First thanks to everyone for the great firewall. Not many softwares, free or paid, last for so long with so few changes. And the forum members here are great, to support the software as you do.
The setup here is 4 gb RAM (3.3 gb used), fairly fast processor, win xp sp3, Outpost free 6.5.1, Avast AV, Spywareblaster, and Powershadow, a system virtualization software.
Nothing here changes here except updates to Avast and Spyware Blaster.
Any other changes like software tryouts, browser history, even malwares, are discarded by Powershadow during restart.
This setup has worked flawlessly for 4 or 5 years, but in the past few months, win xp has been locking up oddly.
The desktop window and the sys tray freeze, but the windows for process explorer and HWMon continue to respond.
Except that the procexp window will not shut down the computer, but it will terminate winlogon.exe which does shut down the computer. The only other way to shut down the computer is power off with the switch.
Also significant, this lockup just started on a much newer and more powerful xp computer.
Hardware issues are 99.9 percent ruled out, ran several tests that show no excessive heat, RAM or CPU usage, no bad disk sectors.
The reason for posting here is that in the past month, I have been getting a popup suggesting to upgrade to Outpost Pro. I don't remember ever seeing it, certainly not for years. Because it recently started I think maybe it is related to the lockup. Also, since the popup started, the lockup seems to have stopped.
I would really like to keep using Outpost on my win xp computers, it works great and I (pretty much) understand it. If the popup must continue, so be it, I'll keep Outpost anyway.
So, a couple of questions:
1. Can you think of Outpost process that might be causing xp to lock up, maybe Outpost is trying to connect to a non-existent server or something? Maybe Outpost was trying to pop up that upgrade offer?
2. Can such a process be stopped?
3. If I uninstall outpost, will I be able to reinstall it? Now that Yandex has bought Agnitum, just about all the old links are redirected.
4. Is it necessary for the 6.5.1 installer file to phone out to register? I'm not sure I still have any registration information for ver 6.5.1.
5. Also I found lots of old entries in Outpost settings.
They are found in settings > host protection > known components > view list
I think some of the softwares seen there are gone now, such as old versions of BurncDcc and Ccleaner. Would it help anything to delete the obsolete ones?