Peep Show Quickly Ageing Newbie!

Melih et al,

I managed to install CPF a week ago. I jotted down (scribbled) steps as promised, in order to give the board a solid, albeit fractured, Novice Installation Guide/Diary of Sorts. I’m certain it would help others who may be hesitant to install CPF for fear of the unknown. It was my intent to compose this masterpiece over the holiday, when it came to my attention that your great little firewall was wrapped around & protecting several unwanted “guests”. I’ve been scanning & cleaning in Safe mode ever since. 

At installation I hadn’t fully grasped the concepts behind the paths/parents of the applications, other than the fact I would have to allow or deny & if unsure not tick remember. I may have inadvertently lost the upper hand with my applications & responded to the alerts in an inappropriate manner. I’ve tried to examine them in order to rule out my settings as a possible etiology of the peep show my PC has become. I don’t know what I’m looking at! 

Those apps whose path & parent are one in the same, I feel comfortable with. For several others I question who is running who. The child, path, parent thing is foreign to me (have the apples fallen too far from the tree?). I’d like your feedback on my settings. Do you see any obvious erroneous arrangement in the following?

path a2free.exe, parent explorer.exe

path AcroRd32.exe, parent firefox.exe

path avgantispyware.exe, parent explorer.exe

path cwshredder.exe, parent explorer.exe

path easy login.exe, parent explorer.exe

path googletoolbarnotifier.exe, parent explorer.exe

path siteadvisor.exe, parent iexplorer.exe

path superantispyware.exe, parent explorer.exe

path swdoctor.exe, parent explorer.exe

path iexplorer.exe, parent ashDisp.exe

path iexplorer.exe, parent cpf.exe

path iexplorer.exe, gnotify.exe
path iexplorer.exe, parent svchost.exe

path msfeedssync.exe, parent svchost.exe

path msimn.exe, parent explorer.exe

path msnmgr.exe, parent explorer.exe

path firefox.exe, parent explorer.exe

path iexplorer.exe, parent explorer.exe

path wmpnetwork.exe, parent services.exe

path wmpnetwork.exe, parent services.exe

I hope not listing the applications whose path/parent is one in the same doesn’t skew your ability to interpret these. Have I f***ed up?

Thank you! Considering carrier pigeons, the telegraph, two cans & a string…


Hi Michelle,

They seem perfectly Ok. nothing to worry about :slight_smile:

They look ok to me too…
Don’t get grey hair… :wink:

Thanks guys so much. This is creepy! I get Denial Access Error MSCONFIG! I have to figure out what else needs to be done to take back control.

Appreciate you. :slight_smile:


Just a quick note, Michele, maybe to help in your quest for the newbie guide, regarding the parent/child thing…

It’s not uncommon to see these being different app names. It can be confusing when you see that explorer.exe is the parent for firefox.exe. Huh? But explorer is one of the Windows apps that serves as a building block for the internet connection process. This is not saying that firefox is using “internet explorer” as the parent.

Sometimes, also, an application may show a different parent, depending on the component that’s starting the connection - which should result in a popup from CPF to warn you of a change.

You’ll note in your Application Monitor that there’s a different rule for each type of connection as well as each child/parent - you may see, for example, firefox/explorer TCP/UDP Out, firefox/firefox TCP/UDP Out.

I’m usually pretty good translating Tech into Common, so feel free to ask if you need some translation help…