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Customizing Program Access Permissions

ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall security software collects data about programs that try to access the Internet or a local network, or to gain server privileges, and assigns access permissions to them.

To view the list of these programs:

  1. In the FIREWALL tab, click Settings for the Application Control category.

    The Application Control panel shows the Current Settings and the History.

  2. Click View Programs.

    The Application Control Settings window opens and shows the View Programs panel.

You can change permissions for any of the programs on this list, add a program to the list, and remove a program form the list.

To change permissions for a program on the list:

  1. Select a program on the list.

    The information about the highlighted program shows in the Detail area below the list of programs.

  2. Right-click in the fields and select parameter values as necessary. Refer to the table below for the available parameter values:

    Programs

    Shows the name of a program.

    NOTE: You cannot change this field.

    SmartDefense

    Shows what defines the policy for the program:

    Auto - SmartDefense Advisor automatically defines the access policy.

    Custom - You define the access policy manually.

    NOTE: If you change the value of another field in the row, the SmartDefense field will automatically change its value to Custom.

    System - SmartDefense Advisor defines the policy. The program is used by the operating system.

    NOTE: If you try to change the policy for any of the system programs, you will get a warning "This is the system program, are you sure you want to change it?". Beware, changing system program policies can interfere with normal operation of your computer.

    Trust Level

    Defines the actions that a program has permission to perform.

    These are possible Trust Level values:

    Super - The highest level of trust. Programs can perform suspicious actions without seeking permission. No alerts will be displayed.

    Trusted - Trusted programs can perform suspicious actions without seeking permission, but unknown programs must ask for permission.

    Restricted - Restricted programs can perform trusted-level actions but cannot perform suspicious actions.

    Ask - ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall security software displays a Suspicious Behavior alert and lets you decide whether to allow or to deny access.

    Kill - Programs do not get access and cannot run.

    No Enforcement - Programs can run without any restrictions, because the ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall security software does not monitor them at all.

    NOTE: We do not recommend changing the default value of the Trust Level parameter, because the ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall security software assigns policies to known programs automatically, and the SmartDefense Advisor security team constantly monitors and updates the database of these programs.

    Outbound Trusted

    Defines permissions to send data to the Trusted Zone. Here, possible values are:

    Allow - Lets all outbound traffic out to the Trusted Zone.

    Deny - Does not let any outbound traffic out to the Trusted Zone.

    Ask - In every case of the program sending traffic to the Trusted Zone, you need to explicitly permit or deny the transmission.

    Outbound Internet

    Defines permissions to send data to the Internet. Here, possible values are:

    Allow - Lets all outbound traffic out to the Internet.

    Deny - Does not let any outbound traffic out to the Internet.

    Ask - In every case of the program sending traffic to the Internet, you need to explicitly permit or deny the transmission.

    Inbound Trusted

    Defines permissions to receive data from the Trusted Zone. Here, possible values are:

    Allow - Lets all inbound traffic from the Trusted Zone.

    Deny - Does not let any inbound traffic from the Trusted Zone.

    Ask - In every case of the program receiving traffic from the Trusted Zone, you need to explicitly permit or deny the transmission.

    Inbound Internet

    Defines permissions to receive data from the Internet. Here, possible values are:

    Allow - Lets all inbound traffic from the Internet.

    Deny - Does not let any inbound traffic from the Internet.

    Ask - In every case of the program receiving traffic from the Internet, you need to explicitly permit or deny the transmission.

To add a program to the list:

  1. In the FIREWALL tab, click Settings for the Application Control category.

    The Application Control panel shows the Current Settings and the History.

  2. Click View Programs.

    The Application Control Settings window opens and shows the View Programs panel.

  3. Click Add.

    The Add Program window opens.

  4. Select the executable file of the program you want to add to the list.
  5. Click Open.

    The Add Program window closes, and the program appears in the list. By default, after you add a program to the list, its SmartDefense setting is Auto, and all the other settings are Ask.

To remove a program from the list:

  1. In the FIREWALL tab, click Settings for the Application Control category.

    The Application Control panel shows the Current Settings and the History.

  2. Click View Programs.

    The Application Control Settings window opens and shows the View Programs panel.

  3. Select the program that you want to remove.
  4. Click Remove.

    The Delete Confirmation dialog box opens.

  5. Click Yes to confirm the deletion.

    The program disappears form the list.

 
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