I've been using the ZA free firewall for ten years without problems and since I've switched to the 2013 version (no other changes to my PC) I've been experiencing the sudden internet access loss described and talked about in the following thread:

https://www.zonealarm.com/forums/sho...t-Remove-Avast

As nothing other than a reboot or turning ZA off and back on worked for me, I was wondering if there was any new info on the subject.