ZoneAlarm Pro Antivirus and Firewall review, manual and guides

by Lucia Danes - -

ZoneAlarm Pro Antivirus and Firewall[1] is developed by ZoneAlarm which is the consumer brand of Check Point Software Technologies Inc. The company was founded in 1997. Since then, ZoneAlarm delivers its customers the world’s leading cybersecurity solutions that protect users against all sorts of cyber attacks, including malware, ransomware, phishing and identity theft.

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ZoneAlarm Pro Antivirus and Firewall provides users with the essential device and internet security for Windows PC. The antivirus package is a complete protection suite and is compatible with PCs that support Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP.

ZoneAlarm Pro Antivirus and Firewall starts at $39.95 per year for a single PC. If you want to protect up to 5 PCs, the price will be $59.95 (with the current offer packages cost $24.95 and $39.95 respectively. If you want to try the software before purchasing it, ZoneAlarm also offers a Free Trial. The ZoneAlarm Pro Antivirus and Firewall also offers 30-day money-back guarantee.

The download and installation are simple but can take a while. However, if you already have any other anti-malware software, you would have to uninstall it first. It is worth to mention that ZoneAlarm Pro Antivirus and Firewall is only compatible with MS Windows Defender but not with other third-party antivirus software so cannot be used alongside other antivirus systems.

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Antivirus protection

The antivirus protection is unknown because none of the independent labs such as AV-TEST[2] have tested the software. However, researchers at Reviewed by Pro also have tested the software. According to our test results, ZoneAlarm Pro Antivirus and Firewall removed over more than three-quarters of the installed malware samples within a minute. In total, the antivirus application detected almost 90% of the installed malware samples. The antivirus protection is relatively decent. However, it is unknown how the software would be rated in the bigger antivirus tests. 

In order to secure users’ online privacy, ZoneAlarm Pro Antivirus and Firewall includes Anti-Phishing Chrome Extension. The enhanced Browser Protection scans websites for malicious files, scripts, archives and executables before they are downloaded on the system.


ZoneAlarm Pro Antivirus and Firewall provides a decent set of security and privacy features. The package includes Antivirus and Anti-spyware engine which detects and removes viruses, spyware, trojans, worms, bots and more; Advanced Real-Time Antivirus protects against newly emerging threats, by checking files against real-time cloud database. A Two-way firewall prevents cyber attacks and proactively protects against inbound and outbound attacks; Advanced Firewall[3] monitors behaviors in order to detect and stop even the most sophisticated new attacks that can bypass traditional antivirus engines. In addition, identity protection services deliver superior PC-based protection and data encryption; Online Backup protect users’ data and files, the features include Automated Backups, Efficient Backups, and User-defined Encryption Keys.

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In order to protect users while browsing, ZoneAlarm Pro Antivirus and Firewall includes Anti-Phishing browser extension that supports all Google Chrome versions.

System-performance impact and scans

ZoneAlarm Pro Antivirus and Firewall has a notable impact on the system and slows down the computer. The scans are also longer than the average and have a major impact on the operating system. However, users can choose from various scan modes and schedule them according to their needs.

User interface

What we actually liked, is that most things are taken care automatically, including real-time protection, scheduled scans, and automatic database. The number of notifications can be bit annoying, users can turn on Game Mode. All in one, the interface is easy to use and very simple.

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The final verdict

ZoneAlarm Pro Antivirus and Firewall can be a good choice for those, who look for reliable and not expensive antivirus solution. Even though the antivirus protection is mediocre, the antivirus defenses are licensed from award-winning Kaspersky. In addition, a tough personal, effective two-way firewall does a very decent job. However, due to the high impact on system performance. The software would be a good choice for an average user that does not require family protection or licenses for other operating systems. The antivirus protection also has a major drawback by draining resources and slowing down other computer tasks.

Feature Score
Antivirus protection Mediocre
Additional features A decent security and privacy feature set
System-performance impact Heavy
Scanning performance Average scans with a negative performance hit
User interface Convenient and intuitive

About the author

Lucia Danes
Lucia Danes - Malware and spyware analyst

Lucia Danes is a news editor at She is extremely passionate when it comes to helping people deal with various online threats, so she wants her articles to be understood even by those with no IT background.

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