I think this is a Clue.
I've been experiencing high hard drive activity for a while and using Process Explorer discovered the primary actor was VSMON.
Using the System Information screen I could see that VSMON was reading many GB of data periodically.
That didn't make much sense to me as I thought this was the firewall component of ZA 7 and didn't expect it to behave like a scanner.
The only change I could identify was the switch from AUTO program control to MAXIMUM.
I turned it back to AUTO and shortly I/O activity DROPPED OFF THE CHART.
The chart had previously shown a sawtooth pattern
of increasing I/O activity and than a drop off.
Again this may be a clue.
Since then I have turned it back on and nothing untoward has happened but it may take some other trigger or a reboot to recreate the previous issue.
I'll let you know if it reoccurs.
Does anyone know what causes this.
Is it a bad thing or just the price of freedom (from nasty hostile code)?
Operating System:Windows XP Pro
Product Name:ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite