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Avoid ZoneAlarm Firewall!

Postby shovenose » May 27th, 2011, 8:50 am

I tried to install ZoneAlarm Firewall(free edition) on my XP laptop. Unfortunately, it was never meant to be...

First off, my computer took about 5 minutes to boot up. I was like whatever, then I tried to open a program, nothing happened. So I was like this is stupid, and I opened the ZoneAlarm interface. That didn't go well either, I got a "ZoneAlarm detected system instability" message. Then explorer.exe crashed, and didn't come back. I restarted the computer. It booted up normally, but then it started going crazy. Lot of the core processes of Windows crashed, and the System Shutdown in 1 minute thing came up. Apparently svchost.exe crashed. Then I had enough and I rebooted into safe mode and uninstalled ZoneAlarm.

And now my computer works fine again.

The moral of the story: DO NOT USE THIS CRAP!
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RE: Avoid ZoneAlarm Firewall!

Postby c_hegge » May 27th, 2011, 3:51 pm

ouch. I used to use zonealarm several years ago. It did pop up a lot of alerts, but it was actually quite effective other than that, and it didn't cause any windows problems. It looks like it has gone downhill quite a bit.
No wonder it doesn't work! You installed the coils backwards! :D
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RE: Avoid ZoneAlarm Firewall!

Postby shovenose » May 27th, 2011, 4:12 pm

Yeah and the interface looks totally Windows 98ish LOL
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RE: Avoid ZoneAlarm Firewall!

Postby Klinc » May 28th, 2011, 4:10 pm

If that happens then it had problems working with another program. What antivirus are you using?
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RE: Avoid ZoneAlarm Firewall!

Postby shovenose » May 28th, 2011, 5:29 pm

Comodo Anti-Virus.
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RE: Avoid ZoneAlarm Firewall!

Postby Klinc » May 30th, 2011, 10:43 pm

shovenose wrote:Comodo Anti-Virus.


I think you got it the wrong way around when they said Comodo is a excellent program. Its firewall is top notch its av sucks big time. Use Comodo firewall coz it got HIPS with another Av like Avast home edition or MSE.
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RE: Avoid ZoneAlarm Firewall!

Postby Morsec0de » June 3rd, 2011, 7:40 am

It's good software, I'm guessing there was a problem with your PC, and it's specifications rather than the software. You should give it another go, contact ZoneAlarm with some screenshots and a detailed report and they'll happily assist you.
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RE: Avoid ZoneAlarm Firewall!

Postby shovenose » June 3rd, 2011, 11:40 am

I reviewed Comodo Anti Virus. Trust me I know if it's good or not. It throws up a lot of false positives, but I trust it a lot more than MSE.
Now stop telling me it's my fault.

Yes I can be a stubborn @$$hole :lol:
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RE: Avoid ZoneAlarm Firewall!

Postby Morsec0de » June 4th, 2011, 12:16 am

shovenose wrote:I reviewed Comodo Anti Virus. Trust me I know if it's good or not. It throws up a lot of false positives, but I trust it a lot more than MSE.
Now stop telling me it's my fault.

Yes I can be a stubborn @$$hole :lol:


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I would rather get 1,000 Trojans than use MSE. If a friend came round and saw that I was running MSE, I would want to shoot myself. I don't run any software that Microsoft have created, except a stripped down version of Windows, and I mean stripped down. No media player, notepad, wordpad, paint, internet explorer, nothing - all the applications are from companies other than MS.
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RE: Avoid ZoneAlarm Firewall!

Postby shovenose » June 4th, 2011, 5:17 am

Microsoft Security Essentials is good!

Look here I have reviewed a lot of Anti Virus software:
http://hardwareinsights.com/category ... e-reviews/
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