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    Zone Alarm Update

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    Encouraged by the reports in 'Software Finds and Wants' I updated to the new version 6 of the free Zone Alarm. I did the upgrade rather than new install, to preserve my settings. No problems as far as I can see, but it seems to have added an IP address to the firewall, as shown - old version above, new one below. Why has it added 'loopback adapter' and what is it? (And why does the new version have a clunky Win 95 look about it instead of the shiny new Win XP look of the old one?

    Ian

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    Re: Zone Alarm Update

    Ian,
    Don't know why. It added the same to mine also.
    I just right clicked on it and removed it.

    So far as the look? Looks the same to me on my new copy as the old.
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    Re: Zone Alarm Update

    Loopback adapter is a "virtual" device.
    127.0.0.1 means "the address of the local PC"

    When software on your PC tries to set up a network connection to something else on the same PC, it would be very inefficient to actually send the packets out on the wire and wait for them to come back again, so the software detects this and sends the packets to the loopback adapter, which routes them straight back as incoming data.

    There is no need to remove this address, packets that arrive on the network will never have this as their source or destination.

    StuartR

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    Re: Zone Alarm Update

    <hr>So far as the look? Looks the same to me on my new copy as the old.<hr>
    Here's a strange thing. If I disable the check box that says load ZoneAlarm at startup, then start the program manually, it uses Windows XP style; if I re-enable loading at start-up, it reverts to Windows 98 style. Strange or what? I don't suppose it matters much though.

    Ian

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