Within the last month or so, I've noticed a new item in ZoneAlarm's Program Control | Programs tab. At the top of the list of programs that have attempted to access the web is a blank entry with a blank Windows icon, no name, and question marks under Access and Server. The entry detail is as follows:
Last policy update Not applicable
Last modified date [invalid date]
File size 0 KB
ZoneAlarm never shows me a request to go online in connection with this item. When I delete it from the list and reboot, the item reappears exactly as before, immediately after Windows and the startup programs load, whether or not I'm online. When I set ZoneAlarm to block Internet access for the item, the setting "takes" and remains when I reboot.
Using MSConfig to see what runs at system startup, I don't find any new entries or indeed any old ones that look suspicious. (I've disabled quite a few, but even those are associated with known programs or processes.) And I don't find anything in ZoneAlarm's logs that I can associate with this item's reappearing in the program table after I've deleted it and rebooted.
I'm running ZoneAlarm version 6.1.737.000 dated last November 15. Since that's very roughly when this anomaly started appearing in ZoneAlarm's programs table, I suppose it could be some bug in ZoneAlarm itself.
Otherwise, I'm concerned that it might be some virus or spyware, though my antivirus software plus Spybot and Ad-Aware, all of them up to date, don't detect anything.
John Francis (aka Aquavit)
Operating System:Windows ME
Product Name:ZoneAlarm (Free)