First off, I am NOT using the Antivirus component. I did NOT even install it.
The problem is that cmdagent.exe unnecessarily slows down Mozilla Thunderbird initial startup AFTER SYSTEM BOOT. Thunderbird startup usually takes about 30 seconds on my system (a P3 933 MHz w/ 512 MB RAM); however, with Comodo, it was taking several minutes. After the first startup, subsequent startup of Thunderbird were normal.
At first I couldn’t figure out why, because only Thunderbird was noticeably most affected and Firefox seemed unaffected. Then after monitoring Task Manager, I noticed that, whenever I started Thunderbird for the first time, after system boot, cmdagent.exe would kick in, consuming well over 100 MB and about half CPU utilization. This would go on till Thunderbird had finished loading, after which cmdagent.exe settled back down.
Thinking this might be an issue with Defense+, I disabled it and left only the firewall, AND REBOOTED. However, I noticed the exact same issue was happening – EVEN WITH ONLY THE FIREWALL ENABLED.
So then I DISABLED THE FIREWALL and REBOOTED, thus effectively disabling Comodo Internet Security (though the application itself remained running), and finally, Thunderbird startup was back to normal. No more cmdagent.exe chewing things up.
While certainly unacceptable either way, I could have somewhat understood cmdagent.exe having fits in connection with Defense+, but the firewall? What the heck? What is cmdagent.exe doing? And based on other reports I have seen regarding cmdagent.exe’s propensity for high memory and CPU consumption, it is apparent this is not a problem with my system or software. There are no bandages for this: cmdagent.exe is the Achilles heel and needs to be fixed.
Right now I have all Comodo services disabled, holding out hope that the problems with cmdagent.exe will be acknowledge and fixed. A great piece of software is ruined by one buggy component. Why dig a well then ■■■■ in it?
So please, Comodo, fix cmdagent.exe. Thank you. End rant. ;D
p.s. other particulars of my system are:
- Pentium 3 933 MHz + 512 MB RAM (as stated above)
- Windows XP SP3
- Comodo Internet Security 3.10.102363.531
- Mozilla Thunderbird 3.0 nightly builds
- Mozilla Firefox 3.7a1pre nightly builds