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  1. #1
    alsteele@invalid.com
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    Zone Alarm prevents access to browsers

    I am using the latest version of Zone Alarm, 8.0 and Windows XP. Today
    a problem came up whereby I could not access either Internet Explorer
    or Firefox. I discovered the cause to be Zone Alarm. When I shut it
    down, I was able to access the browser. Strangely enough, once having
    accessed the browser, I could restart Zone Alarm and everything worked
    normally.

  2. #2
    Kayman
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    Re: Zone Alarm prevents access to browsers

    On Sun, 15 Mar 2009 21:09:47 -0400, alsteele@invalid.com wrote:

    > I am using the latest version of Zone Alarm, 8.0 and Windows XP. Today
    > a problem came up whereby I could not access either Internet Explorer
    > or Firefox. I discovered the cause to be Zone Alarm. When I shut it
    > down, I was able to access the browser. Strangely enough, once having
    > accessed the browser, I could restart Zone Alarm and everything worked
    > normally.


    To avoid these kind of problems:

    1.Uninstall/Remove ZA from your OS and DON'T re-install!
    http://zonealarm.donhoover.net/uninstall.html
    --or--
    Revo Uninstaller
    http://www.revouninstaller.com/

    2.For the average homeuser, the Windows Firewall in XP does a fantastic job
    at its core mission and is really all you need if you have an 'real-time'
    anti-virus program, [another firewall on your router or] other edge
    protection like SeconfigXP and practise Safe-Hex.
    The windows firewall deals with inbound protection and therefore does not
    give you a false sense of security. Best of all, it doesn't implement lots
    of nonsense like pretending that outbound traffic needs to be monitored.
    Activate and utilize the Win XP built-in Firewall; Uncheck *all* Programs
    and Services under the Exception tab.

    Windows XP: How to turn on your firewall.
    http://www.microsoft.com/protect/com...rewall/xp.mspx

    Read through:
    Understanding Windows Firewall.
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/u...2_wfintro.mspx

    Using Windows Firewall.
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/u...nfirewall.mspx

    Configure Windows by using:
    Seconfig XP 1.1
    http://seconfig.sytes.net/
    --OR--
    Configuring NT-services much more secure.
    http://www.ntsvcfg.de/ntsvcfg_eng.html

    Routinely practice Safe-Hex.
    http://www.claymania.com/safe-hex.html

    Good luck :)

  3. #3
    Lars-Erik Ųsterud
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    Re: Zone Alarm prevents access to browsers

    > The windows firewall deals with inbound protection and therefore does not
    > give you a false sense of security. Best of all, it doesn't implement lots


    But do you really then need the XP firewall if you have a NAT router?
    The only thing I use ZA (use an old version) is to "spy" at outgoing
    --
    Lars-Erik Ųsterud : http://www.osterud.name

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