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The yellow light is the result of a test probe that BitComet requested from its server. It asked the server to send a probe packet to you on your designated listen port. The yellow light indicates that BitComet successfully sent the request, but did not receive the probe packet.

That indicates that your listen port is not open. This means that at least one firewall is blocking that port, and probably all of your ports. This is what firewalls do. Most of the incoming traffic that you did not request, is intended to harm you.

Having a firewall is vitally necessary. Your computer can be compromised in just a few minutes, literally in less time than it takes to install Windows, so never, ever connect to the internet without a firewall.

Do NOT try dumb things like, "I'll turn the firewall off and see if that helps". (It's a firewall, f'catssake. Does that SOUND like something you ought to disable??!?!)

Windows XP-SP2 and later, come with a built-in firewall that is active by default. That's all that most people need.

Most SOHO routers have a firewall built in to their firmware. This firewall is in addition to, and on top of, the Windows firewall. If you open your listen port on one, but not the other, then the port will still be closed. Firewalls act like gates, and it only takes one to be closed, to block the path. Doesn't matter whether the others are open or not in that case.

Configuring that firmware firewall to open the listen port is called "forwarding" the port. If you don't have a router or connect through a device that has a firmware firewall, then you don't need to do it.

But you DO need to open the listen port on any software firewalls that you have.

The Windows built-in firewall can be controlled automatically, using a protocol called ICF. BitComet supports this. If you have the Windows firewall turned on, and you have ICF enabled in BitComet, then BC will automatically configure the Windows firewall for you, opening and closing the port as needed. What could be easier?

However, if you have OTHER software firewalls, this creates a management problem. No third-party firewall can be controlled by ICF. No software firewall is "aware of" any other. It won't say, "Hey wait, you already have a firewall!", it will just install itself anyway, and now you have two firewalls to configure. Everything that you do to one, you have to do to the other.

Even worse, you can have a firewall that you aren't even aware of. Most software "security suites" include a firewall. Some mainboard software includes a firewall. There are free and paid third-party firewalls out there too. (I discommend ALL of these.)

But remember, never connect to the internet without one working firewall. So, use the Windows built-in. You will need to activate the Windows firewall, activate ICF in the BitComet settings, the find and uninstall all of the OTHER firewalls you may have. (Some of them do not stop filtering when you turn them off. You have to uninstall them to get them to quit. So uninstall all of them.)

It is possible that your connection is already firewalled. This is not usually the case with most connections, but it is with connections that are supplied by the facility - motels, dormitories, office buildings and some apartments that offer internet access as part of the package, generally run all the connections through a central router somewhere, that probably has a firewall. Almost all wireless connections of any type including cellular modems, are firewalled.

But almost no connections that you pay for directly, ADSL from the phone company or cable connection from CATV, are ever firewalled.

If your connection is itself firewalled, there's usually nothing you can do about it, and you'll simply have to live with it.

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