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Windows 7: Recommend a good free internet security program please

19 Oct 2010   #51
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

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I have a very hard time finding my way around in it. It is difficult for me to find the list of programs blocked, allowed, ask. It took two clicks to get there in the previous version.
You're right the Comodo GUI has changed. The Firewall Rules you are looking for are called Network Security Policy and is still just 2 clicks away. I know what you mean by
it being hard to find because I also had a difficult time getting used to the new GUI layout myself for the first few weeks I had v5.0 installed.

~Maxx~
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Even there, it seems to no longer show a complete list of programs as it did before.


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19 Oct 2010   #52
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Nick
Although I am really one of "the old folks" I run a similar sevice to yourself. Slightly off topic but I have managed to cut down my home visits by using Team Viewer. It really does do what it say on the tin. I tend to let the person I am helping do the work while I watch and help as we go along. I think that is better than taking control and doing it myself. Just a thought to help ease your commitment but don't give up the visits all together, they are often more important than getting the PC to work properly.
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19 Oct 2010   #53
madtownidiot

 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6 View Post
I have a very hard time finding my way around in it. It is difficult for me to find the list of programs blocked, allowed, ask. It took two clicks to get there in the previous version.
You're right the Comodo GUI has changed. The Firewall Rules you are looking for are called Network Security Policy and is still just 2 clicks away. I know what you mean by
it being hard to find because I also had a difficult time getting used to the new GUI layout myself for the first few weeks I had v5.0 installed.

~Maxx~
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Even there, it seems to no longer show a complete list of programs as it did before.
Read the manual.. That's what it's there for.. Hopefully Comodo won't follow in the path of most other software companies by "streamlining the user interface" (moronizing by removing features)
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19 Oct 2010   #54
PooMan UK

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

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Nick
Although I am really one of "the old folks" I run a similar sevice to yourself. Slightly off topic but I have managed to cut down my home visits by using Team Viewer. It really does do what it say on the tin. I tend to let the person I am helping do the work while I watch and help as we go along. I think that is better than taking control and doing it myself. Just a thought to help ease your commitment but don't give up the visits all together, they are often more important than getting the PC to work properly.
John pal

I 2 use "team viewer" and I use it allot and just like my screwdriver I wouldn't be without it, but I enjoy seeing their faces light up when the "The computer man is here... "

They, like myself enjoy the 1 on 1 visits and it makes them feel that they are still part of the community and not all together forgotten.
It only takes an hour or two of my time and I have a great laugh. (plus they make a cracking cup of tea) But thanks for the advice.
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19 Oct 2010   #55
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

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You're right the Comodo GUI has changed. The Firewall Rules you are looking for are called Network Security Policy and is still just 2 clicks away. I know what you mean by
it being hard to find because I also had a difficult time getting used to the new GUI layout myself for the first few weeks I had v5.0 installed.

~Maxx~
.
Even there, it seems to no longer show a complete list of programs as it did before.
Read the manual.. That's what it's there for.. Hopefully Comodo won't follow in the path of most other software companies by "streamlining the user interface" (moronizing by removing features)
And therein lies the problem. The manual is less intuitive than the GUI. I need to read every freaking page to find if what I am looking for is there. And I have not found it yet. The more I work with this version, the less I like it. It may work fine mechanically and it does the job well, but it has lost me along the way.

All I want is nice, simple list of the programs I have that connect to or try to connect to the internet. Comodo used to have such a critter, which is why I started using it in the first place. If it still does, I can't find it. I will probably ditch this version next week.
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19 Oct 2010   #56
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6 View Post
All I want is nice, simple list of the programs I have that connect to or try to connect to the internet. Comodo used to have such a critter, which is why I started using it in the first place.
Carl- The Comodo Firewall in default Safe Mode will not make rules for individual programs, but if you set the Firewall to Custom Policy Mode it will ask you how to set the permissions for each program that tries to access the Internet. You also have the option of manually customizing the Firewall rules for any program on your computer for any additional rules that you want to set.



~Maxx~
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19 Oct 2010   #57
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madtownidiot View Post
Hopefully Comodo won't follow in the path of most other software companies by "streamlining the user interface" (moronizing by removing features)
People sure are interesting. Over on the Comodo Forums there is a group of very vocal Members who contend that the new CIS v5.0 which now includes State of the Art Automatic Sandboxing of unrecognized programs, Cloud Based Malware scanning and Cloud Based Behavior Blocker has way too many features already...go figure!

~Maxx~
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23 Oct 2010   #58
blue skies

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

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Just changing anti-virus isn't good enough, in my opinion. No anti-virus is 100%, especially against rogue/fake applications.

You should educate them more on what they should look out for. If you don't have the time, find a good article that you can link them all to/print out. An example regarding fake anti-virus:

Show them what their anti-virus' pop-up should look like. If they get a message claiming an infection, whether or not it looks like it comes from their anti-virus or something else, tell them to close their browser (though, some malicious scripts will prevent it), update their anti-virus and on-demand anti-malware and do a complete/full, successive scan.
I agree showing them what fake anti-virus pop-ups look like is a good idea. Perhaps you may also want to use the MVPS.org Hosts file so that known malicious sites are not even accessible: Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts File

I've used it for many years and have never had any kind of infection.
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23 Oct 2010   #59
Maxxwire

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

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I agree showing them what fake anti-virus pop-ups look like is a good idea. Perhaps you may also want to use the MVPS.org Hosts file so that known malicious sites are not even accessible: Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts File

I've used it for many years and have never had any kind of infection.
Malware domain filtering is such an important feature that the developers have added it to the Comodo 2011 DNS servers.

~Maxx~

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23 Oct 2010   #60
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maxxwire View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6 View Post
All I want is nice, simple list of the programs I have that connect to or try to connect to the internet. Comodo used to have such a critter, which is why I started using it in the first place.
Carl- The Comodo Firewall in default Safe Mode will not make rules for individual programs, but if you set the Firewall to Custom Policy Mode it will ask you how to set the permissions for each program that tries to access the Internet. You also have the option of manually customizing the Firewall rules for any program on your computer for any additional rules that you want to set.



~Maxx~
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Thanks, Maxx; I will give this a try. But I still want a list of the programs to show in one place - as Comodo used to do.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maxxwire View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madtownidiot View Post
Hopefully Comodo won't follow in the path of most other software companies by "streamlining the user interface" (moronizing by removing features)
People sure are interesting. Over on the Comodo Forums there is a group of very vocal Members who contend that the new CIS v5.0 which now includes State of the Art Automatic Sandboxing of unrecognized programs, Cloud Based Malware scanning and Cloud Based Behavior Blocker has way too many features already...go figure!

~Maxx~
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I tend to agree. There is nothing wrong with the features; I just want easy, upfront choices as to whether to use those features or not.
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