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ZoneAlarm Free issue

I've used ZA free for sometime and really like it. The only caveat is the frequent updates that require huge d/l and on a dail-up system is far too long. So, the last update in a 45mb size, I just put it off, until i could get to it. Now, I pay the price or as this is the result.......

I could no longer stay online on iniital log-on with my ISP. It simply got there and hang and then time-out. I tried reloading the ISP s/w &browser s/w but it seemed not work this time as it did in other past cases. Finally, I disabled ZA free, enabled XP own firewall and it flew into action. No longer hindered it responded like it always did. I will now get the latest ZA u[date and reload it again. I just wish updates were more than, smaller and total rehashed pgms. with updates included as ZA seems to be doing. I like to point out, MS update service was on and after *maybe* it cuased my ZA problems as it seemed the next time I tried to enter the WWW, it started as above, well it seemed so.

Any thoughts or similar results???

TIA -----Willy Happy

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Think about what a firewall does.

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Why would it need such an update? It's not like your antivirus that needs definitions and more.

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PS. One update could be triggered by...

In reply to: Think about what a firewall does.

Microsoft changes to their OS. But underneath the firewall does not need updates like an AV program. Given MS's behemoth updates, ZA's are quite small.

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Just a note on ZA free. It used to be before ZA got brought out, that updates were within the 1mb range or so. After that, it got so bloated that I came to the conclusion as being a free version it was d/l'ing lots more of something else. Basically, its the advertisements of the other features and Pro versions plus any animated info, etc.. I guess that' the part you pay(in freebie) to have to go though the d/l.

As for original post and problem, it was resolved when a MS patch KB951748 got crossed wires with ZA and rendered a glitch. That patch has been removed as per ZA instructions at least for now. Also, posted info here after I read similar thread, it pays to come here. Happy adios -----Willy

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