I've been happily using the free ZoneAlarm for five years with Firefox and free AVG and believe this combination has kept most nasties at bay. But from about a month ago, ZoneAlarm has started to update itself almost every day some ten minutes after I've booted up my PC. The process slows everything else down to a crawl for up to ten minutes, which is a bit of a bore if I only want to be on line for 60-80 minutes.
I've altered "check for product updates" from automatic to manual and also checked that the latter is still marked as my option. But still I get the update process almost daily.
ZoneAlarm never used to update itself (perhaps I should have checked manually for updates), and I'm not entirely convinced that it needs to do so so often.
I'm tempted to delete ZA and re-install to see if that cures the problem.
Any comments, please?