todays update froze my pc and I had to do a system restore in safe mode but now it connects for a few minutes and disconnects me. Zone alarm is now not showing and I cannot check its settings. Does anyone know how to get to its settings when it is obviously running but not showing in the task bar etc.
There is something seriously wrong with Zone Alarm Updates these days. I had problems with user switching (three users on this XP home OS machine)after (as I discovered later) installing the latest ZA update. I had spent 2-3 hours trying to uninstall this and that to resolve the switching problem until I got to this posting and thought "oh no, not again" as there had been a mega problem with ZA and windows updates earlier this year.
The problem is definitely with ZA (or a combination of ZA and windows updates). I uninstalled ZA and everything worked fine, then I reinstalled an earlier version and the problem returned. Any recommendations for an alternative firewall? Is Windows firewall adequate?
There really isn't much need to keep updating firewall software unless there is a known problem / risk. A firewall is basically a static piece of software that sits in the background doing its job. Contrast with anti-virus which needs its virus signature files updated very frequently (e.g. every day).
BTW, I tried using comodo but found it very fussy and difficult to get it to stay set up the way I wanted it to. One of their support guys admited to me that there was a disconect between the firewall engine developers and the user interface developers such that changes made via the user interface didn't always get registered with the engine - seemingly due to bad version control in their software libraries. Not very reassuring at all.
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