Hi, I'm currently using ZA free (v6) and ez Antivirus which is currently free for a year. When my free year runs out, can anyone comment on whether I'd be best to continue to subscribe to ezAV and continue to use ZA Free, or would there be an advantage in subscribing to ZAAV (which I believe incorporates ezAV) because of the extra functionality in the firewall side of ZAAV over ZA free?
yes, I'm aware of this, thanks - but because it's my family computer and others are in front of it more than I, I want to make sure that the system is as safe as possible - and I know that software absolutely determined to call home will do so even if there is a software firewall in place.
Microsoft is delivering the Windows-Firewall with every Windows XP SP2 for free.
In older Windows releases, that is also true for the ICF, the predecessor of the Windows-Firewall.
So, I'm afraid, Microsoft have to do their advertizing themselves, as they did (not without any success ;-) the years before. They don't need me, and they have nothing of people reading my opinion here ;-)
If I would do advertizing, I'd mention the great script of Torsten Mann,
- it makes Windows to stop offering servers to the Internet, so filtering with a host based packet filter is not needed any more in most cases (that means, you don't need a "Software firewall" or something like that any more).
I put this into a small Windows application to make it easier to use, see
- but I did not translate it into English, because since the Windows-Firewall with Windows XP SP2 is so easy to use, people could also use the Windows-Firewall.