Make a notch for me on this one, too…
I got the update when it showed up recently. I’m an independent senior software consultant, and I run my own IT game in my office. I put it on one of the other laptops first, and it’s been working fine for that engineer. But I updated recently on my main Win32 (XP Pro) development machine, and it’s wreaked havoc for over a week now.
I have the same behavior as described here on this thread, but I’ll detail it a little more. After uninstalling several times, cleaning on one of them, I still am dogged by this bad behavior after ever reinstallation.
I install with firewall only, as I run alternate A/V (AVG). CIS installs the firewall fine, and I reboot, and it shows up the first boot and works fine (menu works, UI comes up when requested). Then I import my backed up config, and hum along fine for a session. Apache works fine, all my in/out apps work off my imported config from the backup, and it works like it’s supposed to
Upon rebooting, CIS either doesn’t show up in the tray at all, or it shows up in the tray and the tray animates, but I cannot get a menu on right click, and the UI does not open on left double click. I also cannot get the UI to open when I double-click the icon the installer put on the desktop. Several of my tools can no longer get to the network, though others can, and most importantly, some of my critical connectivity cannot make connections.
Of course, I cannot kill CFP.exe, though it’s running there in the process explorer. And, some of the popups do appear and can be interacted with. However, most popups don’t show up, but if you ALT+TAB, there are windows with Comodo Alert names that pile up in the window list. But you cannot get them to open or appear when you ALT+TAB to them.
Further, on shutdown, Windows XP (Pro, SP3 with all updates) takes a LOOOONNNNGGGG time to try to shut down, then it will tell you that ‘cfp.exe’ is not responding. You can tell it to terminate it, and after another LOOOOOONNNNNGGGGG time, it will finally successfully terminate it, and then will pause for another long time with “Windows is shutting down…” on the final screen.
I have now accepted this first as an update, then I have uninstalled and reinstalled with same results, and uninstalled, CIS clean.bat purged out and reinstalled, and finally just uninstalled. My computer bank uses Synergy to synchronize the mouse and keyboard between a bank of different Linux and XP computers and screens, and Comodo has pretty much killed off the XP machines for me. I had to get extra keyboard and mouse on the XP machine so that I could still interact with it. I’ve lost several partial days of work trying to reboot and get something working, but it’s really goofed up my networking something horrid.
I’m going to try to drop back to the old version if I can find it. CIS is just getting too fluffy, I’m afraid, and the unnecessary .NOT framework ■■■■ around the engine is just getting too top heavy, I’m afraid, and killing the interactive part of the product…
I ditched Zone Alarm for the same reasons… must they all go all whacky? It’s just a freakin’ security app, after all.
Funny thing, my Linux boxes are not so encumbered. It’s hard to even find security apps for Linux… there’s no niche for them over here…
I’ll be happy to try something on the XP box. I write Windows apps and drivers, so I do need those machines and it’s my main Win32 dev machine that CFP pukes on. But I have XP running in VirtualBox on my Linux machines, and it doesn’t act up there. I’ll try some things on the affected XP box if I can get some concrete things to try that might actually be relevant…