Firewalls -- is Zone Alarm still pretty good?

By circusboy01 ยท 16 replies
Jun 28, 2011
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  1. Years ago. On my first computer. I was told that the best Firewall I could have was Zone Alarm. Are they still ranked pretty high? Are they considered better than what I'm using now. Windows Firewall. Is there a free version. Thanks CB
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,128   +982

    Qualitative rankings change just about as fast as they can be published - -
    and then there's the issue of what criteria is being used?

    First, the OS/Edition of your system matters. Win/7 FW is quite reasonable.

    Personally, my XP/Pro is running with Sunbelt Personal FW and behaves very much
    like Windows 7; when something wants to launch a privileged program or to update a program, it barks and I get to say yea/nea. The downside here is Sunbelt as been bought out so what's available from them may be a moving target.

    Comodo is a good FW too

    and I believe that Zone Alarm was the foundation to one of these :)

    you will get several replies on this topic :)
  3. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 7,670   +413

    My first firewall was Zone Alarm till a techie told me it was too bloated & I should go to I've been using it for several months or more & no problems. It has pop ups asking you to ok or not the program you're installing..
    As the other poster said, you'll get other responses.
    I've been told the Win 7 firewall is pretty good.
  4. circusboy01

    circusboy01 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 799   +16

    I'm running Windows 7 So, I guess I'm good with what I got CB
  5. circusboy01

    circusboy01 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 799   +16

    I forgot all about having PC tools on the computer I had right before this one. Or, else I probably would have had it on this one. No matter 2 votes, so far, for windows 7 FW. So I'll probably stick with it.
  6. mike1959

    mike1959 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,034   +55

    Since I had Windows 7, (the first week it was released), I have only used Windows Firewall, and Microsoft Security Essentials A/V. No trouble so far, seems good enough for a free program.
    If you want an "in depth" test of A/V programs, you might have a look at a website that just tests A/V programs. The reports they give are in .pdf format, just click on the orange 'report English' link, on the line 'Whole product dynamic test'.
    The website URL is;
    * Be sure to have only one Anti-virus program active at any time.
    ** I also use 'Threatfire' (by PC tools) as an extra layer of security.
  7. circusboy01

    circusboy01 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 799   +16

    Thanks. Another good reason to stick with the Windows Firewall
    I'll check out that link. CB
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,128   +982

    just keep your focus:
    A firewall is not an antivirus application; they perform different services altogether.​
    Yes, there are application suits that package both of them together,
    but for my money, I like them seperated - - I can pick and choose as I please.
  9. circusboy01

    circusboy01 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 799   +16

    L don't have a combo Firewall/Antivirus, and I'm not planning to get one.
    Ive got Windows Firewall,Avast Ccleaner, Malwarebytes, Superantispyware, Spybot S&D, and Spywareblaster. But, thanks for your concern CB
  10. bzbrant

    bzbrant TS Rookie

    Zonealarm BSOD with VSDATANT.SYS

    had to remove Zonealarm Extreme Security on Windows 7 64 bit after many Blue Screen of Death crashes and finally installed McAfee, now have no problems and all is running well... ZA support was not helpful at all, and they were not willing to refund the subscription... I would not recommend ZA... they did not know about the VSDATANT.SYS problem and were not able to provide any assistance
  11. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 7,670   +413

    I've been told the W 7 firewall its self is pretty good, . I had ZA on my XP a long time ago but dumped it in favor of PC Tools firewall +.
  12. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    I haven;t used a 3rd party firewall in YEARS. I use windows firewall with M$ security essentials. I really can't even remember the last time my system got viri. It's been a long time.
  13. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 445

    I am using Windows Firewall on 15 PCs (Win XP) without problems, no plan of using a third party software.
  14. circusboy01

    circusboy01 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 799   +16

    L had it on my XP a few years back. Had no problems with it. L now have Windows 7 64 bit. So thanks for the warning Ray
  15. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,984   +72

    Wow! I have lost count how many times in our BSOD forum vsdatant.sys has come up as the primary reason for many people's system crashes.
  16. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 843   +38

    Oh dear. What on Earth possessed you to go with McAfee? Even my dad's company dropped them, lol. Not to mention it's a pain in the butt to complete get rid of the program should you decide to uninstall it and get something else. And the one time I got a virus, McAfee was useless. It old me it caught the virus, and when I went to open McAfee, the virus prevented it from opening, and then my OS starting screwing up. Great job McAfee. /sarcasm

    SKYSTAR TS Enthusiast Posts: 207

    no i dont think

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