I am running windows 7 32-bit. I have used ZA free for years, first on XP and now W7. I have had to reinstall W7 as the installation had become unstable (don't ask). Everything seemed to go fine until the system suddenly slowed to a crawl with programs taking minutes to load instead of seconds. I have finally traced this to ZA, by first checking in Safe Mode, then by using msconfig to disable all startup items. This made the system behave for a few minutes and then it slowed down again. On checking I found that ZA had started itself despite msconfig telling it not to.
I uninstalled ZA and the system ran at a 'normal' speed but left me without a firewall. I tried a couple of alternatives but they did not work as they should have, so I have come back to ZA with the hope that someone can tell me just what is happening to cause this problem.
The version of ZA free is
ZoneAlarm Browser Security 18.104.22.168
ZoneAlarm ForceField Spyware Scanner 22.214.171.124
ZoneAlarm ForceField Anti-Phishing Database 126.96.36.199
ZoneAlarm ForceField Spyware Sites Database 04.130