Sorry if this is in the wrong thread, I wasn't sure where to post. I've been using the ZoneAlarm free firewall for several years now. About 2 weeks ago, some programs started freezing. For instance, I would start Google Chrome or Firefox. It would freeze. I would go to the task manager to end the browsers, and then task manager would freeze. After that, the computer would not be able to restart or shut down (requiring a forced shutdown).
While in Safemode with Networking, I uninstalled ZoneAlarm because it seemed to be slowing down a wireless connection. When I restarted in normal Windows, everything worked fine. When ZoneAlarm was reinstalled, programs began to crash again, leading me to believe the firewall is the cause.
Any advice? I'm using Windows XP Professional (SP3) by the way.
Thanks in advance,