Zone Alarm's firewall is well-known and respected in the Internet security arena. In ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 2009, the Kaspersky antivirus engine has been added, which will be available on demand. The OSFirewall feature includes a host of anti-spywares, which helps detect Trojans, rootkits and every other kind of spywares, and then destroys them. The suite also provides a real-world identity theft program. Also included is an Identity Fraud Protection Center, which not only provides help with identity theft prevention, but also monitors activity on your credit report. In case you do become a victim of identity theft, ZoneAlarm will also provide personal assistance. The suite includes spam protection from SonicWall.
Both the scanning process and boot time have been improved in this version. There are four antivirus scanning modes and a gaming mode, where security scans and non-priority notices will be suspended while you are playing online games. Zone Lab maintains a large database of legitimate applications, and compares the signature of those programs on your desktop, sending fewer alerts for running applications and notifying you only of unusual activities.
ZoneAlarm Internet Security 2009 installer is easy to use, and guides you throughout installation and initial configuration. After the initial reboot, you will be asked a series of questions which will help in setting up the program. First you will be asked about program control security settings, which control the number of message alerts â?? the default is 'Auto Learn'. Next, you will be asked to join the 'Defense Net', Zone Alarm's security threat center where new alerts will be recorded. Then you will be asked whether you require antivirus software. If you enable protection within Zone Alarm at this stage, you will receive Kaspersky's antivirus protection, which you should avail yourself of for overall integrated protection of your machine. Lastly, you will be asked for an immediate scan and to reboot again. For uninstalling, Zone Alarm provides an uninstall icon and after removing the application, you will not find any trace of the program in either the registry or the system folder.
Zone Alarm Internet Security 2009 has a clean and simple interface, which communicates helpful information without cluttering the screen. The left hand navigation shows the functions and the right side window shows the system status.
Author Kevin McLanedate added 2009-09-07 12:43:32