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    ZoneAlarm 6.0 update

    The various ZoneAlarm <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> and pay versions have been udpated to 6.0.631.002. Get yours at Zone Labs: Zone Labs, Internet security products, online safety, software, protection.

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    Re: ZoneAlarm 6.0 update

    Joe, I'm confused by this. My ZA Pro says I'm up to date, but it is 5.5.094. The ZoneLabs site is touting the suite update, but I don't find anything to say what the version of the individual apps is. <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>
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    Re: ZoneAlarm 6.0 update

    Well, it allowed me to download the update since I has purchased the extended download, but I still don't understand why I didn't receive notification of this.
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    Re: ZoneAlarm 6.0 update

    Ugh! It is paranoid about everything, including the normal apps, antivirus and antispyware apps, AND ITSELF!! I'm sure once I get used to it, I'll appreciate its capabilities, but right now, I'm cursing every time it alerts me to "dangerous" behavior like opening Outlook! <img src=/S/hairout.gif border=0 alt=hairout width=31 height=23>. It apparently "learns" as you go along and tell it what to allow, but it feels like it might be a long learning curve. <img src=/S/headthrob.gif border=0 alt=headthrob width=15 height=15> It reminds me of training an email filter. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15> Not sure I would recommend the upgrade to anyone who was intimidated by this kind of thing.
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    Re: ZoneAlarm 6.0 update

    Apparently, Zone Labs will send out notices to its customers who already own ZAP within two weeks. It's possible to download the new version and just do an upgrade; that worked fine for me.

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    Re: ZoneAlarm 6.0 update

    The "approved applications" list should have been migrated from the earlier version, unless they have changed from "application" control to "component-level" control (like Outpost Firewall Pro). There is a lot more training with that feature turned on.

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    Re: ZoneAlarm 6.0 update

    I expected it to migrate, but it the program settings did not appear to do so, although some of the other settings did. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15> One irritant, is that it tends to identify the temp files used when an installer is being run as spyware! <img src=/S/hairout.gif border=0 alt=hairout width=31 height=23>
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    Re: ZoneAlarm 6.0 update

    Joe,

    I downloaded and installed the latest ZA from your post. Opted to do an "upgrade install" which I don't usually do.
    Lo and behold, it changed ALL OF MY existing entries to <big>BLOCKED</big> ! ( red X's all the way down the list )

    I had to go back and allow everything that I knew was OK and delete the rest, so that I can allow or block the unknowns as they come up.

    As the late Jimmie Durante used to say: "What a revoltin' development this is"
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    Re: ZoneAlarm 6.0 update

    <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>, I did the same thing. Upgrades in the past have always preserved the settings. <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>
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    Re: ZoneAlarm 6.0 update

    I think most vendors of any security related software are having that software be more restrictive with any release these days. They are assuming that is OK with most people and that folks will just put up with the inconvenience of 'training' a new release.

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    Re: ZoneAlarm 6.0 update

    Well, I pity anyone who isn't savy in this software if they try to actually use their computer after installing this version because EVERYTHING gets shut down, even the on-line "additional information" in the ZA warning screens! I think that is a bit extreme, particularly for a novice user.
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    Re: ZoneAlarm 6.0 update

    Unfortunately, many software vendors find it easier to treat people like idiots and take the heat rather than coming up with a comprehensive set of instructions, help, and migration aids. Some of that I suspect is because many (if not most) of todays users install software and attempt to use it without reading anything.

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    Re: ZoneAlarm 6.0 update

    If a lot of people complain, then it's a bug. If they don't, then it's a feature. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: ZoneAlarm 6.0 update

    <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> Although, speaking from experience sometime to properly implement a new feature you have to modify (i.e. break) an old one.

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    Re: ZoneAlarm 6.0 update

    Well, I probably made the mistake of not accepting their defaults, since I didn't want to override the settings I already had. <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15> Maybe a novice would be perfectly happy with whatever ZA thinks is appropriate. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15> I can't fault them for that, but I think the "advanced" version should have a little more configuration control in the upgrade. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>
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