Updated 16 Mar 2018

ZoneAlarm

Free Antivirus 2017

Snapshot: ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus 2017 for Windows has limited features. How well does it protect your computer?

Free Antivirus 2017
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$0

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Test results

Overall score
48
Protection
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
System impact
?/10

Good points

  • OK system impact.
  • Has backup feature.
  • Has it's own proprietary firewall.
  • Has ransomware protection.
  • Windows 8 comaptible.
  • Doesn't include "bloatware".

But

  • Poor protection.
  • Just OK ease of use.
  • No anti-spam protection.
  • No anti-phishing protection.
  • No banking protection feature.

How we test

Overall score is comprised of:

Protection (65%) . This includes:

On-access scan: incorporates a web test assessing the software’s ability to prevent an infection coming from the internet and a USB scenario (performed both online and offline) evaluating the ability of the software to prevent an infection coming from an external drive. It also assesses how well the software detects and blocks phishing and ransomware attacks. Our macOS security software test differs from our Windows test as we couldn’t find an instance of a website infected with malware targeting Macs. For this reason, our live web test and ransomware test aren’t run on the Mac security software.

On-demand scan: evaluates the detection of malware from an on-demand (scheduled or user-initiated) scan with a large collection of different types of malware while offline, on connected cloud storage, and as malware is running. We also look at how well the software detects malware targeting different operating systems including Windows, Mac and Android.

Ease of use (25%): assesses installation, configuration and normal day-to-day use of the software, as well as clarity/simplicity of the user interface. We also look at the available user help, such as guidance, help menu and options, and updating the software.

System impact (10%): assesses the software’s use of disk space and memory, plus its effect on boot time and common tasks such as program launch and use, file use, copying and conversion.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$0

Program

Number of PCs on licence
n/a
Licence period
n/a
Operating system
Windows
Version tested
15.1.504.17269

Features

Anti-phishing
No
Anti-spam
No
Backup
Yes
Ransomware protection
Yes
Proprietary firewall
Yes
Parental controls
No
Password manager
No
"Bloatware" included
No
Banking protection feature
No
E-mail scanner
No
Offline help
Yes
Download of a bootable CD / DVD
No
Download of a bootable USB key
No
Can create a bootable CD / DVD
No
Can create a bootable USB key
No
Minimum requirements - Processor
-
Minimum requirements - RAM
2GB
Minimum requirements - Hard disk
1.5GB
Recommended requirements - Processor
-
Recommended requirements - RAM
-
Recommended requirements - Hard disk
-