hi. i am using the most recent version of comodo firewall, 18.104.22.168 i am running windows xp service pack 2 home edition. even though i have consistently checked in the “miscellaneous” options for a file “dl.exe” that is part of the weather watcher software to allow “invisible” connections to the internet, comodo firewall does not seem to retain that configuration for that one file! it continuously asks me to allow dl.exe to connect to the internet. weather watcher uses this file to download weather updates every 15 minutes or so. how can i get the firewall to stop giving me these alerts about this file, and simply allow it to connect to the internet?
thank you for your help.
btw…i absolutely LOVE CPF! it has all the features of the zone alarm products, with absolutely NONE of the bugs that have made zone alarm products impossible for me to use.
This is probably due to the weather watcher configuration changing constantly and then pops up as a new invisible app. I don’t use weather watcher for a number of reasons as I don’t trust it. I use Accuweather, it’s not as flashy as some but it does the job. Now that I am using Firefox, I have the Accuweather extension right on the toolbar so it’s not actually on my pc, it’s called Forecast Fox. But you can download Accu on the site under desktop.
i put in a support ticket with comodo tech support about this problem, but i still have not heard back from them. the problem is extremely intermittent…weather watcher will go fine for hours with no pop-ups from comodo, and then all of a sudden a pop up about “dl.exe” trying to act as a server! i don’t know how many times i have told comodo to allow this application (dl.exe…part of weather watcher), but something may be going on with weather watcher that triggers comodo intermittently.
how long will it take for tech support to get back to me on this issue? what is the usual turn-around time? i have just started using comodo, so i am not familiar with how long it takes tech support to resolve an issue like this.
any possible suggestions from forum readers are MUCH appreciated! i really like the comodo firewall, and would absolutely hate to go back to buggy zone alarm because of this one little quirk. thanks in advance.
Philbee, this will happen with weather applications a lot. They are constantly updating the weather and different information is shoved back and forth. This is perfectly normal and if you have anti-virus, and do spyware scans regularly , see nothing odd, you don’t have a lot to worry about. When your client application pops up it’s requesting info from the server. If you know it’s weather watcher, I would allow it all the time. This is not a technical issue perse and wouldn’t be concerned. Your WW needs to get info for your weather every so often like I stated, or get updates, etc…and is more for real time or timed updated weather. WW isn’t the only application that does this but with a client to server based application you will get this a lot. I hope this helps…
Howdy all. Just as an aside, but on a not dissimilar theme (as I’ve posted on the New Product/HIPS thread), this issue also at present persists when running certain HIPS programs, especially GesWall, but oddly not some others like GreenBorder Pro. What happens in GesWall’s case is that upon every reboot, but yet not at every reconnect during the same session, Internet Explorer gets flagged by Comodo as having been modified and asking time and time again for permission. This is likely nothing more than Comodo doing a very efficient job at detecting the change in signature of IE due to GesWall’s protection, but is proving rather irritating and I have currently had to shelve GesWall in favour of an alternative.
Any suggestions how to remedy this short of disabling Comodo’s Application Behaviour settings would be most appreciated.
While in your own words, you said it, it’s Comodo doing it’s job. However, you can go to the advanced tab on the left in firewall and miscellaneous settings to set the alert frequency level or to shut it down all together. If you know the application, you may set a rule for it also by clicking the apps and edit.
This appears to be FIXED in the newest version of Comodo (22.214.171.124). Like the original author, the old version of Comodo Firewall kept nagging me about Weather Watcher. No matter how many times I told CFw it was OK, it still kept asking.
Thank you for that. I do want to mention though that the alert frequency is set lower in the new version by default as with the prior it was higher and may have something to do with this as well. I will set it higher and see what happens.