Zone Alarm Spyware Scanner

  Tenacious Green 21:23 26 Oct 2005

Zone Alarm is asking to update, but rather than a version change it is asking if I want to do a spyware scan. Has anyone else downloaded this update and ran the scan?

  Tenacious Green 21:53 26 Oct 2005

Having browsed the Zonelabs website I can't find reference to this in relation to ZA free which I run. Is this a possible attempt by Zonelabs to try and interest me in their anti-spyware product. I see it currently has a fifteen day trial.

Can anyone shed any light?

  woodchip 21:55 26 Oct 2005

spyware scan is part of the payed for version

  Tenacious Green 21:56 26 Oct 2005

I don't understand why it is asking me to scan then as I only have the free version.

  VoG II 21:59 26 Oct 2005

It is a reputable product. Why not let it scan?

  Sharpamatt 22:00 26 Oct 2005

I use Zone Alarm Pro which includs this spyware scanner.

I have found that it can detect spyware which other scans have not,but watch what you deleats because if a program has a scanning module in it it will be picked up and included in the list

  woodchip 22:06 26 Oct 2005

Looks like you loaded the trial version

  EFC1878 22:08 26 Oct 2005

I have recently ran a trial of ZA pro and it included the spyware scanner that seemed to picked up spyware not captured elsewhere.

Having finished the trial I got a pop up asking me if I wanted to run the scan. When I clcked yes I got a message saying that I did not have the correct active X control settings and to download further software . As I wasin a rush I did not do it - has anybody else? Is it ok?

  Tenacious Green 22:15 26 Oct 2005

Okay I ran it and installed the active X content for it and I'm disappointed to find that ZA runs a scan then offers to remove what its found if I buy their anti spyware product. It also seems that this annoying update will persist as when I ran 'check for update' after it asked me again and the only option to prevent it seems to be remind me in 60 days!

It only found 1 cookie and I havn't run a spyware scan for a few days!

  woodchip 22:18 26 Oct 2005

Remove ZoneAlarm from Add Remove Programs then delete the folder it leaves in Windows Explorer. And load the Free version

  Tenacious Green 22:21 26 Oct 2005

Sorry woodchip, I am on the free version and have been for well over a year. I have never installed anything but the free version. This appears to be purely a marketing move by Zonelabs to try and get its current free customers to part with cash for their Anti-spyware products.

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