I had the same problems like other users working with HP notebooks after updating Zone Alarm.
Yes, the messages are related to the HP Quick Launch Buttons tool.
If you do not use those predefined finctions or hotkeys you should inactivate the eabconf.cpl file by the help of "startup organizer" of "Metaproducts" (www.metaproducts.com) or "Autoruns" of Sysinternals (www.sysinternal.com). This stops the ZoneAlarm messages.
Until now I did not observe any disadvantages.