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Re: Heads up on Zonealarm
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2013, 03:28:15 AM »
well, i went to post here to say, good read indeed. noticing the 7/31 date, today is 8/1, after all, i post.
then this pink and red text box pops up and says, warning! ... not been posted in for at least 120 days.

oh. 2012. i've resurrected yet another topic from the dead. sigh.

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Re: Heads up on Zonealarm
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2015, 01:13:37 PM »
I've used Zone Alarm for many years. As matter of fact, I use their combination free anti-virus/spyware/firewall and it works well for me. As far as their toolbar and homepage change, I used change the page back and uninstall the toolbar and, boom,, they're gone and everything works fine. :thumbsup:

I know that Checkpoint tries to promote their products, etc. but I just ignore them.

 I guess it's all a matter of taste--what one one wants, right?


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Re: Heads up on Zonealarm
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2015, 01:25:27 PM »
So you're running XP or below then Darksurfer?

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Re: Heads up on Zonealarm
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2015, 01:17:06 PM »
So you're running XP or below then Darksurfer?

No, Wolfeymole, I run Windows 7.


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Re: Heads up on Zonealarm
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2015, 01:20:53 PM »
Then I would offer that you uninstall Zone Alarm and allow the onboard Windows Firewall to deal with incoming and outgoing traffic.

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Re: Heads up on Zonealarm
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2015, 01:47:06 PM »
My experience was nearly identical to what darksurfer described.....(on Win 8 & 8.1)
If you use freeware, you learn to pay attention, (instead of paying money).
Cleaning up anything you missed becomes routine.


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Re: Heads up on Zonealarm
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2015, 03:25:02 PM »
I have an old Windows 2000 desktop computer in my "computer room" with the other 3 computers. It runs Zone Alarm. For some strange reason that I was never able to figure out, it will not go on the internet unless you shut down ZA then turn it back on. Since I do not want this computer on the internet, I consider that former nuisance to now be a great security feature.  :cool:

On the Windows 7 computers, I use the built-in firewall.

Does Malwarebytes warn you upon installing of the PUPs for Zone Alarm? It has for me. Something "free" I wished to install came with Open Candy. MBAM popped up a warning and I was able to avoid getting something unwanted with the install.

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Re: Heads up on Zonealarm
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2015, 04:49:26 PM »
To "supplement" MBAM, another option is Unchecky.  The object of the software is to keep potentially unwanted programs from being installed by automatically unchecking unrelated offers.  Unchecky also provides a warning when you try to accept a potentially unwanted offer.  The program automatically updates when a new version is available.

Although an older article by How-to Geek, it provides additional information about Unchecky:  How to Avoid Junkware Offers with Unchecky.  Home Page:  Unchecky

The "usual" advice  to do a custom install applies even with Unchecky installed and continue watching each screen while installing software for anything that Unchecky may have missed.


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Re: Heads up on Zonealarm
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2015, 05:34:02 PM »
......Does Malwarebytes warn you upon installing of the PUPs for Zone Alarm? It has for me. Something "free" I wished to install came with Open Candy. MBAM popped up a warning and I was able to avoid getting something unwanted with the install.
It's been a while, but as I recall there were two "extras" included. One could be unchecked with impunity, but if you unchecked the search engine, ZA wouldn't install.

I was using the free version of MBAM, it wouldn't have been flagged until the next scan.
Before the next scan, I had already pronounced the ZA search "useless" and got rid of it.

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Re: Heads up on Zonealarm
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2015, 10:04:40 PM »
Hi Temmu,
You had to look deep into the den of antiquity to find this thread;-).
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Re: Heads up on Zonealarm
« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2015, 01:31:38 PM »
Then I would offer that you uninstall Zone Alarm and allow the onboard Windows Firewall to deal with incoming and outgoing traffic.

Why would I want to use Windows Firewall with so little options and tweaks. Zone Alarm, I've used on and off for several years.No problem. I know they got Tiny Wall and Windows Firewall Console and those sort of thongs but the version of Zone Alarm I use is a suite--it has a firewall, anti-virus and anti-spyware. Three items rolled into one. :dance:

Who could ask for more. I thought about Comodo's suite but it has caused severe problems on my computer--like making me lose everything when I couldn't even boot in. Not good. :sos:


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Re: Heads up on Zonealarm
« Reply #12 on: April 27, 2015, 02:58:40 PM »
 
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Why would I want to use Windows Firewall with so little options and tweaks.
You are mistaken. Have you ever looked at Windows built in firewall?
http://www.howtogeek.com/112564/how-to-create-advanced-firewall-rules-in-the-windows-firewall/?PageSpeed=noscript

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Re: Heads up on Zonealarm
« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2015, 04:19:19 PM »
I've never had to find fixes for BSODs caused by Windows' own firewall ...

3rd party firewalls are an entirely different matter.

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Re: Heads up on Zonealarm
« Reply #14 on: April 29, 2015, 01:46:27 PM »
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Why would I want to use Windows Firewall with so little options and tweaks.
You are mistaken. Have you ever looked at Windows built in firewall?
http://www.howtogeek.com/112564/how-to-create-advanced-firewall-rules-in-the-windows-firewall/?PageSpeed=noscript

Okay, Windows Firewall has options and tweaks and they are cumbersome and confusing. They are not as easy to maneuver through than Zone Alarm or Comodo or Private Firewall or many many others.  :thud:

Why do you think they have developed third party helpers like Tony Wall and Windows Firewall Console. To make it easy to make their way through this menage of confusing rules, etc. ad naueseum. Why couldn't Windows Firewall be easier to use like the Essentials program for anti-virus/spyware program. Microsoft sometimes makes things harder than they need to.

Don't tell me that Zone Alarm is no good. I've used it several years, no problem. :mitch:

I guess that, once again, it is all a matter of choice--what works for you. :breakkie: