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Standard User rob54
(member) Thu 20-Jan-11 23:41:22
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Firewalls


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A day or two a go I started the PC and the Avast Free AntiVirus 5.0 indicated a program version update was available. So I let it update and it prompted a restart. A few minutes after restart, Comodo also prompted an update, which I let happen. It prompted a restart which I opted to delay. Later I noticed the Comodo icon in the system tray was absent so I started it manually.

Today, I started the PC which started fine and used it a while, before shutting down to go out. On my return I powered up, and the PC went as far as the Desktop pic and icons and in the system tray just a few minor icons, not Avast or Comodo. I could do nothing with it. After several restarts it did continue after an exceedingly long delay to start Avast and Comodo, and it was useable again. Later I restarted to see if it would go. Same thing.

By now I was suspecting Comodo or Avast, as both of these had updated. On uninstalling Comodo, that process involving a timely restart. I switched the Windows Firewall back on.

So

a) does anyone know of any conflicts between latest updates of these two programs,

b)Opine whether the Windows firewall is adequate with a Type 1 o2 router (no idea how to configure it anyway),

c) Recommend an alternative free firewall

Thanks

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o2 Broadband Standard, Type 1 o2 router, Avast Free AntiVirus 5.0, [s]Comodo firewall 5.0[/s]
Standard User 4M2
(member) Fri 21-Jan-11 00:26:40
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Re: Firewalls


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ZoneAlarm is pretty good, never used it with Avast, used to work OK with AVG free though.

Alternatively you could try the full Comodo suite: CIS v5 (free) which I think is really excellent.
Standard User rob54
(member) Fri 21-Jan-11 12:47:16
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Oh right - I didn't even realise there was a free Comodo suite. I guess parts of a suite are not going to conflict with each other!
Hmm get a little more feedback first, maybe on the Avast forums. Thanks though - something to consider.

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o2 Broadband Standard, Type 1 o2 router, Avast Free AntiVirus 5.0, Comodo firewall 5.0


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