I pplay poker online and probably get over concerned about security. Today when i clicked on my poker icon I got a message to wait for an update to finish downloading. This was without me giving permission for poker.exe to connect. I hate this, the reason i got this firewall was so that NOTHING could pass into or out of my computer without aking permission I am happy getting alerts. How did this happen?
I find that the generic service provider automatically connects to the internet at startup, how can I stop this. I get frequent requests from Svchost for internet access. Can I safely deny access, how can i tell why Svchost wants access.
I have bought a new laptop to use only for poker but I don't want to start using it until I have got to grips with my firewall. I want to configure it so that internet connection only happens when I initiate it and nothing ever updates unless I initiate it.. Any advice would be much appreciated.
Operating System:Windows XP Home Edition
Product Name:ZoneAlarm (Free)