With much anticipation I installed the Comodo Firewall. I let it scan for malware, I restarted my system (XP) as instructed. However, when I type in my Windows password after the restart, the system hangs there indefinitely. I have to restart in Safe Mode (load last known good settings) to get Windows to start.
Once started this way, Comodo goes about “initializing” itself – then tells me the initialization failed.
I’ve uninstalled and reinstalled twice, tried every trick I know, to no avail. I’m very disappointed I can’t get the Firewall to run. I’m going to revert back to Zone Alarm, which never gave me any trouble.
No I think I know what happened. When you did the malware scan did it find anything? Like winlogin? If you delete and removed that then that is the source of your problem. Its a false positive on Comodo’s part. But you should never remove any malware a scanner finds unless you know its bad. Zone Alarm free is no better then Windows Firewall and cannot protect you like Comodo can.
I think it’s “winlogon.exe”. My system got infected with a Trojan masquerading under that name about six months ago.
Either way, deleting the legitimate “winlogon.exe” file based on a simple malware scan is sure to ruin your day. Comodo needs to fix that false positive ASAP. It’s inexcusable that their scanner doesn’t recognize a signed Windows system file.