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Free Zone Alarm

by auggief / June 16, 2009 6:37 AM PDT

Every time I start my computer, I get this message screen:

Zone Alarm Security Options
Tell me More
No thank you.

Is there any way I can stop this from popping up each time I turn on my computer?

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Seems a difficult question.
by Kees Bakker / June 16, 2009 6:53 AM PDT
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Something to try with a "stipulation"..
by Carol~ Forum moderator / June 16, 2009 7:59 AM PDT
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After reading the various threads at the ZA Forum, and one "How Do I Remove the Zone Alarm Nag Screen" at BleepingComputers, I did find one thread at Major Geeks which may help. However, if it works, it means installing the updates manually. The post suggests:

Open Zone alarms
Click "Overview" on the left panel
Click the "Preferences" tab at the top right
Check for product updates, check "Manual"
You'll get a warning box telling you if you do not update you will be at risk from hackers etc
Click "Yes"

It's right there if you have one of the last 2 versions of zone alarms (aquired within the last 12 months)

I don't use ZA, so I can test it. Sad Again, if it does work, it will require updating manually updating. The choice is yours make.

Best of luck..

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Sounds Right... I Disable Automatic Updates Here...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / June 16, 2009 9:10 AM PDT

...and never receive the "nag" screen, on any of the recent versions of ZA.

Hope this helps.


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Thanks for the confirmation, Grif.
by Carol~ Forum moderator / June 16, 2009 9:31 AM PDT

If no one else, "it helped" me. Even though I don't use ZA, it's another bit of information to "tuck away" for a rainy day. Now hopefully when the rain does fall ....... I'll still remember where I tucked it! Silly

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Bad Luck
by auggief / June 16, 2009 8:09 PM PDT

I changed to manual update yesterday as instructed. When I started computer up this morning, nag screen was still there.
The other thing that is checked is Load ZoneAlarm at Startup which I want and the other is Protect the Zone Alarm Client which I con't know what that is.

My version is

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Leave Those Items '"As Is"...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / June 17, 2009 12:15 AM PDT
In reply to: Bad Luck
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by auggief / June 17, 2009 12:44 AM PDT

I changed to manual update. I will now read the ZA link you sent me. Thanks for all your help. Yes I have Vista Home Premium SP2

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by auggief / June 17, 2009 12:54 AM PDT

I went into the link you sent on ZA that told me to run regedit and bring up RunSwitchbackwizard and set value to 0 instead of 1.
When I tried, I got this message:
Cannot edit RunswitchBackWizard: Error writing the value's new cotents.
I guess I'd better not screw with the registry anymore.

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Oh Well, Checking For Others With Your Issue...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / June 17, 2009 12:37 PM PDT
In reply to: Grif similar problems.. You may just have to live with it.



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A home built remedy
by waltercd / February 28, 2010 2:35 AM PST
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The following solution works for me (but NOT a 100% of the time).
Using Windows 7 (64bit) and Zone Alarm (free) version

The following is the contents of a Windows / DOS batch file;

@echo off


if exist tasklist.txt del tasklist.txt
if exist zlclient.txt del zlclient.txt

set zcount=0
set zgood=0
set /a zcount=zcount +1
taskkill /IM zlclient.exe > zlclient.txt
for /F "tokens=1 delims=:" %%i in (zlclient.txt) do set zstatus=%%i
call filechk.bat zlclient.txt
@echo off
if %pcmfsize% EQU 0 set zstatus=NONE

echo ==========
echo %zcount% %zstatus%
echo ==========
if %zstatus% EQU NONE echo ======================================
if %zstatus% EQU NONE echo Waiting for Zone Alarm Client to start
if %zstatus% EQU NONE echo ======================================
if %zstatus% EQU NONE echo.
if %zstatus% EQU NONE goto loop
if %zstatus% EQU ERROR goto loop
if %zstatus% EQU SUCCESS set /a zgood=zgood +1
echo %zcount% > tasklist.txt
tasklist /fi "IMAGENAME eq zlclient.exe" >> tasklist.txt

if %zcount% GTR 100 goto exit
if %zgood%% GTR 1 echo =======================
if %zgood%% GTR 1 echo Zone Alarm Client ended
if %zgood%% GTR 1 echo =======================
if %zgood%% GTR 1 echo.
if %zgood%% GTR 1 goto exit

goto loop

@echo on

It follows that in my case the batch file resides in c:\data\bat on my PC. You'll need to amend the batch file contents if your version of this file resides in another directory and / or uses a different batch file name.

The following is the contents of the batch file FILECHK.BAT called
by ENDZLMSG.BAT (above) :-

@echo off

@set pcmfdate=
@set pcmfdatedd=
@set pcmfdatemm=
@set pcmfdateyy=
@set pcmfname=
@set pcmfpath=
@set pcmfsize=
@set pcmftime=
@set pcmftimehh=
@set pcmftimemm=

@if %1%.==. goto exit

@if not exist %1% goto nofile

@dir %1%/-c > filechk1.log
@dir %1%/b > filechk2.log
@for /F "tokens=1 delims= " %%i in (filechk2.log) do @set pcmfname=%%i
@find /n /i "%pcmfname%" filechk1.log > filechk3.log
@for /F "skip=1 tokens=1-4 delims=] " %%i in (filechk3.log) do @set pcmfdate=%%j
@for /F "skip=1 tokens=1-4 delims=] " %%i in (filechk3.log) do @set pcmftime=%%k
@for /F "skip=1 tokens=1-4 delims=] " %%i in (filechk3.log) do @set pcmfsize=%%l
@for /F "skip=1 tokens=1-4 delims=]/ " %%i in (filechk3.log) do @set pcmfdatedd=%%j
@for /F "skip=1 tokens=1-4 delims=]/ " %%i in (filechk3.log) do @set pcmfdatemm=%%k
@for /F "skip=1 tokens=1-4 delims=]/ " %%i in (filechk3.log) do @set pcmfdateyy=%%l
@for /F "skip=1 tokens=1-4 delims=]: " %%i in (filechk3.log) do @set pcmftimehh=%%k
@for /F "skip=1 tokens=1-4 delims=]: " %%i in (filechk3.log) do @set pcmftimemm=%%l

@set pcmfpath=
@goto exit

@echo FILECHK: File %1 does not exist

@if exist filechk1.log del filechk1.log
@if exist filechk2.log del filechk2.log
@if exist filechk3.log del filechk3.log

@echo on

I have tried running ENDZLMSG.BAT from my Windows StartUp folder with limited success. Sometimes it will run BEFORE the Zone Alarm Client zlclient.exe has started to run; which prevents ENDZLMSG.BAT from ending the irritating message.

A better (but not foolproof) solution is to place the ENDZLMSG.BAT file is the registry after the Zone Alarm entry for autostarting zlclient.exe. The following is the contents of a registry file ENDZLMSG.REG:-

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


"ZoneAlarm Message"="\"C:\\data\\bat\\endzlmsg.bat\""

As I have said this DOES NOT work EVERY TIME.

The taskkill command DOES NOT kill the zlclient.exe program (despite
the messages you may see), but it does do enough to get rid of the

If someone can improve on this, and let me know what they done to make it work all the time; I would appreciate it.

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ZA nag screen fix
by MsPetite / August 22, 2010 12:48 PM PDT
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I have ZA free 9.2.057 and Windows 7. That nag screen was driving me crazy! I tried something new and after a few restarts, I still haven't seen it yet. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Here's how I did it:
I started in Safe Mode.
Manually started ZA.
Clicked the "No Thank You" nag popup.
Turned off the computer and restarted normally.

I hope the nag screen continues to stay off, and that it works for you too!

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problem solve
by xtreme164 / January 25, 2011 2:02 AM PST
In reply to: ZA nag screen fix

Thanks for the help! i solve the problem with your post!

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