I have my application control set to Max - and defenseNet set to manual. I don't see any alerts when I fire up an application that need access to internet.
I have the "Connection Attempts" set to "always ask for permission".
Windows Vista Home Premium SP2
vsmon version: 10.0.250.000
Driver version: 10.0.217.000
ZoneAlarm Browser Security: 1.5.322.0
ZoneAlarm ForceField Spyware Scanner: 1.5.322.0
ZoneAlarm ForceField Anti-Phishing Database: 22.214.171.124
ZoneAlarm ForceField Spyware Sites Database: 04.155