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Windows 7: Avast 7 free! AV + Comodo Free Firewall Conflicts


24 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Avast 7 free! AV + Comodo Free Firewall Conflicts

I have always used Avast and Comodo as my AV/Firewall combination. I find it to be very useful, and although Comodo provides many annoying popups, they are useful and informational (I would consider myself a competent computer user, though no expert).

Recently, I just wanted to see how good my combination was and if there was a better one. I found topics that said of how Avast's web shield completely bypasssed Comodo's rules. I tested this:

1) Block chrome.exe in Comodo completely
2) Check that both Comodo and Avast are updated, and Avast web shield ON
3) Open Chrome and see what happens

Results: At first I thought it was fine, google.com was blocked. Then I tried clicking on bookmarks. yahoo.com would open, youtube.com would open, etc. I was shocked to find that Comodo was letting these websites open even though chrome.exe was blocked!

After doing some more research, and realizing that this was a big problem, and that many solutions did not work, with avast being blamed or comodo being outdated, or even that Win 7 64 bit was limiting comodo, I tested it again with web shield OFF.

I repeated the process of blocking chrome and opened google.com and other websites. This time all the websites were blocked!

Is there a solution where I can keep web shield on and have comodo be effective in blocking? Or do I need a new firewall?

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26 Aug 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

No one has a solution?

Offtopic: Spybot S&D or SUPERAntiSpyware? It's kind of obvious, but is spybot still horrible?
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26 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I can't help you because I only have avast!'s file and behavior shields installed, with Windows 7 firewall. I found that the avast! web shield slowed my browsing too much, and just wasn't needed. My advice to you is pick one solution and go with it. If you need multiple solutions to feel safe, then look for a different product............... I know that isn't what you're looking for, but that's what I got!
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26 Aug 2012   #4

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

You have a Microsoft operating system, Windows 7.
I recommend trying Microsoft's Windows 7 built in firewall and Microsoft's anti virus, MSE.
Microsoft Security Essentials - Free Antivirus for Windows
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30 Aug 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
You have a Microsoft operating system, Windows 7.
I recommend trying Microsoft's Windows 7 built in firewall and Microsoft's anti virus, MSE.
Microsoft Security Essentials - Free Antivirus for Windows
I'm not looking for MSE and windows firewall, which is why I replaced windows firewall!
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31 Aug 2012   #6

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

From where I sit I have no way of knowing what you are not looking for. I just gave a recommendation. It's your computer, choice is yours. Let us know if you could what you end up with and how it works.
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01 Sep 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP1
 
 

I say keep avast and just get a different 3rd party firewall or use windows firewall. I use tinywall with avast,not to hard to learn to use and configure,pretty simple to use imo. Also it recognizes avast and it won't block it's connections by default. Just play around with it and if you don't like it then just uninstall it.

TinyWall - A free, lightweight and non-intrusive firewall

can read more about it here.
Features of TinyWall
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