i have used zonealarm for quite some time, even though being aware that it was a over bloated programme. i have always been accepting of that little extra time it took for my pc to get up to running speed from initial startup. i am not knocking zomealarm as i find to be more reliable than many others, but now they have updated it with additional software with game mode and a blocker for known problem websites. great stuff but OH BOY ! its takes even longer to load. so what about avast? how is the firewall in it ? what about avg and its firewall?