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Comodo Firewall

CNET Editors' review

If you're running a fairly recent edition of Windows, you're probably also using the built-in Windows Firewall. It does a good job, but there's no reason not to take advantage of much more capable (yet just as free) firewalls, especially when they're easier to use and come with significant extras. Take Comodo Firewall: This full-featured, multilayer firewall application uses cloud-based data to analyze new programs and data to prevent attacks, including zero-day attacks. It protects your system from viruses, Trojans, worms, hacker attacks, and other threats. Extras include a Geek Buddy subscription, the SecureDNS network, and a speedy, secure Web browser, Comodo Dragon.

Comodo Firewall's setup includes three network locations, with appropriate security levels for each: Home, Work, and Public. We chose Home. Comodo Firewall's operation is very much like other firewalls we've tried: the first time you use a program or access a Web site with the firewall running, you need to enable it in a pop-up that remembers your choice unless you tell it otherwise. The firewall's system tray icon accesses a menu that let us configure the Firewall and Defense & Security levels, and also its Sandbox feature and Game Mode.

Setup required a reboot, as did some settings, such as the Proactive Security Configuration. A simple, colorful interface gave us quick access to the two main components, the Firewall and Defense+ features. In daily use, Comodo Firewall is every bit as unobtrusive and easy to manage as the most popular free standalone firewalls for Windows, and just as flexible. It also includes lots of help options, such as the Geek Buddy feature and online forums and documentation.

We also like Dragon, which we updated shortly after installing it. Dragon automatically imported favorites, history, passwords, and other data we specified from our default browser (Chrome) including our bookmarks toolbar (thanks). Dragon is Chrome's cousin; it's based on the Chromium engine. Dragon is great for trying SecureDNS without altering your network settings. The SecureDNS network offers various security features, and it didn't slow down our browsing. Comodo Firewall is a top contender among free firewall applications.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.4 stars

    out of 237 votes

    • 5 star: 106
    • 4 star: 28
    • 3 star: 23
    • 2 star: 20
    • 1 star: 60
  • Current version:

    2.3 stars

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    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
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  • 1.0 stars

    "hated it absolutely"

    April 19, 2014  |   By jhozae

    Version: Comodo Firewall 7.0

    Pros

    didn't have it long enough to say

    Cons

    I installed it and every program I opened, it would start popping up "allow" without ceaseing. It would go on like 20 times...literally. After the third p;ogram I just uninstalled it.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Ok until auto update screwed up my connecti"

    April 14, 2014  |   By 1star1heart

    Version: Comodo Firewall 7.0

    Pros

    Used Comodo for maybe a year, it was ok, lots of options, pretty clear and easy to understand.

    Cons

    BUT Sunday evening when I was watching a movie, my connection dropped and the movie stopped running. Comodo had just done a so called update, which I had ok'd thinking it was something I needed. When I started investigating, it seems comodo completely revamped their whole user interface and for some reason was blocking my connection completely. Tried any number of things to fix it, none of which worked. After 2+ hours of restarting computer, modem, etc., I uninstalled comodo and reinstalled zone alarm. Presto, chango, my connection is back and working very well. WHY do they continually "update" software and ruin it? Lately it happens with every single update on any software.

    Summary

    Developers, IF IT AIN'T BROKE DON'T FIX IT! Function is the most important, always.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good, but it breaks the shutdown process"

    April 8, 2014  |   By robinhood2008

    Version: Comodo Firewall 7.0

    Pros

    Does everything a firewall is supposed to do.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, this firewall breaks the Windows shutdown process. Windows will shut down properly, but with this program, the "halt" signal is never processed, and the "Shutting down" screen gets stuck on the screen forever. I had to override this by performing a "hard" shutdown.

    Summary

    It's a good firewall program for those who are looking for greater security than Windows' built-in firewall provides. However, I wouldn't fully recommend this program until Comodo addresses the shutdown problem.

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