I am using following ZoneAlarm Firewall product on Windows Vista SP1: 7.1.254.000
When I first start my computer, everything is peachy, and remains so for several hours, and zonealarm acts like I would expect. At a certain point though, it starts to get a little wonky. I will start getting Firewall alerts (NOT program alerts) from ZA saying it is blocking outgoing POP or HTTP packets, and these packets are legitimate packets that are being sent by legitimate and trusted programs. For example, I might hit the "Get Message" button on my Thunderbird email program, and suddenly, after hours of being fine with it, ZA will pop up a firewall alert saying it is blocking the POP packet, and my Thunderbird program will no longer be able to get mail.
I can close Thunderbird and re-open, but that won't help the situation.
The only thing that seems to help is to reboot the computer.
What is going on here? And why?
Operating System:Windows Vista Home Premium
Software Version:7.1 (Vista)
Product Name:ZoneAlarm (Free)