So yesterday I switched on my monitor to see that Zone Alarm had updated and wanted me to reboot, which I declined to do at the time because I was on my way out the door and only wanted to check some stock quotes and see if Ent. Lawyer had posted up his daily Blind Item yet.
I did notice that my system seemed very, very slow but figured that would correct itself after a reboot, which I did later that day. Well, NO, it did not correct itself and in fact Task Manager was reporting my CPU usage pegged at 100% even with all my resource hogs shut down.
I run the Zone Alarm Security Suite, full version, and saw that a process named “vsmon.exe” was really chewing up the resources. A quick Google told me that process belongs to Zone Alarm. So I went into Zone Alarm to see what had changed.
After mucking about a bit, I realized that the E-mail protection feature, which I do not need, had been turned on. I don’t use a local client like Outlook or Eudora, only web-based mail like Gmail, Yahoo, etc, so I do not need this feature and since it was the only change I could find, I turned it back off and rebooted.
And there’s your fix
Unless you are using local clients that pop your mail to your PC, you don’t need Zone Alarm attempting to monitor incoming email. Web-based services do that work for you, so let them deal with the resource issues