Zonealarm 9.1 Firewall Free Windows 7 Released

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 29, 2009
Updated • Mar 12, 2017

Update: ZoneAlarm released new versions of its firewall product. You can download the most recent version from the official website where it is still available for free. The free version is compatible with all recent versions of the Windows operating system including Windows 10. End

If you look around you will notice that most download sites offer ZoneAlarm 8.0.298 on their websites when in fact version of Zonealarm is the newest version.

The Zonealarm website itself links to a download over at that offers version 8 of the Zonealarm firewall.

Zonealarm 9.1 on the other hand has already been released on November 24 but the announcement of the release does not seem to have got past the Zonealarm forum yet.

The forum announcement of Zonealarm 9.1 links to a download page on the Zonealarm website where users can download that version of the free software firewall. Major changes in Zonealarm 9.1 include full Windows 7 compatibility and a new browser security toolbar that detects spy sites, offers website safety checks and ratings as well as a signature and heuristic phishing detection.

The direct download link for Zonealarm 9.1 can be accessed there. Zonealarm users who are running an earlier version of the Zonealarm firewall are asked to uninstall that version before they start installation of Zonealarm 9.1. Best way to do so is to remove Zonealarm from the list of Windows startup items by going to Overview> Preferences > General > Load ZoneAlarm at startup.

It also has to be noted that Zonealarm 9.1 should be run as the only software firewall on the computer system. It is therefore highly recommended to uninstall other software firewalls and to disable Windows firewall to ensure that the firewall protects the PC properly. Zonealarm 9.1 is compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows 7 and previous Windows operating systems. (Thanks Dante for the tip).

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Zonealarm 9.1 Firewall Free Windows 7 Released
If you look around you will notice that most download sites offer ZoneAlarm 8.0.298 on their websites when in fact version of Zonealarm is the newest version.
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  1. Uhtred said on April 20, 2013 at 11:55 am

    just for info, Version is out and forces use to accept default homepage, search and toolbar before allowing you to go ahead with “quick default install” (no custom install option).

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on April 20, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      Hm, I get a custom install option when I try to install Free Firewall. Which product did you install?

      1. Uhtred said on April 21, 2013 at 6:18 am

        The free firewall only, using “zafwSetupWeb_110_000_504.exe” downloaded from their own website on 20th April.
        ZoneAlarm Free Firewall version:
        Vsmon version:
        Driver version:
        Web Identity Protections version: 1.5.393.22

        The quick default install text button was visible top right hand corner, but no other clickable button / text was visible.

  2. todd said on June 7, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Hey DanTe. How are you using both Avira and Mcafee.

  3. DanTe said on November 30, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    The additional software is still there. But you can select “Custom” install and deselect the software you don’t want. To be fair, they are offering a freebie. They have to make money somehow.

    As to compatibility with AVG, no clue. I use Avira and McAfee anti-virus together with ZoneAlarm.

    I’ve tried Comodo while waiting for the freebie ZoneAlarm for Windows 7 to show up. Comodo is nice, but it doesn’t do what I want – specifically be informed of software connecting to the web and allowing me to block it. In Comodo, I have to know exactly where the exe file is located and than configure it to be blocked. Way too hard for the newbies I’m installing for.

  4. anonymouse said on November 30, 2009 at 9:15 am

    is it finally compatible again when running AVG?
    ZoneAlarm UI used to be blank and inaccessible when running both.

  5. DanTe said on November 30, 2009 at 7:23 am

    Talk about outright plagiarism:

    It evens (Thanks Dante for the tip).

  6. Doc said on November 30, 2009 at 2:50 am

    Does this piece of bloatware still insist on you downloading and installing the antivirus/antispyware components, even if you don’t need them? More than 10 MB for just a firewall is ridiculous. I stopped using this around version 6 because Computer Associates bought out Zone Labs and started bundling more junk into it with every release.

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