isp problems

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by princedanger, Mar 15, 2002.

  1. princedanger

    princedanger Guest


    I am becoming increasinly frustrated by my system regarding connecting to the internet. I connect through freeserve anytime, and usually manage to get straight through. The problem I have is that if I have disconnected from the net, when I later reconnected, although the connection is okay (little bubble message tells me this is so!) I cannot access any pages through explorer, and outlook express cannot find my mail server account.

    If I restart XP then reconnect, everything is okay again! I am getting fed up with restarting the system, does anybody know any possible causes/fixes. I am running Zone-Alarm pro firewall, but I can't see that this would cause the effect mentioned.

    Any comments greatly recieved.
  2. This problem has been raised previously, and common denominator appears to be ZoneAlarm.

    I had same problem, ditched ZoneAlarm, replaced it with Tiny Personal Firewall (free) and (fingers crossed) everything has been OK ever since.:cool:
  3. dissx

    dissx Guest

    I belive this is a ZA and XP problem, i too have had it, and im on freeserve anytime too (not for long, just orderd adsl :)) I have just updated to ZA pro 3.0 and havnt had this issue yet and have been running for 2 days now.
  4. Lactic.Acid

    Lactic.Acid Guest

    Freeserve, if I'm correct is free dialup access. If you're on a modem, you really don't need to run firewall software at all. Your connections are sporadic, your IP changes and the transfer is slow. The only time you'd want to run a firewall program at all is if you install a lot of crap that could be spyware or trojans that dial home. If this is the case, the answer is easy: don't do that =)
  5. dissx

    dissx Guest

    I wish it was free. Some people including me prefer to feel more secure knowing what data is being sent/recived and by which programs. Even though dial-up's are slow and dynamic IP's, my firewall have still stoped a number of nukes from dumbasses off IR, and media player is annoying when it connects for codecs etc.
  6. princedanger

    princedanger Guest


    Thanks guys for the info. It seems that little ol' zone alarm must be having a few probs then. Next mission - to find a copy of version 3, and see how that performs.

    I must admit that I payed for my copy of ZApro version 2.6***. However as this is pissing me off somewhat, I shall endeavour to find a ripped off copy of version 3, I don't see why I should pay for upgrades to cover their question...(you knew this was coming!) anyone recommend a reliable site to download version 3???

  7. You can actually get free trial version of Zone Alarm 3 from the official site at

    Suggest you try it out first!!!
  8. dissx

    dissx Guest

    Just d/l ZA pro 3 from the proper site, when u install it, choose same folder as your current ZA is using, and then before it starts copying files, it asks if u want to upgrade or do a clean install. I choose the upgrade and its been working fine, never asked for a new serial or anything.
  9. kewell

    kewell Guest

    its that pesky zone alarm i had exactly the same problem till i binned zone alarm try sygate its brill and free...........
  10. princedanger

    princedanger Guest


    Just got ZA pro 3 and now everything is hunky-dory. Thanks for the advice ppl.:D