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Comodo Antivirus

CNET Editors' review

Like previous releases, COMODO's free antivirus solution for Windows offers solid full-time antivirus protection and basic features comparable to similar freeware, including a desktop widget, firewall protection, Game Mode, drag-and-drop submission of suspicious apps for analysis, and cloud-based definitions, but it also comes with some unique extras, such as the COMODO Dragon secure Web browser, which is free, and the optional Geek Buddy support service, which requires a paid license.

Installing COMODO Antivirus involves several options, such as enabling cloud-based analysis of suspicious programs, which we accepted, and COMODO's free Secure DNS Server option, which we declined because it changes your PC's network settings, though we tried it before and found it reasonably fast. The Geek Buddy and related Anti-Error services provide live technical help, apparently, though they require activation. COMODO Antivirus' main interface is like other free antivirus tools in general layout and look, and you'll probably have little trouble setting things up, though a splash screen describes how to get started, and the Online Help options include an extensive manual and searchable forums. COMODO Antivirus automatically updated the latest definitions and started a full system scan, which found a couple of issues (nothing serious, thankfully) and removed them with a reboot for good measure (we could also opt for Geek Buddy help to make sure our PC was clean). COMODO Antivirus seemed to take a bit longer to update than similar tools and often involved a reboot; we didn't mind since we like thorough updates. Dragon generally lives up to its billing as "a faster, more secure version of Chrome."

We found that COMODO Antivirus also plays well with similar tools, including Microsoft Security Essentials, though we suggest taking care when mixing antivirus solutions. We're confident that COMODO Antivirus 6.2 is up to the task of protecting your PC, though.

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome Plus Free!"

    March 24, 2014  |   By Passerby01

    Version: Comodo Antivirus 6.3.302093.2976

    Pros

    Total Protection.
    No ads.
    Extremely Light :)

    Cons

    Just Complex Setting for normal user!

    Summary

    Best Choice for everyone :)

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  • 4.0 stars

    "One Billion Settings"

    March 16, 2014  |   By Pronounce

    Version: Comodo Antivirus 6.3.302093.2976

    Pros

    Obviously a hyperbole, but I really enjoyed how many settings I could adjust to get the best performance. (BitDefender Free is terrible in this regard.) My computer's speed wasn't significantly effected.

    Cons

    Ate 200MB of my very small Windows XP installation (160MB wo/AV).

    Summary

    I played with the sandbox feature and found that it caused Chrome to lock up. Comodo gives you Dragon and Ice Dragon which are hardened Chrome and Firefox respectively for free. The kiosk mode is a virtual desktop that provides "security" for your browser, hasn't proven to be totally secure in some tests.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "One of the best free Antivirus Software ever!"

    February 26, 2014  |   By BlackBox_Hacker

    Version: Comodo Antivirus 6.3.302093.2976

    Pros

    Comodo detects Zero-day exploits and it has also a Sandbox feature, it has great detection rates!!!

    Cons

    This Software has none.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "MALWARE!!!!!!!!!"

    January 17, 2014  |   By harster

    Version: Comodo Antivirus 6.3.302093.2976

    Pros

    hmmm, let me think......

    still thinking....................................................................

    Cons

    Admittedly, the text I will paste in below, in the Summary, applies to a tech support request I submitted for the firewall, but I think you'll see it also applies to all of Comodo's software.

    Summary

    I received a reply from Comodo with a link for a horrendously huge and long download for the entire suite. I replied to Comodo that I only wanted an update to fix a problem (reports all showed something like "nothing to report") with the firewall - just the firewall. The Geek Buddy reply was another link that the sender said would only be for the firewall. That was a lie. I ran the "upgrade" and ended up spending hours undoing the damage.

    The download was still very large and laborious. The installation required TWO restarts. I had to decline a number of "extras" and yet Dragon and Geek Buddy were installed without my permission, some other bullshxt too. The GUI of the new firewall was completely and ridiculously unrecognizable. It reminded me of walking down a neon lit street in a red light district of a less fortunate part of the world, where all they want to do is drag you in the door, club you over the head and empty your pockets. No thanks. Been there - don't want to do it again. And the offer to have a Geek Buddy help me configure the installation??? - PURE bullshxt. The last time a Geek Buddy "helped" me, he screwed up my PC badly and it took hours for me to repair. Are you getting my point?

    All I wanted to do was fix a small problem that would get my firewall to produce reports when I selected buttons that should yield that result. I spent hours doing two system restores, hunting out and removing elements of your absolutely malevolent "upgrade", re-downloading and installing my latest windows updates, and finally re-installing my Comodo firewall from the installation files I saved from two years ago. When I did that install, the automatic update (that I tried to do from withing the program before all this BS started) fixed the problem. I now have reports.

    It's bad enough that the version from two years ago installed Dragon and Geek Buddy without giving me a choice, but to insult me further by "upgrading" me to a completely unfamiliar product and causing me hours of frustration is unforgivable.

    I will use my firewall, the one I liked for the last several years, until it quits working, or until you stop supporting it, but I will never again recommend Comodo, and I will do everything I can to discredit Comodo at every opportunity I have. Your blatantly avaricious and malicious attempts to dig into my pockets and dazzle me with neon buttons and bright colors is pure bullshxt and I won't tolerate it ever again.

    Sincerely, your worst enemy,

    Harster

    Updated on Jan 17, 2014

    After having a chance to think about it, I wish I could have used a bunch of obscenities in my review. I'm incredibly angry that a company I used to trust became so totally, blatantly, raptor-like.

    Updated on Jan 18, 2014

    I APOLOGIZE TO COMODO. I gave Comodo Firewall a terrible review, but I was mistaken. I installed the product late at night, thinking it was just an incremental update, but it was really a MAJOR update to the extent that it looked like a scam. Because Comodo has been such a good product for me for years, I decided to give it another try today when I had more time.

    The latest version of Comodo Firewall contains all of the familiar, excellent protection, and much more. It is an improved, faster product, containing several additional features.

    The bottom line is that Comodo has produced an extremely effective and complete line of protection modules, that because of the large number of capabilities, may be intimidating. I'm an experienced user, and I prefer to do all of my own work. Comodo offers free Geek Buddy setup assistance and if I were a casual computer or device user, as most are, I would take advantage of this offer because of the enormous capabilities of their product.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Do not install this"

    December 14, 2013  |   By Quolen4

    Version: Comodo Antivirus 6.3.302093.2976

    Pros

    None at all

    Cons

    It slowed my laptop right up when I installed it, I tried to restart it but it would not shut down. After about 30mins I shut it down by holding the start button and that was the end of my laptop, it won't switch on anymore.

    Summary

    Stay away from this.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "An AV program that behaves like a virus?"

    December 5, 2013  |   By yar12

    Version: Comodo Antivirus 6.3.302093.2976

    Pros

    It seems to work as intended.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, Comodo intends for it to behave like a virus - it pops up advertisements several times a day. I was under the impression that that's one of the things AV programs are meant to prevent.

    Additionally, there are no useful configuration options, and no menu system. Whatever way Comodo wants you to use it is the only way it'll be.

    Summary

    Avoid it. It seems that all of the larger AV companies, Comodo included, have started trying to scam money out of their users so I'd look for some lesser-known alternatives.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best AV ever"

    November 10, 2013  |   By FrHyp

    Version: Comodo Antivirus 6.3.301250.2972

    Pros

    Proactive protection
    Strong HIPS system
    Good antivirus software
    Extremely fast cloud scanner

    Cons

    Absolutely none.

    Summary

    Best AV ever. Top AV software that prevents infection by using a strong behaviour and HIPS system. The antivirus is good, quite fast and the scan cloud is effective. The Av's future.
    Comodo does not slow pcs, and is simple to uninstall: you simply need to know how to use Windows D:

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  • 1.0 stars

    "AVOID! slows everything
    & doesn't learn or do as told."

    November 2, 2013  |   By lozsno

    Version: Comodo Antivirus 6.3.301250.2972

    Pros

    nice interface...

    Cons

    Slows the laptop to a standstill.
    Doesn't learn given rules.
    Forever blocking things it shouldnt

    Summary

    Highly recommended in this site -obviously they haven done their homework properly.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "worst anti virus ever"

    October 7, 2013  |   By cls2106

    Version: Comodo Antivirus 6.3.301250.2972

    Pros

    none that i found

    Cons

    1) slowed my laptop down until it was virtually unusable
    2)kept downloading these 'updates' and saying my system was unsecured
    3)took forever to remove off my laptop

    Summary

    I definitely do not recommend this for use as an anti virus. My laptop was virtually unusable while this was installed due to how slow it made the system run and the length of time it takes to try and remove it. Didn't see any real benefit to having this installed and there are much better free anti virus programmes out there that don't give you drama

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Comodo IS a virus! Beware!"

    October 6, 2013  |   By MtTahoma

    Version: Comodo Antivirus 6.3.301250.2972

    Pros

    none that I can think of

    Cons

    cannot be uninstalled with any tools available from Comodo/internet. Slows computer performance and cannot recognize safe sites. There are so many good programs out there, but not this!

    Summary

    Pieces of this program cannot be uninstalled from registry, preventing the user from going to multiple safe websites. I had just formatted and reinstalled my operating system when I saw CNET's good rating and installed the Comodo components. I read reviews that called the program a virus, but I didn't believe CNET could be wrong. Now Comodo is constantly hijacking my web searches and redirecting me to a useless Comodo web page. Beware!

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