ZoneAlarm 9.2.057.000 (Free)
Windows XP - Service Pack 3
Most if not ALL programs when they are set to ASK for permission ask for Permission... but that doesn't seem to apply to Internet Explorer.
In the older versions of ZoneAlarm this worked correctly.
At home and at work, I want the OLD behaviour which is to have ZoneAlarm ASK for permission for Internet Explorer is launched if I have it set to ASK!!!
However if I tell ZoneAlarm to block Internet Explorer that gets enforced.
My home PC is used to play stuff online and many ill-behaved programs launch Internet Explorer WITHOUT my permission.
In the past with the ASK option I could prevent Internet Explorer from going to some unrequested web page by blocking the access... NOT any more... Seems that ZoneAlarm has adopted a poor policy of giving Internet Explorer unfettered access when that is NOT the wanted or nor the expected behaviour!
I shouldn't have to BLOCK Internet Explorer then manually have to change it to ASK to get it to work!
Please fix this as soon as possible or at least give me the controls back!
Using Microsoft's Firewall is something this long time Software Developer (over 32 years) simply doesn't trust... It is like giving the fox unrestricted access to the chicken coop and not expecting the fox to be a fox... in other words, expecting the fox not to eat the chickens.