I have installed CPF for a few days now. All the necessary setting is good and I have no problem using CPF to detect and allow network access in and out.
But I have a strange problem that happens to both the PC I install CPF. Every morning I boot them up I have a warning saying “Firewall not running”. Before I could do something the alert from the task bar would disappear and after few second CPF icon comes on. I icon which appear for less then a second looks like a regulare MS Firewall icon (red color).
I’m assuming that you’re running XP & that message is being generated by XPs Security Center.
If so (and this is a serious statement), ignore it.
IMHO XPs SC is really rubbish & it really doesn’t do you any good. Say, for instance, you were only running XPs Firewall. In this case the SC would say your Firewall is up running & that you’re safe! Unfortunately, you’re not safe. It is utter rubbish… I really don’t know how MS have the gall to actually call XPs Firewall a “Firewall”… unless it actually stops fires (?)… because all it does, is to give the uninformed user a false sense of security.
Yes, sorry about that. :-[ I did prefix that paragraph with an IMHO (In My Humble Opinion). But, I do still find it really astonishing that MS let their users (us!) down in such a fashion. It especially annoys me, since it really only impacts new & uninformed users. The most vulnerable group. >:(