Now-a-days, every vendor, including those who make freewares, are trying to dump as many security features into their products. Thus we are seeing redundant features in both antiviruses & firewalls, such as behavior blocking, anti-phishing etc, in both firewalls and antiviruses. Hence, your free internet security combo may not work well, or your computer becomes slow or you may even face BSOD’s due to these redundant features. (Do checkout our How to make firewalls & antiviruses compatible article to make your own safe security suites). That’s why, internet security suites from same vendor is novice-safe, as the firewall and antivirus go well hand in hand. But, many internet security suites aren’t free and there very less free security suites. But, thanks to CheckPoint Software Technologies for adding 1 more to the line of free security suites.
CheckPoint Software Technologies, today announced the release of the new freeware called “ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall“. The name says it all, this new product is an extension of their free firewall and this extension of features is so much that you can find almost all premium features in this freeware. Below, is the comparison between the new freeware and sharewares.
You can see that the new “ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall” has all the essential features, except additional protection such as, Parental Controls, Virtual Browsing etc. Also, do note that the frequency of automatic updates is set to 24 hours (like Avira). But, manually you can update as often as you can.
Features of ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall :
- Antivirus/Spyware Scan Engine– Scans, detects, and removes, known and unknown malware, such as viruses, spyware, Trojan horses, worms, bots, and rootkits.
- 2-Way Firewall – Stops inbound and outbound attacks.
- OSFirewall – Monitors behaviors within a PC to spot and stop sophisticated new attacks that bypass traditional antivirus software and security suites.
- Advanced Download Protection – Analyzes downloads and warns you if a download is malicious, stopping it from infecting a user’s PC.
- Identity Theft Protection – Delivers data encryption and offers offline identity protection.
- Anti-Phishing/Site Status Toolbar – Blocks spyware distribution sites and fraudulent phishing websites.
- Online Backup (2 GB space for free) – Protects your files in the event of loss, theft, accidental deletion, or disk failure.
- Compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP – Enables protection across all of the latest operating systems.
As you can see ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall provides comprehensive all round protection, protecting you from hackers, malware and the in-built intelligent behavior blocker will block emerging threats. This new freeware has many common features of Pro Firewall so go through our Review of Pro Firewall to get more understanding on how this new freeware works. So, download ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall from the link below and see how well it works.
Download : ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall