Comodo Internet Security
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Full user review
"THE best free security suite out there"
Easy install, VERY intuitive interface, excellent toolset, excellent at stopping malware
Popups from the software learning curve can be annoying but flattens out eventually
Not sure what all the other idiots are doing on here but rest assured, this software DOES NOT cause your computer to crash or any other anomalies. To those out there who say it does, try uninstalling your previous security software before installing. Or better yet.. get a clue about computers before installing. THIS is without a doubt the BEST internet suite I've ever used, bar none!!.
First off, install was very easy, no hassles. The memory footprint (aka RAM useage) is less than 10K. Secondly, the firewall prompts you as to what softwares can/can't access the internet. It goes thru not only active programs but background programs as well. There is some repetitiveness with some of these programs as they can have multiple tasks associated with them but it does pad out after awhile and ceases to repeat prompting.
The performance is stellar. First time I ran it , it detected 22 malware items and removed them from my laptop. My speed increased exponentially afterward. I had McAfee on prior and McAfee didnt' even come close to detecting what Comodo did.
Its only found one virus so far, and disabled it accordingly.
Its suite of tools is one of the best I've ever worked with (compared to McAfee, Norton, Zonealarm and AVG.... all softwares I've used in the past). Its Active process list is one of the best features and allows you to actually see what each process is doing and where its from (great for rundll32 and svchost processes). It also allows you to manage and group COM components, check on registered keys, view events, as well as checking various blocked/allowed files on your computer. Finally it has a sanbox feature which will allow a program to run but keep in pseudo-quarantine mode so it will not harm your computer. This would be used if you didn't recognize a file but felt you didnt' want to crash your computer by killing the process.
I could go on but you get the idea, there is more here than the average user would need but its nice to know if you need to dig deeper and find out something about what's infecting your computer, It does.