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Got ZoneAlarm Antivirus/Firewall working on Windows 8

  1. #21


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    I just outlined the process here...hopefully I didn't forget anything since it was a few days ago I did this. If you run into problems, just let me know and I'll see what I can do.



    You'll need three things. The ZoneAlarm installer for the version you want, Dameware NT Utilities (makes life easier instead of command prompt usage) and a copy of vsdatant.sys from a Windows 7 install. Be sure to use the same architecture (64 or 32 bit.) Attached to this post is the 32 bit driver.

    Dameware has a free trial on their page that works great for this purpose.

    1) Install Dameware NT Utilities trial.

    2) Install ZoneAlarm normally. You could put the installer in compatibility mode for Windows 7 and also check the box to install as Admin. When it's done, it will try to start but it will not work well yet.

    3) Make a shortcut to "C:\Program Files\CheckPoint\ZoneAlarm\vsmon.exe" on the desktop, give it compatibility for Windows 7 and check the box for Admin too, then pin it to Start menu for easy access. Also copy it to C:\Users\{YourUserName}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

    4) Make a shortcut to "C:\Program Files\CheckPoint\ZoneAlarm\zatray.exe" on the desktop, then pin it to Start menu for easy access.

    5) Reboot to safe mode. Open Dameware. See your machine on the left side. If it is not there, add 127.0.0.1 to the favorites. Go to Services | Remove Service - Use that to remove True Vector.

    6) Put the Windows 7 vsdatant.sys in C:\Windows\System32\drivers

    6) Open services.msc and disable ZoneAlarm toolbar service.

    7) Reboot to normal mode.
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  2. #22


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    Quote Originally Posted by GMan View Post
    heh heh Basically, what I was advising was to use the removal tool in safe mode for Norton/Symantec. This will completely take it away from the machine for good.

    I've seen too much trouble from that software maker, and in my personal experience with it dating back to probably around the year 2000 or so before I knew better, it is not something you want on your machine for various performance/stability reasons.

    I do not have high regards for their solutions for other reasons as well.

    So if you do remove it, then set the Windows Firewall and Defender services to their default settings, which is Automatic.

    On the other hand, if you really like this Norton/Symantec thing, just leave it alone and see how it continues to go for you. If you have any sorts of weird issues, look at that being the culprit first.
    Wait a minute here. I happen to have been, and be a beta tester for Norton products since the days of stand-alone A/V, and Disk Doctor. The only performance issues that have been reviewed, and reviewed over and over have been corrected in Norton 360 v6
    And has been shown from Windows 2000 (all versions) up to current Windows 8dp (Windows 8cp wasn't available yet) and the impact isn't noticeable what so ever in the latest version, and doing a comparison against other A/V products (paid & free) the NAV portion of Norton 360 CRUSHES the competition! Go ahead, load it up, and hit the darkest, dirtiest parts of the Internet. NAV will protect you! Guaranteed. And trust me, I went to ummm sites you would blush from seeing.
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  3. #23


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    When Windows 7 hit beta up until way past RTM times, like at least half a year or more, Norton products along with AVG products were together causing roughly 50% of all bsods, so that's another basis for my opinion.

    They were so bad that when there were failures in Windows modules (which are/have been known perfectly well) and these were present, it was automatically assumed they were responsible. Usually, either was the culprit.

    Cool though. Glad you like it and it's going well for ya.
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  4. #24


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    Quote Originally Posted by GMan View Post
    When Windows 7 hit beta up until way past RTM times, like at least half a year or more, Norton products along with AVG products were together causing roughly 50% of all bsods, so that's another basis for my opinion.

    They were so bad that when there were failures in Windows modules (which are/have been known perfectly well) and these were present, it was automatically assumed they were responsible. Usually, either was the culprit.

    Cool though. Glad you like it and it's going well for ya.
    Strange GMan, I was a beta tester for Win7 too, as well as Norton NEVER got one single BSOD. during the entire beta test
    nor after with the sold product.
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    Well, it is not to be unsaid that combining those mentioned products with others was a large factor. For example: sptd.sys would drive them bonkers.

    And a decent part of it is user knowledge. Users with less of it tend to run into more problems, so it's an educated guess that you probably are knowledgeable.

    But that being said, software needs to be designed to be foolproof. They really were not, but their act did clean up after some time, greatly. BSOD occurance slowly but surely faded away.

    And sptd.sys itself had its share of issues as well.
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  6. #26


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    I'll agree with you there.
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  7. #27


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    Quote Originally Posted by GMan View Post
    I just outlined the process here...hopefully I didn't forget anything since it was a few days ago I did this. If you run into problems, just let me know and I'll see what I can do...
    I followed your instructions, but didn't work. Zonealarm system tray icon says: "Zonealarm initialization is in progress". I can't open it.
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  8. #28


    i ll give this a go , since i have been using zone alarm for the past 5 years.. on all my windows OS .. so far it has given me "Zonealarm initialization is in progress" and nothing more... zone alarm support said they are yet to support windows 8 (which was obvious but i wanted to try contacting them any way ) .

    and none of the other firewalls i tried would even consider installing on Windows 8 CP , they all just say OS unsupported and exit them selves. at least zone alarm had the decency to install and then fail me (lol) ...
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  9. #29


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    Just get Norton 360 version 6. It has a robust firewall built in as part of the entire software package, and it installs and works perfectly with Windows 8cp.
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  10. #30


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lonewolf View Post
    Just get Norton 360 version 6. It has a robust firewall built in as part of the entire software package, and it installs and works perfectly with Windows 8cp.
    Very much not recommend this due to the various bsods of types across the board that Norton is infamous for.

    The suite type packages such as this are on the extreme end of instability, out of all of their products.
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