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I dunno what this little bugger is playing at, hogging all my CPU processing time and taking up so much friggin' memory. I don't think it's happy running with some other applications and services.... which in time I'll get around to testing.<br><br><br><br>
But for now I'm shoving it into the Bad App bin along with Nortons.<br><br><br><br>
Jeez is my system running slow right now 'cause of this piece of crap software!! What other firewalls are out there?
 

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I used BlackICE for awhile, and I was reasonably satisfied with it.
 

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I have no idea why so many people are having probs with Zone Alarm. I've used it for a long time. Its running perfectly on an older machinewith Norton Anti-Virus running. never a problem.<br><br><br><br>
On this machine.. I am running Norton personal Firewall and Norton Anti-virus and never have problems at all.<br><br><br><br>
There IS a notice on the ZA forums about the latest release of ZA causing cpu hogging, and they provide a link where you can downgrade to the version prior that did not have this issue.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Robert</i><br><br><b>I have no idea why so many people are having probs with Zone Alarm. I've used it for a long time. Its running perfectly on an older machinewith Norton Anti-Virus running. never a problem.<br><br><br><br>
On this machine.. I am running Norton personal Firewall and Norton Anti-virus and never have problems at all.<br><br><br><br>
There IS a notice on the ZA forums about the latest release of ZA causing cpu hogging, and they provide a link where you can downgrade to the version prior that did not have this issue.</b></div>
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I only have problems with it when running other services like SQL Server.... without things like that it is fine, but I need to run that and be online at the same time. I'm also running an older version (2.6).... maybe I need to go further back.<br><br><br><br>
As for that mention of Norton products.... SHAME!
 

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I'm with Robert. Have run ZA on Win 95, 98, 2k and XP and no problems. Right now on this XP machine I'm using around 2% with both ZA and Norton running. I have the latest version of ZA. Maybe you need to go forward instead of backward.<br><br><br><br>
You're not running any distributed computing apps (like Google's) are you?
 

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I'm thinking ZA and Nortons both run together okay because they both suck. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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ZA runs well on my computer but brings my resources down 11 percentage points.<br><br><br><br>
It is also, according to System Monitor, continually consuming about 250 Memory Page Faults and 250 Memory Page Ins -- per second. Simply unload ZA, and each of these go down to 0 per second (if nothing else is busy).<br><br><br><br>
I'm using Windows 98se.
 

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Hmmm. Also, with ZA unloaded, and no programs doing anything, my cpu, acc to Sys Mon, wavers between 3 to 4 percent utilization. Load ZA, and immediately the cpu is working at 7 to 8 percent. In other words it is taking up 4 percent of the processor's work load, all by itself, which is about the same percentage as the entire windows operating system is using when nothing windows is "idling."
 

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Weirdly, if I set ZA to Engage Internet Lock, or Stop All Internet Activity -- there is no processor capability or memory activity freed up. What can it possibly need to be doing, when there is no network activity for it to monitor, that it has to be continually putting thing into and out of RAM at 100's of pages per second?
 

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Now this is the weirdest thing it seems to me: if I load my super-duper internet bookmark program, JetLinks, whilst ZA is still loaded -- my page ins and page faults drop from 200 or so down to 7!!!!!!! Unload ZA, and my page faults drop down to zero.<br><br><br><br>
Why should ZA use less memory if JetLinks is loaded simulataneously, than if it is loaded by itself? Makes no sense.
 

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Wow, this is wacky too -- if I load zone alarm it drops my user resources 7 percent; but if I load JetLinks first, which lowers my resources 5 percent, and then load ZA, ZA only lowers my reources 5 percent.
 

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ZA works fine for me. I've used a lot of freeware firewalls, and this one works best with my machine. And I use Norton Antivirus. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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I'm using ZoneAlarm [3.7.143]and McAfee antivirus, no problems so far. 20075 intrusions blocked since install. wow!
 
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