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In Secure your computer after a Windows install or reinstall I explain basic firewall theory and detail how you can use Comodo Internet Security (CIS) to block all traffic except traffic initiated by the Window’s Updater. Use the instructions below when running Comodo Internet Security 4.0 instead of those in the referenced article.
Make sure that your modem or the Internet cable is not connected to the Internet.
If you are not connected to a LAN your Network Security Policy Window should look like Figure 1. If you are connected to a LAN your Network Security Policy Window should look like Figure 2:
Figure 1: The CIS Network Security Policy Application Rules window before adding and changing any application rules if NOT connected to a LAN
Figure 2: The CIS Network Security Policy Application Rules window before adding and changing any application rules if connected to a LAN
Figure 3: The CIS Network Security Policy Application Rules window should look like this after changes if not connected to a LAN
Figure 4: The CIS Network Security Policy Application Rules window should look like this after changes if connected to a LAN
Be sure that the blocked All Applications rule modified in steps 11-12 is the LAST entry. You can test to verify that the rules are blocking all applications by opening your browser, email program or any other application that tries to connect to the Internet. You should get a connect error. You should also now be able to successfully start the Windows update process.
Important! After all security updates and the latest service packs are downloaded and installed the blocked All Applications rule modified in the steps 11-12 must be modified from Block back to Allow to enable the normal operation of the firewall. Highlight the Allow All Outgoing Requests network policy and use the Edit button to modify.
I want to thank Comodo for their help with these instructions.