This is similar to JohnC_21's post.
But it's a bit more detailed based on my experience.
Set a System Restore point (just in case this goes bad on you).
Download this free tool: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396
Search through it for anything with Zone, Alarm, ZoneAlarm, Zone Alarm, ZA, Zone Labs, CheckPoint, CheckPoint Software, Check, Point, Check Point, etc
I seem to recall entries that stated CheckPoint Software rather than ZoneAlarm - but it's been a while since I tried this last.
Then track down each entry to see if there's stuff above it (in either the directory structure or the registry.)
Any files/folder related to this software should be renamed (NOT deleted) - so that you can recover if the system becomes unbootable.
Any registry entries should be backed up also (before deleting), but the System Restore point will also make a backup of your registry.
In Autoruns you can disable the entry by removing the checkmark - but that doesn't break any chains that might exist if you miss one of the startups (so it could restart itself if you miss something).
We did this at work once on another major antivirus. The customer had installed it with the wrong date in the BIOS - and then couldn't reinstall/activate it when the BIOS was set correctly.
It took 2 of us 4 hours of registry diving to remove enough to fix it.
Edited by usasma, 26 December 2015 - 05:41 AM.
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