I have installed ZA Pro on three OS's and had problems that ended up w\a reinstall of the OS each time. The program would work for a while (few days\hours) and then I would start having mysterious crashes until the system(s) would no longer boot. The OS's were W98se, W2K Pro, and W2K Server. Actually, on server I did not have to do a reinstall, just removed ZA Pro. 98se & W2K Server were set up as ICS servers. The W2K Pro box was just a client. I went back to using ZA free edition & BI Defender on my ICS box which worked fine.
FWIW...I recently stopped using ICS software altogether and installed a hardware router for my home network and ZA free edition on the clients. So far no attacks have made it through the router to the client boxes, so ZA has not had anything to do this past week.
Don't know why I had so many probs w/ZA Pro. Have used most all the other homestyle software firewalls w\little or no probs. I like Tiny firewall but it is a little over the head of most 'puter users new to firewalls, and many seem to set fairly open rules for everything just to stop being prompted for educated\intelligent user input from the program.
Wonder if I am the only one who has had this type experience?? Maybe a bit or two got crossed up when I downloaded my paid version...I don't know but got tired of fooling around with it. I don't ever remember having a legit program that whacked my 'puters so bad I had to do total reinstalls though (have had this experience froma virus though
Thanks but ZA was not too much help on this one. i am quite happy w/my hardware based router and ZA regular strength does all i need for now. appreciate the advice but i was just posting to give others a heads up that ZA pro *might* cause problems in some cases.
Note: hardware routers don't like the use of asci characters for the password!
SMC Barricade w/4port 10/100 switch and print server. Very easy to set up & administer. It is NAT only though...no statefull packet inspection, etc.
There is a $20 rebate good thru March 31. www.Computers4sure.com has it for $99 right now. I can't think of a better investment I've made for a net $79 bucks. I did update the firmware to the latest version after my purchase.computers4sure web site net