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Zone Alarm - I messed it up - what now?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by sue_spell, Jan 26, 2005.

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  1. sue_spell

    sue_spell Thread Starter

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    Hi folks.

    I installed the free version of Zone Alarm on an XP Box at home. My little home network has two other pc's on it. Total, I have 2 XP Home and 1 98 pc on the network. All are 192.168.0.n. I then have a D-Link router attached to my cable modem.

    The XP box with Zone Alarm was working fine. My son uses it mostly. I don't know if I did something or he did, anyway... this pc now sometimes wont connect to the Internet and the other pc can't connect to it and it can not connect to them. Obviously we did something.

    When it is acting up, I have to disable Zone Alarm and just use Windoze Firewall. I can't find the settings/properties for Zone Alarm.

    How the heck do I fix it? I'm thinking about uninstalling it and just using Windows FW.

    Advice?

    Thank you.
     
  2. iSpec

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    To be blunt: get rid of ZoneAlarm. Although with much earlier versions (years ago) I had the same funny behaviour: sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't. Some programs would be blocked, although unlisted, and thus should have been asked for. I switched to Tiny Personal Firewall, which later became Kerio Personal Firewall, but now only version 4 is available, that will supposedly switch back to V2 functionality after it's 30 day trial period (unless you buy), but V2 had more capabilities (whew). Alas, V2 is not available for download anymore.

    I now use Outpost 1.0 (freeware) which is a VERY nice firewall, with lots of options, but fairly technical. For the 'familiy' systems I still use Kerio 2 because it's less intimidating...

    Outpost can be found at Agnitum software (www.agnitum.com).
     
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