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    ZoneAlarm Security Suite

    Right now I use ZoneAlarm alone, along with avast! AV software, and CounterSpy (adware, spyware etc.)

    Any idea as to the gain if any realized by converting over to the ZA Security Suite?

    It's gotten good reviews, and (they say, of course) that there's a gain to be realized by running "one" program as opposed to several separates.

    When I run scans to date, I find an occasional virus, and the ubiquitous ad ware and such. So I can't say I'm totally happy about my current security...

    Anybody out there got feelings or comments?

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    Re: ZoneAlarm Security Suite

    It's just a personal preference, but I mistrust "suites" on general principle. I don't like Swiss Army Knife software because I've found all too often that I only like one aspect of it and hate the rest. <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15> If you aren't completely happy with your present antivirus and/or antimalware apps, there is no reason not to try the ZA suite. You should NEVER find a virus on your computer. If you do, it means that you haven't taken all the necessary precautions or your antivirus signatures are not being kept current. No matter what software you use, you still have to keep it up to date and cover your bases. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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    Re: ZoneAlarm Security Suite

    I agree with Charlotte. I to do NOT like these "Suites", as I am eliminating them as they expire. I am in the mode of moving my AV to F-Protect as the one I have been using is adding they own Firewall, and I have one that I use.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: ZoneAlarm Security Suite

    Charlotte/Dave:

    I agree in principle with not using suites....

    But, backing into it, if I already use and am happy with ZA firewall, and I am NOT satisfiesd with my AV, (avast!, Which I update the sigs for daily), then what?

    I tried AVG, but it made me uncomfortable, (maybe unjustifiably) in that it seemed that it never upgraded the sigs. I dislike Norton because it sucks up resources and slows my machine down...

    So...

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    Re: ZoneAlarm Security Suite

    Chuck,

    If you don't like avast try AVG again. The virus database is updated frequently. Or spend some money on F-Prot or NOD32. I agree with Dave & Charlotte about system security suites. I don't think any of them were developed completely by the company currently selling it. The pieces were acquired and bolted together.

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    Re: ZoneAlarm Security Suite

    Joe:

    OK, if I'm OK with taking AVG into the mix for another look, which do you prefer (why?), AVG, F-Prot or NOD32?

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    Re: ZoneAlarm Security Suite

    I've had good luck with both Avast and AVG. I just switched back to AVG because of a problem with the MSN Toolbar suite and Avast. Haven't had a chance to try the MSN toolbar again yet. I've read good things about F-Prot & NOD32. Got a strong recommendation for NOD32 from a local enthusiast. Since I've never had virus problems using the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> products I've never really seen the need to go with a $$$ version.

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    Re: ZoneAlarm Security Suite

    Joe:

    >>I've never really seen the need to go with a $$$ version<<

    I think you're probably right... You always think there's a benefit through paying, but I'm not sure anymore...

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    Re: ZoneAlarm Security Suite

    Personally, I want the additional features only available with paid software. I use F-Prot and have for many years, since long before Windows. The F-Prot engine is licensed and running in many other antivirus products, and my subscription version may update its signatures several times a DAY! I've never had it fight with other software, and I've seen it stop new, unknown viruses cold as suspicious and not allow them onto a machine. It doesn't hog resources and the updater is excellent. Way back in DOS days, F-Prot had a free version but I think antivirus product companies need to invest in R&D to keep current and I don't really see how free products can afford that investment.
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    Re: ZoneAlarm Security Suite

    Charlotte:

    I appreciate your input...

    Seems that there are a few av solutions that hold places on people's favorites list, and it ends up being "whatever works best for you..."

    I suppose that bodes well for the user in that protection options abound.

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