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    hobles Guest

    Default Validation failed for \alert.zap

    ZA won't startup for me, saying giving me a "Validation failed for C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\alert.zap." I'm running Windows XP Professional. This started happening today and to my knowledge no changes have been made recently to my software. Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

    Operating System:Windows XP Pro
    Software Version:
    Product Name:ZoneAlarm (Free)

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    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    East Coast of Florida - Lightening/Shark Bite Capital of the World

    Default Re: Validation failed for \alert.zap


    Welcome to the Forum!

    Most probably a corruption of the ZA settings, to correct it you will need the reset the ZA databases.

    To reset the ZA setting do this:

    1.) Hold down the Ctrl and Shift keys together
    2.) Right click on the ZA icon near your clock
    3.) Choose 'Reset' from the box that comes up
    4.) Choose Yes on the Reset Settings dialog box
    5.) When prompted, choose OK to restart your system
    6.) Follow the on screen configuration prompts after reboot

    ZA database corruption usually happens for the following reasons:

    - Recent or multiple crash/hang of the system

    - Cold shutdown (improper suhtdown)

    - malware infections

    - Other software conflicting with ZA

    PLEASE keep me posted on your results, THANKS.


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    bobmid Guest

    Default Re: Validation failed for \alert.zap


    I've got the same problem when I try to start ZA manually. It doesn't start automatically and I get an error message saying 0xc0000142 zclient failed to initalise properly. All this happened after I was asked to download an updated version.

    I can't use the Slyfox approach as I don't now have the icon on my start bar. Reinstalled a couple of times all to no avail. Can anyone help please?

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