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ZoneAlarm Antivirus + FirewallZone Alarm's free firewall program now has free antivirus protection thrown in. This makes it one of only a handful of free products to offer both products in one package. At the time of writing it didn't support Windows 8 though.

Installation was fairly painless using the Quick Install option. As is common these days, users first download a small installer file and this then downloads the main program during setup. During setup we were given the option of installing the Zone Alarm toolbar and setting Zone Alarm's secure search page as our home page. The toolbar provides shortcuts to search and website-checking features, along with Facebook and Twitter links – plus a rather puzzling internet radio player.

The main program interface has hardly changed (apart from the obligatory Facebook and Twitter buttons) since the major redesign of the previous year version. This isn't a bad thing as it is pleasantly simple with coloured boxes for each of the three main components: anti-virus, firewall and identity/data protection. The default settings worked fine for us, with no annoying warnings or pop-ups. The 24-hour database update schedule cannot be changed unless you upgrade to the paid version, although scans can be scheduled freely.

Plenty of advanced settings are available if needed. Right-clicking the icon in Windows' Notification Area brings up a list of useful shortcuts. A quick scan on our test PC took just over five minutes, with memory usage of around 160MB.

Unsurprisingly, there are no advanced features such as parental controls, but there is 5GB of free online storage, courtesy of a Zone Alarm-branded version of Idrive. This can continuously monitor folders for changes and back them up online. The identity theft-prevention modules are limited to anti-phishing and spyware checking on websites. There is a one-year Identity Guard subscription included that monitors credit activity, but this only works for US customers.

ZoneAlarm Free  Antivirus + Firewall Features

So now coming to the features of this wonderful security software, like any other Antivirus, ZoneAlarm also provides you with the Real Time Protection shields that protects your PC every time, using the popular Kaspersky anti-virus engine.  You can also manually scan your PC for viruses, spyware, etc. The schedule scanning option is also available from where you can easily manage your schedule to scan your PC. It lets you schedule scans daily, weekly or monthly The antivirus also records the last time scan results and the last time results can be easily viewed too. Its powerful and famous firewall offers two way protection and makes your PC invisible to hackers.

This security suite comes with a Web Identity Protection. It offers Identity & Data protection. Its Anti-phishing capabilities discontinues access to phishing and spyware sites. With ZoneAlarm you can also activate Identity Guard which provides an ultra-secured system to secure you transactions from your Credit Card. No one can steal the information from your credit card if you’ve enabled Identity Guard.

With this security suite you also get secure online storage up to 5GB of free online data storage, where you can store your files without any risk of losing them.

Speaking about the interface of the program, the UI of the program is perfectly designed for its users. There are not many steps you need to access or perform  a certain feature. Everything is systematically designed.

But one thing I didn’t like about the interface was its controls. For an e.g. if you click any control, it would simply perform it without showing any kind of minimal graphics. You would not be able to make out whether a control has been activated or not. The rest is just awesome. The UI works like Charm.

Another thing is that, unlike the paid versions which get updates every 1 hour, the free version offers automatic Antivirus signature updates only once every 24 hours.

Price
The ZoneAlarm Antivirus + Firewall by Zonealarm costs $30 for a licensing period of 12 months, which is $10 less than the average for all Antivirus Security.

Certifications
The ZoneAlarm Antivirus + Firewall has a total of 2 certification(s) out of a possible 10, which is roughly the average for all Antivirus Security. Certifications are recognitions awarded by various testing and certification bodies indicating that the company's software has met their predefined industry standards. The ZoneAlarm Antivirus + Firewall offers the following certifications: PC World Best Bet and VB100 award

Protections
The ZoneAlarm Antivirus + Firewall offers a total of 9 different types of protection, which is moderately more than the average for all Antivirus Security. The levels of protection represent the different types of malware from which the antivirus protects you. The ZoneAlarm Antivirus + Firewall offers the following types of protection: Anti-Spyware/Adware, Anti-Virus, Bots, Firewall, Malware, Phishing Protection, Trojan, Two-Way Firewall and Worm

Technical Support
The ZoneAlarm Antivirus + Firewall offers a total of 5 different tech support channels, which is 2 more than the average for all Antivirus Security. Make sure that the software you are interested in has the method of support you find most convenient. Zonealarm offers the following tech support: Email Support, FAQ's, Live Chat, Phone Support and Tutorials

 

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