Ok... I'm following up on Voivod (Apr/May 2008) and Mr. Z's (Jan 2009) posts on miscellaneous and non-internet program alerts about requiring access to a multicast address... or, in my case, also to my Linksys WRT54GS router private lan address.
I'm getting the same nuisance alerts for programs that just shouldn't need access.
I have a recent install of latest download of ZA Free on a not too old clean install of Vista Home Premium on a Toshiba M55 notebook. I have also done a 'Reset' of the ZA database. There's not much to 'adjust' in the ZA Free version.
I'm getting alerts for any programs-of-the-moment to access 188.8.131.52 or to 192.168.xxx.1 (my Linksys router). It's just obnoxious. The format.com command, Hearts, etc.
I take it nobody has a 'solution' or 'reason' and ZoneLabs isn't going to comment...
An Ars Technica article suggested to just run with the Windows Firewall for software firewalling (for Vista, not for XP... the Vista version is better). Eventually, I'll get tired of these incessant nonsense prompts... and switch to a competitor... but it would seem that ZL should look into this.
Operating System:Windows Vista Home Premium
Product Name:ZoneAlarm (Free)