I am currently running Windows XP Professional with Norton Sytem Works 2004 with updated virus definitions and Zone Alarm Pro version6.5.722.000 with antispyware and antivirus turned off, Webroot Spysweeper, SpyBlaster 3.5.1 and Winpatrol Plus version 10.0.1.1.0. During bootup my normal order for bootup is winpatrol, spysweeper, Notorn and Zone Alarm, but once in a while Zone alarm boots before Norton and the Norton auto-protect is tunred off and I must reboot to get the Norton to load again before Zone Alarm. I can't find a switch in ZA to turn off or change which affects this problem. Anyone got an idea?
Operating System:Windows XP Pro
Product Name:ZoneAlarm Pro
Re: Norton Antivirus
I don't know if this information is related to the problems you are experiencing but you could try it. The new ZA 6.5x series monitors and guards the HOSTS file as part of its OS Firewall features. Many other security applications use and modify the HOSTS file as a way of blocking particular malicious internet links and adware sites. I also run Webroot SpySweeper 4.5 and had a HOSTS file conflict between ZASS 6.5.722 and SpySweeper 4.5. There was a simple fix posted about this issue to fix the problem with SpySweeper. The fix probably also works to fix other HOSTS file conflicts including Norton AVs control and monitoring of the HOSTS file. The key to solving this conflict is to change the HOSTS file control settings in ZA or turn off the similar feature in the other security application.
Here a link to that thread with the SpySweeper fix:
There is another general fix explained in this thread that may also apply to other applications that change the HOSTS file: