Monday, November 17, 2008

Get ZoneAlarm Pro Free (18NOV2008)

I have not been a fan of the ZoneAlarm firewall by Check Point Software since the Ask Toolbar was included as a pre-checked option and disguised as ZoneAlarm Spy Blocker. That aside, I have been unpleasantly surprised lately seeing a large number of computers without a software firewall. Without a doubt, the computers have all been heavily infected.

Perhaps those folks -- and yourself as well if you need a software firewall -- will take advantage of this one-day offer for a free one year subscription for Zone Alarm Pro.

"On Tuesday, Nov. 18, Check Point Software will offer the ZoneAlarm Pro software package for free for 24 hours, in celebration of Check Point's 15th anniversary, a company spokeswoman said Friday.

ZoneAlarm Pro, which contains a firewall, antispyware, and ID protection service (including credit monitoring) normally costs $39.95. The download location for the free ZoneAlarm Pro package will go live at 6 AM PDT on Tuesday morning."

The download URL is expected to go live at 6 AM PDT.

Remember - "A day without laughter is a day wasted."
May the wind sing to you and the sun rise in your heart...


winchester73 said...

I used to be a loyal ZA fan, and used/recommended it for years ... but the last few upgrades have really tested my patience.

Dusty said...

I have a question.

ZA's Pro states I must uninstall my Kerio firewall due to compatibility issues.

Kerio is a great little firewall, should I go with ZA or just stay with Kerio, which is a product you recommended to me quite a while ago.

I am so tired of AVG I can not begin to tell you. It's a CPU hog for starters and their upgrade problems are driving me crazy this last year.

Please advise,
Dusty :)

Corrine said...

Hi, Dusty.

If you are happy with Kerio and not having issues, do you really want to fix what isn't broken?

However, if you wish to try ZA, first save the Kerio installation file to backup. Then create a system restore point and name it something you will recognize (i.e. BeforeZA). Then install ZA. If you find you don't care for it, that it takes up too much resources, or some other reason, uninstall it and reinstall Kerio.

The reason I suggested creating a System Restore point is because if the ZA installation (or any software install) does not go right, you can restore your computer to the point before the installation. However, that is not a permanent "out" because restore points "cycle out" and are not available forever. In addition, other system changes are made and would be lost.

With regard to AVG, there are two excellent products free for personal use.

avast! 4 Home Edition and Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic