With an engine powered by Kaspersky and over 20 years of experience protecting users from attackers, Zone Alarm delivers an easy-to-use and effective antivirus suite. The company is owned by Check Point Software, and it has accumulated over 100 million downloads worldwide, making it one of the biggest names across the industry.
Thanks to both free and paid offerings that cover most users’ needs, Zone Alarm is a perfect alternative if you’re seeking affordable protection. With a few other great perks, it’s a terrific antivirus suite if you’re on the hunt for straightforward security.
Platform and Devices Accessibility
You can download Zone Alarm on any PC that runs Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 (both 32- and 64-bit versions). Unfortunately, the company doesn’t yet offer tools for Mac users. However, Zone Alarm does provide a mobile version of its antivirus that’s available for both iOS and Android devices. You can download Zone Alarm on Android if you’re running version 4.2 or higher, and on iOS 10.0 or higher.
It’s easy to get started with Zone Alarm, and setup only takes a few minutes before delivering robust protection for your device. After you download and install the application, it will quickly run an initial scan and make an assessment of your device’s security. The home screen of the application can be a bit cluttered at times with several different menus and features.
However, the main screen gives you three simple tabs to manage your security: Antivirus, Firewall, and Identity & Data. From here, you can easily start a new scan, change your scan frequency, and view the status of each tool. You can even modify how strong your security is on public and private networks, as well as set limits for what types of files get scanned.
Plans and Rates
You can choose from three alternatives when you sign up for Zone Alarm: free, Pro, and Extreme Security. All three offer the company’s standard antivirus and anti-spyware tools, as well as firewall tools and even identity protection. You can also use Zone Alarm’s Game Mode, which limits usage while you’re running video games to reduce lag.
To gain additional functionality, you can begin with the Pro Antivirus and Firewall suite, which starts at $39.95 for one year for up to five PCs. Pro adds web monitoring for websites, phishing protection, as well as online 24/7 support.
Extreme Security starts at $44.95 for one year and up to five devices (no restrictions), and adds ransomware protection, threat emulation to protect from zero-day attacks and other files hidden in downloads, and even keylogging protection.
You can pay for Zone Alarm with either credit card—the company accepts Mastercard, Visa, American Express, and Discover—as well as PayPal.
We were pleased overall with Zone Alarm’s customer support and knowledge base. The company’s website includes a full informational section that includes tutorials and guides, as well as a useful FAQ section that covers most questions you may encounter. Free users can access this page, as well as request assistance via Zone Alarm’s e-ticketing system, which usually grants quick responses.
If you signed up for the Pro or Extreme Security plans, you also have access to 24/7 online support, which includes a live chat that’s available around the clock Monday through Friday, and from 8am to 5pm Pacific Standard Time on Saturdays and Sundays. Overall, we found that the company’s support staff supplies great and effective service.
Thanks to its long tenure in the antivirus field, Zone Alarm has built a strong reputation for itself over the past few decades. Thanks to its powerful real-time protection and robust security features, it’s a worthy choice at a reasonable entry price. Moreover, the free version gives you the essentials to protect your PC, and you can always use Zone Alarm’s mobile protection to cover your smartphone and tablet. Between a great price point and strong security, Zone Alarm is a worthy antivirus choice.