programs trying to access the internet

  Groblok 20:52 27 Dec 2006

I run zone alarm free and have numerous programs that ask for access to the internet.
I have set all of them to ask before connecting but this is a pain having to click 'allow' or 'deny' each time.
As a general rule I allow those ones associated with a program I have recently started and deny the rest.
Does anyone know of a list of programs which are safe to allow access to the internet or, preferably, a list of the unsafe ones.
I haven't a clue which to allow from the descriptions in zone alarm

  The Kestrel 21:45 27 Dec 2006

I use McAfee SiteAdvisor click here which is free. Go to the link and read about the program and decide whether it would help with your problem.

  birdface 22:35 27 Dec 2006

You want kerio click here Full version for 4 weeks then if you dont want to pay, Reverts to free version,If you run it in easy mode ,its just like windows firewall,Very seldom get a pop up from it, So easy to use,

  Groblok 12:26 28 Dec 2006

Thanks Kestrel. The site advisor is great when browsing the internet.
Thanks Buteman but zone alarm is great and I can stop the pop ups using it but im afraid neither suggestion addresses the issue. Perhaps I wasn't clear about it.
Id just like to know what programs/applications are safe to allow access to the internet from my computer. I want to be sure they are not trojans or spyware etc up to no good.

  Jak_1 14:59 28 Dec 2006

Programs that need access are:-
Your firewall
Your antivirus program (for updates)
Your internet browser
Your email client ie outlook express

Those I would say are the essentials. Any other program that requires access you may have will be a personal thing such as a vpn, msn, media players etc.

Hope this helps.

  Jak_1 15:00 28 Dec 2006

Forgot to mention, your antispyware progs will require access also for updates.

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