djv1 wrote:What is Zone Alarm exactly? What does it do?
Zone Alarm is, basically, an excellent firewall. I installed today, the new v.5.0, and it blocked almost 300 access attempt, one of which was rated dangerous. The free version has, also Mail safe, something which will catch certain type of script in attachment. I got only one in the years since I got the free ZA. The Pro version incorporate feature which already exist on my computer, and may actually cause conflicts.It blocks Popups, erases Internet tracks, and it combines the features of an Antivirus and of Anti-Spyware program. The AV is brand new, but I trust my server-based AV scanning, augmented by AVG. And Netscape or Mozilla do a create job of blocking popups. The new versions of Adaware and Spybot S & D work beautifully.
I am very leery of problem which have been reported by users of multiple application programs, such as Norton or McAfee. There are people who swear by them, and other at them. The free programs suit me fine, and they have caused minimal problems.