Comodo Firewall 8 : Review + Settings

COMODO FIREWALL 8

Malware detection rate is good and is based on cloud. When you run an application Comodo will check if its malware or not using cloud based detection.

Protection from unknown malware is based on HIPS and Sandboxing of unknown applications.

HIPS is heavily user dependent. So be careful what option you choose.

Firewall will ask user if an unknown application tries to connect to internet.

 FEATURES

  • Default Deny Protection™
    Makes sure that only known PC-safe applications execute
  • Prevention-based security
    Stops viruses and malware before they access your computer…so it isn’t too late to stop them.
  • Auto Sandbox Technology™
    The sandbox is a virtual operating environment for untrusted programs – ensuring viruses and other malicious software are completely isolated from the rest of your computer
  • Personalized alerts
    Firewall remembers which software is allowed to operate and changes its alerts accordingly.
  • Cloud based Behavior Analysis
    Cloud based behavior analysis system detects zero-day malware INSTANTLY.
  • Cloud based Whitelisting
    Cloud based whitelisting of trusted publisher easily identifies a safe file and vendor
  • Game Mode
    Suppresses operations that could interfere with a user’s gaming experience such as alerts, virus database updates or scheduled scans.
  • Application Control
    Provides users with the ability to lockdown their PC so only known good applications can run.
  • Automatic updates
    Stay current with the latest protection.
  • Precise and specific alert system
    Warnings specify the level and type of possible threat from each source.
  • Easy to configure
    Tell the free firewall to scan upon installation and add all current applications to the safe-list.
  • Detailed summary screen
    Easily access an at-a-glance snapshot of current security settings
  • Uncluttered, user-friendly interface
    Quickly navigate through the various parts of Firewall protection without getting lost
  • Thorough security “wizards”
    Preset security settings for simple point-and-click setup
  • ‘Training Mode’ lets Firewall automatically create ‘allow’ rules
    Firewall software learns your trusted programs to minimize alerts

ONLINE HELP LINK

DOWNLOAD Comodo Firewall 8

 

 

  • When asked to choose location for the network, choose the proper location
  • If not sure then select “I am at a public place”

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MAIN INTERFACE

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  • User can remove shortcuts from task bar as shown below

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  • User can add any of these tasks shortcut to task bar by right clicking on it and selecting “Add to task bar

 

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SETTINGS

  • Un-tick “Show messages from COMODO message Center
  • Un-tick “Show welcome screen at startup

 

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  • On 64 bit system, tick “Enable enhanced protection mode

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  • Tick “Do NOT Show popup alerts

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  • Select “Block requests” next to “Do NOT show popup alerts

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  • Untick “Do NOT show popup alerts

 

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RATING SCAN

The ‘Rating Scan’ feature runs a cloud-based assessment on files on your computer to assess how trustworthy they are.

Based on the trustworthiness, the files are rated as:

  • Trusted – the file is safe
  • Unknown – the trustworthiness of the file could not be assessed
  • Bad – the file is unsafe and may contain malicious code. You will be presented with disinfection options for such files.

 

  • Start the rating scan

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  • Select “unrecognized files” next to Show
  • If you know that these files are safe then select Action as “Trusted

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FILE LIST

The ‘File List’ pane displays a list of executable files, programs and applications on your system with their trust rating. CIS rates the files as:

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CLOUD LOOKUP

Cloud lookup rates the selected file using comodo cloud database

 

  • Select all the files in File list
  • Right click and select “Lookup”

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  • It will show the Rating of scanned files

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  • Don’t worry about Failed rating

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  • When asked to submit unknown files, click “Yes
  • tick “Remember my answer

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INSTALLING APPLICATIONS

While installing applications comodo HIPS may show this alert

  • Click “Treat As

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  • Select “Installer or Updater

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  • You may get this alert saying comodo has detected a threat.
  • If you know that you are installing a safe application, select “No I try to clean it myself

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  • Select “Ignore

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  • Select “Ignore and report as false positive

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 USING AUTO SANDBOXING

By default autosandboing is disabled. Some user may want to turn it ON. If they choose to do so then do these settings

  • Tick “Enable Auto-Sandboxing
  • Edit the auto-sandbox rule as shown below

 

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  • Select “Any” under the tab “Origin” as shown below

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INSTALLING APPLICATIONS WITH AUTO-SANDBOX TURNED ON

Since auto-sandboxing has been enabled, while installing some applications the installer application may get sandboxed. This will cause unsuccessful installation.

To successfully install safe applications

  • Disable auto-sandboxing

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  • Install the safe application
  • After the installation is complete, enable the auto-sandoxing

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While installing some safe application, user may get this alert. This is false positive

 

DISABLING HIPS

If you are using Auto-sandboxing then you can disable HIPS.

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