In Control Panel-->Windows Firewall (which is turned off, as I use ZA free)-->Exceptions Tab:
When you click "Edit" to see what it is, they are listed as this:
C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Free\avgamsvr.exe
C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Free\avgcc.exe
C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Free\avgemc.exe
C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Free\avginet.exe
C:\Program Files\EarthLink TotalAccess\TaskPanl.exe
1a. The AVG ones are listed in ZA Program Control, and they are marked as "?-Ask" across the board. I know that when I do AVG updates, ZA asks me for permission for it still. So even though those are checked in the Exceptions tab in Windows Firewall, they're not automatically running, etc., right? Since ZA is still asking me for permission when I update?
1b. Any reason to even keep these checked in the Exceptions tab? Any reason not too?
2a. I have no idea what the Earthlink thing is. My dial-up is Earthlink, but I've never installed any Earthlink software on my computer (or downloaded any) -- and when I go to C:\Program Files there is NO FOLDER called "Earthlink TotalAccess" (even if I unhide hidden folders). I even searched my C: drive and D: partition for TaskPanl.exe, and it does not come up. So why is it listed there? And checked on top of that? The file doesn't actually seem to be on my computer!
2b. Is it running this program on some other computer somehow?
2c. Should I uncheck this? Delete it even? (I have unchecked it as of now, and I have no internet connection issues.)
Note: I don't see it listed in ZA Program Control, Task Manager, nor either the Services or Startup tabs in msconfig.