Anyone know how to uninstall Zone Alarm Pro/Zone Alarm Plus without having to go thru laborious process of finding and deleting all the program files and Registy entries manually? The useless "Uninstall Zone Alarm" function does not work. I recently started having problem with ZA Pro 3.0, for no reason it suddenly & unpredictably causes 100% CPU utilization, with the TrueVector service (VSMON.EXE) being at fault. According the MS & ZA site, this is a "known issue" with ZA Pro 3.x & Win 2K, which I assume applies to Win XP as well. Uninstalling did not work. I foolishly decided to "upgrade" to ZA Plus 4.0, hoping maybe the "known issue" had been resolved in the newer version. In fact, I no longer have a problem with 100% CPU utilization. Instead, its my memory usage that suddenly, for no aparent reason, jumps to near 100%, effectively crippling the computer. On one occasion Page File usage was over 1 GB (!). Again VSMON.EXE was at fault in Task Manager.
I'm pretty certain I'm gonna wind up going thru the manual uninstall process (I downloaded some documents from Zone Labs support site that detail the process) but before taking more drastic steps wondered if anyone knows a simpler way to uninstall ZA and get rid of any vestiges of this application from the system. Also any recommendations for an alternative firewall program would be welcome (obviously I will need one if I get rid of ZA). I enabled the built-in XP Internet Connection Firewall but that is very limited protection.