BC has jumped on the train a little late as there has been a rather long discussion over at Castlecops on ZA Free, but I'll bring my imput over from CC. First off, I HATED ZA 6.5.722 and thought it made ZA's reputation turn into one of Winfixers. Looking at the lists of problems would give someone headaches (let alone having to install it, then uninstall it, and go through some fixing processes). However, I vowed to which to a more powerful firewall than the Windows firewall (Sunbelt Kerio was good until the trial expired, Jetico had an unpleasent interface and scared me a little, Comodo is still in BETA, and Sygate doesn't seem to like me anymore), so ZA Free looked like the only option. Still wanting a recent version of ZA, I hit 6.5.714 (or w/e)... no go. Next was the good old times 6.5.700 and it worked beautifully. Now, I am using 6.5.731 and have a blunt, sinister bat ready to smack anyone who tries to remove it!
Startup flies by in a flash (same startup time as if I were using Windows Firewall). My computer speed in general is exhilerating and my Internet download/upload speeds are untouched. Overall, ZA has restored its reputation by giving this Supreware an mega upgrade in protection and speed.