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Windows 7: Making my Win7 really fast

10 Oct 2010   #41
deepakumar

windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Thnx Maxxwire but all those options i've already disbaled...i use MSE+Comodo firewall for security...yeah i know & agree with you that Windows7 will not be able to reach to its performance zenith with my current hardware but you know there is always a possibility to squeeze some juice out of everything...That's what i'm trying to achieve...


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10 Oct 2010   #42
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

There is also absolutely no point in running a firewall separate from the one included in Windows. In fact, if you are behind a router, you should turn that one off as well. You simply don't need it.
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10 Oct 2010   #43
gregrocker

 

Comodo will indeed throttle Win7. Try the WIn7 firewall instead.

It's a new generation OS with perfectly optimized built-ins, new tools and utilities.
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11 Oct 2010   #44
BDani

Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Yeah before I installed this OS (7) I used comodo.
Ohh... I use a wireless connection and i'm connected to my home router which is protected by a password.
Can I rely on my built-in windows firewall?
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11 Oct 2010   #45
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

The built-in firewall is perfectly fine, especially since you are already behind a firewall (router).
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11 Oct 2010   #46
BDani

Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Alright then
thank you very much!
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11 Oct 2010   #47
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 



This is but a small example of the kind of daily Win 7 outbound reporting traffic that I currently have blocked with the Comodo Firewall. Believe me that I am no Firewall expert, but when the Comodo Firewall is set to Custom Policy Mode it notifies the user of all outbound traffic requests and offers the choice of allowing or denying that specific outbound communication.

In 2 1/2 years of using Vista I never saw this variety nor volume of Redmond-bound traffic and I am thankful that the Comodo Firewall alerted me to what is going on which is apparently new to Win 7 regarding this undoubtedly information laden outbound traffic which began as a result of disabling the MS CEIP information gathering of system32\rundll32.exe which is pre-programmed into Win 7 for the first time. A single screen example the 3 hour long information gathering process is seen here in the Comodo Defense+ Log opening every program on the computer in order to compile its outbound report...





Contrary to a slow down extremely light Comodo Firewall which only uses 18.1 MB of RAM has enabled faster performance across the board including good online performance which as a photographer who is continually processing and uploading photos to the internet is very much appreciated...



~Maxx~
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11 Oct 2010   #48
gregrocker

 

Windows Update service is fully interactive, scanning your system to find the latest software and hardware updates including drivers - to benefit forom the fortune MS spent getting drivers into the Win7 installer or quickly available via optional Updates.

That Comodo would monitor this activity is interesting. But my experience with Comodo is that it throttles Win7 worse than Norton now, so I advise users to remove it and every one who has done so reports the result is like having shackles removed - same as with a bloated AV.

What would be the downside for your security or performance in having WUD be fully interactive? Just askin.
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11 Oct 2010   #49
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
That Comodo would monitor this activity is interesting. But my experience with Comodo is that it throttles Win7 worse than Norton now, so I advise users to remove it and every one who has done so reports the result is like having shackles removed - same as with a bloated AV.
Years ago I ran Norton and it consumed over 300 MB of RAM which is more than 54 times as much as the Comodo Firewall runs for on my computer so I do not understand the comparison that you made.

How many MB of RAM does Windows Firewall use anyway? I just took this screenshot of Task Manager and it has the Comodo Firewall and the world's top rated Defense+ HIPS software consuming a total of 5.54 MB of RAM does Windows Firewall use a lesser amount of system resources than that? As you can see the Comodo Firewall runs for 29% fewer resources than the Windows Calculator does which makes me wonder how it could possibly throttle people's computers which run 4 to 8 GB of RAM these days.



I totally agree with you though about ditching the use of bloated AV's though! I've run my computers without outmoded 20th century AV technology for almost 2 years now without the detection of a single piece of Malware on either of my computers thanks to running my browsers in the virtual space of Sandboxie and scanning all downloads with Virus Total and several other on demand scanners.

~Maxx~
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12 Oct 2010   #50
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maxxwire View Post
Years ago I ran Norton and it consumed over 300 MB of RAM which is more than 54 times as much as the Comodo Firewall runs for on my computer so I do not understand the comparison that you made.
Not to take sides here, but going by your own words, I don't understand how you can compare Norton from years ago to recent Norton products. In non-technical terms, that's like comparing a horse-drawn carriage to a modern car.

Also, when you stated above that Comodo has enabled faster performance, including online performance, I'm starting to wonder about the validity of your comments. No firewall will speed up anything, especially online performance. That's just common sense, as it has to scan and decide on each packet, rather than allowing it all through.

Fact of the matter is, if you really want a software firewall, the built-in one does a fine job of monitoring traffic. 99.9% of all users would be perfectly fine behind a hardware firewall, which will have no impact on the performance of a computer behind it. I'm sure Comodo is a fine product, but in these days of minimalistic computing, extra software doesn't get installed unless it provides a clear feature I can't live without, or does something I can't do with what I already have.
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