huh zonealarm still exists? my word it used to crash without me knowing it several years back, leaving my pc open for whoever, i thought the company would just die or something
i believe i also once had to format my pc for it, anyway, if zonalarm crashed, you couldn't see it crashed, it just sat there in systray doing nothing at all untill i forced it to close with great havoc
ZA version 4.x was actually pretty good. I had it running on my computer 24/7 for several months without a word of protest. It stealthed everything fine; did all the security stuff I could ask, and never protested, even when I had it running while downloading twelve torrents in parallel; all in all, pretty good.
Unfortunately they had to "upgrade" to ZA 5, which seems to choke and die when dozens of local and remote connections are made through it, bringing everything to a standstill until enough of the connections time themselves out. This sucks mightily, to the extent that I've now gotten rid of ZA, relying solely on my NAT firewall forevermore.