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Should I remove ZoneAlarm Parental Controls?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
9% remove it91% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
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Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 14.76 days
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Average installed length: 228.74 days


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ZoneAlarm Parental Controls

What is ZoneAlarm Parental Controls?  (from ZoneAlarm)

Parental Controls help you protect your kids from risky and inappropriate content online. You can limit time spent online, block pornography, hate sites, questionable chat rooms, online gambling, profanity and more.


ZoneAlarm Parental Controls is a software program developed by ZoneAlarm. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The primary executable is named cwadmintools.exe. The setup package generally installs about 41 files and is usually about 61.7 MB (64,699,925 bytes). The installed file Updater.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows XP. While about 47% of users of ZoneAlarm Parental Controls come from the United States, it is also popular in Canada and Australia.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.zonealarm.com/support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\ContentWatch\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\ContentWatch\Internet Protection\ContentProtect\Home\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 61.7 MB

Program filesFiles installed by ZoneAlarm Parental Controls

Program executable:cwadmintools.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\contentwatch\internet protection\cwadmintools.exe
Additional files:
  • _CAPI.dll (by ContentWatch) - Alta
  • AltaGUI.dll (by ContentWatch)
  • AltaServicePlugin.dll
  • AltaTrayPlugin.dll
  • ChatAnalyzer.dll
  • ChatHandler.dll
  • CommonDialogs.dll
  • CPAdvisor.dll - ContentProtect Home
  • CPGUIPlugin.dll
  • CPPolMgr.dll
  • cwsvc.exe
  • cwtray.exe
  • DatabaseManager.dll
  • EncTransportAnalyzer.dll
  • EncTransportHandler.dll
  • Firewall.dll
  • FTPHandler.dll
  • HTTPHandler.dll
  • IMAnalyzer.dll
  • IMHandler.dll
  • instlsp.exe
  • instlsp64.exe
  • InstX509.exe
  • Kernel.dll
  • Launcher.exe - Updater
  • LicenseManager.dll
  • MiscAnalyzer.dll
  • NewsHandler.dll
  • Overseer.dll
  • P2PHandler.dll
  • Phoenix.exe
  • ProxyConfig.exe
  • Reports.dll
  • SearchTree.dll
  • SyncManager.dll
  • TechInfo.exe
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall
  • Updater.exe
  • VistaMUI.dll
  • WebAnalyzer.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • cwsvc.exe runs as a service named 'ContentWatch' (CwAltaService20) "Provides support for ContentWatch client services.".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • cwtray.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'cwcptray' which loads as C:\Program Files\ContentWatch\Internet Protection\cwtray.exe.

How do I remove ZoneAlarm Parental Controls?

Quickly and completely remove ZoneAlarm Parental Controls from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall ZoneAlarm Parental Controls from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program ZoneAlarm Parental Controls, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove ZoneAlarm Parental Controls.

Win 7 (SP1) 79%
Win XP 21%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 78.57%
Windows XP 21.43%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 69.23%
Microsoft Windows XP 15.38%
Windows 7 Professional 15.38%

Distribution by countryGeography

47.37% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 47.37%
  Canada 15.79%
  Australia 10.53%
  United Kingdom 10.53%
  Netherlands 5.26%
  Poland 5.26%
  Russia 5.26%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 23.08%
Dell 15.38%
Acer 15.38%
Toshiba 7.69%
Intel 7.69%
American Megatrends 7.69%
ASUS 7.69%
Common models
VMware, Inc. VMware Virtu... 10.00%
TOSHIBA Satellite C650 10.00%
HP-Pavilion VG251AA-ABU H... 10.00%
Hewlett-Packard p6640n1 10.00%
Hewlett-Packard p6-2143w 10.00%
Gigabyte P55A-UD3 10.00%


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