Firewall ignores rules

Hi all!

My newly installed COMODO Firewall doesn’t work properly.
It ignores all application and global rules, the policy “Block all” and the button “Stop All Traffic”.
The list “View Active Connections” is always empty.

Firewall’s driver inspect.sys is working.
But seems like it does not see network traffic.

I suspect one of the following products installed (prior to Firewall) is the problem.

  1. Windows 7 x64 (Windows firewall disabled).
  2. VMware server (with guests bridged to host’s network adapter).
  3. McAffee Antivirus + Host Intrusion Prevention System.

Please, help: who is guilty and what to do? :slight_smile:

Please make sure that there are no left overs of previously uninstalled security programs around. Not all uninstallers do a proper job. And left over applications, drivers or services can cause all sort of “interesting effects”.

Following are two of my tutorials to make sure there are no more left overs.

Use existing removal tools (suited for most users)

Try using removal tools for those programs. Here is a list of removal tools for common av programs: ESET Knowledgebase .

Otherwise do a Google search with terms “removal tool” and * name of product or vendor*.

For a more technical hands on approach (for advanced users only):

We are gonna take a look to see if there are some old drivers of your previously uninstalled security programs are still around. First run "set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1’ without the quotes from the command prompt.

Then go to Device Manager → View → show hidden devices → now look under Non Plug and Play drivers → when you see a driver that belongs to your previous security programs click right → uninstall —> reboot your computer. You need to Google the driver’s names to see to what programs they belong to. You don’t want to uninstall Microsoft/Windows related drivers of course; some Microsoft drivers may show up as non active please don’t uninstall them. It is best to make a system restore point before this of course.

When the problem persists make sure there are no auto starts from your previous security programs. Download Autoruns and run it.

This program finds about all auto starts in Windows. This tool can therefore seriously damage Windows when not handled properly. After starting push Escape and go to Options and choose to hide Windows and Microsoft entries, to include empty locations and then push F5 to refresh.

Now check all entries to see if there are references to your previous security program. When you find them untick them. After unticking reboot your computer and see what happens.

If you have had installed Norton in the past please do a manual search as there may still be a Norton driver present after running the Norton Cleanup tool.

Thank you, EricJH!

What do you think, can McAffee Antivirus & HIPS affect COMODO Firewall?
The same question about VMware with bridged interfaces.

I can’t easily uninstall these products as I constantly need them for my work.

Do I understand correctly you are using a McAfee HIPS and also D+? If that is the case choose which HIPS you want to use. As a rule of thumb we advice against having two security programs of the same kind working at the same time.

VM Ware is not known to be a problem maker so I will not focus on this for the moment.

Can you show a screenshot of your Global Rules?

My rules seem to be being ignored too (see one of my other topics), also on W7 64-bit, my version is 5.9.219863.2196. Is that your version? If so perhaps there’s a problem?

Please don’t cross post hottroc when you already have your own topic. When that topic does not get replied to within 24 hrs you can “bump” it to keep it visible.

Apologies I was just trying to help the OP, but you’re right, I’m best to ■■■■ out, sorry.