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  1. A very good point. Okay, I take it back. I would then seriously consider removing something from my HOSTS file if it broke something. But as I am not a TV Licence payer I don't use iPlayer so I hadn't come across this particular instance. But for the most part I don't wander around the internet that much anyway. At least not these days. In the early nineties, I think '94, I was connected to the web for the first time. I was living in Belgium and, for some reason, the bundled IE with my set-up came as the home page the Vatican. I didn't find the address bar for weeks and so for the first few weeks of exploring the web I started off with the Vatican and then followed the links at random and then see where I ended up. Perhaps in those days I had found most of the internet, as there wasn't much of it, but it was interesting trawling around and made a change from BBs and CompuServe. But, now, I tend not to wander around too much and if a site that I want stops me reading it because of the adverts or whatever then I take the hint and then move off elsewhere.
  2. Jeremy, then in my case the site goes. There was/is one financial site which is great for stock market news and is full of adverts, something like XKFM or something. If you remove the adverts then the site becomes usable. And this is after one pays for the site's subscription which isn't cheap. A further wallet-dipping mugging exercise will remove the adverts -- for a couple hundred extra quid. Anyway, if the site is one that employs such a method then I won't bother looking at it. There are some sites which refuse to load with Adblockers/HOST files because the site thinks it still needs to load. Perthshire Foods, just north of you, is one example. So, if I can't get to view that site then I will go elsewhere. Facebook is another site that is nobbled in the HOSTS file. I am not interested in dropping a single byte over to them. Google Analytics is another; if anyone relies on Analytics to see my visits then they're wrong. I used to worry about such things for my site, but no longer as soon as I got my 'target' about fifteen years ago: a regular visitor to my racing site from the Vatican State City. As soon as I got that, I have no interest in such things. The only people who want my Analytics are those advertisers who wish to 'improve' my site with a wall of undocumented JavaScript, cookies, pop-up adverts and the like and so it's no loss that the latte-sipping leeches don't get any trade from my site. Malc
  3. Jeremy It's the domains that I take out of the HOSTS file rather than IP addresses. And I keep adding to them because once a scummy site always a scummy site. Malc
  4. I also have CryptoPrevent installed and set to 'Paranoid' level (and always forgetting to reduce that when I try to install anything). I also have a very hefty HOSTS file to stop issues with known bad/advert/spying sites. Next up: a proper router that I can configure the firewall.
  5. Hello, Thanks for the initiative (above). However, does it have to be one Windows machine and one associated Android device? Most people that I know tend to have one phone and a tablet so this wouldn't quite fit. Is there any way of adding extra devices to this scheme? Malc
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    CLOSED after update computer won't boot

    This is what I had considered: that it wasn't a simple GUI clagged onto the Windows Firewall and that it was a fully fledged firewall in its own right. I didn't bring up the subject of the GUI only stated that if it were a simple GUI then there is no way that EAM should have borked with Comodo installed. Which brings us back to why Emsisoft have said that they wouldn't test EAM with anything other than the Windows Firewall and leaving all forced to use a firewall that some wouldn't rather use.
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    CLOSED after update computer won't boot

    Thanks for the reply. So, Comodo is one of two things. It's either just a GUI clagged onto Windows Firewall or it's not. If it's just a clagged on GUI then how come EAM caused problems with it on the same machine? If it isn't a clagged-on GUI then surely it's big enough or important enough to be tested against? So, which is it? Is Comodo just a GUI or an actual firewall? Best Malc
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    CLOSED after update computer won't boot

    Thanks for the reply but this isn't exactly what GT500 has said " We don't intend EAM to be used alongside other security software, so we don't test it alongside other security software " So if Windows Firewall isn't an example of security software then what the hell is it doing on our computers and if it is an example of security software then GT500 has categorically said in his recent message that it's not recommended and not tested against EAM. If Windows Firewall is the sole exception to the rule and that EAM should be used with Windows Firewall and only Windows Firewall then this gives me great cause for concern because that's forcing us into a corner. And, more to the point, if Windows Firewall were any good then it would, for example, stop the data slurping (aka telemetry) of our machines to MS HQ. In short, I don't trust Microsoft to protect us at the firewall level. And if the only firewall that will work with EAM is Microsoft's then I wonder what deal that they may have made with Microsoft and my level of trust in an application which is supposed to protect me is going to diminish significantly. I find it very worrying that EAM will work with one, and only one, firewall and I am wondering what is going on in the darker recesses of my machine. It is not as if we're asking EAM to run along nicely with an obscure piece of security code that's been cobbled together by one bloke in his spare time in his shed and isn't supported and hardly used: but we're looking to use EAM with a decent firewall application that's well known and respected.
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    CLOSED after update computer won't boot

    Whoa! You don't test alongside other security software? You've removed the firewall from EAM and then leave us with the option to either have no firewall on the machines or a third party firewall, be it the likes of Microsoft's or Comodo. And now you tell us that you don't test EAM against them and, further, you don't recommend us to use such a security product. Surely this can't be so. Please could you clarify this because I would like to have some sort of firewall on my machines and, in particular, I don't wish to have Microsoft's because I simply don't trust them at all but, right now, I am wondering if I have misplaced my trust altogether. Regards Malc
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    CLOSED after update computer won't boot

    If this matter isn't resolved soon and/or the compatibility issue with known good software, e.g. The BetEngine, isn't resolved soon then I won't be recommending Emsisoft to my customers any more. I can't begin to start to guess how many people I have recommended this anti-malware suite to and most of these are/were using Comodo firewall. And people are asking me why if there's an issue with third party firewalls then why did Emsisoft stop developing their own? I suggest either get this working or dig out the source code for your old firewall and re-integrate that. A lot of us don't trust Microsoft's offerings, especially when we hear of tales of Windows 10 borking when one uses a popular browser. So, I would rather use an anti-malware suite that didn't force me to use MS' products. Best wishes Malc
  11. MalcolmSm1th

    CLOSED after update computer won't boot

    I can confirm that I can report similar issues. I am running Win 7 x64 and have the latest Comodo firewall. I would say that if this were an issue running alongside Comodo then this is a bit of a rum do because a lot of us were forced to find an alternative firewall in Comodo when Emisoft removed their firewall leaving us to trust Microsoft or a third party. And as Comodo seems to be the most popular choice I am surprised that this wasn't picked up in testing.
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    CLOSED after update computer won't boot

    I am running a Windows 7 Pro machine and whilst I have the machine up and running (of sorts) the EAM still takes hours to Initialize (and, in fact, it doesn't stop). It's killing my machine and it can take twenty minutes for the machine to shut down.
  13. If you must stop patches coming down they why not simply turn off the Systems Update service? Of course you will be then on an unpatched machine and any issues are then of your own making. I would say that you would be on your own but you wouldn't be as I do the same on some of my machines and I understand the risks that I am taking. At the end of the day it's all down to Risk:Reward and your choice. Malc
  14. MalcolmSm1th

    Emsisoft Internet Security Fails to Start

    Arthur. I was starting to have other issues with Windows 7; particularly with the diseased User Library Folders which confused something in Windows and the best thing was a complete reformat and install once again. Now, the Licence Server thing is a concern. Surely it should 'fail safe'. Wouldn't it be better PR for Emisoft if the Licence Server went wobbly that there's a quick override switich that allows temporary access to the updates rather than close down access? We constantly get all sort of interesting articles and newsletter about how good your company is and we, as users, ought to deal with the world in general when it comes to internet security. But then to get locked out of updates when the fault is at your end is a worry. I was locked out for over a week and whilst I can understand an outage lasting a day and I can easily accept that but to be locked out for over a week, i.e. nine or ten days depending on where your midnight lies, isn't acceptable. And, yes, it would have meant that some people would have had access for a few days to updated data but that's no worse than a free trial. I have been with Emisoft for years and it is still my number one choice when it comes to internet security but you don't realise how close I was to going to another application and I would have stayed with them for years until they caused a massive SNAFU. I think it was fair to say that I was hours away from going elsewhere. One thing that does need looking at when installing EIS is that when installing on a virgin Windows 7 machine with no SP installed is that scary message warning us about needing SP1. The message was enough to frighten me off installing it because it wouldn't say if it would be broken. So I had to go and find SP1 on this unprotected machine first. It would be good if we were warned as to what the dangers were and to be told if it would be possible to EIS on a virgin machine, get SP1 and then get the updates to EIS. That would offer more security and peace of mind. In my world, the second thing to be installed on a machine would be a malware suite such as yours after the first thing: the raw operating system. Thanks again for the help. Malc
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    Emsisoft Internet Security Fails to Start

    As I mentioned; I had blatted Win7 and started again with a very clean installation. And what a pain Win7 installation is these days... Anyway, I didn't put in the temporary licence that you had kindly sent me as that, I decided, wouldn't be much use to the problem solving. As I say, I started again today and just after the bit where I say that I want to join the Malware Upload Group thingy (step 2), the application started downloading stuff. And instead of the dialog box on the right giving me grief, I was invited to read an article on Malware as I am accustomed. Also after the I want PUP Detection option I didn't get the message about the installation not completing. So, there you have it. If one wishes to install IES 12 all one has to do is to reinstall Windows. Malc