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Hi,
I use ZoneAlarm Secuirty Suite 7 and I am very satisfied with it. I have just noticed that the "most complete" version of the all new ZoneAlarm Extreme Security 2012 is now on sale at £25/year - and that is a three computers licence. Excellent value for money. So I am pondering upgrading. But before that... What do you think about these:
- Is this new 2012 version really better than the old version 7? (also, it seem to me there are somewhat less options in the new one than in the old one?)
- I like this browser virtualization - but I use Opera. Will that work with Opera, or only with IE and Firefox?
- At some website (e.g. http://www.pcmag.com/category2/0 ) Norton 350 Version 5 got more point than ZA Extreme Security 2012. Is it really better? I used Norton many years ago and I was very disappointed... It is that much improved by now?
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Same old song and dance:
  • Norton is horribad
  • ZA is better, but not as good as:
  • MSE, Avira, AVG - which are all free
  • Kaspersky, ESET (NOD 32) are awesome, comprehensive ISS packages that have a subscription fee
    
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Thank you.

Do you know if the new ZA any better than the old? I love the old one, never had any problem with it, and the new one is really cheap.

Thanks.

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Originally Posted by TurboTurtle View Post
Same old song and dance:
  • Norton is horribad
  • ZA is better, but not as good as:
  • MSE, Avira, AVG - which are all free
  • Kaspersky, ESET (NOD 32) are awesome, comprehensive ISS packages that have a subscription fee
    
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Same deal. ZA is decent, but the ones I listed earlier are still better in terms of virus/malware protection.

In my opinion, ZA should have either just stuck with firewall development, or created two separate packages that didn't get bundled, or even worked on within the same department. ZA's firewalls were great back in the day, but once they started branching out they stopped being the shinning star of consumer firewalls that they were.
    
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Originally Posted by TurboTurtle View Post
Same old song and dance:
  • Norton is horribad
  • ZA is better, but not as good as:
  • MSE, Avira, AVG - which are all free
  • Kaspersky, ESET (NOD 32) are awesome, comprehensive ISS packages that have a subscription fee
This post is pretty much dead on, exactly what I would have said. However, out of the three free ones listed MSE is the best. AVG is still pretty bad due to false positives, but still better than Norton/ZA.

Free: MSE
Paid: NOD32 or Kasperspy
Edited by Murlocke - 6/22/11 at 1:15pm
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If you want to spend money buy malwarebytes pro. Its like 28usd for a lifetime licence plus they started to give users a month free trail to test it. run it along zone alarm that you got. Full on security suites gives a lot of problems on windows since the vista days. They have a lot of problems with different applications which leads to a lot of BSODs.

I will not install the free Avira. It installs the ask toolbar with it without asking which comes to Spyware. Ask toolbar hijacks your start page and tracks your surfing habits. Comodo free versions as well but they renamed ask toolbar to hotspot toolbar but its ask toolbar renamed. Those are Spyware.
Edited by Spooony - 6/23/11 at 1:38pm
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in b4 the norton bash

damnit too late.
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