CPF, CAVS, CLP Not Running in Safe Mode

Execuse me if my question may look a little strange, but I still need to know. Is it normal that Comodo Personal Firewall, AntiVirus, and LaunchPad do not run in safe mode? I am running a PC featureing Windows 2000 SP4 and Comodo security aresnal. I needed to reboot my PC in order to delete a folder that was locked by a running process. In such situations, I would prefer to restart my PC in safe mode. However, I noticed that none of my security fellows are running in the system tray as usual. Eventually, my last resort to ensure that I am protected is to look at the list inside Task Manager. Oh! (surprised) Nothing was running except the normal system processes. I was not able to find any of Comodo products’ processes.

Note: Attached to this post are the relevant screenshots for the Task Manager under three situations: (1) normal boot, (2) safe mode, and (3) safe mode with networking.


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Yes. That’s exactly what Safe-Mode is meant to do (only run the core minimum components). It is completely normal.

Do a search for “pocket killbox”. This is a little app that will terminate processes that you can’t terminate normally. Use at your own risk, but it’s good!

ewen :slight_smile:

Thanks, Ewen! I may try it next time. :wink:

Thanks for your reply. However, I am still concerned that no protection is available when running in safe mode with networking. In such a running mode, I may need to utilize my network or even interact with the Internet for a reason or another (e.g. remove / update a problematic driver), so there is still a need to be protected by CPF. :-X On the other hand, I am thinking now in case of emergencies (e.g. infected by a wild virus), I would prefer to restart my PC in safe mode and scan it thoroughly using CAV. :-\ That said, I do prefer to find my security arsenal just running fine whatever the running mode of Windows. What do you think? ???

Sorry, but that is just not what Windows Safe-Mode is for. It is meant to used for when something is conflicting with something else (normally an application that was just installed) & you boot into Safe-Mode to resolve it. Window’s Safe-Mode doesn’t load any non-Windows components & only loads Windows minimal core. It doesn’t even load your graphic drivers.

The idea of going on-line, or being visible to the Internet, in Safe-Mode is not recommended.

Actually, what I think you need to do is add a request for a “boot-time virus scan” (ie. before Windows even loads) to the CAVS Wish List.

Thanks for your reply. Everything is crystal clear by now. :slight_smile: I will add your suggestion to the wish list.

Update: Can I run CAVS manually to scan for viruses in safe mode? Does it depend by any means on any services that are supposed not to run under safe mode? Please, advise.

CAVS does have a service & driver… which I assume would not be running in Safe-Mode. But, these are for the on-access side of CAVS. I’m not 100% sure if a manual scan is dependent on anything else. But, if you’ve run it, then I guess it works… unless it does need something else when it finds a virus.


Have a look at


It details the command line version of CAVS that can run independantly of the system level drivers, but does not have a real time component. May get you out of trouble.

Hope this helps,
Ewen :slight_smile:

Thanks Kail and Panic. Your helpful replies have addressed excatly what I needed to know. :slight_smile: