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Old 04-03-2010, 05:07 PM   #1
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Default Microsoft Security Essentials vs Zonealarm

I really like the simplicity and unobtrusivness of MSE but unfortunately it and ZA are not playing nice with each other and causing my computer to freeze all the time requring a hard boot.

A simple Google search brings up many discussions about people having this issue in the past but I haven't been able to find a solution other than disabling real time protection in MSE.

Anyone else have this problem under Win7 x64 and found a solution?
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Old 04-03-2010, 11:46 PM   #2
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You should never have two programs of that type installed and running at the same time. MSE is much better, more efficient and less obtrusvive than Zone Alarm. I would simply uninstall ZA and get on with life.
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Old 04-04-2010, 07:35 AM   #3
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You should never have two programs of that type installed and running at the same time. MSE is much better, more efficient and less obtrusvive than Zone Alarm. I would simply uninstall ZA and get on with life.
Hi Corky,

I have considered that. But I'm having a hard time understanding where the conflict lies. I use ZA for it's firewall functionality which MSE doesn't do (at least to my knowledge). I could use Windows firewall instead of ZA but I really like the outbound traffic notifications that ZA provides and then gives me the choice to either block or allow.

If Microsoft would implement the permission feature like ZA, I would probably drop ZA in a heartbeat. (hint hint to the folks in Redmond).
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Old 04-04-2010, 11:52 AM   #4
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I found a solution that seems to working pretty good for now. It's a 3rd party utility called Windows 7 Firewall Control (I just got the free version) which basically rides on top of Windows Firewall and does the outbound traffic filtering and permissions that ZA does.

http://www.sphinx-soft.com/Vista/order.html
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