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ZoneAlarm ForceField

by Avanquest Software
Windows Vista / XP / 2000
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Virtual Browsing
  • Anti-Phishing and Key log/screen grab jamming
  • Spyware Flushing, Spy Site Blocking and Dangerous download detector
  • Web site safety check
  • On the fly file encryption
  • Runs fast and works seamlessly in the background
  • Installs in seconds without any special training or time-consuming setup
  • Seamless compatibility with antivirus and security suite software
  • Free upgrades & online customer support provided free for one year
  • Private Browser deletes all trace of a user's online session to protect privacy

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows Vista / XP / 2000
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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Product details

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  • ASIN: B000W7W42I
  • Release Date: 16 Jun 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,656 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

virtualized Browser security

Bank, shop, and Browse the weB safely and privately.
ZoneAlarm ForceField provides essential browser security that protects users and their PCs from the latest browser attacks. Delivering protection not found in traditional security suites, ZoneAlarm ForceField complements whatever security you already have. It creates a shield around your browser that blocks drive by downloads, browser exploits, phishing attempts, spyware and keyloggers. User's passwords, confidential information and financial data remain protected. Now users can surf the Internet, without compromising their computer, information, or identity.

Why it matters.
Browser attacks are real. New web technologies make hacking into computers easier, and for the victim more dangerous. Hackers are using web technologies and browser vulnerabilities to bypass traditional security to infiltrate, control, and command user PCs through their browser. Just by visiting a single website, a user can fall victim to a drive-by download that silently delivers over 1000 attacks. One out of 10 websites is booby-trapped, often installing viruses and spyware that capture key financial data and passwords. Phishing attacks are growing increasingly sophisticated and trick even careful surfers into revealing confidential information. These attacks take over your PC, damage your credit rating and steal your money.

How it works.
ZoneAlarm ForceField protects users from browser-based exploits and other web threats by stopping attacks before they can reach the operating system. Each time a user surfs the web with ZoneAlarm ForceField, it automatically creates a clone of the user's browser. Every time a user hits a website or opens a new page, any malware that potentially could attack goes straight to the ZoneAlarm ForceField clone. That way if any threats do penetrate a user's defenses, they affect only the temporary clone - not you or your PC.

By creating a virtual user and providing additional defenses, ZoneAlarm ForceField secures users' real identity, protects their computer, maintains their confidential information, and lets users surf privately leaving no trace of their activity in their browser or on any computer. Continuously updated to block the latest wave of web-based attacks, ZoneAlarm ForceField works in the background to block spyware, prevent malicious downloads, and jam keyword and screengrabber attacks. It's a technique we call "Virtual Browsing." We believe it is an absolutely essential piece of Internet security software, and only ZoneAlarm has it.

Box Contains

  • 1 X CD-ROM

  • Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
    Considering that Zonealarm are not even willing to try to convert any of their current software to a 64 bit operating system, you'd think that they would be upfront about it. No warning about this basic requirement on the box, on their website or on this Amazon page. Any prior knowledge of this problem requires a good search around some tucked-away forums.

    Apart from concerns about how competently Zonealarm's code is written you ought to be aware that their software may not play nicely with other things already on your computer - Kaspersky antivirus for instance.

    With so many other security programs - firewall, antivirus, antispyware (and Vista itself!) - offering browser security and anti-phishing the only real selling point of this product seems to be privacy, however Forcefield does not offer identity theft protection - it claims a 'private browser' although it does not appear to hide your IP address.

    All FF seems to offer which is not already covered elsewhere is to stop any other other users on your PC from finding out where you've been - which I'm sure you know is easily accomplished on your Menu Bar with:

    'Tools, Delete Browsing History'.

    (XP users look under Internet Options)

    And if this wasn't enough Microsoft have recently added InPrivate to the soon-available Internet Explorer 8, which is another way of hiding your browsing habits for free.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Complementary Protection 27 Aug 2008
    By Richard Kelly TOP 1000 REVIEWER
    Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
    ZoneAlarm ForceField is a product that is aimed at the missing link in most Windows computer security products. It has a very simple aim, protect computers from Browser Hijack/spyware attacks. It privides protection from the following types of attacks

    Phishing Web Sites - web sites that look legitimate but are looking for you to type in your private/credit card details.

    Key log/screen grab attacks - although this may not work if you have a security suite that provides encryption of keystrokes anyway.

    Spyware Flushing - stops spyware being downloaded and installed, but will not remove any that you already have!

    Spy Site Blocking - flags sites that download spyware for you so you don't get it downloaded in the first place.

    Dangerous download detector - checks downloads for potential nasty spyware, but not for viruses

    Web site safety check - uses a traffic light system to show the relative safety of a web site.

    The killer feature for most people will be the Virtual Browser. When this function is invoked all the usual Web Site history and cookie items are stored in a virtual area of the registry and file system. When you close the browser all the items are deleted so there is no trail for your friends/siblings/parents/spouse etc to follow.

    The product is small and once I attempted to install from the DVD it told me that there was more upto date version on the Internet - that was a 5.5 MB download and it took a couple of minutes to install. Once installed there is basically no configuration. You get a toolbar at the top of your browser from where you can change the settings, which I haven't, as the default behaviour is that everything is on.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars very good product 27 Aug 2008
    By Sam VINE VOICE
    Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
    This is a very good addition to ZoneAlarm's security products. Having tried their Firewall before, I gave this new product a try, and it did not fail to impress. The concept is good, Forcefield creates a virtual image of your pc, and integrates into your browser, so whenever you visit a website, whatever happens, happens first in the image. I ran it on WinXP SP2, with Firefox 3.1, it seemed to be good. However, my browser seemed to be slowing down, especially at start up, it did take a while for the browser to load and open the homepage. After that, I did not notice a big difference in speed. The need for this product varies of course from one person to another, It definitely does the job well, and adds to your antivirus, and firewall applications an extra layer of security. I found it useful because I am using Firefox with a script blocking add-on, but sometimes this add-on has to be disabled in order to view some sites, like youtube for instance or any other sites with multimedia, and this is where Forcefield comes in handy. You will be sure that if that site is trying to run a damaging script, your computer will be safe. This is a very good product, will definitely give some peace of mind and together with an antivirus and a firewall will be perfect. There are two very nice features that I found great, one which the forcefied button, which shows you whether a site is safe or not, which is not a new feature and McAfee's siteadvisor already does this job, but still it is very useful when doing online banking for instance, extra assurance is never bad. Second one, the private browser, which does not leave any trace of your activity behind, very good, also found in other products, but nice to have everything in one bundle. I have not tried it with Internet explorer, so cannot comment on its performance. In a nutshell, nice product, good value, certainly very useful, and worth getting for everyone who does not want their system to be harmed through the internet.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    By Mr. Graham Cummings VINE VOICE
    Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
    Installation is simple and painless. It is important to realise though this software is not a firewall in itself. You also need a piece of firewall software in addition to this item.
    From the icon on the start bar, you can open an Internet Explorer windows with extra privacy built in, which prevents web pages being added to your history, remove items from the downloads, erase auto-fill and auto-completion details, and block all cookies.
    The information it records is very useful, it lets you know whether or not the site is safe to browser, and the application displays a banner at the top of the page to let you know that you are using a private browser. I checked my website (which obviously cam back fine) and it even reported that the site had a valid security certificate.
    I tried to find some dodgy websites to try it out, but I couldn't find any! I still believe though, given the amount of detail it provides you, that the software is fully capable of what it says it does on the tin. I've used the ZoneAlarm Firewall (from the same stable) for years and it's always been a top notch piece of software, and this item feels no different.
    It's good that you can choose an unprotected browser too though, because being a web designer/developer I need to be able to test legitimate processes. Even when I am shopping online at trusted sites, I won't always want to stay anonymous.
    At the very least, the application is useful for the indicator in the browser that lets you know whether or not the site is safe to use.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars Be careful, it can slow your PC down
    Ive struggled with this product. Yes it givs you ratings for web site, but it slows down the start up off my computer. Read more
    Published on 19 Mar 2009 by Scully Bloke
    2.0 out of 5 stars Disapointing
    It's a good idea but the actual product does have some problems. The good points are that it adds a layer of security to your antivirus and internet security suit - assuming that... Read more
    Published on 23 Jan 2009 by M. G. Chisholm
    5.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad thing to have...
    Okay, so you've done some digging around on the internet and maybe elsewhere, looking for that program that'll stop viruses and various other unknown amounts of nasties getting on... Read more
    Published on 16 Oct 2008 by Mr. A. L. Cooper
    1.0 out of 5 stars OK if it works - It works on new PC with Vista
    Update, Recently purchases new PC with VISTA pre-loaded. Loaded this programme it picked up the new update and went straight into my PC no problem. In other words loaded easily. Read more
    Published on 16 Oct 2008 by R. Hallett
    1.0 out of 5 stars Not like Zone Alarm Firewall
    Screwed my system - thank you very much!! Not welcome! I went to Kaspersky for total system protection.
    Published on 25 Sep 2008 by D Deacon
    5.0 out of 5 stars An essential extra
    This is an essential add-on to your normal internet security. It works on the basis that it challenges you when there is a potential threat. Read more
    Published on 19 Sep 2008 by Pepper
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good addition to current internet security
    This product is as other reviewers mentioned designed to compliment your current internet security. You can upgrade for a year which you probably will need as it's always a good... Read more
    Published on 15 Sep 2008 by Silverfrog
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good concept
    It installs fine with no issues - which is good. The update to latest version was also simple but it did need a reboot. Read more
    Published on 7 Sep 2008 by Mr. Jon Forster
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad product but don't mistake it for something it's not.
    Zonealarm - a not too unfamiliar name when talking about internet security. Most people will be familiar with their firewall which has long proved popular as a free alternative to... Read more
    Published on 30 Aug 2008 by B. Smyth
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