Hope everyone is succeeding with the ZA counter update much better than I did... and not had their PC wiped out like mine....
On my laptop the update went OK, but the update totally f'd#$%^%$# my PC... The admin account (from where I installed the ZA update) got completely thrashed... E.g. ALL my desktop personal icons and "All Programs" Startup menu got wiped out.... and ZA not only failed to start at boot time, it wouldn't even launch by invoking the ZA .exe file in "Program Files". Thus I've uninsatalled ZA and will probably need to do a 'restore' - what fun.
Ironically, when the Windows update crashed my Internet access July 9th I was on another forum getting information on how to access the Internet with the Linux distro I'm starting to use - PuppyLinux, booting from a LiveCD and running entirely in RAM... runs with minimal RAM... perfect for reviving old PC/Laptops... easy transition for 'Windows renegades' like me.
A higher irony is that ZA's sole reason for existance is to protect against the ridiculous security vulnerability of Windows... and now
a Windows update (security?) is the reason why I uninstalled ZA - Is there something wrong with this picture? Foreseeable I will continue to need Windows for certain applications I need offline. During my transition to Linux for Internet access, for a while I'll need to still have Internet access via Windows.... and for that I'll rely on the Windows Firewall - an oxymoron!
Operating System:Windows Vista Home Basic
Product Name:ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite