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ZoneAlarm 2017 Free Antivirus + Firewall v15.3.060.17669

Keep your PC safe from harm with this combination firewall and antivirus tool

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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250MB free hard drive space

Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 22 May 2018
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Downloads To Date: 8058
Developer: Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.
RSS News Feed: http://blog.zonealarm.com/feed/
Twitter Feed: http://twitter.com/zonealarm
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ZoneAlarmFirewall
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ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall
Keep your PC safe from harm with this combination firewall and antivirus tool

ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall is a straightforward security tool which takes ZoneAlarm's powerful firewall and Kaspersky Lab's antivirus engine and bundles them into a single package.

Installation is quick and easy (though beware, it'll install the ZoneAlarm browser toolbar unless you choose the Custom Install option and decide otherwise). And the package does its best to avoid conflicts with other antivirus packages. So if you have one installed already then ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall will detect this and turn off its real-time protection to avoid clashes.

Otherwise, though, there are plenty of scanning options: you get multiple scan modes (Quick, Full, Full with Archive files), a versatile scheduler, and a vast array of settings to tweak (there are 22 "Behavioural Scan Options" alone).

As you'd expect with a ZoneAlarm product, you get a solid firewall which blocks incoming attacks, makes sure only approved applications can get online, and again offers plenty of low-level manual controls should you need them.

And as a bonus there's also basic phishing and identity protection, with 5GB of online backup space thrown in for good measure.

As you can see, there's no shortage of functionality here, but unsurprisingly the commercial versions do have some notable improvements. Opting for ZoneAlarm's Internet Security Suite ($39.95) gets you everything in the free build, plus more frequent antivirus updates (hourly vs only daily for the free edition), parental controls and technical support available 24/7. And the Extreme Security edition ($44.95) adds sandboxed browsing and a PC Tune-up module to enhance your PC's performance. Find out more on the ZoneAlarm website.

What's new in v15.3.060.17669 (see changelog for more info)?

- New: Support for Windows 10 Spring Update 1803
- Improved: New and improved AV engine
- Fixed: Bug fixes and Improvements
- Removed: PC Tune-Up

Verdict:

ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall is a basic, but capable internet security suite, with average antivirus capabilities but a good firewall and some useful extras.

Your Comments & Opinion
 

System Killer

Posted by: Paul Bartley, 05 January 2013 00:45

This halted my dual-core system to a crawl... avoid!

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update (build 1809)

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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