Windows XP Pro - had several earlier versions of ZA on computer. Most recent upgrade to 7.0.470.000 had caused severe issues with operating system. I tried to do the auto uninstall but was unable to as the vsmon.exe kept loading up. Auto uninstall could not work until vsmon.exe was shutdown (but I could not shut it down).

Eventually I broke down and called/paid for premium tech support. The following instructions were sent to do a manual uninstall. It is a bit involved and requires going into the registry; it was scary but I was desperate. It seems to have worked.....

Thank you for contacting Zone Alarm Technical Support.

What needs to be done is a manual uninstall and reinstall.

Please make sure that you have the latest version downloaded already.

ZoneAlarm Security Suite http://www.zonealarm.com/zasuitedownload

01.) Restart your computer
02.) When you see the screen go black and it starts booting back up keep tapping the "F8"
key (at the top of your keyboard)
03.) This should bring up a menu. Choose Safe Mode off the menu by using the arrow keys on
the keyboard to highlight Safe Mode and press Enter
04.) If you get a message asking to go to Safe Mode, choose Yes. If you get a help and
support window, close this.
05.) Once you are at the desktop, Click Start, My Computer
06.) Click Tools, Folder Options, View Tab
07.) Place a dot next to "Show Hidden Files and Folders"
08.) Remove the check from "Hide Protected Operating System Files (Recommended)"
09.) Choose Yes to the warning
10.) Click OK
11.) Double click C:

Note: some folders may have to have the files within removed individually as the folder
itself will not be deleted.


12.) Double Click the Program Files Folder
13.) Right Click the Zone Labs Folder, click Delete, and choose Yes
14.) Close this window
15.) Click Start, My Computer
16.) Double Click the C:
17.) Double Click the Windows Folder (It may also be WinNT)
18.) Right Click the Internet Logs Folder, click Delete, and choose Yes
19.) Double Click the System32 Folder
20.) Right Click the Zone Labs Folder, click Delete, and choose Yes
21.) Locate and delete the following files in the System32 folder

- vsconfig.xml
- vsxml.dll
- vsregexp.dll
- vsdata.dll
- vsdata95.vxd
- vsdatant.sys
- vsmonapi.dll
- vspubapi.dll
- vsinit.dll
- vsutil.dll
- zlcommdb.dll
- zlcomm.dll
- **bleep**.dat
- zpeng24.dll

22.) Clear your Temp Directory per the instructions below.

- Go to Start -> Run
- Type %temp% and click OK
- Select all of these files and delete them

23.) Clear the Prefetch folder per the instructions below.

- Go to Start -> Run
- Type Prefetch and click OK
- Select all of these files and delete them

24.) Remove the following registry entries by going to Start -> Run and typing in regedit.
Use the folders on the left side of the window to navigate to the specified directories.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Zone Labs HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Servic es\vsmon
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Servic es\vsdatant

25.) Close this window, then empty your recycle bin.
26.) Restart the computer.
27.) Try to install the latest version again.

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Operating System:Windows XP Pro
Software Version:7.0
Product Name:ZoneAlarm Pro