...and not exactly the end of the world. The problem is an apparent incompatability between ZoneAlarm7 and one particular area of the PCgame SpellForce.
I have been in JoWood forum, where I found several very dissatisfied people with the same 'hook process' problem.
unsympathetic as far as I can see. The problem only arises with the Shadow of the Phoenix add-on and patch 1.52a for SpellForce 1
for those with ZoneAlarm7 (they only say ZoneAlarm7, not whether it is the home version or Pro or whatever).
It did not happen with ZoneAlarm6.
Perhaps this is not the right kind of question for this forum.....Are you aware of this problem? Are you able to identify what particular new feature in ZoneAlarm7 is upsetting SpellForce? Is there anything that can be done about it?
I am not the only one who will be grateful for a clarification of this problem.