Phantom Mcafee Firewall after Updates to Vista 32 Bit Home Premium

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by Paul F., Jan 7, 2010.

  1. Paul F.

    Paul F. Guest


    I just installed a whole slew of updates for Vista 32 Bit Home Premium. Now
    I cannot access internet with my Zone Alarm suite enabled because windows
    claims Mcafee Firewall is also running. I have no currently installed McAfee
    components or products. I uninstalled the free versions that came preloaded
    on the laptop 2 years ago. How can I disable McAfee firewal when I do not
    even have it?

    Paul F., Jan 7, 2010
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  2. Ǝиçεl, Jan 8, 2010
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  3. Paul F.

    Paul Guest

    Hey thank you very much...this fixed the McAfee problem...

    As a side note for anyone else using Zone Alarm, you need to make sure you
    have 100% of avialable Windows updates, including Service Pack 1 and 2 (which
    may not register as needed/available updates in Window's Update unless you
    have all other updates installed...). If you do not have these and you
    upgrade anything else, like ME8 for instance, ZA will sever your internet
    access and isolate you....Then you'll need to uninstall ZA, do 100% of
    available Windows upgrades, download latest ZA and reinstall...

    Thanks again,

    Paul, Jan 8, 2010
  4. Hello Paul.

    No problem, Glad it worked for you and fixed the problem.

    Thanks for posting back Paul, it may also assist someone else with a
    similar problem.

    That's always a nice gesture when we get back a post indicating if the
    suggestions were helpful or not.


    It helps if you mark your initial question as answered--that will enable
    others searching for an answer to find a correct one more quickly.

    Was this post helpful to you? Paul, ?
    Ǝиçεl, Jan 8, 2010
  5. Paul F.

    MowGreen Guest

    ME8 ? Is that the 8th edition of Windows ME ?

    When Internet Explorer has been upgraded to a higher version then you
    need to go back into ZA's allowed programs/executable list, delete the
    previous version of IE (iexplore.exe), and add the upgraded iexplore.exe
    to the allowed list.

    Then again, there's absolutely *no* need to even install ZA in the first
    place as the native Vista firewall is fully capable of protecting the
    system when used in conjunction with a hardware firewall in the router.

    *-343-* FDNY
    Never Forgotten
    "Security updates should *never* have *non-security content* prechecked"
    MowGreen, Jan 8, 2010
  6. Paul F.

    Paul Guest


    While this may be true, ZA has kept me virus free with virtually no issues
    for about 10 years now, so I tend to go with what works...This was literally
    the first issue I've had and it can fairly be blamed on the MS Window's
    strange habit of only recognizing certain updates....Most people might
    believe that once they have executed an update search and installed all
    updates returned they are done, in this case it took 5 update
    scans/installs/reboots to get to SP1 even being offered....

    I realize the average skill level in here is probably skewed to the norhtern
    end of the spectrum, so us *novices* just have to limp aong on what we know...

    Thanks again,

    Paul F.
    Paul, Jan 8, 2010
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