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ZoneAlarm Extreme Security: antivirus that lives up to its name

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal | April 21, 2014
Chances are, when you need a security suite you first look to the big players: Symantec, Kaspersky, McAfee, or Trend Micro. But Check Point's ZoneAlarm Extreme Security is a full suite that offers protection on a par with those brands: In independent tests, ZoneAlarm managed almost-perfect protection, excellent performance, and just one false positive.

AV-Test also evaluates for false positives and potential performance impact. ZoneAlarm Extreme Security only flagged one false positive in a scan of 386,287 safe files. On a performance-impact scale of 5-25, with a lower score indicating less impact, ZoneAlarm Extreme Security scored a 7. This indicates you shouldn't see reduced speed in typical actions such as starting up, shutting down, and downloading and installing programs.

The bottom line

ZoneAlarm lacks some the fancy features that are becoming standard on similarly priced suites, such as support for mobile devices. But Check Point has focused its efforts on improving the protection factor of its product, and it delivers on its promise of "extreme security."


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