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Kudos0

ZoneAlarm Free and NIS - want to stop receiving NIS and Windows Notifications

Windows 10: I have NIS that came with a new machine - I prefer to use ZA because of the flexibility in blocking/allowing inbound/outbound requests and optionally remember my choice. I've been using ZA since the late 90's, so, there's that. I prefer NIS for its great antivirus and intrusion protection and malicious site blocking, albeit with little option for my control to allow or deny. That said, I want to run the both - I would like to turn off smart firewall, and let ZA handle the program control and let NIS do the rest.

If I do that (turn off smart firewall) I am besieged with notifications from windows security and NIS that my firewall is turned off. Windows KNOWS I have zone alarm and reports it in the security area. Also, the notification area always shows that red checkmark. Makes me crazy.

Is there a way to run ZA and NIS the way I described without getting notified that my firewall is off?

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Kudos0

Re: ZoneAlarm Free and NIS - want to stop receiving NIS and Windows Notifications

I would like to turn off smart firewall, and let ZA handle the program control and let NIS do the rest.

Um, did you try 'Ignore'.

Security tab > Advanced >

I think Off > Ignore is meant for testing.
IDK if Off > Ignore is meant for daily use.

Kudos0

Re: ZoneAlarm Free and NIS - want to stop receiving NIS and Windows Notifications

Ah yes the good old days. I used to run ZoneAlarm and Norton together for years but that was when zonealarm was just a firewall (late 90s early 2000). Loved the big red button you could put on the task bar to stop all traffic in a pinch.  However, with the newer versions, zonealarm decided to get into the antivirus business.  In short order, it got so blotted and had lost the simplicity of the original.  As most newer antivirus programs came out they included firewalls and such.  With the potential of conflict I believe even zonealarm warned not to install other firewalls or antivirus programs.  If you can disable zonealarms antivirus side and just leave the firewall on and set Norton as bjm suggested it might work. Whether Windows Security Center will accept these running together is a another question.       

Kudos0

Re: ZoneAlarm Free and NIS - want to stop receiving NIS and Windows Notifications

Well that's a hidden gem! I have turned that off before, but never saw the tool tip with "ignore". After turning it off and hovering over Smart Firewall again, I saw the Ignore link. That effectively fixed NIS from displaying a Red warning icon in the notification center and NIS status is "you are protected". Half of what I'm after is accomplished. So thank you for that.

Right now, with that Ignore selected, Manage Security Providers from the Windows Security App shows NIS as "snoozed" and ZoneAlarm is turned on. So it knows. But, the icon (above) is still red. Also the Firewall and Network Protection section shows all items are managed by NIS and say "action required" indicating that I need to open NIS and turn on the firewall.

Do you have any suggestions for how I can get Windows to stop telling me there's a problem?

Kudos1 Stats

Re: ZoneAlarm Free and NIS - want to stop receiving NIS and Windows Notifications

Looks like Windows Security Notification Icon.

In Windows 10 newer versions, Microsoft has added a new application called "Windows Defender Security Center" which is an advanced app developed to replace the classic Windows Defender program.

https://www.askvg.com/windows-10-tip-remove-windows-defender-security-center-icon-from-taskbar-notification-area/
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Open Windows Security to see if it'll tell you what's what re RedX.



I run Windows Defender notification icon > Disabled
 

Kudos0

Re: ZoneAlarm Free and NIS - want to stop receiving NIS and Windows Notifications

That is what I was looking for. Thank you sir. I am happy not to have the Defender icon running, and I don't care why Defender thinks there's a problem. I appreciate that you spent time on this with me.

The nice thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from!

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