These are my opinions -
Bottom line first - I'm now pretty sure the alerts you see are proper. Just tell ZA to not tell you about them.Program settings
are close to default or at default. "?" are nice in that you will get an alert on whether to allow or not internet access. I would question the need for the Windows Explorer and Spooler to have any internet rights, unless you really need them. Do you search for or print files somewhere out there in the Internet world? I'd give those a "?".
I don't know what a bunch of those programs are, but it doesn't matter. "?" will ask you and you'll know what to do.
You can always delete things in the Programs list. ZA will put it back on next use. So don't worry about it so long as you remember your settings that worked - now documented here at BC
In fact, you will soon begin to see duplicates of installers, expecially Windows updates. Just delete. Especially when they refer to some temp files. Standard multi-select works (ctlr-click)
Still to see would be a screen shot of your firewall settings
. If you do not have a router, please block out your private IP address, if it's there, before posting a screen shot.I use version 6. Most likely version 7 requires similar items in the trusted zone: network/subnet (gets automatically added), DHCP server, gateway, DNS server(s), and loopback address (127.0.0.1). If you use a router, chances are the gateway, DHCP and DNS numbers will be the same. You can check it all yourself:
Start > Run
type cmd and hit return
on the cmd window, type ipconfig /all (make sure to include space before /)
Compare the numbers to the listing in your trusted zone.
Or do nothing until you have trouble.Expert help needed here
- Review of anti-Spyware
- you didn't ask
, but I noticed you have a bunch of them. It's ok to have one or two running in the background, but more might be trouble. People more experienced than I could comment on the combinations that work well.
AVG - leave alone, I presume it's running all the time with other AVG components.
Spybot S&D - Not sure if Tea-Timer should be running, otherwise, great product, great for changing and documenting startup list. Just make sure to Immunize after every update.
Norton - perhaps some use just for scans
Lavasoft Ad-Aware - run scans, don't use real time protection
Spyware Guard - I don't know it
SpywareBlaster - leave alone, it doesn't run all the time
Windows Defender - waste of time. Uninstall.
SuperAntiSpyware - is really great. Not sure if can run when AVG runs. I'd use it for scans.
I hope others pitch into all this.
Edited by tos226, 15 May 2007 - 12:41 PM.