I own a Toshiba Sattelite-M70......1.86GHz-Centrino, 512 DDR2 RAM, 60GB HardDisk, OS--WinXP Home SP2. Its 2yrs old, worked fine till last month, ZoneAlarm crashed itself thrice, I tried uninstalling--reinstalling (cleanly) but it didn't solve any problem. Now its using up 98% of my memory, system processes are running very slowly. I suspect it may be a memory leak.
I keep watching the windows task manager to see whats going on my system, I found 2 Scanning Processes together using around 50,000K, vsmon.exe using around 10,000K, svchost.exe has 6 proceeses running but none exceed more than 4,000K.
I tried closing some programs to free up memory...Sysmetrix, Windows Live messenger and few startup prgrams to see if it made a difference. To my horror I found the memory I had freed had been taken up by the 2 Scanning processes and vsmon.exe.
If I let my laptop run without making any changes, 2 out of 10 times I found its memory sometimes gets back to normal after 10 minutes or more, and the processes also run smoothly. But it does not last too long. Rebooting does not help.
When I shutdown ZA my memory usage is about 25%--40%.
I dont know what to do about this ZA. Is there any way I can get it to work properly.
I would like to know which firewall, anti-virus and anti-sypware/adware software would you recommend me to install/buy instead of ZA.