Earlier this month I contributed to a thread about failures with Firefox 3.5.3 and 3.5.5, and Google Chrome http://forums.zonealarm.com/showthread.php?t=72162 . After installation ZAISS prevented the upgraded applications from accessing the required servers. There was no way of rectifying the problem either automatically or manually. My fix (rightly criticised by Sky Soldiers) involved shutting down ZA, installing the application, starting it up, letting it connect to the internet, and then restarting ZA. Let ZA Orange Warning pop up and tell it to remember the settings.
Despite this problem being over a month old, it still exists. Over the past couple of days Firefox automatically upgraded itself to Ver 3.5.6. As soon as it had done so Firefox ceased to have access to the internet. Shutting down ZA opened up the internet. I was able to restart ZA and tell the Orange Warning pop up to remember the new settings.
I then upgraded TweetDeck from Ver 0.30.5 to 0.32.5. ZA prevented the new version from accessing Twitter's servers. Shutting ZA down solved the problem.
Surely there must be a better and more secure way of ensuring ZA allows upgraded or new apps to access the their servers/internet than having to shut it down and restart it? I thought we had left this action behind with Windows 98.
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