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With free Avast AV-is it ok to use free Zonealarm firewall?

by tessacnet / July 10, 2012 10:17 PM PDT

It's for a Samsung RF511-A01UK - Windows 7. I was using free Norton antivirus but it's running out today so I thought that it'll be ok to download Avast free antivirus but thought about downloading the free Zonealarm firewall since Avast doesn't seem to include firewall protection. Is this a good move ? Thank you for anybody's advice.

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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 14, 2012 10:27 PM PDT

That will work as long as they both don't overlap.

For instance, if Avast is just an anti-virus and ZoneAlarm is just a firewall. I know that some ZoneAlarm free products now include a free anti-virus as well as the free firewall.

Or, since this is Windows 7, just Avast and then enable the Windows 7 firewall. It is a perfectly fine firewall with both incoming and outgoing settings options.

If you are changing from Norton to something else you will need to completely uninstall Norton first, then reboot, (restart), the computer to complete the system and registry updating. But with Norton in particular, it is often recommended to use their own Norton Removal Tool.

I hope that helps.


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Much obliged.
by tessacnet / July 15, 2012 12:55 AM PDT
In reply to: Yep.

Thank you so much for your advice. When I looked into the security centre, it seems that the Windows Firewall is switched on so I might as well leave it. Thanks again.

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Here's what I use...
by Willy / November 14, 2012 4:55 AM PST

I use the free version of Avast and Comodo firewall also free. These haven't caused any issues with me. they work well together and Avast will defer to Comodo or allow it to be the firewall. However, Win7 own firewall is quite sufficient to work if you find it doesn't take any other firewall. Avast can then assume or continue to work well on its own merits. I offer the above if ZA proves to be problematic.

tada ------Willy Happy

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