Just starting using Comodo 6 firewall, so please bear with me. I’m running it XP Pro (yes, still).
Once an application, for which a firewall Application Rule has been created, is uninstalled or deleted, should the associated rule be Removed or Purged?
Reason I ask is that I got a pop up today (can’t recall the exact wording now), but to the effect that some process apnstub.exe was requesting to connect to the internet with 127.0.0.1-TCP.
In my haste, thinking this to be some bone-fide in-loop system request (I’d had similar calls before when setting up access to a shared USB printer), I approved and saved it, which of course created an application rule.
Researching apnstub.exe further I learned that it is in fact an Ask.com component that gets planted in Document & Settings/User/Temp folder when a Ask.com tagged program is installed, despite choosing not to install the Ask.com tool bar and serves to report whether the tool bar is installed. Probably came along with a Java update today. Avast AV and Malwarebytes both seem to ignore it, but to my mind it constitutes spyware.
Anyhow, CCleaner clean-up seemed to get shot of it (I hope). Went back to the Comodo firewall settings and ‘Removed’ the associated rule. Was that the right thing to do or should I have ‘Purged’ it?
BTW - is there any way to selectively turn off the message box that pops up when the Firewall has ‘auto-updated’ (is it actually updating that frequently or just checking in?) - it’s not exactly a discrete little bubble (that’s my wife complaining).