Pros None. Go buy a Router, Spysweeper and Kaspersky AV
Cons Software firewall prevents basic sharing, printing and antispyware does not protect you
Summary For a firewall, go buy a Router.
For Antispyware go buy Spysweeper which is the only antispyware product out there that is able to use early file removal to remove offending spyware programs before they load up when Windows starts. Since most spyware programs that are REALLY hard to remove (Clickpix and When U Save Now are super easy to remove, wonder what ones this Anti-spyware program actually "stopped" were). Can it remove zlob properly or variants of Aurora-ABetterInternet or PestCapture. If it can't do that then don't buy it.
"TERRIBLE! So buggy!"on by mrsimms
Pros Good firewall, good detection
Cons Extremely buggy and unstable
Summary Despite it's good detection and aggressive firewall, Zonealarm AS is too buggy to be effective. I like that it's aggressive but not when it causes me to have to reboot my PC 2 or 3 times so that it can load up properly. Also i was tipped off that it was dodgy when it changed my google home page icon (the icon in the address bar of internet explorer) to the "Z" icon assocciated with ZoneAlarm instead of the normal G google icon. I decided to uninstall it - lucky i googled that before i did. SO many people having trouble uninstalling it! They weren't able to connect to the net after rebooting, etc etc. Thankfully, there are instructions for proper uninstallation at http://www.nohold.net/noHoldCust25/Prod_1/Articles55646/CompleteUninstallNonNT.html
Obviously it's dodgy if it has two pages of uninstall instructions! Make sure you check it out. I'm going to uninstall before it does any more damage I've read about...Updated
Just to let you know - those uninstallation instructions were good. Zonealarm is GONE and my system performance is BACK! Woo. The Google icon is still gone (its a generic internet explorer icon now, instead of a Zonealarm one), but I can live with that! No more hangs or reboots! Hurray!Updated
The google icons are back up Stupid ZoneAlarm
Pros Don't know
Cons Will not run on XP64bit
Summary I'm using SpyBot,SpywareBlaster & Windows Defender on clean install. ALL these apps work on 64bit machines and are FREE. I pass all the other scans I have run (using apps that WILL run on 64bit) so why pay for one??
Pros great software to have$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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Summary this is a very good software to use on your pc . it is better than some other software that is out there.$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
Pros Appears to work???
Cons SLOWS DOWN my computer! Not user friendly!
Summary This program may work against some spyware, although I probably not computer-savvy enough to really know. What I do know is that it slows down everything. It takes the computer a long time to start up. When I open up firefox I literally sit there for 3-4 minutes before I can access anything on the web. This is not acceptable.
Also... it is always giving me a little pop-up box asking if I want to allow some process I don't know, to do something I don't understand. And it give NO criteria to judge whether I should answer YES or NO! Am I messing up the operation of a legitimate program, or allowing spyware??? No way to know!!! This is less than useless!