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How to setup ZoneAlarm
Author: Craig "hachiroku" Mercer
Date Created:2003-03-25
Operating System(s):Windows Logo imagWindows 9X/NT/2000/XP

1) Go to, it should redirect you to the store.

2) Click on "Download & Buy", when that page loads, scroll down to the bottom of the page and you will see a link for ZoneAlarm "Free Download".

3) Once you click that link it will take you to a page and it will present you with a series of checkboxes, scroll to the bottom of that page and click the "Submit" button.

4) The next page you get to, make sure you ZoneAlarm "Download Now" on the far right. This link will finally get you to the page where you can download ZoneAlarm.

5) On this page it asks you about cleaning off trojans and viruses before installing ZoneAlarm (also note: if a pop-up window opens, just close it), just ignore it and click the link on the bottom that says "Download FREE ZoneAlarm". This link should shoot you off to Cnet to download the installer. I would suggest downoading it to your Desktop so you know where it is, but it is your choice.

6) Once the installer is downloaded to your PC, double click the installer to being the installation.

7) You can pick where ZoneAlarm will be installed, the default is fine, but if you wish to change it you can. Then click "Next"

8) The next screen asks you for some personal info (Name, Company and email), you can fill this in with bogus information if you want to (thats what I do) and make sure you uncheck the 2 boxes for product updates and stuff. Then click "Next"

9) Next, read the EULA or END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT and click "Do you accept...."

10) You will then be presented with the User Survey screen, feel free to fill this out with either real or bogus information, it is up to you. Then click "Finish"

11) Finally, ZoneAlarm wil ask if you if you want to start it right away. Select "YES".

12) Now comes the configuration of ZoneAlarm itself so we can see what kind of traffic is trying to get into and get out of your PC!

You will see a screen like this:

Zonelarm next image

13) The next screen is the most important in order for you to discover what kind of traffic is happening. on the next screen you will see a radio button which says "Alert me whenever ZoneAlarm block traffic" then click "Finish"

14) Have you got a fresh coffee yet? If not go ahead and get one...I'll wait. You got it? Good let's continue! You've a couple more things to configure so be paitient. The next screen is the permission configuration screen. Now, I am a stickler for quailty so I like to configure things myself.

Configure Permissions

So you want to select the second radio button down which is "No. Alert me when my browser and these components need Internet access." The reason I do this is so that I get prompted everytime something tries to leave my computer, and I then research the supicous ones to see if any "cracker" software is already on the PC. Once you have selected it, click "Finish"

15) Now you are on the last screen where it says "Conratulations!". Select the second radio button down which says "Skip the tutorial and start ZoneAlarm. I can..." and then click "Finish"

16) As soon as you hit "Finish" ZoneAlarm will start and will imediatley start alerting you to traffic outbound from your computer and will ask you what ZoneAlarm should do with it (allow it or deny it), programs like MSN Messenger, Internet Explorer shold all be allowed, however, if you see a program that you are unsure about, stop it and then get the name of the executable and do a search on Google for it. If you can account for the program and believe it is legitimate, get ZoneAlarm to let it through, if you can't make sure ZoneAlarm keeps it blocked.

17) Some of the traffic you will see coming in is legitmate traffic from your ISP and internet programs like MSN Messenger, ICQ, Trellian etc. If the traffic is known "cracker" activity like a port scan or ping sweep, ZoneAlarm should alert you and explain to you what the traffic is.

18) Anyways, this will at least get you some measure of protection until you can get a hardware router/firewall appliance.