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ZoneAlarm Antivirus + FirewallZoneAlarm Antivirus + Firewall uses a powerful antivirus engine that passes all major tests. This antivirus program is minimally intrusive and never sends annoying alerts.

Scope of Protection:

ZoneAlarm Antivirus + Firewall covers more than typical desktop antivirus applications. ZoneAlarm has an integrated two-way firewall, innovative firewall and download security. It does not protect against email spam. This antivirus software can stop keyloggers in a few ways. It uses behavioral protection to detect and stop keyloggers. Because it includes a firewall, it monitors applications and processes and stops dangerous activities, including keyloggers. The antivirus component of the product is also able to scan for and detect keyloggers along with viruses and malware. Furthermore, it can detect and stop keyloggers from reading anything that you type into a browser. It also has a virtual browser that encrypts whatever you type in a browser.

Effectiveness:

One of the many features that we like is how ZoneAlarm scans downloads. When you request a download it will check the content against millions of known threats and perform a heuristic check. If the program cannot tell if it is safe, it scans the contents of the file in a protected environment separate from your system.

Ease of Installation:

One of the many features that we like is how ZoneAlarm scans downloads. When you request a download it will check the content against millions of known threats and perform a heuristic check. If the program cannot tell if it is safe, it scans the contents of the file in a protected environment separate from your system.

Ease of Use:

ZoneAlarm Antivirus + Firewall is simple to use even by non-techie types. You do not have to worry about complex configuring and you do not need to know complex security terms. With ZoneAlarm you simply install it, make a few configuration choices and use the slider tool for setting the strength of the security.

The main control panel is elegant and you can easily control the firewall as well as the antivirus and antispyware protection. From the control panel you can easily set the level of protection you want from off to minimum to automatic to max. This antivirus software also has a game setting, so you can lower security defense and alerts for uninterrupted online game playing.

Features:

ZoneAlarm uses one of the most powerful antivirus engines on the planet, the scanning engine from Kaspersky. Kaspersky has passed all commonly know tests including VB 100%, West Coast Labs Level 1 and 2 as well as ICSA labs and many other independent third-party tests.

Updates:

ZoneAlarm provides up-to-date protection from fast-breaking security threats. ZoneAlarm provides updates as needed, even within an hour for new threats. You can also commission an update whenever you desire. This antivirus software provides zero-hour rootkit protection and new definition updates automatically.

Help & Support:

ZoneAlarm’s chat support is responsive and helpful. We used this feature multiple times and always received quick and relevant information. ZoneAlarm also provides free email support. The ZoneAlarm web site provides a searchable knowledgebase, tutorials and user forums.

ZoneAlarm is an old and trusted name in the field of computer security. Its free personal firewall has been popular for years, and now, it has decided to step up its game: Its latest product takes the solid foundation of the free firewall, and adds a free antivirus on top. With this move, ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall competes directly against Microsoft Security Essentials and the built-in Windows firewall. PCWorld has not yet tested this product's effectiveness, but I sat down with the software to evaluate its features.

This isn't ZoneAlarm's first crack at creating an antivirus: PCWorld previously tested and reviewed ZoneAlarm Extreme Security 2012. Although we were impressed with the malware protection features of that product, we were disappointed with its scan speeds and impact on PC performance. ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall may perform similarly, but we will know for sure only after PCWorld completes performance testing of this product.

Unfortunately, I can't say my first impression from ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall was entirely positive: I picked the detailed installer option to see what the defaults are, and was surprised to discover that ZoneAlarm wants to install a browser toolbar, replace my default homepage and search engine with ZoneAlarm-branded pages, and not provide me with an easy way to undo those changes (even though such a feature exists--the checkbox is disabled by default). These options are collected on one step of the setup process, making them easy to spot and disable. Having done so, I continued with the setup with no incident.

If you've used recent versions of ZoneAlarm, the ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall interface should not surprise you. The home screen features three large rectangles: Antivirus, Firewall, and Identity & Data. It lacks the bold simplicity of Ad-Aware's latest offering, with its large banner exclaiming your computer is protected (or at risk).

To learn more about each area of the application, click the View Details button. This takes you into a tabbed interface (one tab per area) in which you can view and change settings to that part of the application. The small typography and compact icons send a clear message: This part of ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall is for users who know what they're doing. As you drill deeper, the application opens up and offers access to fine-grained firewall controls, with checkboxes such as "Enable ARP protection" and "Lock hosts file." Most users would find no need to tweak these settings, but if you ever want to, you can.

Under the Identity & Data tab, ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall retains ZoneAlarm's existing backup offering: %GB of free storage for your personal files. Under the Identity & Data tab, ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall retains ZoneAlarm's existing backup offering: 5GB of free storage for your personal files, in line with the recently launched Google Drive, the newly updated Microsoft SkyDrive, and Dropbox.

My overall impression from ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall is of a solid, businesslike application that doesn't baby the user. However, before you rely on it exclusively for protecting your system, you might want to wait for conclusive PCWorld test results to make sure it's effective against malware and doesn’t slow down your computer. To see our most recent testing of free antivirus software, see "Free Antivirus You Can Trust."

 
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