Good morning.

WinXP Home, SP3;
Avast 2014 (9.0.2006), (Free);
ZA FW (free), v.11.0.780.

I have newly installed Zonealarm firewall; it seems to be working satisfactorily, except that there is no immediate indication that the firewall is working properly, or even switched on!

The blue taskbar 'ZA' icon only indicates that the program is running.

If I turn the firewall off, by selecting "Snooze Firewall for 5 minutes...", or by by selecting "Off" for Basic Firewall and/or Application Control, the taskbar icon does not indicate any change of status.

Even more worrying is that with this state of zero firewall protection, hovering over the ZA taskbar icon gives me the balloon message, "Zonealarm, your computor is protected".

Am I missing a trick here?