Hi - I wonder if any of you nice people could give some advice. Just bought a BIG disk, installed XP Pro (SP1), uninstalled the MS internet progs then installed the latest versions of ZoneAlarm Pro Suite, Firefox and Thunderbird. Ran the virus/spyware scans then set ZA to max protection/blocking and tested the internet connection all OK.
I then ran Belarc Adviser and was horrified to see that 81 critical updates were required. I ran Windows Update (first time ever) expecting Firefox to load but the window that opened had the blue e top left I closed it pretty quickly. I had uninstalled IE6 so what was this window?
The thing is, I ve used FFox with ZA Pro for a few years now and have never had any bug problems (that I know of!), I do keep an eye on the red data out indicator just in case. Do you think I need these updates? If so, and I have to go thro the blue e window, is my system open to attack during update? Does it by-pass Zone Alarm? Would it be safer to dowmload each file thro Ffox? Am I paranoid?
Lastly, is the system vulnerable during boot up before ZA loads? My broadband connects thro a front USB2 port so I plug in after ZA loads but I ve been advised to connect into the network card which means the connection is live before ZA loads.
I really don t want to get into a never ending cycle of Windows updates or clutter up my nice new sleek system if I don t have to
Thanks for any replies!
Operating System:Windows XP Pro
Product Name:ZoneAlarm Pro