Some Clarification about Comodo Firewall v3 Pro please

I used to use ZAPro v5.5 and Ad-aware SE with Nod32 and was happy with the protection and system resources.
On my brand spanking new PC I installed ZAPro 7 and Ad-aware 2007 alongside Nod32 v2.7.
My [newer/faster] machine is very sluggish and ZAPro 7 fubars Fast User Switching.

I am planning to switch to Comodo Firewall. I didn’t even know there was a “pro” version and sadly can find no comparsion of pro vs non-pro although I note CFP3 is free anyway.

My questions:

  1. the blurb for CFP3 says stuff about anti-virus actions. Will it live happily alongside Nod32 v2.7?
  2. Does CFP3 have a real time anti-spyware scanner or will I need another product as well to replace ad-aware2007 [which I also hate]?
  3. Will CFP3 live happily alongside superantispyware, spyware doctor [from PC tools], or AVG anti-spyware solutions?

Many thanks
I would appreciate a swift reply so that I can lock down my PC both to feel secure and make my machine more responsive!

  1. I don’t use NOD32, you might want to do a forum search. Works fine alongside Avast!, Antivir, AVG, most others. CFP3 really provides behavior heuristics, not signature analysis.
  2. Not in the signature based sense, again heuristics I recently switched to SUPER, and it works fine with CFP3. Like it much better than ad-aware 2007. Haven’t tried the others; again search or further responses might illuminate for you.

There is also a new CAVS3 antivirus/antispyware in the works, but postings say should probably wait for its release.

thanks. I take it your using Super Pro? [as the free version doesn’t seem to offer real time protection IIRC]?

There’s no free or paid version of CFP. There’s just one single, and it’s called professional.

I’m not sure, so do like sded said and search the forum for it.

CFP 3 is a HIPS, so therefore it doesn’t directly scans for spywares, but it scans all running executables, so if they’re malicious, you’ll be warned about it.
Here’s an example when trying to execute a keylogger:

Of course, legitimate softwares might use malware-alike behaviour.

I don’t use any of these products myself, so should leave this answer for someone that knows for sure.


No, I am using Super free. Between a virus scanner with signatures and a firewall/hips that monitors and controls connections and program execution, I really don’t see anything except nuisance type spyware (tracking cookies and such), and just run a spyware scan about once a week.

thank you both. I did do a [cursory (:TNG) ] search before posting. The use of “pro” in other avenues confused me so thanks for clarifying.
I think it does run okay with Nod32 v2.7

Also thanks for the clarification with SAS…

Some users have CFP 3 and Nod32 v2.7 working fine together. But still you may need some time/efforts to configure them to work together - it’s normal thing.

As for superantispyware. It is better to disable it’s kernel drivers and any autorun entries so that only Defense+ would have privileged access to system’s internals. And use only scan time-to-time.

However if you install basic firewall (without Defense+ component) you should not experience any problems with any of mentioned programs.

sorry for being a little dim, but may I clarify:
is I wish to use superantispyare alongside CFP3 I need to disable kernel and auto-run features of SAS otherwise there may be conflicts?

Would I have the same problems with AVG antispyware? [after my ZApro issues lately I am wary of having to butcher products at kernel level with 100% confidence…]

In theory yes, but not necessarily. As for me, i disabled them just in case cos don’t want to have some other “monitoring” components on kernel level except D+ of CFP.

Not sure, i’m completely unfamiliar to this stuff (AVG). But i guess same logic applies if AVG has some components that hinder normal and individual operation of CFP 3.

I’m afraid there are inherently conflicts between HIPS functions and Antispyware programs both trying to prevent modifications. In particular, they seem to try to protect themselves from each other. A little search might help with the specifics, but I have definitely seen it reported for Spybot Teatime and AVG. A suggestion would be to install CFP3, including both the Firewall and D+, along with NOD32, and see if you are satisfied with the Spyware prevention capabilities. You can use SUPER free periodically to see if anything is getting through. What you get from D+ is popups if anything tries to install or execute spyware (or any other unknown program) on your computer. Because Comodo maintains a library of known safe programs, other than a brief startup transient this does not usually amount to much. And if you make a mistake and and deny something you later decide you want, it is easy to remedy.

that sounds like a good solution. Thanks!

I have heard that a version 3.1 of CFP is due “imminently” [ie within a week].
If there is truth to this rumour is it better to old off for a week and install this or install CFP3 and then upgrade over it [I am anti upgrading such products and always prefer a clean install; as it is I need to completely torch ZAPro from my machine first as well as AAW!]

I would say go ahead and install CFP3. 3.1 should add a little more configurability, and probably fix a few bugs, but from your concerns you should be running the full configuration anyway. You can export and import your CFP settings, so there should be no wasted effort, and that is what I do to support a clean install. If you decide to downgrade to a lesser configuration in 3.1 to try running real time anti-spyware, you can use the Vista imaging capability to capture everything you need to get to your last good configuration if you are not satisfied.

maybe it would have helped if I had said earlier that I am using XP-Pro SP2 [fully patched] not Vista.

so you DO advise clean uninstall and reinstalls rather than “upgrade” installs?

I should also add that I am more confident of using CFP and I am MIGHTILY impressed by your help and support (:CLP)

Yes, I generally export settings, uninstall from safe mode, reinstall and reimport settings. I have done upgrades with the latest version and it works fine, but still think clean installs are safer. If you are using XP Pro SP2, Acronis True Image is a good investment. It is an excellent imaging program that runs in the background for creating images, and runs from a boot disk or starts from your GUI for recovery. There is always a chance that “experiments” can go awry with things as closely integrated with the OS as security software, so it is cheap insurance to provide a bootable image to restore your exact previous configuration. I have only restored once from necessity and a couple of times for convenience in the year I have had Vista, but previously with XP did it every few months-probably too many experiments and too much incompatible software out there. Today it is raining and there is no football, so lots of support available. :wink:

I imaged my install with Acronis right after I installed the OS and all the drivers. After that I spend 3 days configuring it and forgot to image it again before I installed the security apps and got the problems [d’oh!]

CPF3 and NOD32 Version 3 work absolutely fine together, been running both for a month. Also if you have both on a clean machine there is no need for an antispyware, CPF3’s defense+ and NOD will keep you clean :wink:

I read a couple of posts about slow-down issues if Comodo is installed AFTER Nod32. Is this still the case and do I then have to uninstall Nod32, install CFP and then reinstall Nod32?