Windows XP Pro SP3 up-to-date
ADSL internet connection
ZoneAlarm Pro version:9.3.014.000
Microsoft Update and some program installations require a restart of my laptop, which I usually just put into hibernate instead of shutting it down.
While my shutdown time is quite acceptable, my startup time isn't. I spend several minutes with only my background wallpaper and a cursor visible--no taskbar, nothing. I don't see my HD LED flickering so I assume the delay is caused by high CPU usage.
If I uninstall ZAP with the ZA Clean Removal Tool, my startup time returns to normal. When I reinstall ZAP, I experience the problem again.
The README file said that startup would be pretty slow the first few times after installing ZAP, but it's still pretty slow and I've restarted my laptop quite a few times now.
I admit that I have a lot of services and such running, but my startup time is fine without ZAP.