I've just installed ZoneAlarm firewall free version During setup, I chose "manual configuration" (I can't remember the exact wording) hoping that ZA will ask me whenever an application wants to access the internet.

I now see lots of Application in the Application Control Settings and most of them are preconfigured with 4 green check marks (Outbound Trusted/Internet, Inbound Trusted/Internet). I changed them to ask (?) but ZA doesn't seem to care. It allows the application to access the web without even asking me.

I tried changing Trust Level from Super to Ask. Again, ZA ignores this. It just keeps allowing everything to access the internet without prompting me. This beats the whole purpose of having a 2-way firewall.

Am I missing something or is ZoneAlarm a broken firewall? Help please. Thanks.