows built-in firewall. Options and choices enough! :)
 

Arrabida Rock

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Apr 2, 2016
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I don't know why people in ZoneAlarm Labs. make a free product with a scheduler that doesn't allow to config. date and time to scan... (At least i think they could provide this option), but overall good product for daily usage...
 

jasonX

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Apr 13, 2012
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I searched and found nothing.
Curious but is an offline download really necessary?

Some have issues with online install due to their ISP or internet connection being slow and all. I suffer from it. So an offline installer is the way to go instead of trying to download the stuff and do nothing but wait. That's a reality I have faced so I download outside/some place with ISP provider.
 
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jadinolf

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Jun 20, 2014
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Some have issues with online install due to their ISP or internet connection being slow and all. I suffer from it. So an offline installer is the way to go instead of trying to download the stuff and do nothing but wait. That's a reality I have faced so I download outside/some place with ISP provider.
Wish I could help but no idea here.
 
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