Need expert help with initial set-up -- Unique circumstances

I’m may be installing Comodo 2.4 on my new XP Pro SP2 laptop when I first set it up, but I have some circumstances that may make things difficult…

I normally use dial-up at home. However, I’ll be setting up my laptop at a friend’s house, who has a router and high-speed internet. I’ll be connected to his internet via a ethernet cable, I believe, and will be behind his router.

I see recommendations about running something called “Learn Mode” and also “Scan for Known Applications”.

I also saw something about it being problematic if you’re behind a router, and that you have to do some kind of special set-up to get it to work. But normally I’ll be at home on dial-up w/ no router. So how will that work? I don’t really want to set it up for router/high-speed when I’ll normally be using dial-up – or to allow certain things that I wouldn’t normally allow.

I’ll also be uninstalling all the ■■■■ programs that come on the new laptop, so I wouldn’t want Comodo to accept some application that I’ll just be removing, right?

Does that all make sense?

So all that has me a bit frazzled and I’m wondering if I should just go with ZA 6.5.x (since that’s what I have experience with) and then maybe switch to Comodo when 3.0 comes out. I don’t know…

Any help with these would be appreciated! I need to get this all straight before Wednesday! Thanks! :slight_smile:

Hi again Down_the_Commode,

  1. Learn Mode: Only exists for a module named “Component Monitor”. If set to “Learn Mode”, “Component Monitor” will allow every component that is loaded with a respective application and create a rule. As there are many components that can possibly be loaded with one and the same application the list here will be very long. As not every component is always loaded with a respective application it is advisable to leave “Component Monitor” set to “Learn” for a couple of weeks and then to turn it “On”. Like this you won’t be bothered too much in the beginning but you’ll later be able to see when a ‘funny’ component is trying to load with an application.
  2. Scan for known applications: CPF comes with a list of applications you can trust, like ‘Ad-Aware’ or ‘MS Word’. If you scan for these known apps or go to “security/advanced/miscellaneous” and tick “Do not show alerts for applications certified by Comodo” you won’t be bothered to allow these apps. This feature is more like “set and forget” if you want it that way. However, it limits your possibilities to configure CPF to your personal likings - say if you don’t trust Lavasoft or Microsoft.
  3. If you connect via a LAN, you’ll need to define the LAN as a trusted network (you can later remove this if you like). There are many tutorials how to do that in the forums. For more specific questions, don’t hesitate to ask. If, however, you do not connect via a LAN but are connected directly via the router, there shouldn’t be any problems with the preset rules (automatic NOT manual installation).
  4. Even if you don’t uninstall all the ■■■■ progs before installing CPF you’ll have no rules for them if you don’t tick “remember my decision” when an alert shows up.

I think a question asked does always make sense. If you don’t ask, you’ll never know.

So all that has me a bit frazzled and I'm wondering if I should just go with ZA 6.5.x (since that's what I have experience with) and then maybe switch to Comodo when 3.0 comes out. I don't know...
Why not go for 2.4? It's very easy to uninstall. When v3 comes out, try that. But 2.4 is very very very good. Hope that helps. Cheers, grampa.