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Back in the day of Win98 and 386 computers, I used Zone Alarm and was quite
pleased with it -- stable, easy to work with.

Since those days, I've gone through a couple of computers, each of which
came with either Norton or McAfee bundled.  I now have a new machine, runs
Vista, and I'm having problems with McAfee -- sometimes it updates,
sometimes it doesn't update, and sometimes it calls for me to reinstall
McAfee.  Screw that.

Is Zone Alarm still around?  Is it Vista-certified?  Opinions of ZA?

Thanks.


Re: Zone Alarm?

On Mon, 2 Feb 2009 18:30:12 -0500, A-non-i-moose wrote:

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Yes, in those days the operating systems were different and ZA was a nice
'security' addition.
 
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A very useful application for any *new* pc is the PC Decrapifier, it
attempts to remove all of the crap on your PC that you never asked for
or...
http://www.pcdecrapifier.com /
http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/removes

Also:
McAfee Consumer Products Removal Tool three-step fix
http://service.mcafee.com/FAQDocument.aspx?lc=1033&id=TS100507
Direct:
http://download.mcafee.com/products/licensed/cust_support_patches/MCPR.exe

Good quality AV alternative:
Avira AntiVir® Personal - FREE Antivirus
http://www.free-av.com /
(The free version won't scan your emails.)
Why You Don't Need Your Anti-Virus Program to Scan Your E-Mail
http://thundercloud.net/infoave/tutorials/email-scanning/index.htm
Ensure your e-mail program is configured to display e-mail messages in
'Plain Text' only.
You may wish to consider removing the 'AntiVir Nagscreen'            
http://www.elitekiller.com/files/disable_antivir_nag.htm
 
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Yes it is but would not recommend using it on your operating system!

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Vista by default contains 82 default filters that prevent 34 services from
communicating out other than on a very narrow set of defined ports.

You are not going to find anything better than the Vista FW and Vista in
itself due to the advanced features the FW and Vista are using.

Managing the Windows Vista Firewall
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc510323.aspx
*(read twice)*

Jesper's Blogs-
At Least This Snake Oil Is Free.
http://msinfluentials.com/blogs/jesper/archive/2007/07/19/at-least-this-snake-oil-is-free.aspx
Windows Firewall: the best new security feature in Vista?
http://blogs.technet.com/jesper_johansson/archive/2006/05/01/426921.aspx

Exploring The Windows Firewall.
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/technetmag/issues/2007/06/VistaFirewall/default.aspx
"If you try to block outbound connections from a computer that’s already
compromised, how can you be sure that the computer is really doing what you
ask? The answer: you can’t. Outbound protection is security theater—it’s a
gimmick that only gives the impression of improving your security without
doing anything that actually does improve your security. This is why
outbound protection didn’t exist in the Windows XP firewall and why it
doesn’t exist in the Windows Vista™ firewall."

Tap into the Vista firewall's advanced configuration features
http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10877-6098592.html
"...once you discover the secret of accessing its advanced configuration
settings via the MMC snap-in, you'll find it to be far more configurable
and functional. At last, Windows comes with a sophisticated personal
firewall that can be used to set up outbound rules as well as inbound, with
the ability to customize rules to fit your precise needs."
Or
Configure Vista Firewall to support outbound packet filtering
http://searchwindowssecurity.techtarget.com/tip/0,289483,sid45_gci1247138,00.html
Or
Vista Firewall Control (Free versions available).
Protects your applications from undesirable network incoming and outgoing
activity, controls applications internet access.
http://sphinx-soft.com/Vista /
The free version may be all you need, check the comparisons under
the "Download and Buy" link.

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Snakeoil!

Finally:
Routinely practice Safe-Hex.
http://www.claymania.com/safe-hex.html
Hundreds Click on 'Click Here to Get Infected' Ad
http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2132447,00.asp

Good luck :)

Re: Zone Alarm?

A-non-i-moose wrote:
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I don't use ZA anymore, but I did like its inbound/outbound traffic
icon. Would like that as a separate gizmo, is there one? I vaguely
recall there was one for Win3.x, but haven;t looked for one since.

Cheers,

wolf k.


Re: Zone Alarm?

On Mon, 02 Feb 2009 19:42:31 -0500, Wolf K


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I keep ZA ver 7 on my xp(mce) primarily for that icon too.
It provides information that may be very important if your
system has been exposed to trojans and etc.

I disabled Windows Firewall, and use only ZA.



Jack from Taxacola (formerly Pensacola), FL

Re: Zone Alarm?


http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2333444,00.asp


A-non-i-moose wrote:
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Re: Zone Alarm?

On Mon, 2 Feb 2009 18:30:12 -0500, A-non-i-moose wrote:

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It is, don't know (and not bothering to find out), dangerous rubbish (if
you value your Internet connectivity.

Avoid like the plague!

Try NOD32 or Kaspersky AV. The best of the crop.

Cheers,

Roy

Re: Zone Alarm?

Slarty wrote:
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Question regarding ZA (firewall) availability and compatibility w/Vista,
answered by a shill for a couple AV applications, good to see there's
still some humor in this group after Stalker Steve left <g>

Re: Zone Alarm?

On Tue, 03 Feb 2009 10:14:00 -0800, ASCII wrote:

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How I wish that was true. I'd be getting *PAID* instead of being a humble
user who has paid *FOR* them with my own money!

Some people are just too cynical for their own, or others, good......

Cheers,

Roy

Re: Zone Alarm?


On Wed, 4 Feb 2009 17:06:03 +0000, Slarty

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The resellers don't have the time to post here anymore. Too busy
spending all your cash.


Jim.


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It's still dominated by nod32 shills as you can see.

What became of the creator? Did he ever make sheriff?


Jim.


Re: Zone Alarm?

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Use the firewall application that comes with Vista.

Windows Firewall with Advanced Configuration.



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