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:
Driver version:
ZoneAlarm Browser Security: 1.5.322.0
ZoneAlarm ForceField Spyware Scanner: 1.5.322.0
ZoneAlarm ForceField Anti-Phishing Database:
ZoneAlarm ForceField Spyware Sites Database: 04.155