Thousands of Windows 8.1 computers were left unprotected as Zone Alarm was struggling to release support for Windows 8.1; the update is finally here
Many folks are using ZoneAlarm products to protect their Windows 8 device, as CheckPoint has all the security tools you might need – firewall: free and paid, anti-virus: free and paid, internet security and other bundles. But since Microsoft has made available the Windows 8.1 update on October 17, many Windows 8.1 computers were left unprotected, as it took Zone Alarm almost two week to add Windows 8.1 support to its products.
Microsoft said that all the apps added by users using Windows 8.1 Preview will have to to be reinstalled after upgrading to the final version of Windows 8.1. Of course, many Zone Alarm users have updated to Windows 8.1 from the Preview version, reinstalled the app and some of them even got corrupted software in the end, like it was the case with McAfee users, according to some posting on Zone Alarm‘s forums. For other, ZoneAlarm‘s products were crashing, hanging or just stopped working.
Zone Alarm Firewall, Internet Security, and AntiVirus get Windows 8.1 support
Online users have been reporting similar problems have with Symantec’s Norton Internet Security suite. And this is definitely not Microsoft’s fault as the company gave developers like Check Point more than a month ahead to prepare for the Windows 8.1 launch. Now, finally, Zone Alarm has announced that support for Windows 8.1 has been made available. Free and paid ZoneAlarm products have been updated to version 12.0.104.000 which comes with:
- New feature: Windows 8.1 support
- Updated feature: Antivirus engine
- Improved feature: AV detection
And here are the download links for all of ZoneAlarm‘s products that have been updated:
- ZoneAlarm Extreme Security
- ZoneAlarm Security Suite
- ZoneAlarm Antivirus +Firewall
- ZoneAlarm Pro
- ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus +Firewall
- ZoneAlarm Free Firewall
All ZoneAlarm users are advised to download and install the Windows 8.1 updates as soon as possible to end this two week period while their computers were left unprotected.