Firstly I am very happy - so far- with the firewall. it makes a refreshing change to read so many positive responses.
Although I am happy that it automatically updates itself , yesterday CPF went onto the internet to check for updates , but then left the connection open. I didnt actually want to go online [ i was writing a letter at the time] and therefore had to close down the connection. I was wondering if it was possible that CPF could be programmed so that it automatically updated but only when I wanted to use the internet and went online.
p.s. - you received a good write-up in PC Answers.
Anyway, for things like this CFP obeys what it finds in Internet Explorer’s Connection tab. Start - Control Panel - Internet Options - Connections tab. You need to ensure that the “Never dial a connection” option is set. I think this will resolve this for you.
I tried to change my internet options as you suggested and all that happened is that my computer didnt connect to the internet at all.
As I now know that CPF will connect first thing when I switch on , I now just keep an eye on it and close the connection afterwards , that seems the easiest solution.
See also my “CPF Update Issue” (it boils down to the same thing!)
Based on my experience CPF(updat) will attempt to connect shortly after midnight, and if this is stopped, will retry every couple of hours. But it won’t spot (and take advantage of) a connection being established for another purpose (though it will use it if that connection is still active at its next check time).