Check Point Rolls New ZoneAlarm Antivirus and Firewall Protection into a Pro Bono Package

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warptek2010

Until they give me a more compelling reason to give up Security Essentials and Windows 7 firewall there is really no reason to switch.
Like many here have already said, coupled with some common sense computing, running an anti-malware program or 2 once every couple of weeks or so and you should have nothing to worry about.

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Blaze589

I've been using ZA before they were bought by Check Point and a little while after they were bought by CP. The reason I stopped using it was because the firewall would hang my internet connection frequently. I subsequently downloaded Comodo Firewall Free and the internet hangs stopped. It's been years now so I figure that issue has been long since resolved but now I'm quite use to Comodo Firewall.

Admittedly you could get away with using Microsoft's built in firewall and it'll work very nicely. I keep using Comodo though for their Defense + setting which automatically sandboxes everything not digitally signed until I give it an all clear. There's also a cloud scanner that picked up a (singular; I've haven't had a virus since my dial-up days) run-time malware (freeware software) that Avast! didn't warn me about; it removed it and I went on my merry little way.

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USraging

I will stick with common sense and windows firewall along with free avg coupled with running malwarebytes now and then.

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D00dlavy

Not to look a gift horse in the mouth or anything, but with so many good AV offerings to choose from, why are you still on AVG?

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USraging

have not had any problems with avg.

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Caboose

AVG has become bloated and horrible.

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Blues22475

Agreed. I am telling my customers that because I remember when AVG was out ages ago and was very light. Had very light definitions too. Now it's bloated like Norton's products.

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DogPatch1149

Maybe I'd use this on an XP box, but MSE and the firewall in Windows 7 work just fine.

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Blues22475

Agreed. I had an anti-virus solution + a firewall solution for several years now. Just recently I have decided to remove the firewall solution and use Windows 7's built in Firewall. Have not regretted the change since.

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TommM

I'm fine with MS Security Essentials along with a large dose of common sense in opening up e-mails and web searches.

No need to gunk up my machine and registry with more anti-virus programs (which in some cases are worse than the viruses).

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Victek

Based on the discussion around the beta this should be a good entry level program. One thing to note is it will not run in a virtual machine, which is unfortunate since that's how I test before installing on host systems.

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BluePhoton

I hope it doesn't come loaded with ads and reminders.
(a la Norton and McAfee, which sometimes acted worse than malware)

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TsunamiZ

does this version still use the kaspersky antivirus engine?

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JusTalkin

They still use Kaspersky for their paid version, so I'd guess this would be the same.

As for MSE, after cleaning up infected machines running it for years now, I wouldn't put any confidence in it. I have, however, had very good results from Zonealarm, starting with their free firewall back when I had dial-up. The firewall alone will prevent a lot of infections.

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