Well, I tried three different times today (Saturday, 9/9/06) to get the Comodo Firewall working…but each time it failed and kept crashing.
I had not installed any previous version of CPF, although I had downloaded one last night and received my order number and activation code via email. I waited until this latest version was released that supposedly fixed several bugs. I used this link (Comodo Firewall | Get Best Personal Firewall Software for $29.99 A Year), provided by egemen in this thread (https://forums.comodo.com/index.php/topic,2231.0.html). Soon after reboot, a window opened and asked for my activation code, and I used the “activation code” that was sent to me via email for the previous version that I didn’t install. It then recognized and accepted the code, and congratulated me without any problems.
Installation was remarkably quick, and it needed to reboot to take effect, so I rebooted. Comodo replaced Windows XP’s firewall, and Windows Security Center recognized it. The Comodo firewall started in the system tray, and everything appeared to be working properly.
within a minute or so after reboot, I received this message:
And when I checked “to see what the report contains”…I received this:
I wasn’t doing anything other than simply allowing the computer to start when this error occured.
I tried rebooting a couple of times, but I still kept getting these messages and the cpf.exe process would disappear from both Windows Task manager and Systernals Process Explorer. As soon as I scrolled my cursor over the sys tray icon, it would disappear. Oddly enough, Windows Security Center still said my firewall as “active” and showed Comodo Firewall as the active firewall.
I tried uninstalling, thoroughly cleaning the registry (with CCleaner and Registry Mechanic) of any remnants, and then reinstalling a couple of times, but kept getting the same results: CPF.exe would continue to crash shortly after startup, with the same messages above being displayed. To make sure there weren’t any “left behind” files or registry entries, I even used Windows System Restore feature to take me back to before CPF had been downloaded before I reinstalled.
After it had crashed and I received the error message, I could open Comodo Firewall through the desktop icon as well as Start>Programs>Comodo…and the icon would show in the sys tray and cpf.exe as an active process through Task Manager and Process Explorer…but within half a minute or so, I would receive the above “error message” again. I never received one crash alert from Microsoft’s Error Reporting service (Dr. Watson) during each episode, though.
My resident security software at startup consists of NOD32, BOClean, Spyware Doctor, and WinPatrol PLUS. I am behind a Netgear WGR614 hardware dual firewall (NAT+SPI) router, wired…with wireless disabled. WinPatrol alerted me to both the “startup” and “services” entries, and I accepted and said yes to both.
Any idea why the Comodo Firewall keeps crashing on me? Or what I could do to try to get it to work?