Some Thoughts By A New User

I just built myself a new computer and had to find a new firewall because ATGuard won’t work on XP. A friend who had the same problem and thankfully did the research suggested Comodo. So far I’m pretty happy but have a few concerns.

First of all, when Comodo pops up to tell you something, if you don’t happen to be near your computer then come back to it and see the window, it disappears when you move the mouse before you can tell it yes or no. With ATGuard, the window would stay there … until you told it what you wanted to do.

The second thing was port 80. The first thing I do after installing a firewall, I run over to GRC (, Shoot the Messenger (disable windows messenger) and do Shields Up to see if it can break into my computer. I’m happy to say that most of my ports are stealth. Port 80 on the other hand is wide open.

All in all, I’m happy with Comodo so far and still need to learn a bit more about tweaking it … but could you please let the pop up window stay open until I’ve had a chance to do something?


Thanks for that Xeolyte

You can adjust the time for the alert window to stay on.
re: stealthing: are you behind a router?


I wonder if Xeolyte might be using a file sharing program of some sort?
The reason I say this is that when I have Qnext running and run the Shields Up test it also fails the port 80 test, but when I close Qnext and run the test everything is Stealthed. Oh NO router.

This is with the current release of both programs.  

Not sure what to expect when Comodo 3.0 graduates from beta to a full release. Qnext should begin public beta testing the next release around the same time.



Thanks for replying. Yes I am behind a router … no I’m not using a file sharing program.

I found where you can increase the time the pop ups stay open … the max is five minutes. That’s really not enough … Perhaps in your beta version you can extend it to forever. The question then is … if you don’t reply to the alert … is the attempt allowed through or blocked? I’m hoping it blocked.


After the specified duration with no reply from the user, CFP denies it. The o ’ default-deny principle. The security standpoint.