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louise
10-30-10, 02:47 AM
Win 7 64 bit - Microsoft Outlook 2010

Concerned that Windows firewall and an ancient Linksys NAT
router might not be enough, I started researching firewalls
once again. I've not used one since Sygate.

Since I run Nod 32 AV very happily, and SAS, also happily, I
was looking for something that was ONLY a firewall and would
be light on resources.

I chose OA Premium - the paid version (trial) because of the
addition of an anti-keylogger and one or two other things.
OA had just recently come out with their 64 bit version for
Win 7, so I figured I was ok.

The first thing that happened was that one of my Outlook
account data files which uses a different server from the
other accounts, became corrupted. Fortunately I backup
every night.

I use Dragon Naturally Speaking. The speech files wouldn't
load because they were corrupted. Again, my backup saved
the day.

Then I started getting errors from NOD32 and discovered that
the OA forum has some posts about problems between the two.
Some posters actually dumped NOD - but I'm not willing to
do that.

The banking mode function simply didn't work and I found
posts about this in the OA forum as well.

I've now removed the OA trial version, used system restore
to go back to the point right before I installed it (I'd
made a restore point), and restored my data files from
external backup. All appears to be functioning properly
again. And of course, I'm back to Windows Firewall!

My impression is that OA Premium 64 bit was not ready for
prime time and they rushed it out, causing me (personally),
many frustrated hours of restoring my machine.

Has anyone had experiences with OA Premium 64 bit on Win 7
with Office 2010?

Comodo doesn't appeal because of their linked AV. Is
there anything else I should try?

Thanks.

Louise

Ansgar -59cobalt- Wiechers
10-30-10, 05:18 AM
louise <louise@invalid.invalid> wrote:
> Win 7 64 bit - Microsoft Outlook 2010
>
> Concerned that Windows firewall and an ancient Linksys NAT
> router might not be enough, I started researching firewalls
> once again. I've not used one since Sygate.

[ Personal Firewall Troubles: *snip* ]

> Comodo doesn't appeal because of their linked AV. Is
> there anything else I should try?

Go back to the Windows Firewall. And if the firmware on your Linksys
router is kept up-to-date and properly configured, you won't need even
that.

cu
59cobalt
--
"If a software developer ever believes a rootkit is a necessary part of
their architecture they should go back and re-architect their solution."
--Mark Russinovich

1PW
10-30-10, 06:14 AM
On 10/30/2010 12:47 AM, louise wrote:
> Win 7 64 bit - Microsoft Outlook 2010
>
> Concerned that Windows firewall and an ancient Linksys NAT router might
> not be enough, I started researching firewalls once again. I've not
> used one since Sygate.
>
> Since I run Nod 32 AV very happily, and SAS, also happily, I was looking
> for something that was ONLY a firewall and would be light on resources.
>
> I chose OA Premium - the paid version (trial) because of the addition of
> an anti-keylogger and one or two other things. OA had just recently come
> out with their 64 bit version for Win 7, so I figured I was ok.
>
> The first thing that happened was that one of my Outlook account data
> files which uses a different server from the other accounts, became
> corrupted. Fortunately I backup every night.
>
> I use Dragon Naturally Speaking. The speech files wouldn't load because
> they were corrupted. Again, my backup saved the day.
>
> Then I started getting errors from NOD32 and discovered that the OA
> forum has some posts about problems between the two. Some posters
> actually dumped NOD - but I'm not willing to do that.
>
> The banking mode function simply didn't work and I found posts about
> this in the OA forum as well.
>
> I've now removed the OA trial version, used system restore to go back to
> the point right before I installed it (I'd made a restore point), and
> restored my data files from external backup. All appears to be
> functioning properly again. And of course, I'm back to Windows Firewall!
>
> My impression is that OA Premium 64 bit was not ready for prime time and
> they rushed it out, causing me (personally), many frustrated hours of
> restoring my machine.
>
> Has anyone had experiences with OA Premium 64 bit on Win 7 with Office
> 2010?
>
> Comodo doesn't appeal because of their linked AV. Is there anything
> else I should try?

COMODO's free personal fire wall is not coupled with their antivirus
product in the following version:

<http://www.comodo.com/home/internet-security/firewall.php>

>
> Thanks.
>
> Louise

HTH

--
1PW

louise
10-31-10, 10:59 PM
On 10/30/2010 6:18 AM, Ansgar -59cobalt- Wiechers wrote:
> louise<louise@invalid.invalid> wrote:
>> Win 7 64 bit - Microsoft Outlook 2010
>>
>> Concerned that Windows firewall and an ancient Linksys NAT
>> router might not be enough, I started researching firewalls
>> once again. I've not used one since Sygate.
>
> [ Personal Firewall Troubles: *snip* ]
>
>> Comodo doesn't appeal because of their linked AV. Is
>> there anything else I should try?
>
> Go back to the Windows Firewall. And if the firmware on your Linksys
> router is kept up-to-date and properly configured, you won't need even
> that.
>
> cu
> 59cobalt

How does one keep a router up to date? Are there firmware
updates I don't know about?

Thanks.

Louise

Ansgar -59cobalt- Wiechers
11-01-10, 12:15 PM
louise <louise@invalid.invalid> wrote:
> On 10/30/2010 6:18 AM, Ansgar -59cobalt- Wiechers wrote:
>> louise<louise@invalid.invalid> wrote:
>>> Win 7 64 bit - Microsoft Outlook 2010
>>>
>>> Concerned that Windows firewall and an ancient Linksys NAT
>>> router might not be enough, I started researching firewalls
>>> once again. I've not used one since Sygate.
>>
>> [ Personal Firewall Troubles: *snip* ]
>>
>>> Comodo doesn't appeal because of their linked AV. Is
>>> there anything else I should try?
>>
>> Go back to the Windows Firewall. And if the firmware on your Linksys
>> router is kept up-to-date and properly configured, you won't need even
>> that.
>
> How does one keep a router up to date?

By updating the firmware?

> Are there firmware updates I don't know about?

I don't know what you know about, but Cisco does supply firmware updates
for Linksys routers.

Another option would be to use alternative firmwares like OpenWRT or
Tomato.

cu
59cobalt
--
"If a software developer ever believes a rootkit is a necessary part of
their architecture they should go back and re-architect their solution."
--Mark Russinovich

Nil
11-01-10, 10:12 PM
On 31 Oct 2010, louise <louise@invalid.invalid> wrote in
comp.security.firewalls:

> How does one keep a router up to date? Are there firmware
> updates I don't know about?

You didn't say what model router you have, so we would have no way of
knowing. Check with Linksys.

louise
11-01-10, 10:42 PM
On 11/1/2010 11:12 PM, Nil wrote:
> On 31 Oct 2010, louise<louise@invalid.invalid> wrote in
> comp.security.firewalls:
>
>> How does one keep a router up to date? Are there firmware
>> updates I don't know about?
>
> You didn't say what model router you have, so we would have no way of
> knowing. Check with Linksys.

I have a WRT54GX
Wireless G Broadband Router with SRX

Louise

Nil
11-01-10, 10:48 PM
On 01 Nov 2010, louise <louise@invalid.invalid> wrote in
comp.security.firewalls:

> I have a WRT54GX
> Wireless G Broadband Router with SRX

Like I said, check with Linksys.

http://homesupport.cisco.com/en-us/wireless/linksys

blue smurf
11-29-10, 03:30 AM
I had weird symptoms when tested Comodo 5. My network connection was
otherwise fine
but frequently it would drop to "access: local only" . Tried every trick i
could find and none of them helped.
Maybe some Vista 64bit bug or some conflict with Avast's shields?. But maybe
Sphinx soft's Win7 firewall
control is enough when behind router with Nat & spi?