As you know from a previous post, I am running Windows 7 Pro x64 …
I have used ZoneAlarm for a number of years to protect my personal PC, with excellent results … yes, there was the occasional version that caused problems such as hanging or conflicts … but, by and large ZoneAlarm is an excellent piece of software that I highly recommend.
Since the Windows 7 beta came out, I had been checking the ZoneLabs.com web site to see if their would be a Windows 7 version. Indications were that there would be, but it wasn’t evident when I checked for it.
So, before I upgraded to Windows 7, I did my research and found that Windows 7 versions were available … I decided that one of these would probably do the trick.
ZoneAlarm Extreme Security
I should mention at this point that I used to run AVG v8.5 as my preferred AntiVirus solution. This time around, I wondered whether I should be looking at a combined solution. I had a fresh install of Windows 7 … I had an image … nothing to lose right ?
Right !! Not only does ZoneAlarm Extreme Security work like a charm … it is a full featured, integrated security suite which covers my antivirus needs as well as the traditional firewall role.
Two Way Firewall
As you would expect, ZoneAlarm Extreme Security acts as a 2-way firewall and stops inbound attacks from the Internet as well as stopping anything from ‘talking out’ from your computer without your permission. This is a standard ZoneAlarm feature and no less than you would expect from any of their products.
This version of ZoneAlarm has built in Anti Virus and Anti Spyware. Scanning is on-access so files are checked when you use them. The signature updates are regular and unobtrusive. In fact, you hardly notice the antivirus feature until it detects something and tells you about it. Once again though, this is a good feature, but not unheard of in other products.
I love this feature !! The text from the ZoneLabs.com site states :
“Monitors changes within your computer to spot and stop new attacks that bypass traditional anti-virus protection….
At ZoneAlarm, we added outbound protection and then went beyond that to create the equivalent of guards who are trained to spot and stop suspicious behavior. We call this the OSFirewall, because it goes where dangerous programs go—to the operating system level. It monitors program installation, registry and file changes, keyboard and mouse code control, and over 40 other potentially dangerous behaviors.”
I can tell you now that this is the feature that makes ZoneAlarm Extreme Security different, special … and worthwhile. I have already had occurrences of reputable downloaded software which after install has tried to run something or set up autorun options which I hadn’t asked for. ZoneAlarm caught them, warned me and allowed me to stop them.
ZoneAlarm Extreme Security includes a lot of other features including parental controls, anti-spam, browser protection, and privacy and identity protection.
I’m hooked and wouldn’t be without it.