Re: clean Programs settings
1 - Manual Removal.
Remember by right clicking the program/ file and 'Remove' - you are not "un-installing" the program > just removing the name off your ZA Program Control panel/ list. To 'un-install' programs/ software you need to use 'windows add/ remove' or use some clean-up utility like CCLeaner, etc.
If you have multiple instances of the same program - right click - 'remove' the older versions - look at the dates/ time stamp and file version numbers; keep the latest 'new' version.
You want to remove all the temporary program/files that you ususally get after an install/ update/ upgrade. All programs ending in: ".tmp" , 'run once -/wrapper', 'self-extracting cabinet', 'setup.exe and temp/ installers', Win32 Cabinet Self Extractor .
After a 'Windows Update' there are numerous 'service pack setups-self extracting cabs, etc.' -> next day you can remove these (after restart/ next time you start up). It is in your best interest to keep "Windows Update" service for every second tuesday - this keeps your pc secure.
It's a good idea to open ZA Program Control Panel while your downloading new software/ programs and watch - all the new files and temp. files appear - customize if necessary. Then the next day - manual remove all temp files > this keeps your list tip-top and up-to-date.
2- Reset Database.
Keep in mind that you will lose all settings within ZoneAlarm. If you usually rely on the default settings, this poses no problem for you.
1.) Hold down the Ctrl and Shift keys together
2.) Right click on the ZA icon near your clock
3.) Choose 'Reset' from the box that comes up
4.) Choose Yes on the Reset Settings dialog box
5.) When prompted, choose OK to restart your system
6.) Follow the on screen configuration prompts after reboot
If you have a very large program list and don't mind customizing some of your programs again, this works faster. ( You also have the same effect if you upgrade your ZoneAlarm firewall product - can be a side benefit).
3* - If you have ZoneAlarm Extreme or stand-alone ForceField - it is advisable to 'Clear virtual data' with some regularity. Settings > Advanced > Virtualization > click "Clear virtual data"
If you use 'Hotmail/ MSN or any Live ID services' web-based email you may need to have your IE 6, 7, 8 with 'green check' in Mail column.
(I also use web based email; never used any Outlook, etc. - Here is a tip: right now you can get Hotmail web-email connected in HTTPS - all the time; same as GMail.)
For additional advice and tips: you can use the " ? Help " files= right click ZA tray icon or see in ZA GUI, or use ZA "Search", or google search.
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