ZoneAlarm Anti-Spyware 6 review: ZoneAlarm Anti-Spyware 6

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.4
  • Setup and interface: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 8.0
  • Service and support: 7.0
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The Good ZoneAlarm Anti-Spyware 6 finds and deletes most spyware, offers an easy and intuitive interface, and performs very fast system scans.

The Bad Expensive; doesn't find as much spyware as some popular free programs; requires a lot of user intervention; offers poor support options.

The Bottom Line ZoneAlarm Anti-Spyware 6 catches most spyware and provides a deep level of protection but requires more user intervention than its competitors.

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ZoneAlarm Anti-Spyware 6 is the latest stand-alone application from venerable Zone Labs, long respected for its excellent free firewall software. Here, ZoneAlarm Anti-Spyware 6 uses this firewall technology to specifically address spyware, providing a deep level of protection; unfortunately, it also requires a significant amount of user intervention until it learns your system. In testing done by CNET Download.com, ZoneAlarm did very well, finishing near the top of the list for removing known spyware, and it finished second only to Lavasoft Ad-aware for overall performance. ZoneAlarm Anti-Spyware 6 costs $29.95 for one year of updates and is also included in ZoneAlarm Pro and in the ZoneAlarm Security Suite .

Installation and setup are pretty straightforward, though after accepting the license terms and clicking Install, you'll still be faced with some annoying optional survey questions that you must either answer or bypass before you can proceed. When you start the program for the first time, a configuration wizard walks you through the initial security settings and provides a quick tutorial. The interface is intuitive, so new users will find it very easy to use, and the interface will be familiar to past ZoneAlarm users.

Not surprisingly, ZoneAlarm Anti-Spyware 6 uses a firewall approach to dealing with spyware and adware, and it actually includes three layers of firewall protection to cover the network perimeter, each program you've installed, and your computer's operating system--including the registry and the file system--from attack by spyware. This approach catches and stops much of the malware out there.

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ZoneAlarm Anti-Spyware 6

Part Number: 2945 Released: Oct 1, 2005

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  • Release date Oct 1, 2005
  • Category Internet
  • Compatibility PC