I have noticed this a few times recently and had a really bad case yesterday with pop-up after pop-up from defence+. With version 3.8 I can get more pop-ups than with with version 3.5.
I use clean PC mode. When installing or updating software I run it as administrator and wait for a pop-up. I then set the installation program to be “install or updater”. With 3.8 the installation program (presumably as it is deemed safe) does not always give any pop-up even though it is in “my pending files”. It then runs a series of other programs that do the install. Each of these gives a pop-up and has to be made “installer or updater”. The program I installed yesterday had loads of these and I had to make them all “installer or updater”.
I would like it to work like this. The new installation is in “my pending files” so it is not trusted at all. I run it and get a pop-up when it tries to run the first other installation program. I make it “installer or updater” and then it all runs smoothly. This is what used to happen in 3.5.
In normal use I have no pop-ups in clean PC mode with both V3.5 and V3.8. I now have more problem pop-ups in V3.8.
I like “my pending files”. All it needs is a simple way to select multiple files quickly so it can be easily cleared out.
Did you do some changes in your setting when installing 3.8? eg setting it to a proactive security configure with clean-pc mode? To me the popups are largely reduced, but I have not tested 3.8 in Clean-pc mode. :-\
Same configuration with 3.5 as 3.8. Even 3.5 gave no pop-ups in clean PC mode with normal use, only when installing new software. Sometimes things install with zero pop-ups with 3.8 but others give more.
I would like to always have one pop-up when installing or, alternatively, an easy one-step way to run a program as “installer or updater”. However, this would not work for programs that update automatically.
Are you using “threat application as a installer or updater”? alternatively, threat as “windows system application” when you get popups? Thats a easy way to get minimal popups for a known safe application or updater’s…
As that will allow the application to many stuff without asking you for every action… =)
Alternatively you could try Safe mode, gives little popups for most people while maintaining full security.
What I don’t understand here is why my original program was trusted. Nothing was saved to “computer security policy”. It was a signed application (Logitech) but not in “my trusted software vendors”. The program was in “my pending files” with status untrusted yet it ran all these other programs (that I set as install or updater) without a pop-up. Could there be a bug here. If the program was in the safe list I thought it would automatically save to “computer security policy”.
The program in question was setpoint472.exe which is the driver for the Logitech Marble Mouse. Running on Vista SP1 32bit.