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Comodo Internet Security

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Comodo Internet Security is a free antivirus and PC security solution that combines a number of effective security tools into one easy-to-use package. It's one of the latest challengers to enter the expanding field of free security bundles, with which it shares some important characteristics, such as cloud-based virus scanning and behavior analysis to counter zero-day threats, a sturdy firewall, sandboxing, and anti-spyware -- all controlled from a single access point that takes the guesswork and program-swapping out of the security equation. Each strives to satisfy advanced users and absolute beginners alike. Comodo Internet Security passes all those checkpoints and adds some unique extras, such as the privacy-enhancing Comodo Dragon browser and SecureDNS service that lets you surf safely and maybe faster, too. We've been using Comodo's free firewall app for some time, and it's proved every bit as effective as the better-known free firewalls. It's a major component of Comodo Internet Security.

The program's System Tray icon accesses the configuration files for Internet Security, Firewall Security, and Proactive Security, and four optional Security Level settings: Antivirus, Firewall, Defense, and Sandbox. We'll skip to the chase and state that Comodo Internet Security cleared the bar for all-around security. And, like the standalone firewall, Comodo Internet Security plays well with other security tools, including some large packages. In functionality and performance, it's much like its competitors, all of which share similarities. It scanned our system, updated itself automatically, and sandboxed new apps for checking and approval. Dragon is an excellent Chromium-based browser that integrates with Comodo's SecureDNS service (other browsers do too) to offer enhanced privacy. SecureDNS changed our network settings; we noticed no difference in browsing, though.

When free antivirus programs started offering the same protection and security (and even databases and engines) as premium antivirus software, the big players responded by bundling other security tools, including firewalls, threat isolation, and anti-adware tools designed to protect your PC from a wide range of critical and potential threats. Now Comodo has stepped up its game and upped the level of competition with Comodo Internet Security. It belongs on any short list of free PC security solutions.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Like Virtual Machine If OS Version Doesn't Support VM."

    April 12, 2014  |   By Grafik-Werk

    Version: Comodo Internet Security 7.0

    Pros

    Some Windows versions, like Windows 7 Home Premium, don't have a group policy editor (for tweaking security beyond firewall) or an ability to support virtual machine (VM) or an ability to use Comodo CIS-type sandbox; this version of Comodo CIS improves things for such OS, and when running ANY browsers in the virtual kiosk it's as if there were a VM/sandbox running...good news for smaller OS. If you don't like Comodo AV as resident antivirus, use one you like and either install just Comodo Firewall and Defense+ (and PrivDog against web ads if you like, it's now offered at install), or choose what Comodo products you want running after installing. New users would do well to read Comodo's user manual.

    Cons

    This version offers a few GUI themes under configuration setting menu for "Themes"; for some reason, only the "Classic" theme seems to give access to a few features enjoyed in prior version. The free version can't be repaired, so if on rare occasion it has incurable errors you have to clean uninstall/reinstall. I found on Windows 7 Home Premium increasing the OS pagefile to 1.5X installed RAM cured random BSOD due to Comodo drivers. That's it for cons.

    Summary

    No one protection actually protects against EVERY possible thing by itself, but Comodo CIS 7 sure does guard against a heck of a lot! I found that even if my router/modem had ports compromised to respond "closed" rather than "stealthed", Comodo CIS was still reporting PC devices as all ports stealthed...giving impression to hackers no device beyond router/modem existed. Again, this is a great suite for ANY, and especially smaller, Windows OS.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "great program"

    April 11, 2014  |   By AnuDKiller

    Version: Comodo Internet Security 7.0

    Pros

    1. Excellent Detection
    2. Tight security
    3. Full Featured, and free
    4. Have everything like HIPS, Sandbox, Virtual Desktop, game mode, Network Intrusion detection, rating system scans.
    5. Have backgroup mode. Using it you can send any comodo task to background and it will take very minimum resource.
    6. No advertisement.
    7. Very useful for advanced users.

    Cons

    This is not actually a cons. It's kind of a suggestion. Comodo should add profiles and should make a profile for novices. So that when some alert comes they are not freaked out.

    Summary

    Excellent protection.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great program!"

    April 4, 2014  |   By Jan_Kol

    Version: Comodo Internet Security 7.0

    Pros

    Total security

    Cons

    None for me but maybe for inexperienced users sometime a bit difficulty

    Summary

    I used Avast anti virus for many years. Plus the Comodo firewall. When I experienced that in some benchmarks the Comodo protection is slightly better than Avast I changed completely to Comodo Internet Security Free. Since about six months I use this protection now (= April 2014) and had n0 problems other than from time tot time allow Comodo to do something on my laptops (Win 7 Ultimate and Win 7 Prof).

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