Zonealarm Pro and Outpost Free

Discussion in 'other firewalls' started by cet, May 7, 2009.

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  1. cet

    cet Registered Member

    Sep 3, 2006
    I am using the ZAP which I got from a promotion a few months ago.I do not have a network at home I am the only user of my PC.I am thinking to uninstall ZAP and install Outpost free.The only reason is that the ZAP uses too many resources.Is it safe to do this ? ZAP has many features but I am only using the firewall.I do not have any rules,it is set by default.
    I know that Outpost free scores more on Matousec,but since I only use the firewalls with (nearly) the default configuration If I uninstall ZAP does that mean I loosen my security?
    Advices Please.
  2. Escalader

    Escalader Registered Member

    Dec 12, 2005
    Land of the Mooses
    Forget about Matousec.

    If you want to harden your security via these FW's it is possible to do it. BUT you will need to move away from default rules in both products. You may not have seen or made FW rules in ZA Pro but believe me they are there.

    There are many threads here at Wilder's including stickies on FW rules and on these specific products. Browse through them.

    If you replace ZAP with another FW you don't loosen security necessarily, it would mean you replaced one set of default outof the box settings with another. But if you paid for ZAP why change at this point? Given you aren't into hardening rules.

    Good luck
  3. QBgreen

    QBgreen Registered Member

    Jan 1, 2005
    Queens County, NY
    I would have to say that OPF will serve you better. It runs considerably lighter, and has better built-in HIPS (Host Protection in OPF). You may run into a small learning curve as far as setting up rules goes, but nothing mind numbing! I would recommend that you push the host protection to 'Advanced', and carefully respond to the prompts. Avira Free and SAS Pro will run great with it. I set it up on my wife's machine with similar anti-malware that you're running, and all has been well for days.
  4. vizhip

    vizhip Registered Member

    May 2, 2009
    I found ZA to be a bit more of a pain and not functioning as well as I expected to after the company was purchased... okies... a couple releases later... so... I deinstalled ZA and moved on... and yes, I added a few rules and modified some of the rules they had in place...

    While I prefer Online Armor, I don't think you will go wrong with Outpost... but then... that is just my opinion and not necessarily one that you will want to listen to... )))

    Regards -
  5. hayc59

    hayc59 Updates Team

    Oct 29, 2008
    Deep Into Blues Baby..
    ZA Pro or Outpost Free? why not Outpost Pro
    by far a better choice, if funds are a problem
    then OP free for sure
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