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Very slow startup with Zonealarm ?

by coolgenius / May 3, 2007 2:58 PM PDT

I have a pentium 4 2 Ghz processor, 512 MB RAM & Windows XP SP 2.

Well everything was fine before i installed this "Zonealarm internet security suite" after which the system has gone awry.The startup takes an extra 2 mins longer than what it used to.On my part i have unchecked most of the other programs on startup and have also put zonealarm under selective startup.No significant improvement was there.

I had no problem like this with the free zonealarm firewall.
Is this worth the wait or shall i uninstall this straightaway??

Someone please help me out of this.

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Over in our VS&A Forum...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 3, 2007 9:50 PM PDT

It was found that some COMBINATIONS of software do that. Zone Alarm on it's own is usually only a few seconds more but if you follow the VS&A discussions they found a TOXIC combo where 2 protection suites knocked heads. Since no other software is noted I can only share this.


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same problem
by coffeecan / May 19, 2007 12:20 PM PDT

We have an older dell that we use for a backup with xp with service pack2. It is an intel pentium 1.4 g processor with 128 ram. It functioned fairly well with norton. Decided to try store bought zone alarm security suite. I thought the old box was slow before but boy now this box is really slow. (I realize more ram etc would have helped but rather than spending money for dell's ram we put the ram money toward new computer and just use this one for backup.) Word is the only program on it in addition to IE and a dsl wireless setup. Don't even have a printer hooked up. Man, it is so slow since putting zone alarm on it that we will not wait until the expiration date to change security systems. We are going to install free avg plus use other firewall. We have 5 computers here in home office setup and all of the other computers have norton. Had mcafee on one of the others at one time but got rid of it too. We haven't had the trouble that some folks have had with norton. Norton stopped giving us trouble after 2004. I don't know why. Didn't know about all of the free av and firewalls until we discovered cnet forum. It will be interesting to try the avg program on the old box though. Looking forward to it. . We won't purchase zone alarm again. Some folks highly recommend it though. We just haven't cottoned to it. It slowed everything down a great deal. Tried everything to speed up the boot up. Read all I could from forums. Tried many of their suggestions. Nothing worked until uninstalled zone alarm and then evrything went fine. But reinstalled it for security. Now waiting until have time to try free avg. Good luck. Maybe someone will have proper solution for you. Some items work better for some folks than they do for other folks but this one didn't work well for us.

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Those "suites" are heavy.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 20, 2007 12:05 AM PDT
In reply to: same problem

You could have gone lightwieght with just the items you need. For instance a clean out of all the Norton leftovers (I bet I might see them in your HIJACKTHIS log) then add just the Free AVG antivirus and just the firewall from the free Zone Alarm.


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