Running under Vista Basic:For the past couple days ZA's been popping up alerts that random programs are trying to make an outbound connection, I've updated the firewall to the latest (nightmare). Screen savers, normal processes that have NEVER in the nine months I've had the machine tried to make a connection. Programs that are already running and HAVE been given access.
I also just noticed that ZA is NOT saving settings. The screen saver trying to access the net was denied access and had the 'remember this' box checked then a few hours later it tried again. Checked the settings and the program was still set to 'ask'.
The times I noticed the IP address the programs are trying to connect to are all in IANA's reserved special use block (i.e. 18.104.22.168).
AVG AV (free) reports the system clean.Kapersky Online scanner reports the system clean.AdAware reports no malicious programs.SpyBot S&D reports no problems.
Could all these alerts just be a flub/bug in ZA? I've asked around at a few security forums and everyone's at a complete loss. This is rather unnerving.
Operating System:Windows Vista Home Basic
Software Version:7.1 (Vista)
Product Name:ZoneAlarm (Free)