1.I'm grateful you have answered me on these questions.
However, I must note that you might misunderstood me.
I'm using ZA Pro and Nod32 antivirus-to me this is the is the best combination you can get.
Since the first time I came in the first contact with computers, when I was a total newbie, my friends have advised me get ZA Pro or ZA Internet Security Suite.
I might say that I become a ZA fanboy, I trust the company and have never experienced computer slowdowns except when ZA 7.0.302.000 was buggy.
That's why I will never use an hardware firewall or router or anything like, there is no need to.
The question I asked you for opinion regarding that ZA doesn't protect from these internet worms is because I was extremely suspicious about this thing.
I was using ZA for over 2 years, I've been visiting ALL KINDS OF WEBSITES, BECAUSE I decided that this was the best way to test ZA's inbound protection-nothing could pass through ZA, literally notihing.
My friend Tony who basically recommended ZA to me, has asked his cousins who are supposed hackers and supposedly they have developed a program for breaking in into any computer.
Now, my friend said to me that this was great opportiunity to test ZA's version 6.5.737.
He gave them his IP address, and tried to break into his Windows XP for over an hour.
Not only ZA blocked about 1000 intrusions of whatever malware they tried to sneak inside his computer, but also computer was 100% invisible and all ports were closed.
Now, please take into the count that these attacks and attempts to install these malware
were REAL, not some leak-tests.
That's why I'm extremely suspicious about what poster named Santucci on CNet.com said that ZA is vulnerable to Internet worms-honestly I don't know what he was talking about at all.
Simply put:ZA has never failed me or my friend, that's why we use it.
2.Regarding leak-tests. I completely agree with you. There are other serious security vendors as well who said these same thing about leak-tests and who test the real malware.
I think that whole leak-test histeria is responsible about why many vendors have left inbound protection.
Many vendors and leak-testers don't realize that when you buy PC it's 100% clean-which means you need inbound protection much more than outbound protection.
This is my view.
Also regarding website you gave the link is "blind".
It seems to me that some of the words can't be written in this message boards.
3.One question regarding users having problems with ZA (computer slowdowns, incmpatibility with other security softwares, CPU and memory usage and etc...).
Oldsod, I've read many of the users or some of them at least are having problems with installations/uninstallation with ZA, CPU and memory usage, or they are thinking ZA is buggy.
Here is what is weird here-I HAD NEVER ANY PROBLEM WITH ZONE ALARM-never, that's why I can't understand other users what they are talking about.
Since you're one of the moderators, you might know what are the main reasons.
4.I don't know how much you read PC magazine's reviews, but ZAISS is always on the top more or less, but it seems to me that Neil Rubenking only uses defalut settings to test ZA, that's why some of the malware he tests enter isnde this computer-like the performance blocking/preventing the installation of 17 malwares samples of 20 of them.
Or ZA Anti-Spyware blocked 6 of 8 spyware samples-again I think it's on default level.
I just hope you'll be around here in about 2 months when I ask you how to configurate ZA Pro.
Thank you for your time and patience, again.
I just hope I didn't take too much time from you since thread is quite big.