CIS 5.x purge asterisk path bug [268]

The bug/issue

  1. What you did:
    User Purge function on Network and D+ Policy programs list.
  2. What actually happened or you actually saw:
    I was presented with a list that included not only missing programs from the drive, but also my custom rules which contained asterisk, for example “E:\Games\WoW*”. The folders still exist yet it seems they are being treated just like missing files.
  3. What you expected to happen or see:
    I wasn’t expecting to see custom asterisk paths in the purge list – they’ve never appeared before.
  4. How you tried to fix it & what happened:
    not applicable
  5. Details (exact version) of any software involved with download link:
    not applicable
  6. Any other information you think may help us:
    not applicable

Files appended

  1. Screenshots illustrating the bug:
  2. Screenshots of related event logs or the active processes list:
  3. A CIS config report or file.
  4. Crash or freeze dump file:

Your set-up

  1. CIS version & configuration used:
    CIS 5.x.1135
  2. Whether you imported a configuration, if so from what version:
    Yes I have.
  3. Defense+ and Sandbox OR Firewall security level:
    not applicable, and D+ set to permanently disabled from a different bug
  4. OS version, service pack, no of bits, UAC setting, & account type:
    Windows 7 x64
  5. Other security and utility software running:
    not applicable
  6. CIS AV database version:
    not applicable

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Sorry, I haven’t yet gotten used to the fact that it’s now the only accepted format. :stuck_out_tongue:

Thanks we very much appreciate you ■■■■ this. Will forward now.


I can duplicate this in D+ ~ Protected or Bocked files ~ file groups.

But not in network security policy

Can you give me steps to replicate in the latter?

Best wishes


To duplicate this in Network Security Policy is the same as D+ and the others – create a rule to apply to an entire folder. For example, Trusted Application to C:\Program Files\Microsoft* after that click Apply to close the NSP window. You might need to close the Comodo UI completly and open it again. Then press Purge and you should see the usual “The following files are no longer valid:” window that usually pops up with Purge. “C:\Program Files\Microsoft*” will be listed among them.

I also have a few rules using questionmark in their path. However, those are treated normally.

On my computer CIS will not add a directory in Firewall ~ Trusted files ~ Add. Is there some special technique I do not know? (I’m on XP)

Hoping to learn something :slight_smile:


When adding a new program, select a dummy file - even a running process, it doesn’t matter. Then, once you are presented with the rule window, type the path manually. Do it while the cursor is in focus and don’t click on any of the other buttons or the path window will become greyed out.

Gosh that’s tricky!!!



I know. I would actually file that as a bug of its own since it doesn’t make sense to grey it out like that, and also it’s sometimes convenient to be able to edit the entries’ paths.