I just upgraded ZASS from 7.0.337.00 to 7.0.462.000 on Windows XP Pro SP2. When I started Outlook 2003 after the install, it crashed, and then reported that an outside program was trying to send an email from Outlook. That's a message I've never seen. I said "No". When I restarted, Outlook displayed this message: "Outlook experienced a serious error the last time the add-in 'c:\progra~1\zonela~1\zonela~1\mailfr~1\mlfoshim.d ll". That DLL is now listed in Outlook as a disabled COM Add-In with the name MLFOutlookAddin.MlfAddin. I tried enabling it again, got the same error, and this time said "Yes" to allow the email. Outlook sent a crash dump in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and the subject line was the information I entered when Outlook's crash message asked me to indicate what I was doing when Outlook crashed.
So I did a search and discovered that SonicWALL Anti-Span Desktop is the same as MailFrontier Desktop. So then I checked my ZASS E-mail Protection settings and discovered that the upgrade had turned on ZASS' Junk E-mail Filter (along with turning back on automatic anti-virus and anti-spyware updates) without telling me or giving me an option on the score.
What in the world is going on here? Specifically:
1. Why is ZASS turning on its Junk E-Mail Filter when I didn't ask it to do so? (I don't get that much junk email and I don't need both Outlook and ZASS filtering my email.)
2. Why is ZASS turning on automatic anti-virus/anti-spyware updates when I didn't ask it to? (It's been turned off on both of our systems because I got tired of getting reboot messages after these updates. Other anti-virus packages don't ask you to reboot frequently just for anti-virus/anti-spyware signature updates.)
3. Why is ZASS adding this SonicWALL/MailFrontier add-in to Outlook when I didn't ask for it?
4. Who or what s SonicWALL and why is it now part of ZASS?
5. Why is an ZASS creating and sending emails from my email client to sonicwall.com without even asking permission, and sending data out? Isn't it profoundly ironic that an anti-virus/anti-spyware program would do such a thing?
Operating System:Windows XP Pro
Product Name:ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite