Download ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 2010 – Windows 7 Compatible

image ZoneAlarm Free was the first Firewall I ever installed to a personal system, and that was back in the dark ages of 1996. It wasn’t until 2009 that I was reluctantly forced to move away from the world’s most popular free Firewall, since Windows 7 was not yet supported.

Happily, Windows 7  is now supported, and I’ve jumped at the chance to reinstall my absolute all time favorite free Firewall.

Here’s why:

In my 14 years of experience with ZoneAlarm Free, never once has it let me down.

It’s the least intrusive free Firewall that I’m aware of – Firewalls that demand attention every 5 minutes drive me crazy!

It provides strong inbound intrusion detection, coupled with strong outbound protection. Outbound protection is an absolute “must have” today, since the botnet threat continues to escalate. ZoneAlarm will prohibit botnet connections.

ZoneAlarm’s “stealth mode” keeps my computer invisible on the Internet. If I can’t be seen by cybercriminals, my risk exposure is reduced substantially.

ZoneAlarm Free continuously monitors Internet activity through its True Vector Internet Monitor, and notifies me with an alert if it detects an unsafe, or disallowed activity.

On the reinstall it installed easily, set up quickly, and has not caused any conflicts with my machine – despite my sometimes esoteric running requirements.

The default settings are well thought out, and provide excellent protection for less experience users particularly – and despite the hype put out by media, most computer user can be classified as having limited system experience.

Experienced users on the other hand, can tinker to their hearts content, customizing and tweaking the application to meet their specific requirements.

Fast facts:

DefenseNet – Leverages real-time threat data from community of millions of users to detect and block the latest attacks.

Inbound Firewall Protection – Stops hackers and other intrusions by making your PC invisible online.

Outbound Firewall Protection – Blocks spyware, botnets, and other malware from sending your personal data out to the Internet.

Quiet and Automatic – Runs in the background, un-noticed and out of the way, with rare alerts.

Anti-phishing and Site Check – Toolbar blocks fraudulent websites including those that trick you into entering personal data.

Identity Guard – Provides credit scores and recovery services to secure your identity online and offline.

Works with all Antivirus – Compatible with antivirus software, such as AVG and Norton Antivirus.

The program settings screen is definitely new user friendly, as the following graphic illustrates.

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The graphic below illustrates  a security popup since a new application is seeking first time access to the Internet. Users have the opportunity to allow, disallow, and with a checkbox tick, have ZoneAlarm automatically remember the response.

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The activity log can be particularly valuable for more experienced users.

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If you are a casual computer user, ZoneAlarm Free is definitely worth considering as a new Firewall installation, or as a replacement for a current Firewall that is not meeting your expectations.

System Requirements: Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit ), Vista, XP SP2 or SP3.

Download at: Download.com

Note: Test your existing Firewall at Steve Gibson’s site – ShieldsUP! If your current Firewall is not in stealth mode (this test will confirm it), and if it can’t be forced into stealth mode, then you should consider changing your Firewall application.

Note: If you are currently running Windows Firewall, then installation and setup is a breeze since you have the opportunity to turn off this Firewall. On the other hand, if you are running another Firewall, it’s important that you uninstall
this application (use the applications built-in uninstaller), before installing ZoneAlarm Free. I mention this as a precaution only, since it’s as likely that you won’t encounter any difficulties. But……..

If your current Firewall does not include a built-in uninstaller, then use Revo Uninstaller which will delete the application including the applicable Registry entries.

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10 responses to “Download ZoneAlarm Free Firewall 2010 – Windows 7 Compatible

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  2. Fred

    “stealth mode” does the Windows Firewall for Vista have such a mode?

    The old expression, “I learn something new every day” well here it is like dozens of new things every VISIT.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hi Fred,

      Stealth mode is enabled by default in Windows Vista – actually it can’t be turned off.

      I don’t use Windows Firewall (never have), so I’m not sure if in fact, stealth mode is actually “stealth mode”. Visit Steve Gibson’ssite, and the test will tell you if it is actually “stealth.”

      Bill

  3. Mal

    Hey Bill,

    Just downloaded this new version the other day, it’s very cool. I tell ya, Zone alarm have come a long way since the early days, they just keep getting better and better.

    Cheers

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Mal,

      “Zone alarm have come a long way since the early days, they just keep getting better and better” – couldn’t agree more.

      I’m pretty happy to have it back, that’s for sure.

      Bill

  4. Liam O' Moulain

    Bill,

    ZoneAlarm is the best Firewall I’ve ever used, bar none.

    Liam

  5. Adrian

    I like to use the Windows Firewall instead. No installation needed.

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