Software Tips and Tricks

How to remove ZoneAlarm free 2018 Ads

cefsimple.exe is responsible for displaying the ads in the ZoneAlarm free 2018 product, so here is a short way to remove it – basically you restrict the access to the executable and that’s it. It’s not really a removal, more a suppression.

ZoneAlarm free 2018
Here is the quick method.

// Restrict the access to the folder and the exe
takeown /f "%ProgramFiles%\CheckPoint\ZoneAlarm\cef" /a /r /d y
icacls "%ProgramFiles%\CheckPoint\ZoneAlarm\cef" /inheritance:r /grant:r Administrators:(OI)(CI)F /t /l /q /c
rd "%ProgramFiles%\CheckPoint\ZoneAlarm\cef" /s /q
takeown /f "%ProgramFiles%\CheckPoint\ZoneAlarm\cef\cefsimple.exe" /a
icacls "%ProgramFiles%\CheckPoint\ZoneAlarm\cef\cefsimple.exe" /inheritance:r /remove "Administrators" "Authenticated Users" "Users" "System"
icacls "%ProgramFiles%\CheckPoint\ZoneAlarm\cef\cefsimple.exe" /reset

I hope this helps some people which want to use the free product but without any annoying advertisements. In case you have update issue, just revert it and give the program access to the folder and executable again, update it and re-do the process.

I did not tested it on the ‘gaming-mode’ but theoretically it should work.