Is there an lazy/lame programming movement to request internet access via (as prompted by Zone Alarm dialog box)?
Is there a way to configure Zone Alarm to block internet access via while allowing applications localhost access?

I noticed that a number of applications (including Firefox) that request internet access via (applications that I have launched).
I have seen this on a number of occasions and I am almost positive that it is not a virus, Trojan Horse, etc. (like 99.999% sure, but no one is perfect).

I block them, and proceed on the way, but this prompting is not unusual.
I am not a network expert, but I have seen it stated before that is not a internet address, but internet access is what the Zone Alarm dialog box is using for a phrase.

Any advise will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks Tracey