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Thread: Making sure that ZA starts before my wireless connection to DSL becomes active

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    saudade Guest

    Default Making sure that ZA starts before my wireless connection to DSL becomes active

    Hello all

    I've noticed that when I boot up my computer, my wireless connection to the Internet becomes active before ZA (free version) becomes active. I'm thinking that this means that there are windows of time when I have no firewall, and I'd like to rearrange the order of programs initialized at startup so that this doesn't happen.

    I'm running XP-SP2 and ZA Free (7.0.483.000), connected to the Internet through a wireless connection to a DSL modem. Any thoughts? And: are there other programs that have to finish initializing before I can tell the system to start ZA? Norton SystemWorks and Antivirus, and the Palm HotSynch utility are among the major items initialized after Windows bootup.


    Operating System:Windows Vista Home Basic
    Product Name:ZoneAlarm (Free)

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    naivemelody Guest

    Default Re: Making sure that ZA starts before my wireless connection to DSL becomes active - yes

    This is a frequently asked question - even though you see the ZA icon show up last or in the middle of the pack as it does for most of us - it is actually working first as soon as you start up. Generally that's the way it will work, really nothing you can do to 'force' it to show up first - but behind the scenes it's sorting and verifying all your programs, all the connections, etc. get the idea.<hr>The ZA Icon in the tray does show up last, but that is Cosmetic..Zone Alarm actually loads VSMON.EXE and TrueVector
    and other stuff in the Background as soon as your Computer starts to bootup,and they are both the last files to shut down when you shut down your computer, to make sure that your computer is protected at all times..
    &lt; Guru GeorgeV<hr>The Zone Alarm starts as a Service (vsmon.exe) and although the zlclient.exe (the GUI part of the ZA and it is the icon in the tray) does not start till the very end of the windows startups, the vsmon.exe has been started as the windows was started. The ZA is doing firewalling at the time of the startup and providing security.

    &lt; Guru Oldsod<hr>There is no need to worry.
    ZoneAlarm starts as a Windows service. The core component of the firewall is called vsmon.exe and it starts as a service (meaning it has already been started when you reach your Windows login screen).
    The ZoneAlarm GUI starts up later, as zlclient.exe. This component allows you to make configurations, see reports, etc, all in a graphical manner.

    However, you are still fully protected, because vsmon.exe is always on.
    &lt; Guru chiaz/chiawaikian

    <hr>NaiveMelody NYC 9-25-08 - Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac

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