Generally speaking no, the updates will be the only part not operational until the reboot
Q1 Am I vulnerable to hackers and malware if I only bootup, go to GTG and sign in? I ask since some changes to ZoneAlarm require booting up to activate changes made. I would be without some items of security proteciton.
No, that is just a graphic display that the connection is working/receiving/transmitting
Q2 Are different statuses of web connection indicated by different patterns of blinking of the two tiny computer screens in the icon in the Notification area? That I'm could be receiving communications, some accepted, some blocked, some hacking? Assume both tiny screens lit mean solid incoming and/or outgoing traffic? Is blinking of upper tiny screen indicating incoming? lower outgoing? Couldn't find web info.
If you block all cookies some sites will not work. The hype about the security of cookies is in my opinion overrated. I leave IE at default
1. Internet Options- Privacy- Settings: "Accept All Cookies"
(My setting: Default, Medium High, High or Block All Cookies)
3. Internet Options- Security- Trusted Sites- Security level for this zone- Allowed level for this zone: All- Low (----Appropriate for sites you absolutely trust)
(My setting: ------Trusted Sites- Security Allowed level for this zone: All - Medium)
(My setting: ------Internet - Security Allowed level for this zone: All - Medium)
Confusion: But Trusted Sites settings are for https connection which appears absent with GTG. I get a pop-up saying "You are leaving a secured site" which confuses me in that I see a http address, not a https address shaded pink or green like when connected with Dell.
So it has nothing to do with HTTPS
This zone contains Web sites that you trust as safe (such as Web sites that are on your organization's intranet or that come from established companies in whom you have confidence). When you add a Web site to the Trusted Sites zone, you believe that files you download or that you run from the Web site will not damage your computer or data. By default, there are no Web sites that are assigned to the Trusted Sites zone, and the security level is set to Low.
If it is not signed you do not want it
Low setting for Internet and for Trusted sites are different.
Internet low: "Unsigned ActiveX controls will not be downloaded. Have to go into Custom level... to allow unsigned ActiveX in Internet. Necessary?
No, HTTPS is generally use by banking and trading sites to secure any financial information
Q3 Is connection with GTG a highly secured https connection? No color nor https. Can I absolutely trust GTG?
Or there is no https connection with GTG so I need to temporarily change things in the Internet Zone using Custom level... access? Don't know what to change or are no changes necessary? Allow unsigned ActiveX, etc?
You do not need to make any changes to your security to visit this site. The only time the AV needs to be turned off is for the duration of a combofix run. Purely because the behaviour of combofix causes some AV's to stop it from working
TEMPORARY SECURITY CHANGES TO BE MADE BEFORE BOOTING UP AND SIGNING INTO GTG - ZoneAlarm