I enabled Component Control a couple of weeks ago and left Application Control set at Auto so that ZoneAlarm would collect a list of my normally-used components before I changed it to Max security. To clarify, I went to Computer → Application Control → Settings → Advanced Settings → Application Control. Then I ticked the box “Enable Component Control”.
Today I went into the same area and clicked on the View Components tab. ZoneAlarm has definitely been collecting a list of components, but more than half the list is blank! When sorting by component name, the first ~370 entries have no name or description. The Access setting for all of these is a red “X” (which is good), but why are all these entries there at all? Any ideas?
I’m guessing that perhaps it’s because of program upgrades and that these rows represent components that used to be on my computer but don’t exist anymore. The more paranoid part of my persona wonders if it’s some sort of rootkit or botnet that’s masking it’s identity so that I can’t detect or remove it…
On a related point (perhaps better directed to the developers than the forums):
I tried removing these blank entries from the components list, but unlike the View Programs tab you can’t select multiple entries on the components list and remove them all at once. You can’t even just keep clicking on the “Remove” button once for each list item because clicking on the Remove button takes the focus off the list. To remove multiple items, you actually have to click on each individual row, click Remove, then click the next row, click Remove, etc, etc. That’s a lot of mouse moves & clicks!
My relevant info (feel free to ask for more):
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Version 6.1 (Build 7601: Service Pack 1)
ZoneAlarm Extreme Security version: 10.2.074.000
Vsmon version: 10.2.074.000
Driver version: 10.0.217.000
Antivirus engine version: 126.96.36.199
Antivirus signature DAT file version: 1093632000
AntiSpam version: 188.8.131.5273
ZoneAlarm Browser Security: 1.5.395.0
ZoneAlarm ForceField Spyware Scanner: 184.108.40.206