1. Where, oh, where do you go to select or de-select whether or not to participate in "defense net"?
2. What options in ZA-Antivirus:
ZoneAlarm with Anti-virus version: 10.1.079.000
ZoneAlarm license key: never post your License Key in Public it may compromise your subscription to Zone Alarm.
vsmon version: 10.1.079.000
Driver version: 10.1.079.000
Anti-virus engine version: 220.127.116.11
Anti-virus signature DAT file version: 1092061760
ZoneAlarm Browser Security: 1.5.359.0
turn or turn off ZA accessing the Internet except for program or virus updates?
Re: defense net
You can't disable defense net directly, it is embedded in the security tool. Not to connect to ZA databases you will need to fully turn OFF ZA application control (large cut off could be realised by turning off "smartdefense"). Also web security uses can connect to ZA and you will need to turn it OFF fully. Then there is the product update that connects to ZA, updates, etc.
You basically need to turn OFF 80% of the advanced protection features of ZA. This will result in less protection, more risk and a waste of resources (since you have still ZA components installed in the system).
If this is the case, its better you move to a security solution that you can keep fully active and updated otherwise you run a handicapped ZA with limited protection.