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Zone Alarm personal free firewall

By Poppa Bear
Jun 18, 2009
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  1. Have ZoneLabs discontinued Zone Alarm free Personal Firewall? The only free versions I can find on home page are both limited period, trial versions, namely:

    ZoneAlarm® Extreme Security

    ZoneAlarm® Internet Security Suite

    However, the link dated Feb 25th '09, here provided by Techspot to Zone Alarm free Personal Firewall version still works, but I can't find it on Zone Alarm home page.

    Am I missing something?
     
  2. Daproblemis

    Daproblemis TS Rookie Posts: 53

    uninstall it and DL Sygate free. Does not function with Vista, great with XP. Just google sygate and go from there. Can't run both so uninstall the other first.
     
  3. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +36

    Here a site for the free v8.0.289.0 ZoneAlarm: http://www.filehippo.com/download_zonealarm_free/

    Here's a link for the free version v7.1:
    http://www.afterdawn.com/software/network_software/firewalls/zonealarm.cfm

    Support:
    An FYI for you: Re ZoneAlarm: v6, v7, v8 each represent an "engine" upgrade. The number after the dot is a "version" upgrade. For instance, you might have v8 and the most current "version" of v8 is v8.0.289.0.

    Firewalls don't update like AV programs. The listen at ports and there is little change in that. But upgrading the "engine" is a significant change. I know this because I had the paid version of ZoneAlarm v5. Then they upgraded their engine to v6- otherwise I didn't update.
     
  4. Poppa Bear

    Poppa Bear TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 266

    Hi Bobbye,

    Thanks for that info re link to free download, and for distinguishing between the "engine" upgrade and "version" update. :D

    I've noticed that in the 8 engine version, the same program works for both Vista and XP. When you download, unlike previous versions where it asks you to choose your OS between Vista and XP, there is no such option anymore.

    Cheers Poppa Bear

    ps the second link you gave, http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en-us/zonealarm-pc-security-free-firewall.htm, direct to Zone Labs for version 7 now gives you version 8.
     
  5. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +36

    Thanks Poppa Bear- have updated the link. It's hard to keep track of all the versions of programs!
     
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