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can't connect 2 internet after installing ZoneAlarm on WInXP

by noni2 / December 15, 2004 5:39 AM PST

Hello, I'm new here. I have Windows Home XP (SP1) and recently downloaded the free trial version of ZoneAlarm firewall. However, I was then totally unable to make an internet connection. Admittedly, I ticked on the Pro version as it seemed to offer superior protection. I had to uninstall it to be able to resume connection to internet.

I then downloaded LeakTest from Gibson Research Corporation ( in order to test the ICF firewall already activated on Windows Home XP and it failed the test, showing that it is not really protecting my PC.

I was wondering if ZoneAlarm is incompatible with the Windows Home XP firewall. Now, after taking the test showing the WinXP firewall to be useless anyway, is it worth disabling it and re-installing ZoneAlarm? If not, what could be the reason for the problem with ZoneAlarm?


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ZA is worth it. . .
by Coryphaeus / December 15, 2004 6:39 AM PST

But I've been using the free version since it came out. And anything is better than the XP firewall. Download the free version as it does exactly what it's supposed to do. You will have to configure it to allow outgoing programs such as IE and such.

Install it and disable the XP firewall.

One caveat. If you have a broadband connection, ZA 5.x has been shown to slow down the connection. I and many others have had this problem as discussed in the Broadband forum. ZA 4.x does not have this problem and provides the same excellent protection. If after installing ZA 5.x your connections seems slow, go to my site below and download v.4. Click on the Spyware Suite link and get the rest of the spyware blockers.

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This thread
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 15, 2004 8:00 AM PST
In reply to: ZA is worth it. . .

is also duplicated in the Windows XP forum


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(NT) (NT) Doh!!
by Coryphaeus / December 15, 2004 8:40 AM PST
In reply to: This thread
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by noni2 / December 15, 2004 11:29 PM PST
In reply to: (NT) Doh!!

sorry about that, a newbie in more ways than one. don't know how to merge them now, but at least it's been picked up (well spotted, Mark).

thanks for advice. i'm not on broadband, and i have ad-aware, spybot s&d, and spydoctor. also kaspersky anti-virus, and um what else, tds-3. i can't remember which version of the free trial ZoneAlarm i downloaded but i will try again, and keep posted (on the WinXP forum !)


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About firewalls.
by chuckieu / December 16, 2004 2:27 AM PST
In reply to: sorry!

As Wayne mentioned, firewalls will slow down a system.
The alternative(no firewall) -of course-is unacceptable.
I have noticed that my Linux system runs about 50% faster
on average than my Windows system. Still plenty fast for everything but Gaming. Protection is more important. chuck

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