On Mon, 14 Jul 2008 15:49:00 -0700, uncalledfor wrote:
> Ok - I've been through the entire original issue....and I updated Zone Alarm,
> etc...ZoneAlarm is not the problem at this point....but I have another
> problem which may be caused by the MS update??? Running: 2 PCs and a
> Laptop....Roadrunner cable modem which plugs into a Linksys WIRED
> switch(EZXS88W)....never had problems with this set-up before....now I can
> only get one PC to acquire an IP address through the Switch....and can only
> get the other PC and Laptop to work if I plug directly to the cable modem
> (they successfully acquire a unique IP address)....so, if I plug everything
> into the switch, and the switch into the modem only the one PC works -
> everything else attempts to acquire an IP address, but eventually defaults to
> the 169.254xxx address...basically, the switch seems to be letting only one
> machine acquire an IP....PS - I went out and bought the switch yesterday
> HOPING my "old" d-link switch was just bad...so I have tried swapping
> switches (so to speak)....has anyone else seen this?...all machines running
> XP...only PCs running ZoneAlarm....thoughts?
Seriously, uninstall ZA and re-activate the build-in application!
The windows firewall deals with inbound protection and therefore does not
give you a false sense of security. Best of all, it doesn't implement lots
of nonsense like pretending that outbound traffic needs to be monitored.
Activate and utilize the Win XP built-in Firewall; Uncheck *all* Programs
and Services under the Exception tab.
Understanding Windows Firewall.
Using Windows Firewall.
How to Configure Windows Firewall on a Single Computer.
At Least This Snake Oil Is Free.
Deconstructing Common Security Myths.
Scroll down to:
"Myth: Host-Based Firewalls Must Filter Outbound Traffic to be Safe."
Exploring the windows Firewall.
"Outbound protection is security theater¡Xit¡¦s a gimmick that only gives the
impression of improving your security without doing anything that actually
does improve your security."