I am past impatient, frustrated and outright mad. This is totally ridiculous that it takes so long to boot with Zone Alarm Extreme. It takes 5-10 minutes for ZAE to finally start. Then it takes another 10-20 minutes before I can do anything on my machine.
Every time I reboot, after ZAE starts, it shows the "Z" with the up arrow in the task bar. Occasionally I can get the control center to come up and finally get to the Anti-virus window. It shows that there is an update in process. I click on Show Update and find that it is trying to update and the progress is sitting at zero. It will sit at zero for 10-20 minutes and finally get a connection and within 15 seconds has received the update and is finished.
Obviously it is waiting for a server to respond. Until it gets a connection it very nearly shuts down my 'puter. If I can get the task manager to come up it shows no more than 15% cpu utilization and moderate memory usage. So it is just ZAE sitting there waiting for a response.
The result I have come up with is that Check Point does not have enough servers to provide adequate coverage for users of ZAE. No matter what setting I choose ZAE is going to try to connect to a server for an update at boot. Also I have never encountered an anti-virus product that takes so long to load at boot.
This all started when it had the default update setting of every 30 minutes. The result was that my machine would STOP every 30 minutes for 10-20 minutes. I tried the various settings and ended up with the "every 24 hours" setting. I'd rather not turn the update option off. But that is the only way I can reboot without this ridiculous wait.
I see something OTHER than ZAE in my future!!