I installed the new version 3 after I was prompted for an upgrade.
I had selected the highest security settings and custom setup.
Unfortunately after a few minutes i wasn’t able to open my browser giving an error message “not a valid win32 application” and one by one all my applications became inactive with the same message.
I tried to shutdown the machine and it gave me error message that I don’t have permission to do it.
I would like to uninstall the software and it won’t launch the unistaller as well giving the above error message.
Basicaly it has blocked all my access to my pc.
Should I try entering into safe mode and uninstalling it?
*EDIT* I've changed the setting on Defense+ and Firewall to Training (from Training w/ safe mode and Clean PC mode), and now they're both 'Learning' as I successfully open aps
Doesnt help with Totalcmd (quicklunch link) or Miranda (XP links). Only Defense+/Image execution control settings/Disable helps. (:SAD)
And I’m still looking where stored app settings for “Allow/Deny” (for example when I choose Totalcmd as “executable/allow” - where I can change it?)
HELP! I installed V3 on prompting this morning. It was working fine until I tried to open an app I have to store passwords. I gave it permission but since that point every app I try to run the PC throws an alert box saying “xxxxx is not a valid Win32 application”.
This happens with EVERYTHING - from terminal to system restore and even V3 itself. My machine is effectively useless. I tried rebooting and restoring to the last know good point but it’s still doing it!!!
If anyone can help me get my machine back I’d REALLY appreciate the help…
This just happened to me as well; I fixed it by uninstalling v3 from Safe Mode.
It started happening after I was asked to allow Total Commander to start.
Instead of accepting the default , I dropped down the box and chose the option with “win32” in the name.
Immediately after that, as others have said, no app whatever would start, all giving the “not a valid win32 app” message.
Upon trying to restart the box, none of my start up programs would load, and still no programs would start, so I went to safe mode, tried to re-enable totalcmd.exe as a trusted app in the Comodo dialogs, but this did not help.
I don’t have System Restore on, so uninstalling Comodo was my only apparent choice, after which all is normal.
I admit I did not really know what the “win32” option did, so it was my mistake to select it instead of the default, but it is surely a bug that a single misclick can have such drastic consequences!
Thanks for your reply giraffe. I managed to unistall it through safe mode (it could have been worse leaving residues behind, however it got rid off the whole thing) (:KWL). I re-installed the old version as I was quite familiar with it. :BNC
Well, as was often the case in my childhood, I learned a valuable lesson the hard way. Install v3 of Firewall without Defense+ (I’ve decided to just keep using BOClean for anti-mailware). It was the only way could upgrade without causing my system to tell me that none of my apps were valid Win32 apps. Also, when the learning mode popup displays, always just choose allow with remember checked (if you know and trust the app/component); don’t choose anything from the drop-down list. So far, doing these things has allowed my most recent attempt to upgrade the firewall to actually work for more than 5 minutes.
Wow, I am SO glad I didn’t upgrade when I got the prompt this morning. Clearly version 3 isn’t ready for the masses. I’ll stick with version 2.4 for now but if I have to find (and pay for) a stable firewall then I’ll do so. Reading the posts here doesn’t give me any confidence in the new version.
i had the same prob,the way i resolved thie issue was…went into defence+>predefined security policies,then edited my windows\system 32 policy to window system application then applied it …was able to access after doing that