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Old 23. Sep 2009, 11:41 PM   #61 (permalink)
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What about when the laptop is elsewhere then? Would I choose the Remote profile with both Internet and Network Security set to 'high'? Or would I also choose the Home profile and just have both Internet and Network Security set to 'high'?
Leaving on the Home profile with both options set to 'high' would be the preferred setup. You might also consider CIS (Comodo) which (if you just install the firewall and Defense+ components) is less resource and system intensive than Privatefirewall and will provide more comprehensive protection.
You can opt out of the AV component at install together with the Hop-Surf rubbish which you also won't need. It's worth using the Comodo Secure DNS service though which blocks malware and phishing sites by default and does not need updating if your IP address changes like OpenDNS. The other firewall settings are pretty straightforward but if you need any assistance I'll happily walk you through it.
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Old 24. Sep 2009, 02:14 AM   #62 (permalink)
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Thanks for your reply. Still not sure what I'm going to do just yet. Comodo would have been my LAST choice because I've heard it's very complicated, and I've tried to navigate the user forum--very hard to get around. It'll be a while before I get around to installing anything anyway, my job is a little hectic at the moment. I was just using a few spare moments to gather more information.
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The Comodo forum is like the Ubuntu forum - a world of it's own
Many of the posts there are from users who take their enthusiasm for the product (and how to set it up) way beyond what is necessary for the likes of you and me. This of course is their choice but it still gives an overall impression of complexity. In effect, the basic functions of Comodo are easier to understand than Privatefirewall especially since the last version update. The Comodo logs for instance show allowed as well as blocked traffic (PFW is blocked only) so tweaking your settings regarding rule creation is easier to navigate. You also get buffer overflow protection by default with Comodo (Defense+ module).

I wish you well with your final choice and we will be here to assist should you need us.
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Old 23. Feb 2010, 11:11 PM   #64 (permalink)
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Just in case anyone is feeling a bit confused by the new results appearing at Matousec, this response from Greg Salvato, CEO Privacyware (Privatefirewall) might help to explain it.

"BTW, you may not have seen this, but Matousec has begun testing with their expanded SSTS. We provided them with a PF update just as they expanded their test platform and would have moved within the top few vendors had they not already transitioned to the expanded SSTS. Anyway, Privatefirewall was among the first four products tested using the expanded SSTS and, at least for now, we are on top. The 74% score would have been about a 96-97% using the previous platform, so does reflect the modifications we had implemented. No doubt, there will be some vendors who will soon score better, and we will see these results posted soon (as Matousec tests) - PC Tools, Online Armor, Outpost, Comodo and probably Kaspersky will all score well I am sure".

He also informs me that full x64 platform integration for the process monitor is now only about 6-8 weeks away. The main components are already installed and stable, justs needs a bit more refining before being released on us lot.
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Not really. If you use a third party uninstaller like Revo though I would only use it in "safe" mode just to remove the remote possibility that it might take out things with the old DSA settings which are also needed by something else. This can happen occasionally with Revo set to "advanced" although it doesn't affect all systems and network related apps tend to be the most susceptible when being removed.
Just wondering what is the benefit of using a 3rd party uninstaller over windows? I didn't even know such things existed 'til I came to Gizmo's?
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Just wondering what is the benefit of using a 3rd party uninstaller over windows? I didn't even know such things existed 'til I came to Gizmo's?
Windows Add/Remove runs the uninstaller for the software. But, this way, sometimes, some files, and registry entries are left behind. Third party uninstallers can take care of this problem of leftovers.

If you use Revo in moderate mode, or advanced mode, then it searches for the registry entries, and files, and removes them.
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Ah I see...thanks.
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These issues are most noticeable if you have more than one network configuration. In the past, whenever I used Revo set to 'advanced' to uninstall Privatefirewall (on XP) the NDIS driver for my SonyEricsson USB broadband would go right out with it!

No net - not nice!

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I've used Revo now and am impressed. Amazing. I'd give it the prize for best, easiest GUI I've ever used. I left advanced mode well alone.
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Can anyone tell me if PrivateFirewall works on Windows XP with multiple user accounts. I have an administrator and 2 limited user accounts and I saw somewhere that PrivateFirewall doesn't handle multiple users?
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