F-Secure with Comodo Firewall?

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F-Secure with Comodo Firewall?

Prior to installing F-Secure I had Comodo Firewall installed and runing on my Windows 7 system. the F-Secure installation forced me to uninstall the Comodo Firewall and left me with Windows Firewall, which a security risk of its own. My question is: Can I reinstall the Comodo Firewall now that F-Secure is installed and running? 

 

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F-Secure

Re: F-Secure with Comodo Firewall?

Hi Mokita,

 

To answer your question, it is not recommend to run Comodo if you use the F-Secure from Charter as this can cause system conflict. In certain cases, it could even lead to blue screen of death.

 

Since F-Secure firewall is built on top of Windows Firewall, so it will report the status as Unprotected if Windows Firewall is turned off.

 

To answer this question --> "I am also confused by F-Secure's insistance on Windows Firewall. Does not make sense on so many levels, specially as it comes to the security aspect. It almost looks like a backdoor, as crude as it is. What gives?"

 

Actually F-Secure firewall is using the Windows own port filter for inbound protection, which means in practice blocking all inbound traffic. There is not much room for differentiation here, and one port filter is as good as the other. Apart from that we provide state of the art outbound security based on our own technology, which is the essential to counter today’s malware and online attacks! It is here where firewalls make a difference, and where the real protection capabilities lie.

 

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Fendy

 

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Re: F-Secure with Comodo Firewall?

If you are running F-Secure Internet Security it's not recommended to run 2 software firewalls together.

 

F-Secure IS uses Windows Firewall for basic firewall functionality and its DeepGuard for application control; http://community.f-secure.com/t5/Security-for-PC/What-has-happened-to-the/ta-p/15392

 

However, F-Secure AntiVirus has no firewall so I assume that you could potentially run Comodo FW with this version.

 

However as you know Comodo's firewall is more than a simple firewall so you might still find it is incompatible with the standalone F-Secure AV.

 

So overall you could try the F-Secure Antivirus with Comodo or run F-Secure IS without Comodo. Your call. 

 

If you could report back with your findings that would be very useful to other potential users thinking about these combinations.

 

And welcome to the Forum.

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Re: F-Secure with Comodo Firewall?

If you intend to use F-Secure Internet Security 2014, you cannot install another firewall program. Because it still using the Windows Firewall Intergrated program.

 

If you still want to use Comodo firewall, I suggesting (like what blackcat says) to use F-Secure Antivirus.

 

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Re: F-Secure with Comodo Firewall?

Thanks to all for the replay. I have installed the F-Secure through my ISP (Charter Communication). Charter brands the F-Secure, which means they replace most of the F-Secure refrences with its name. And as it  usually happens, by doing it, Charter confuses the hell out of its custommers, and I am putting it lightly. Anyway,  becuase of the branding I can only infer that it is F-Secure AntyViruse and not the Internet Security. 

 

So, I decided to install Comodo Firewall after all.  Comodo and F-Secure seem to be working fine except for one minor point. Installation of Comodo turned off Windows Firewall, which is to be expected. What is not expected is that F-Secure sees the Windows Firewall turned off and thinks that there is no firewall running at all, resulting in 'Unprodected' status displayed in F-Secure. 

 

If I go to the Windows 'Config Pannel-> Windows Firewall' I can see that Windows Firewall is 'Off'' and that there is no reference to Comodo Firewall being 'On'. Is that to be expected?

 

 

I am also confused by F-Secure's insistance on Windows Firewall. Does not make sense on so many levels, specially as it comes to the security aspect. It almost looks like a backdoor, as crude as it is. What gives?

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Re: F-Secure with Comodo Firewall?

What is not expected is that F-Secure sees the Windows Firewall turned off and thinks that there is no firewall running at all, resulting in 'Unprodected' status displayed in F-Secure. 

 

If I go to the Windows 'Config Pannel-> Windows Firewall' I can see that Windows Firewall is 'Off'' and that there is no reference to Comodo Firewall being 'On'. Is that to be expected?"

 

These observations are not normal.

 

Can you post a screenshot of the main GUI and the "About" Window from the program.

 

If your program is branded as "Charter Security Suite" then you probably have The Internet Security Suite and not the AV; if so this may explain your error windows.

 

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F-Secure

Re: F-Secure with Comodo Firewall?

Hi Mokita,

 

To answer your question, it is not recommend to run Comodo if you use the F-Secure from Charter as this can cause system conflict. In certain cases, it could even lead to blue screen of death.

 

Since F-Secure firewall is built on top of Windows Firewall, so it will report the status as Unprotected if Windows Firewall is turned off.

 

To answer this question --> "I am also confused by F-Secure's insistance on Windows Firewall. Does not make sense on so many levels, specially as it comes to the security aspect. It almost looks like a backdoor, as crude as it is. What gives?"

 

Actually F-Secure firewall is using the Windows own port filter for inbound protection, which means in practice blocking all inbound traffic. There is not much room for differentiation here, and one port filter is as good as the other. Apart from that we provide state of the art outbound security based on our own technology, which is the essential to counter today’s malware and online attacks! It is here where firewalls make a difference, and where the real protection capabilities lie.

 

---
Best regards,
Fendy

 

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