After the manual clean out and reinstall of the latest and greatest ZA the same problem emerged...nothing gets out...not the browser, not access to my mail server, games, nothing.
I even scoured the Web and found a real old ZA ver. (5.5 pro, I think) and that exhibited the same behavior.
Also, once again, merely selecting the 'turn off' feature still stopped anything from getting out. Only a complete uninstall fixed that flaw.
So, does anyone think it has something to do with the "services" ZA installs? I think turning off ZA doesn't stop the true vector, et al, from continuing to run.
Something is conflicting with something else and I am hoping someone here has a solution or a least a clue.
As to Avast...previously I stated that I removed both ZA as well as Avast and reinstalled ZA with no anti-virus nor any anti-malware program running and still had the same problem. I only wish it were a mere conflict between the two then the solution would be simple. Truth be told, prior to the ZA incident, the only thing that runs on my system is ZA and Avast. Nothing else starts until I need it to. No auto-updates running, nothing.