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Comodo Internet Security

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Comodo has merged its antivirus program with Firewall Pro, creating a free security program that aims to be more to more people. Although this may frustrate some users who want only one program or the other, the installer does let you opt out of either of the components. Users are also asked to install the Comodo SafeSearch and Ask.com toolbars, so be careful if you tend to install on autopilot. CIS requires a reboot.

Resource management is better than before, with hogging all but eliminated. It provides a smorgasbord of information and options for advanced users, but it's simple enough for beginners, and runs smoothly and silently in the background. The version 3 interface utilizes a plain white color scheme and replaces old terminology with more intuitive terms such as Summary, Firewall, Defense, and Miscellaneous. In each, there are links to relevant security issues so users can drill down to learn more about how the firewall is performing. The firewall rears its head most often when Security Alerts ask about new Internet connections as the program "learns" your computer's behavior.

Shield-shaped buttons at the top facilitate switching between the antivirus and firewall modules, as well as a summary tab that provides a general overview. Users can toggle automatic scans of archives or downloads, scans on start-up, manage the quarantine, and schedule scans and definition file updates through a clean and comprehensible list of links. The definition file update crashed during its first use, but was stable thereafter. Scans completed at a reasonable speed, but were not blazingly fast.

A third pane, Defense+, provides more-advanced security options including locking down specific files from modification, perusing an active processes list, and protecting specific Registry keys. Comodo Internet Security's wide range of free services are generally good, but the firewall is clearly the strongest of the bunch.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.8 stars

    out of 2,082 votes

    • 5 star: 1051
    • 4 star: 374
    • 3 star: 151
    • 2 star: 157
    • 1 star: 349
  • Current version:

    3.7 stars

    out of 76 votes

    • 5 star: 36
    • 4 star: 12
    • 3 star: 9
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 14
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works well for beginners and other novice users."

    June 25, 2010  |   By kendo276

    Version: Comodo Internet Security 4.0

    Pros

    Easy to install, simple to use. I am not a computer ignoramus, but I am not a computer tech either. System worked well for my home PC, no problems working with other apps. Tech support was helpful when used it online.

    Cons

    Sandbox can be a little confusing, but once you get the jist it is fine.

    Summary

    Good simple security

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  • 5.0 stars

    "THE best free security suite out there"

    June 24, 2010  |   By Timtropolis

    Version: Comodo Internet Security 4.0

    Pros

    Easy install, VERY intuitive interface, excellent toolset, excellent at stopping malware

    Cons

    Popups from the software learning curve can be annoying but flattens out eventually

    Summary

    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 cbsi.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.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great FireWall... Still testing the rest."

    June 22, 2010  |   By brhokla

    Version: Comodo Internet Security 4.0

    Pros

    A rock solid Firewall, maybe one of the best you can get and it's totally FREE!

    Cons

    Don't know really any cons yet as I haven't played enough with the rest but I know the Firewall is very good.

    Summary

    Even if you only get this software for the Firewall you are getting a Great Deal! It is very Very Good. I'm sure the rest is also good but we all need a good Firewall and Comodo provides it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Useless..."

    June 19, 2010  |   By SwedStar

    Version: Comodo Internet Security 4.0

    Pros

    None so far...

    Cons

    See "Bottom-line summary:"

    Summary

    Comodo would not accept my correct email address. Did tests with five real addresses, but none was accepted. How can you make such a mistake?
    It's incredibly clumsy. As a result the confidence for Comodo diminish almost to zero.

    For more info: http://forums.comodo.com/help-cevpn/wont-accept-my-email-address-t41828.0.html

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Wiill not install"

    June 18, 2010  |   By fishface

    Version: Comodo Internet Security 4.0

    Pros

    Used this fire wall for years and it has worked well

    Cons

    The new update will just not install. Went onto Comodo forum others had same prob. No answer to fix it. Gone onto ZoneAlarm but will try to get comodo back onto PC coz I'm use to it's set up. Using XP Pro.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Light footprint, easy install."

    June 18, 2010  |   By jevenew

    Version: Comodo Internet Security 4.0

    Pros

    I used this on a new build for a customer who did not have any security software yet. It provided peace of mind while downloading updates from Microsoft and initial setup of internet connection. I intend to do further research into the paid version

    Cons

    I have no problems with this software.

    Summary

    I think security software should be intuitive, unobtrusive, and affordable. This application met all those needs.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Stubborn download and more than people want"

    June 17, 2010  |   By vanderloo

    Version: Comodo Internet Security 4.0

    Pros

    Comodo firewall has always been one of the best; fairly intuitive; does it what is claims.

    Cons

    Defense +: a nagging, bothersome programme. Tries to do too much when really people are happy with other anti-virus and just want a good firewall.

    Summary

    As others have said Comodo was always a choice firewall, and it still is; it's just been bundles with anti-virus that not everyone wants. My version 3 nagged me to upgrade, downloaded, removed the old version, refused to setup correctly and left me without protection. It simply will not install, so I've had to go with Zone Alarm - which frankly is bothering me a lot less.
    I'm still giving it three stars because the firewall is clearly excellent, but this 'package' is a failure.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "NO ONE comes anywhere near Comodo products!"

    June 17, 2010  |   By JohnPrestonn

    Version: Comodo Internet Security 4.0

    Pros

    The Comodo Team has tirelessly put out the best products on the market. From the incredibly easy to use and undersatnd interface, to the complete control over what go in and out in CIS, everything they have is amazing. 10 Stars from me!

    Cons

    Nothing at all, I like it all so far :)

    Summary

    Comodo is just easy to use, and the best out there. I am no beginner when it comes to Computer Security, and in all my years, nothing touches Comodo. From there free products to help those of us that cannot afford the more expensive products, to the Free License Keys they offer via their Forums for those truly in need, it is all wonderful. And it isn't shoddy work, it is profession enterprise strength, no matter what version you have, whether it be The Business or free, you can rest assured that if you have them installed, your computer is safe. And safer still, knowing that they have a Virus-Free guarantee. To you, Comodo Team, I tip my hat...

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  • 5.0 stars

    "it is the best internet security"

    June 16, 2010  |   By mickelcorleone

    Version: Comodo Internet Security 4.0

    Pros

    comodo internet security is the best product
    you can see recent test on this site
    http://www.matousec.com/projects/proactive-security-challenge/level.php?num=1

    Cons

    comodo internet security is the best product
    you can see recent test on this site
    http://www.matousec.com/projects/proactive-security-challenge/level.php?num=1

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Just lost a user who used to love COMODO products"

    June 15, 2010  |   By portage022

    Version: Comodo Internet Security 4.0

    Pros

    free
    So so on prevention

    Cons

    keeps sandboxing applications even when I said don't run in sandbox

    sandbox Cancelled a 1 gig download from hotfile (slow)

    Defense + asks too many questions which most users don't even read

    COMODO says they will fix it but they don't even bother.

    Summary

    sandbox keeps sandboxing applications even when I said don't run in sandbox
    Cancelled a 1 gig download from hotfile (superslow) because of sandbox

    Defense + still asks too many questions which most users don't even read

    COMODO says they will fix it but they don't even bother.

    I wouldn't use COMODO. Used to be great but sandbox and other stuff ruined it

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