Zone Alarm shows me a pop-up warning when Adobe Flash Player tries to update.
This warning says: "Adobe Flash Player Installer/Uninstaller 25.0 r0 is trying to change the system behaviour for executable files. This may allow a suspicious program to start every time you run any application."
About a week ago I allowed the Adobe Flash update and then the next time I tried to start my computer it did start, but it failed to show the desktop. I had only a blank (black) screen and after a few minutes the screen saver appeared. This made me believe that the computer had in fact started but the desktop screen was prevented from starting. So I restarted the computer in Safe Mode and used System Restore to restore the computer to an earlier time to remove the Adobe update and everything has been fine ever since. But now I get pop-up warnings at the top of most website pages that Adobe Flash Player is outdated. I want (and probably need) to update Adobe Flash Player but I don't want to have the same problem again.
So what does the warning that "changes to the system behaviour for executable files may allow a suspicious program to start every time I run any application" actually mean? And should I be denying updates of anything when this warning appears?
I'm also frustrated by the latest Zone Alarm update advice in the form of a pop-up to install Zone Alarm 2017. This requires me to install Windows Service Pack 1 which is very large and it will take forever to download. And also I do not trust this form of Windows update because it will no doubt install a lot of stuff that I do not want or need. I am already selective about Windows updates (I have automatic updates turned off) and I expect a service pack install to give me little or no control over what is installed. I have also never been confident that Microsoft does not interrogate my computer in the process of installing a service pack. I am somewhat annoyed that I have to make a substantial change to my operating system just to install the latest Zone Alarm and why do I need to do so?
Thanks to all for any help and advice.
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Edited by NapoleonB, 24 March 2017 - 09:39 PM.