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SPF (Sygate) vs Zonealrm (free)

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What's your opinion on which is better? They're both free. I know running both will conflict.

If it helps, at the moment I'm running

- Norton AntiVirus 2004 (not working)
- AVG Free (good)
- Ad-Aware SE
- Spybot S&D
- Acronis Privacy Expert Suite 8.0
- Panda TruPrevent 2005
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I was using the free version sygate until recently, but I've now switched to the free version zonealarm and I prefer it. one niggling problem i had with sygate was it could not 'remember' my 'always allow' setting for Avast Antivirus which I have set to auto-update. Consequently, every time avast tried to check for an update, sygate would every time ask me if it was okay, even though I had told sygate many times to always allow it. Zonealarm doesn't have this problem. I also prefer the zonealarm control panel interface which is easier to understand, and on a minor note, the system tray icon loads faster and is easier to see so you can more easily see that it's loaded. I like the way the icon changes to a red padlock so you can see immediately that all internet activity is blocked -- the sygate icon is not as easy to see what mode it is in. So it's zonealarm the winner as far as I'm concerned.
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ok, you have some conflicts:

panda, avg, norton. uninstall norton (since its not working). most virus scanners don't like working in tandam with another one. Pick one and stay with it. Personally out of what you have I would choose panda.

this will also make it easier working with a firewall.

I think zone alarm is easier to configure and maintain. sometimes it likes to bug out and corrupt the database, but thats easy to fix. I couldn't get sysgate to work well. Took way to much time to train it.

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The Panda software I have is meant to be working alongside some existing AntiVirus detection.


Does ZoneAlarm's email protection actually work?
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