How to Reset ZoneAlarm Security Settings to Default

ZoneAlarm has been offering a free firewall for Windows computers for almost two decades now. In the last few years, they have also added a free antivirus with the already well acclaimed firewall. Together these two work great on all the Windows computer running Windows 8.1 or above. They provide excellent protection from malware and prevent unwanted network intrusions.

Although they never mention it, some security experts have said that the ZoneAlarm free antivirus is actually using the powerful Kaspersky Antivirus engine. Kaspersky is a well known known name in the security world. They are  one of the leaders in the security software worldwide. This antivirus can detect and remove all kinds of trojans, viruses, worms, bots, ransomware, spyware, and other malicious programs. So when you install ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus+Firewall, you are getting really high quality protection for your Windows PC.

This is how we can quickly reset all the security settings for ZoneAlarm Antivirus and Firewall:

  1. Double-click on the ZoneAlarm icon in the Windows notification area (system tray).
  2. When the ZoneAlarm dashboard window is opened, click on the Tools menu and select Preferences.Reset ZoneAlarm Settings
  3. In the Preferences window, click on the Reset to Default button under the section for backing up and restoring the settings. You will be asked for confirmation and after that all the security settings will be reset to the factory defaults.Reset ZoneAlarm Settings

If your ZoneAlarm installation is not working as expected, is not loading at Windows startup or is showing errors then these steps are not going to work. You might have to download the ZoneAlarm setup afresh from the ZoneAlarm website and then re-install it.

For downloading ZoneAlarm free antivirus and firewall for installing it on Windows 8/10/11, you can visit the ZoneAlarm website at It will download the web installer which further downloads more files from the internet during the installation.