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    lesmonthomas Guest

    Default How to start ZA Pro first?

    Been using ZA Pro for over 5 years, FANTASTIC product, converted 5 friends too!

    However, recently I've noticed that several (regularly used) applications are loading before ZA Pro and are "touching" the net.

    How can I get ZA Pro to load first as these other apps are set to "Ask".

    Thank you.

    Operating System:Windows XP Pro
    Software Version:7.0
    Product Name:ZoneAlarm Pro

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    Default Re: How to start ZA Pro first?

    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.

    Cheers, Oldsod
    Best regards.
    oldsod

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    lesmonthomas Guest

    Default Re: How to start ZA Pro first?

    Thanks Oldsod, but why then does no message appear that there is a request to touch the net?

    One of the apps is blocked, I never see a message once ZA Pro is "fully" running, just during startup.

    Appreciated

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    Default Re: How to start ZA Pro first?

    Ask the Zone Technical Support by email (free) and find out.
    Go here and ask.

    Cheers, Oldsod
    Best regards.
    oldsod

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    lesmonthomas Guest

    Default Re: How to start ZA Pro first?

    Will let you know what their reply is.

    Thanks

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    lesmonthomas Guest

    Default Re: How to start ZA Pro first?

    After several communications received the following:

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    I coudln't quite test this on my computer because I can't get something to
    load before ZA and be able to check if it gets net connections, I will report
    this upwards myself and see if anyone has heard anything about and such.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I reported that an additional application was hitting the net bypassing my settings.
    The reply:

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    Certain things will not push alerts because we have a SmartDefense
    Advisor that gets updates on malicous and non-malicous programs and
    automatically allows them.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    So I guess, I'm delusional about what's going on with my system.

    I still like the product, support is a bit on a high horse though.

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    Default Re: How to start ZA Pro first?

    Startup Process gives some details about the boot up events and here.

    Basically the vsmon is installed as a service and this the driver and always starts up with the windows bootup. This is the core of the firewall itself and it does not do any logging or special activity other than anything else besides just the firewalling. The zlclient is the GUI and this does the alerts and logging. Even though there are no events shown or laerts or logging at the bootup times, the firewall was doing the firewalling as intended.

    Oldsod
    Best regards.
    oldsod

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