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    mwd__ Guest

    Default Still using ZA 5

    Hi all, really long time no see!

    Basically Im still using Zone Alarm Version 5.5.094.000 as it has never caused any issues and was part of a system backup I made in 2005 which i have restored my PC back to at various times over the years.

    Im hearing a lot of good things about ZA 9.2 but as 5 has never caused issues, is it necessary? Have there been any major security issues since 5?

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    Default Re: Still using ZA 5

    Quote Originally Posted by mwd__ View Post
    Hi all, really long time no see!

    Basically Im still using Zone Alarm Version 5.5.094.000 as it has never caused any issues and was part of a system backup I made in 2005 which i have restored my PC back to at various times over the years.

    Im hearing a lot of good things about ZA 9.2 but as 5 has never caused issues, is it necessary? Have there been any major security issues since 5?
    Years ago, Firewall Hackers figured out how to bypass the Protection provided by that Very old version.. so you would no longer be protected from modern day threats..

    Here is a List of all the Changes to ZAFree Firewall since Version 5.5.094..

    ZoneAlarm version 9.2.057.000
    NEW Quieter, smarter security - automatic security settings for millions of programs
    NEW DefenseNet analyzes real-time threat data from millions of users to stop latest attacks
    More features added to enhanced ZoneAlarm Security toolbar (for Internet Explorer and Firefox):
    Free Identity Protection services
    Online Backup services (2GB free)

    ZoneAlarm version 9.1.007.002
    Windows 7 operating system compatibility
    New Browser Security toolbar:
    - Spy site detection
    - Signature and heuristic phishing detection
    - Website safety check and rating

    ZoneAlarm version 8.0.298.000
    Vista 64-bit compatible
    Improved performance during computer startup, shutdown and operation
    Addressed specific stability and quality issues
    SmartDefense Advisor (automatic program configuration service) improved to provide more secure, quieter operation

    ZoneAlarm version 7.0.483.000
    Compatibility with Microsoft Update KB951748 has been fixed

    ZoneAlarm version 7.0.473.000
    Compatibility improvements:
    Fixed compatibility issue with public beta of ForceField
    Other improvements:
    Various stability improvements.

    ZoneAlarm version 7.0.470.000
    Usability improvements:
    Fixed the issue where in some cases the client would “lose” settings, causing user to respond to alerts that otherwise would not appear
    Prevent unnecessary error dialog to be displayed for non-Admin users
    Client can now be started in safe mode (with networking only) for antivirus scan and removal
    Compatibility improvements:
    Enable content filtering and privacy when ForceField is active
    Fixed the Spy Doctor Gate to only gate for 5.0 and earlier
    Free ZoneAlarm firewall and ZoneAlarm Pro can now co-exist with Kaspersky AV
    Various other stability and performance improvements

    ZoneAlarm version 7.0.462.000
    Performance improvements:
    Improved system boot time
    Compatibility improvements:
    Verified compatibility with Windows XP SP3
    Fixed compatibility issue with Intuit Software
    Stability improvements:
    Fixed occasional crashes in vsmon
    Fixed occasional hangs during shutdown
    Fixed various install and upgrade issues
    Compatibility:
    Fixed compatibility issue with Intuit Software
    New Features:
    Added Global Reset-to-Default feature (invoked via Ctrl+Shift+right click on ZA icon in system tray).
    Added optional Spy Blocker toolbar for IE and Firefox which blocks spyware distribution sites and offers convenient search functionality
    Various other fixes and improvements

    ZoneAlarm version 7.0.362.000
    Stability and performance enhancements: Various improvements.
    Compatibility enhancements: Works with Netflix's Downloading service.

    New and improved ZoneAlarm version 7.0.337.000
    Removed Google Desktop installation warning
    Some rare reports of crashing have been isolated and addressed
    Formatting and translation improvements on non-English products
    Various other fixes

    New and improved ZoneAlarm version 7.0.302.000
    Product set-up process has been redesigned and shortened.
    The UI has been refreshed, with new ZoneAlarm/Check Point branding.

    New and improved features in ZoneAlarm version 6.5.714.000
    Fixed - In some instances rundll32 takes ~90-99% CPU
    Fixed -Service stability issue

    New and improved features in ZoneAlarm version 6.5.700.000
    Game mode: Right-mouse click control to stop alerts from interrupting game play.
    Addresses inability to delete ZoneAlarm files in Safe Mode.
    Addressed incompatibility with Red Orchestra Game.
    Fixed a service stability issue.
    Reduced memory usage during Anti-Spyware scan.
    Improved Boot time.
    Various other fixes.

    New and improved features in ZoneAlarm version 6.1.744.001
    Fixed - Local escalation of privileges issue (For more details please click here)

    New and improved features in ZoneAlarm version 6.1.744.000
    Fixed - Service stability issue
    Fixed - Communicate with the centralized server issue
    Fixed - Overlapped text in support and update information
    Fixed - Various other bug fixes
    New and improved features in ZoneAlarm version 6.1.737.000
    Fixed - Compatibility issues with Adaptec USB driver
    Fixed - Nortel VPN can not connect
    Fixed - Compatibility issue when System Mechanic Startup Guard is enabled
    Fixed - PdaNet can't connect
    Fixed - VSNET 2003 issues
    Fixed - TrueVector application error in event viewer log
    Fixed - High vsmon CPU usage
    Fixed - "Deny" Button in program alert pushed off the edge
    Fixed - Icons lost in program list after upgrade
    Fixed - PC Cillin 2006 issue
    Fixed - System stability issues
    Fixed - Various other bug fixes

    New and improved features in ZoneAlarm Antivirus version 6.0.667.000
    Fixed - POP email not working when co-existing with NAV
    Fixed - Free ZA blocking some Remote access software from accessing ZA Alert notifications
    Fixed - Propel compatibility issue
    Fixed - Multiple 'loopback' entries in firewall zones after upgrade

    New and improved features in ZoneAlarm Antivirus version 6.0.631.003
    Fixed network detection issue.
    New and improved features in ZoneAlarm version 6.0.631.002
    Routine maintenance items
    New and improved features in ZoneAlarm version 5.5.094.000
    Last edited by GeorgeV; August 2nd, 2010 at 04:19 AM. Reason: typo
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    mwd__ Guest

    Unhappy Reply to 'Still using ZA 5 '

    Hi

    Just wanted to add a reply to my previous thread as it was closed before I got to follow it up yesterday. I had seen the various updates since 5.5 but never really saw anything that addressed security holes. Closing it so fast made me look a bit of a fool.

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