Check Point has launched its first free integrated anti-virus and firewall solution.
Named ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall, it said that this is the most complete free internet security solution for consumers and offers a multi-layered defence, protecting against already-identified and new threats.
It claimed that ZoneAlarm's powerful anti-virus engine scans, detects and removes any malicious programs from a user's PC, while the OSFirewall adds an additional layer of protection by spotting and stopping any suspicious behaviour and new attacks.
Its features include: advanced download protection that analyses downloads and warns the user if a download is malicious; identity-theft protection that delivers data encryption and offers offline identity protection; and an anti-phishing/site status toolbar that blocks spyware distribution sites and fraudulent phishing websites.
Bari Abdul, vice-president and head of ZoneAlarm, Check Point Software Technologies' consumer business, said this was designed for consumers who lack a strong two-way firewall, are unwilling or unable to pay for security or have just left their security on the back burner.
“People are putting themselves at serious risk by not having minimum security, which at least includes a firewall and anti-virus software. It's basically like leaving your home without locking the doors,” he said.
“With ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall, we hope to spur a widespread security movement that will help consumers better protect themselves from dangerous predators lurking online. This will in turn help provide a more secure experience for all PC users.”
The functionality is powered by Check Point's ZoneAlarm DefenseNet, a third-generation cloud-based service that automatically verifies the safety of a program by analysing data from more than 60 million users through the cloud, eliminating overwhelming alerts and interruptions.