Well I used to be very enthusiastic about the comodo firewall product.
I was tired of the memory hog I had with zone alarm and AVG.
So i searched for something to replace them, and ended up using only the comodo firewall pro, which suited both roles just fine. I pulled the old programs off two computers and redid them with CFP.
Well today Ive switched back to an older laptop and tried to do tha same change on it also, only I found a link for “comodo internet security”. Hmm well not the same name but maybe its just an upgrade.
Well this time when it asked if i wanted the toolbar, ( I always reject toolbars) I considered hmm safesurf, i was kinda missing a feature in the old programs that showed if a link was safe from google, maybe it will do that.
Well, I found it didnt do that, but was all about"click for shopping" etc, nothing I needed, I can find my own sites just fine. so I did some checking and uninstalled the toolbar thru add/remove. (Not only that, I clicked a link from a cooking related query on google and had one of those pop-ups come up telling me some or other “program” would protect me from some bad something or other… I havent seen one of those since I had CFP installed on my other computers! (I also run firefox and its fairly bullet proof).
Well, next i tried to go to my emails, and grab some simple text ini files that iu had emailed to myself fm the other computer because of my move- and mystifyingly, when i click the link in the yahoo email to grab a file to download it, it just sits there endlessly trying to virus scan a 2k text file. I tried closing the browser, and thought yahoo was on the fritz so sent them to my hotmail address instead. Ok, well the hotmail messages wont even OPEN.
BOTH hotmail and yahoo are on the fritz at the same time??
then it dawned on me it might be that new firewall, so i disabled it, nope didnt help, disabled all its features, tried exiting it, and terminating process, all nope.
Maybe i was being paranoid… went to my yahoo on a different computer with the perfectly normal CFP not CIS, and voila, file scanned perfectly in under a second, ready to download. I didnt even bother to test hotmail, since it was obvious the problem was the CIS software.
Oh I forgot to mention I was sort of annoyed that while i was installing it, I decided to go ahead and let it do the virus scan, so it would be able to use clean mode, and even tho this has a relatively tiny hard drive by todays standards, (and that half empty) the scan took 1 hour and 52 minutes. I finished a nap while i waited, after i got extremely bored waiting on it! I had the run the scan on one of the other computers when it was simply CFP and it did NOT take 2 hours, with them having roughly twice the size hard drive.
I shudder to think it would take 4 hours to run a scan before install if i had tried to put it on them!!
The program was all set on its default settings, and yet wont even allow me to access online email, and yet didnt have a problem letting thru one of those annoying pop up ads for a so-called virus program…
score: zero on all counts.
I made a full uninstall, and now Im off to hunt for yet another firewall program that is affordable on a tight budget yet works decently while allowing me to actually use the programs I already have an use.
[s](Note there was NO alert telling me it was stopping me from using my hotmail and download feature of yahoo, it just stopped it without saying a thing. I even looked at the “event” lists to see what it said about those times, and what it thought it was protecting me from, but alas, there was no record whatsoever of this action it took without asking if i wanted it to do that.)
No more pro-comodo for me. Thats a bit more “secure” than I was interested in being , thank you. I had returned to the site hoping to find “just” the firewall version, but fruitlessly, since it has apparently been absorbed into this clunker they call “security”. Nothing like being saved from myself. Thanks, but no thanks.[/s]
** edit whoops! my bad. see follow up post