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    jusamo Guest

    Default zonealarm virus warning: fake or not? -> NOT

    "Security Alert: The Win32.Sality Virus disables antivirus and is spreading fast. The new ZoneAlarm Free Firewall has real-time threat data to protect against Sality and 1000's of new attacks every day. Get your FREE update now for better protection"

    I have got this popup twice today. Is this real? I dont have ZoneAlarm antivirus. Only the firewall

    edit: I tryed to check for updates from control center and I got that same pop-up window. It still feels a little suspicious for me.
    Last edited by fax; July 2nd, 2010 at 05:05 AM. Reason: new info

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    clickr Guest

    Default Re: zonealarm virus warning: fake or not?

    Just downloaded and installed it...
    It's fine however it does say (while installing) something like " You are degrading your version of Zonealarm " but I think this is just because the name changes.

    In fact it looks like you get some extra options and gadgets in this version... very interesting...

    So there you go there should be nothing to worry about. Apart from it resets the programs you control.

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    Default Re: zonealarm virus warning: fake or not?

    Yes, apparently ZA free target the user at each boot or check for updates with adverts and offers to upgrade. If you do not want to upgrade to a retail version or latest free (if you are on an old version) just ignore it.

    Cheers,
    Fax

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    cautious skeptic Guest

    Default Re: zonealarm virus warning: fake or not?

    be careful, be very careful.
    i am no expert, i recieved this this morning.
    i cannot close the box other than download or delay.
    i checked it in task manager and it is connected to zlclient.exe process.
    i ran a search for zlclient and found 2 files

    WINDOWS\prefetch\ZLCLIENT.EXE-3881B646
    Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient

    i decided i didn't like the look of the first one so i deleted it, then i emptied my recycle bin, then i rebooted. guess what, IT WAS BACK.
    have i missed something? have i got something wrong?

    ~~snip~~
    Last edited by fax; July 2nd, 2010 at 05:00 AM. Reason: offtopic

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    Default Re: zonealarm virus warning: fake or not?

    Its legit... its an update to the latest version.
    NOte that there is NO ZA staff here, only users.

    Thank you in advance for keeping the thread on topic. Open a new thread to get user help on removing or reinstalling the latest version, please do not pollute this one.

    Thanks,
    Fax
    Last edited by fax; July 2nd, 2010 at 05:04 AM.

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    mobytech Guest

    Default Re: zonealarm virus warning: fake or not? -> NOT

    Is this an update to Free version of the firewall, or is it a paid upgrade or add on?

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    Default Re: zonealarm virus warning: fake or not? -> NOT

    Please read carefully the notice, if it refers to ZAfree than its an offer to update to the latest ZAfree. If you have already installed the latest version of ZAfree then its an offer to upgrade to a retail version.

    Cheers,
    Fax

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    Orana Guest

    Default Re: zonealarm virus warning: fake or not? -> NOT

    Thank you GeorgeV, very helpful of you.

    I have duty the next two days, and not much time, so I don't want to start the new installation and have interruptions -- you will understand, I'm sure :). But, as soon as I can then, I will do the uninstall and clean, and reinstall the new version of ZA, then let you know the result.

    Just hope the file is ok, otherwise I will have to spend another half day on downloading, and I have no alternative but to use Get Right again. (oh dear)

    So we shall see. Wishing you a good week.

    And again, many thanks.

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    Default Re: zonealarm virus warning: fake or not? -> NOT

    Your Welcome..

    Good luck..

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    Orana Guest

    Default Re: zonealarm virus warning: fake or not? -> NOT

    Apologies GeorgeV, that I have not been able to finish more quickly, and report my success to you. In fact, still I am not finished:

    Unfortunately I thought I experienced some kind of "strangeness", when I tried the installation, and I stopped it. Somehow I made my nerves more muddled and re-installed the older version.

    In retrospect, I was wondering if I missed a step of your instruction, but by then it was too late. I already deleted the new version (downloaded with GetRight) before I realized that perhaps I should try with it again. (are you laughing yet? ha-ha).

    So far, I have tried three times to download again. All failed after several hours of downloading (dial-up!). So now I am hoping to find some help from a friend to download and send the new version of ZA Free on disk to me (I am currently in remote location).

    With a little bit of luck, I hope to have it by Friday, and install on weekend.

    As an extra question, may I ask if you know, what is IP 0.0.0.0? A few times now, ZA pop-up is asking for permission for a Java... (something, cannot remember I'm sorry). I always deny permission, because I didn't have a chance to check it out yet. So far I only know from one source that it is not a valid IP. Is this so?

    Thank you for your patience until not too long more, I hope.

    Kind regards from Orana

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