ZoneAlarm is known for bundling Conduit Toolbar with their programs. That is a hideous program that takes a blow torch to get it out of your system. I question if they get paid for that. In the past they where known for installing it even after you unchecked the box for it. They have now moved Conduit to the installer that downloads the free program for you, so that even makes me question that more. They even have it in the paid versions of ZoneAlarm. I found that out a couple of nights ago downloading ZoneAlarm Pro. These so called free firewalls have a good thing going as far as how they populate that white list. You got to ask yourself how does 15,000,000 programs get preapproved to access the net.
I do know that ZoneAlarm is hurting since they released v10 2012. They have had a big problem with getting people to renew there subscriptions and more then they will admit have jumped ship on them. That is why when I read this it peaked my curiosity about the kap engine and how they would be able to pay if they had a pay per download agreement with them. I got this new version downloaded and plan to take a look in a day or two when i get time to take it to task. I always hold out hope that a company, that strayed from their original path, to return to what made them a leader. I have my doubts but It would be unfair to them for me to give it a bad rating and tell people not to install it without trying it.
Keep in mind, at one time I was a user of a paid versions of ZoneAlarm. In was my humble opinion that they had the best firewall on the market. ZoneAlarm Pro configured correctly and paired with a good AV gave you good security suite. Their desire to bundle junk like Conduit and the second worst customer service for something that was bought and paid for drove me away from them.