win xp pro, zone alarm (free), netstat.exe---
I use netstat.exe within cmd.exe.
Have been using zone alarm (free version) for many years. All this time, when running netstat (c:\windows\system32\netstat.exe) with any option, it would try to connect to internet (i guess to resolve ip addresses to/from host names) and be detected by zone alarm (popping up an allow/deny dialog). Pressing deny would result in netstat not working, pressing allow would result in netstat reporting all connections as expected.
Some time ago, probably directly after a zone update, but maybe after an windows update session, netstat is never detected. Typing netstat, netstat -a, netstat -an etc will report all (known off) connections correctly. However, zone alarm never reports any traffic to/from netstat. I have reset all program policies (allow/deny/ask) to ask, still no help. TCP/IP netstat command (c:\windows\system32\netstat.exe) is reported in the programs list of zone, but there is never a dialog when it is used.
Other commands like ping.exe etc is detected as normal.
Anyone have a clue what is going on? Have zone on several machines with quite identical instalations, but only this one machine is troublesome. My ideas arecorrupted zone instalation (strange, since i have updated several times since this happened)infected netstat.exe file which functions as normally, except hiding some malicious connection. However, this would be strange, because it would
still need to have some way of getting all the ip/host information without zone detecting it.
I've almost given up
completely, have researched this for months, no clues. All processes on my system are accounted for, spy ware scanned with ad-aware,spybot,zone pro anti-spyware, norman antivirus. No unknown ports/hosts open.
Even uppgraded to zone alarm pro (v 6.1.744.001), set it to report all program activities (even netbios etc), no activity from netstat was detected.
Any ideas ?

Operating System:
Windows XP Pro
Product Name:
ZoneAlarm Pro
Software Version:
6.1


Message Edited by laffern on 04-30-200609:07 PM

Operating System:Windows XP Pro
Product Name:ZoneAlarm Pro
Software Version:6.1