ZoneAlarm Extreme Security 2017

A premium security suite with plenty of features.

When antivirus vendors release new security products there is a typical pattern, a standalone antivirus program (sometimes including a basic free version), and an internet security suite with more added security features.

The difference between Antivirus and Antimalware.


Antivirus (Anti-virus) is software that stops a virus. Viruses are unwanted and malicious code that can delete, edit or add files in the hope they become destructive to your system.


Antimalware (Anti-malware) on the other hand is a software program that defends against ALL types of malware. The main malware groups are Trojans, spyware, worms, adware, ransomware, and yes, viruses.


It is worth noting that quite a few antivirus providers do offer antimalware features. .

In some cases, there's an even bigger security suite, a mega-suite (could also be advertised as Premium, total, complete, Pro, Maximum) with even more features, often including things like online backup, child safety features and tune-up tools. You will probably also have multiple device support. Check Point’s ZoneAlarm Extreme Security is classed as a full-featured premium security suite.

ZoneAlarm’s Extreme Security comes with antivirus, firewall, antispam, antiphishing, identity theft protection and more from a single powerful security suite, below is a quick overview:

  • New Anti-Phishing Chrome Extension- Secure your online privacy
  • Best antivirus software, including zero-day attack prevention
  • Total protection for your PCs – Guaranteed
  • Defends your entire family with Parental Controls
  • Includes Find My Laptop, PC Tune-Up, Online Backup,
  • Identity Protection Services, and more
ZoneAlarm Extreme Security
Make sure you have a good antivirus installed and up-to-date

"It is always important to make backups of your digital life. Photos, documents and work files". Antivirus & Anti-Spyware Engine

The suite's strong on-demand and real-time antivirus protection is based on highly-rated Kaspersky technology. The 100% virus-free guarantee is based on AV-Test’s 6/6 Protection score, with 100% protection from zero-day attacks and 100% detection of widespread and prevalent malware.

Two-way Firewall

ZoneAlarm has always been known for its excellent firewall, which manages to control your applications without the hassle of endless popups and alerts. The two-way firewall proactively protects against inbound and outbound attacks while making you invisible to hackers.

Browser Protection

Enhanced Browser Protection sees ZoneAlarm Extreme Security monitor the sites you attempt to visit. It scans websites for dangerous scripts, files, archives and packed executables before they are downloaded onto your computer, preventing anything from ever saving to disk or executing, then warning you about any that appear to be dangerous.

Parental Controls

Solid Parental Controls, based on Net Nanny Protect your children on the Web with powerful filters and controls. Your children can still do the things they need to do, but now they won’t see things they don’t need to see.

  • Block dangerous content and programs: Stop pornography, profanity, hate sites, questionable chat rooms and online gambling. Create your own custom “block” list and more.
  • Control Net usage: Limit the hours and define the time periods when your kids can use the Web.
  • Protect your kids beyond the Web: Block PC games that are rated too mature or too violent. Get protection for instant messages (IMs), chat rooms, email, FTP, forums and more.


Filters out annoying and potentially dangerous emails. The spam filter protects your Outlook, Outlook Express and Windows Mail inbox.


Prevents identity thieves from seeing your passwords and other keystrokes.

Find My Laptop

Locates your lost or stolen laptop using Wi-Fi enabled location tracking which uses Google Maps and ZoneAlarm technology.

But there's also much more. an online backup tool with 2GB of free server space; browser virtualisation, which keeps any malware away from your system; a Registry-cleaning PC Tuneup module, private browsing, and more.

If you don't need quite so much power then ZoneAlarm Pro Antivirus+ drops virtual and private browsing, keylogger jamming and Registry cleaning, and is £14 ($20 cheaper). Find out more and compare the various editions at the ZoneAlarm site.


ZoneAlarm Extreme Security 2017 is a good performer with its solid firewall and Kaspersky based antivirus and anti-malware engine. At a rather attractive price we think it is worth taking a look at.

Manufacturer: Check Point Software


Operating System Covered: Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP

Price: Paid versions


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