I earlier posted an issue with the last firewall update at;
In response,Soyabeaner suggested that I disable any other real-time security software during any future updates to Comodo Firewall. That made sense to me, and left me satisfied.
However, a few minutes ago I checked for anti-virus db updates for my virus protection program (Avast), I received a warning from Comodo that Avast was trying to connect to the internet. I’ve never gotten that warning during a virus definition data base update before. But taking a second look at the update window for Avast, I realized that there was also a program update as well, so I was not concerned. I responded to Comodo to allow (checking the box to remeber setting), and continued with the download. I disabled Comodo during the rest of the download, as well as Spyware Terminator so I would not have to deal with any pop-up warnings when the installation began.
When the download completed and installation was finished I, of course, had to re-boot. When my system came back I had a warning from Avast that it would not be able to scan email. I ran the “Scan for known application” wizard in Comodo, restarted Comodo, and then re-booted again. The issue was resolved. My email was scanned.
I can understand the first warning I got from Comodo regarding the Avast program update (not the virus definition updater) trying to connect to the internet. But should’nt that have been the end of the story? I don’t mind going through these extra steps myself, but this is exactly why I don’t allow automatic updates of any kind on my PC. I’m not the only person using my computer. Other users either wouldn’t know how to deal with this type of situation, or don’t have the patience to try. I realize that both a firewall and anti-virus program are high profile real-time process, but shouldn’t they work seamlessly together? I never had this problem with the firewall I previously used;it would advise me of the change, but never blocked email scanning.
I am still satisfied with the overall performance of Comodo, but feel that the situations in this post and my previous post should not have occured. Hopefully, as Comodo Firewall evolves further it will learn to recognize programs such as Avast anti-virus protection, and deal with them differently. I am, by no means, an expert in this area, but the average PC user should not have to deal with these little glitches where one security software interfers with another.
I’m running Windows XP Home Edition, SP2.
I use Thunderbird email client with a POP3 account.
My virus program is Avast.
Also using Spyware Terminator