ZoneAlarm is using a lot of CPU or memory resources

The resources used by any program is directly proportional to the amount of processing it is doing (in this case, more Internet traffic, such as running a web server or sharing lots of file uploads and downloads via a file sharing program, means more resources used). Depending on system configuration, and the applications you are running at the time, you may also see Internet speeds slow down with ZoneAlarm running.

If resource usage remains high, there are several possible solutions:

  1. Upgrade to the latest version of ZoneAlarm.
  2. Set the number of alerts shown to 25 or less. While this number can be set as high as 999, please remember that these are stored in memory as well, and will take more resources.


High CPU, vsmon locked up, Event Log message about deleting corrupt database

If you use a proxy system, such as web-based Anonymizer, Privacy settings may affect Internet speeds. Try lowering Privacy settings to see if that helps.

If you find that vsmon is using all of your CPU time, try disabling programs one at a time to see if you can locate the conflict. Also be sure to watch your Alerts in ZA. If you find a specific program that appears to have a conflict with ZA, please forward that information to us for investigation, along with steps on how to reproduce the issue.

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