Well, because there are pros and cons to either. I personally would like it if one program would handle it all for me with as little intervention/monitoring as possible on my part - because I know so little and have so little time - it would be worth $50 bucks or so a year to have that handled. But there are pros and cons to each approach as the previous link points out. Actually, Zonealarm has kept me in pretty good shape for the past year( especially considering I hadn't used any supplemental programs such as spybot, adaware, etc), but there are lots of program alerts and pop-ups that I really didn't know how to respond to. The 7.0 was so suppose to strengthen the Virus blocking and mitigate the alerts, etc. and if it did and ran smoothly I'd definitely consider it.
But, I just went to update and they had the 7.0 update available (I received no notification that it was) and up until this morning the only issue I'd had with the previous version was I had to help it update once in awhile.
So I installed it, and when I tried to update it I couldn't at all now. As my subscription ends in 2 days I'll give it until then to get it worked out.
this sheds a little light on the installation issue and at least the previous version ... and I'll keep you posted on the ongoing problem.
Of ZASS 6.5 I'd say the following:
1. ease of installation was quite good, don't know yet about uninstalling.
2. Very low - and that was why I switched from Norton to ZA last year.
3. ease of use was good, but if it was improved it would be very good.
4. It was very effective
5. I had it set for daily updates but I don't yet know what options are up for 7.0
.... and if the claimed improvements were made to 7.0, I'd have to say it'd be great for me.
So, an effective suite with supplemental scanning sounds like a great balance.
BUT, Budapest, that's a valuable 2 cents you've got there. It's just that venturing into a group of freeware, I'd be a bit nervous about leaving something out and having to keep track on more than I have to now - but feel free to a recommmend a comprehensive group of freeware that essentially takes care of itself ... I may be interested soon and maybe wztech would consider it as well.
Edited by oldloder, 23 January 2007 - 04:06 PM.