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how to keep ZoneAlarm shutdown

While using Avast free antivirus and Windows firewall, I wished to turn off all functions of ZoneAlarm Security Suite without uninstalling ZoneAlarm. To do this, I right clicked the ZoneAlarm icon on the system tray then clicked Shutdown ZoneAlarm Security Suite. However, when the computer was restarted ZoneAlarm also restarted. To prevent this, I went to the startup tab of the System Configuration Utility which contained a ticked startup item zlclient. I unticked this but after restarting the computer this item appeared ticked. I then opened the folder C:\WINDOWS\tasks which contained nothing related to ZoneAlarm. I then looked in C:\ Documents and Settings\User Name\Start Menu\Programs\Startup which again contained nothing to do with ZoneAlarm. I also opened the text file C:\WINDOWS\win.ini but I do not understand it I gather that this problem may be solved by editing the registry but I do not know how to do this. My operating system is Windows XP with Service Pack 2. The ZoneAlarm Security Suite version number is 9.1.008.000. The solution to this problem would be much appreciated

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There is no easy solution

other than to uninstall ZA completely. There is another process used by ZA called vsmon.exe. It is a security process that prevents hackers getting access to the system when the network becomes available, which is before Windows loads. Disabling or shutting down ZA through it's control panel does not shut this process down.

There is a general rule we follow. Only one firewall, and only one anti-virus. Is there a reason why you need both Avast and ZA?

Mark

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how to keep ZoneAlarm shutdown

I want, and have been using, avast free antivirus and ZoneAlarm firewall (more precisely avast free antivirus with ZoneAlarm running with its anti virus function switched off, its firewall enabled and Windows fire wall disabled): but I wanted to try avast free antivirus with Windows firewall enabled and ZoneAlarm firewall and other ZoneAlarm functions disabled. This was because I wondered if the former arrangement was contributing to slow running of my computer,

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If it's for a test only ...

shutdown Zonealarm firewall after boot while executing the test.

Kees

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