Saturday, January 19, 2008

Zone Alarm Install Guide - Updated

The following instructions only apply if you are installing Zone Alarm for the very first time. These instructions are NOT for the people who already have Zone Alarm installed on their computers, and are upgrading to the latest version. 1. Create a New Folder on your desktop and Rename it to Downloads. By doing this you will have one central location for all programs that you download. When you download any program DO NOT select Run, select Save and when you have saved it scan it with an anti-virus program. I recommend the use of AVG AntiVirus which I have covered in another post. 2. Go to the download link on my blog and select I only want basic ZoneAlarm protection and then proceed to download ZoneAlarm. Download it into the folder named Downloads, BUT DO NOT install it until you have followed the instructions below. 3. Once you have downloaded your version of ZoneAlarm to your Desktop Folder, disconnect from the Internet. If you use Cable or DSL Modem, disconnect it and close any other running programs apart from your basic programs to run Windows. This includes the Windows Firewall. To find out what Applications are running go to Task Manager (Control Alt Delete). Look for Applications, make sure there are NO Applications running. If they are, use the End Task Button. To disable the Windows Firewall go to your Control Panel, switch it to Classic View then double click on Windows Firewall and then click the Off button. 4. Go into your Control Panel, on top of the screen you will see Tools, click on it, then another tab will show up and click on Folder Options, in the new panel that opens click on View. Scroll down to where it says Hidden Files and Folders, put a dot or check-mark in the box that says, “Show hidden files and folders”, then REMOVE the check mark from the next two boxes that say the following,” Hide Extensions for known file types” and “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)”. Drop down to bottom of panel and click Apply. Now go to the top of the panel and click on “Apply to All Folders”, click Yes in new window then click OK in Folder Options panel. This way all your folders will show the change. Close the control Panel. For full details goto Free PC Security Colin Richards Free PC Security

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