Pros Integrated Virus, Spam and Firewall Protection
Cons Doesn't assimilate Friendly Programs, Hard to Train, Slow's XP down significantly
Summary I stopped using this program after about 8 weeks of trying to make it work effectively. Although I have a P4, running at 1.8 ghtz, 2 gigs of DRAM and a high speed connection, this program slows down my surfing by at least 70%. Even after "training" the program to recognize friendly programs, it still blocks them out. Friendly webpages and Scripts are constantly being block. It gets to the point where you find yourself turning down the security setting so low, that you were better off not even purchasing this program in the first place. The virus software has NEVER found a malicious virus, script or trojan on my computer which i find hard to believe based upon the hundred of hours of surfing I do a month. The Spam Cleaner is complete crap and only cleans low level spam (I use CCleaner instead). Don't waste your money on this one.Updated
I originally rated this product poorly because it was slowing my surfing down by 70%. In the last month Zone Labs offered a software update that has seem to fix this problem. The product is not perfect, I still have to shut down the spam and virus scanning when I'm using the computer because the scanning slows down surfing significantly but I peform the scans while I am asleep as they take 1 - 2 hours to complete. The bundled Firewall, Anti-Virus and Spam software cannot be beaten for the price.
Pros Easy to work with kinda
Cons Pop UP's like crazy for firewall. every single 3 seconds there would be one
Summary Well this program I guess is alright not as what it is rated. Extensive Pop up's from firewall. Then my Opera Browser wouldn't work. I tryed configuring it for 3 day's but still messed up so I decided to forget it and unistall it. I have McAfee which to Me is
way better than any other program for sure. Best firewall you can get, not bad privacy service better than most, Multi-User access is great, Virus and Spyware are way above average but not near perfect. But I wouldn't reccommened Zone-Alarm
Pros Good firewall,
Cons You dont FEEL secure, Scans are something to be desired, do they actually work? I'd never know.
Summary YOu will say to many people "tried ZoneAlarm?" and they will often give you the same response "hmm, yeah it was ok, but i couldnt get on with it" And they dont know why. I had this isntalled, sure after the million and one popups asking about every system process it shuts up and sits in the background, but sometimes thats not enough, sometimes you need alerting that things have been found, spyware blocked, so-on, but i got nothing. ID run scans and get no results, until a week later all the pcs it was installed on got a virus.... but what a surprise, it couldnt kil the virus. MY question was why did the virus get in in the forst place?
I just didnt trust ZA, i didnt feel it was doing enough. Then it got buggy. UGly Crashes on boot up, various components closing and needing restarting.
PRobably one of the better suites (theyre all rubbish, still a year on) but its for those real ZoneAlarm fanboys. Unfortunately theyre's not much of an alternative all-in-one, not even from Norton worth installing, PC-cillin ignores wireless LAN rules, smae with F-Prot, eTrust IIS is not a suite but all four products installed through one setup - not what i want, too messy. Norton is buggy, KAspersky doesnt rate well firewall wise, and mcafee im only just trying out. I cant go back to the old AVG+SygatePro combo cos Symantec have taken them over too! Pain...
Oh, and now Zone Alarm is sending encrypted data back to HQ regularly. What they are sending they wont disclose, but sounds dodgey to me, beware.
Pros Relatively easy install, easy configuration
Cons Several applications no longer work
Summary After reading many outstanding reviews of ZA ISS 6, I decided that I would try it on my main server (WinXP Pro SP2) which was running NAV and NPF 2005--flawlessly I might add. ZA installed easily, and seemed to be easy to configure. However, several applications that worked flawlessly under NAV & NPF 2005 no longer work. Since I was new to ZA, I decided to install NAV & NPF 2006 on another of my WinXP Pro SP2 servers, and the difference is compelling: a) error free installation, configuration and updating; b) all programs functioned at their repective permission levels without problems. Hence, I am trying to determine what I gained from trying ZA ISS 6.
I filed a problem report with ZA, and they were extremely quick to respond. Unfortunately, the suggestions didn't resolve any of my issues. I am giving them one more chance to resolve my problems. If there is no success, ZA ISS 6 will be uninstalled and I shall purchase NAV & NPF 2006 for all of my servers, chalking up the entire experience to Caveat Emptor. I am curious as to how you and other reviewers arrived at a rating of 8.0
Cons Nothing so far
Summary I have been using this security suite for one year now. It far superior to McAfee and Norton as the program is much smaller and does not bring your system resources to a screaching halt like the other two do. I just hope ZoneAlarm keeps this product small and simple. I've read lots of reviews with people having problems with the software being slow or not installing. Let me just say that your problem is either with the computer itself or possibly the user, but not this software.