Hello. I’m using Zone Alarm and I’ve noticed that after boot up it takes my computer 2 minutes to give me access to the Internet and while playing games on the net the games freeze for a second like the packets are being held up by Zone Alarm. Is there something better I can use for both gaming and surfing the net?
Switching from Zone Alarm to another firewall might not actually provide you with an improvement in Internet browsing or game playing. In fact, if in general you are happy with Zone Alarm, I would stick with it as the differences are probably going to be less favorable than you would want. From most of the reviews that I have read, Zone Alarm is the preferred option among gamers.
Some of what you are experiencing might be related to the latest update for Zone Alarm. It is possible that this will get tweaked and fixed sooner rather than later. Alternatively, it could be related to traffic conditions with online games or heavy demand for Internet bandwidth. However, alternatives to Zone Alarm do exist and I will provide some pertinent details on some of them below, although I cannot vouch for any of them since I haven't used them personally.
Alternative to Zone Alarm: Comodo Internet Security Suite
Comodo Internet Security Suite offers exceptional protection against hackers, viruses, Trojans, and other forms of malware. This application offers firewall protection and anti-virus software. Additionally, it provides protection when using the Internet at hotels, airports, coffee shops, and more through its "TrustConnectTM". Plus, this application also offers protection for your critical operating system files, registry and more through its "Proactive Security" feature.
You can check it out for yourself at this link: Comodo Internet Security Suite. This is a free application if you download Comodo Internet Security, but if you get Comodo Internet Security Pro, the download only offers a free 30-day trial.
Alternative to Zone Alarm: Jetico Personal Firewall
Jetico Personal Firewall is another application that offers protection for your computer while gaming or browsing the Internet. It is available in a free version as well as a paid version. You can access the download for the free version at the following link: Jetico Personal Firewall v.1. This application offers a flexible firewall for computers using the following Windows operating systems: Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows XP, and Windows 2000.