Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by fax, May 1, 2012.
thanks, will see.
** UPDATE ** ZoneAlarm version 10.2.078.000
ZAfree+AV and for other retail installers, here.
Holy crap! VSMON.exe alone takes up 297meg of ram. Zonealarm really needs to get on that.
Yes. By design, normally around 100meg, KAV SDK is demanding. RAM will go up during and after an AV update then it will go slowly back to the base. This is to minimise swap to HD and avoid slow down especially on low speed HD. This will result in an overall light effect on the system and considerably faster perfomances. A different approach was in version 9 and 10.0, in which vsmon was consuming very little but then you get a croud of users complaining about heaviness.
By the way you posted the same in #123 above:
and got an answer here:
Short memory or really you are not a good couple (you and ZA)
Hey! I am missing JoeBlack40 into the RAM party
~ Snipped as per TOS ~ It's a new build, so I wanted to see if they made any improvements.
Replying to your post is at #124
Any difficulties to read? I guess at this point really not an happy couple
No. Peak ram use is at over 600meg. Kingsoft AV on the same computer has peak ram use of 65meg.
Why do you need to keep editing your posts?
Apparently you do not know how to write a sentence.
I keep editing because I am trying to be as clear as possible. It looks like it does not work since you seem to be posting always the same.
OK, now the RAM has leviated too much . You should get around 300 as top (inbetween and after AV updates). Or you mean theoretic PEAK RAM from task manager? If not the latter, it can be a conflict with something else at your end. Running other security tools or trying it in a VM? Both scenario can create issues. Or you have gigantic availability of RAM? like 8GIGA?
Is ZA running wrong? Slow? Hangs? etc..?
Yeah, very slow. Programs were taking about 5x longer to open, but still testing.
Miss me?Ok,i'm here to tell you that i have won a free license for ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite and i'm not planing in using it very soon (or maybe not at all!) because of the RAM reason.
Then.. Its not for you! No need to insist. LOL
Watch out, licenses can expire soon. [just kidding]
Back to serious mode: I guess you will need to wait long time I am afraid. Despite the RAM usage ZA is running light, not just for me, but also for many other users. If it was not the case, the ZA forum would be flooded by complaints Well, you could still sell the license
EDIT: A new beta will began soon when windows 8 will be out. So, watch out... you never know.
Not a problem,i'm a patient guy. And if still nothing happens to joy my heart and my RAM ,than i'll be force to pick something else.Like i'm using now.
Interested to buy it?
Like i said,i'm a patient guy.And hope never dies!!
eheh, thank you very much for the offer but I only use the Extreme version as it is the only one of the ZA line with browser sandboxing. Okok... offtopic... close and out
i almost never know what ZA does on my computer as it is set and forget and i know it is a bit heavy but not as heavy as some others like trustport or
@fax ... the new beta is a new thing or just a fit to Windows 8?
secondly is there any possibility to changing the GUI? It is too simplistic
Nice to hear from you. Sorry, I have no information on the new beta, most likely only support to WIN8. We will know for sure as soon as it is released
Btw, just realised now, ZA does not use Kingsoft (KAV) but Kaspersky (KAV)
It has nothing to do with KAV SDK. VSMON was a fat process ever since i know ZoneAlarm. Long before they started using KAV...
Nope... the specific issue discussed has nothing to do with the firewall part of vsmon. Sorry
Vsmon in past versions was normally flying at as little as 2kb up to 80 MB dpending on the charge.
You may want to install the firewall only version to see the difference. You will never get 300MB.
It has everything to do with it. That thing was eating 300 megs easily even before when it was just firewall. Thats several years back already...
Yes, very true on version 7 or 8 then it was re-designed from scratch (if I remember well with version 9 or 9.1... can't remember)
Then there was a period with KAV as a separate process then KAV in vsmon and tricks to reduce RAM and finally now with KAV in vsmon and maximum load on RAM to avoid swapping. We will see whats next but all now is strictly linked to KAV SDK.
I've used ZA firewall off and on through the years even before check point bought it out and it was always on the high side but not like this latest version with the AV module included. I also assumed it had something to do with the KAV SDK but having never used KAV's original product, so not sure if that uses a lot of memory also. One thing I can tell you is that it runs extremely light on any system I install it on. Maybe that is why it's in memory. It does seem strange that it uses 300m. On my laptop it usually tops out around 175m. On my desktop it's around 300m. Both machines are using win7 64 and have 6G of memory on board. I will continue using this since I like the firewall/app control module and I really like the AV module.
just my .02 cents
It was like this even before CheckPoint bought them. If you used P2P app, memory consumtion rocketed to the sky...
I know that. I said I have Kingsoft on the same machine, and its peak ram (and avg working set) is 10X lighter. Obviously ZA is a bloated mess at this point, but feel free to keep defending it, with smiley faces and all. As others have pointed out, ZoneAlarm has a long history of being very heavy.
I moved back to Twister 8 AV beta 3, which uses 2-3meg of ram on average. I like having my RAM free to run games, VMs, etc...
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