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    Default [SOLVED] Suspicious update ! --> Update to latest free version

    Today I got an announcement from my ZA update service and it sounds suspicious to me.

    "FREE UPDATE : NEW ZoneAlarm FREE Firewall 97 % fewer alerts. Stronger protection. Winner: PC Mag editor's choice.Click OK to DOWNLOAD THE FREE UPDATE NOW"

    Hey, I know I it's free, coz I have the ZA Free-Firewall, so why telling me it's free.

    Is this a trusted update ?

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    Default Re: Suspicious ZA Free update !

    zaSetup 92.106.000 is the current Latest release and has been available for a while now, and I am not aware of any pending new release at this time..

    Did the Popup come from Checkpoint or Zonelabs?

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    Default Re: Suspicious update !

    Uhm, don't know. The popup came when I click in ZA on "check for updates". So, I guess from ZoneLabs. I recognize that my version is stil 9.2.102.000.
    I also noticed a few days ago, that my program rules has been partially cleared and that ZA asks again for accesses and that some options have been reset. Maybe a silent update wasn't performed properly ?
    So is this message in the box trustworthy. It just sounds a bit fishy. Thes UGE LETTERS saying it's FREE and DOWNLOAD NOW !

    Please give me an advice.

    Thanks I'll check by later. Now it's time for work.

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    Default Re: Suspicious update !

    The popup came when I click in ZA on "check for updates".
    Yes that is a Legit update from Checkpoint..
    it is trying to let you know that you can update ZA Free to 9.2.106..
    Last edited by GeorgeV; July 14th, 2011 at 06:39 AM.

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    Default Re: Suspicious update !

    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeV View Post
    Yes that is a Legit update from Checkpoint..
    it is trying to let you know that you can update ZA Free to 9.2.106..
    No, it gives just the ominous phrase: "FREE UPDATE : NEW ZoneAlarm FREE Firewall 97 % fewer alerts. Stronger protection. Winner: PC Mag editor's choice.Click OK to DOWNLOAD THE FREE UPDATE NOW"
    No mentioning of any version number.
    BTW: Since I restarted my PC twice (yesterday and today), I got the new network found message now the 2nd time. Little strange. Maybe I should make a clean install of the new version. I don't really want to, but I think it's more secure.
    Any advice ?

    EDIT: It seems, that my ZA version is up-to-date, referring to ZA help section:

    ZoneAlarm® Free Firewall Release History
    The latest ZoneAlarm Free Firewall release is 9.2.102.000.

    Note: these notes also apply to ZoneAlarm Pro, ZoneAlarm AntiVirus and ZoneAlarm Free Firewall when applicable. For example, improvements to anti-spyware do not apply to our AntiVirus product, but do apply to Suite and Pro that both include anti-spyware features.
    Release History:
    9.0 Branch

    9.2.102.000 was released. For changes in this version, click here. To download this version, click here.

    9.2.076.000 was released. To download this version, click here.

    9.2.057.000 was released to the public on June 25, 2010. For changes in this version, click here. To download this version, click here.

    9.2.044.000 was released to the public on May 27, 2010. For changes in this version, click here. To download this version, click here.

    9.2.042.000 was released to the public on May 24, 2010. For changes in this version, click here. To download this version, click here.

    9.1.007.002 was released to the public on Nov 24, 2009. For changes in this version, click here.


    No 9.2.106...mentioned there. BTW: I'm on XP !
    Last edited by Darklord666; July 14th, 2011 at 07:32 AM. Reason: just edit

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    Default Re: Suspicious update !

    Yes, that page is out of date. Latest free version is 9.2.106 you can download from here:

    http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en...download-b.htm

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