Hello, I just switched from using ZoneAlarm and NVidia firewall to try Comodo. My problem is it is extremely complex for what should be a simple task. All I wanted to do was block a few programs from accessing the internet, and it pretty much blocked EVERYTHING except what I wanted it to. I turned off Defense+ because it was asking permission for every little thing, but now it won’t even ask me whenever I launch a new program whether to allow it to access internet.
So I guess my question is kind of embarassing: How do I make Comodo do its job? How can I view list of which apps it blocks? How can I add progs to block list WITHOUT having to run them first thereby allowing them to access the web just to get them into the app list?
OK, this is getting really frustrating. It hasn’t asked me yet whether to allow of block new programs. I run a new program, and Comodo automatically allows it.
How do I set it up like ZA where it will ask before it allows a prog through the firewall?
The Defense+ component of Comodo Firewall Pro is a host intrusion prevention system that constantly monitors the activities of all executable files on your PC. With Defense+ activated, the user is warned EVERY time an unknown application executable (.exe, .dll, .sys, .bat etc) attempts to run. The only executables that are allowed to run are the ones you give permission to.
Firewall allows or blocks connections with the internet.
D+ alerts are Red, Firewall orange.
If you’re only worried about a program accessing the internet, (firewall should be set to safe mode) open firewall, advanced, network security policy, click on the program, edit, predefined policies, block or out going only.
Also, turn D+ back on, clean PC mode (if you’re sure your PC is clean) , once you open and use all your programs, you’ll seldom get a pop-up. make sure to tend to pending files, purge, look up, submit. Once you’ve done that, safe mode will be fine.
Ah, thanks for the start Hikertrash. That got me started on how I want it =) I made a rule for all applications that it will ask me on first run whether to allow or not, which is what I was trying to do. Now that I’m less irked by Comodo, I will start trying it out!
So is D+ better than say running Spybot plus AV? Couldn’t malware simply hide inside a Windows process and Comodo would mistake it for a trusted process?
D+ replaces Spybots Teatimer but D+ will also protect your system is other ways. Most people now are recommending either SuperAntiSpyware (SAS) or MalwareBytes Anti-Malware as your antispyware program. Both are free, as an on demand program and should be run once a week, or so. I upgraded SAS to the Pro version for $20 that runs full time. Spybot S&D while a good program isn’t as good as D+ and an antispyware. To remove cookies and such CCleaner works very well.
You should also run an Antivirus program. Two free programs with excellent ratings are Avast which has several modules including a web guard and email scanner etc or Avira Antivir.