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Is ZoneAlarm worth the performance hit?

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So, supposedly ZoneAlarm is the best personal firewall out there, at least 1. I use it on everyone of my computers and my dad's. Untill now I'd always noticed a general performance hit w/ ZA but I recently did a full reinstall on my lappy, got 'er all upto date and running and she was blazing fast compared to usual(as i'd expect from a clean install). I got all the AV, and AS software i normally use, drivers, updates etc/ still pretty fast, and like 10-20 secs give or take to boot into windows after the laoding screen starts and i log in... I install ZA, and on my 1st reboot takes 2-5x longer to boot. The loadign screen loaded alot longer, it took @ least twice as long to boot from log in etc. even after my 2nd rebot it was considerablly slower.

So in conclusion, is ZA really worth it, and how do i convonce my dad I don't need it, lol. Keep in mind his PC is on our network and contains "mission-criticle" data...

thx

OBTW sry for any spelling and/or grammer errors, i'm a bit tired, yet hyper, so.. .yea... thx
post #2 of 18
Funny, I've never noticed a performance hit using ZA. I have used it on many pc's and some really really slow old ones as well. Never slowed them down anything I could even notice. What version are you using? I use just zonealarm the firewall. I think there's a ZA pro and probably some others. I wouldn't doubt those might bog your computer down especially if they actively scan for viruses/malware. But again I've never had any kind of slow down I could notice from using zone alarm.
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Funny, I've never noticed a performance hit using ZA. I have used it on many pc's and some really really slow old ones as well. Never slowed them down anything I could even notice. What version are you using? I use just zonealarm the firewall. I think there's a ZA pro and probably some others. I wouldn't doubt those might bog your computer down especially if they actively scan for viruses/malware.
I and my dad use Pro on all our systems.
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I and my dad use Pro on all our systems.
Thats why. I just uped to pro on my second rig, trying to make it a file server. And when I start the computer ZA scans it right after it boots and it pretty much slows down and some times locks up till it done scanning.
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I used to have ZA but not anymore as it's very RAM hungry. You're better off with having Windows XP/Vista firewall
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I used to have ZA but not anymore as it's very RAM hungry. You're better off with having Windows XP/Vista firewall
I don't feel that's an accurate statement to say the least.

Zone Alarm is not RAM hungry.

Zone Alarm PRO, ZA anti-spyware, ZA anti-virus, and some of the other products zonelabs makes may be resource hogs.
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Well I moved to comodo firewall, and it freed up more ram, only uses half the resources that za did.
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I don't feel that's an accurate statement to say the least.

Zone Alarm is not RAM hungry.

Zone Alarm PRO, ZA anti-spyware, ZA anti-virus, and some of the other products zonelabs makes may be resource hogs.
ok, but every time I install new OS on (format the hd) it boot up quick but when it's come to installing ZA, it take a while to boot up when logging in.
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Yeah, I gave up on Zone Alarm. My dad loves it, but I hate it. I used to run it, but it took a severe performance hit on my system (even with the free version). It's actually one of the reasons why I stopped folding for a few months, because I just couldn't run ZA and still remain stable. Now I just use the XP firewall and run spyware/virus scans slightly more often.
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ok, but every time I install new OS on (format the hd) it boot up quick but when it's come to installing ZA, it take a while to boot up when logging in.
Your using ZA Pro. As someone already stated it scans at startup. Thus your problem.


Zone Alarm the basic free firewall (not ZA Pro) is just a firewall and wont scan at bootup. In fact it doesn't scan at all.

I just can't believe all these people badmouthing the free ZA because I've used it many many times on many systems and never ever any kind of slow down I could even notice. If your computers are slow it's either because your using ZA Pro or another version or something else IMHO.

Give my link in my sig a read if you want to protect your computer and not bog it down for free.
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