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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 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:

    4.0 stars

    out of 63 votes

    • 5 star: 32
    • 4 star: 15
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 7
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Like the firewall"

    November 27, 2009  |   By aadag

    Version: Comodo Internet Security 3.12

    Pros

    The firewall is great

    Cons

    Haven't tried the AV yet

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best and Free."

    November 22, 2009  |   By DKT27

    Version: Comodo Internet Security 3.12

    Pros

    This review is just for firewall. Simply the best of them all. ZoneAlarm etc. are not as good at this. It's biggest positive is it's HIPS. Simply the best of them all.

    Cons

    Slows down the startup a bit. But afterwards, it runs smooth without any problems. And it's AV is useless. Firewall is the best.

    Summary

    Comodo is a must if you want to go for a firewall and free too. I don't like it's AV as it's not as good as it's firewall. While installing, you can disable AV if you like, you can enable it afterwards if you want. It has a grea HIPS - Host-based Intrusion prevention system that can stop or notify you from any changes made to you computer, and even registry. I really recommend it. It's the best I've used.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "So far so good, no problems at all"

    November 17, 2009  |   By JamesWatson

    Version: Comodo Internet Security 3.12

    Pros

    I installed it in place of Avast which was causing a conflict with Xobni. No problems now. Everything's running tip-top.

    Cons

    Nothing so far.

    Summary

    Good product. I'm very happy with it and am going to put it on my other PC when I have a chance.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Resource Hog"

    November 16, 2009  |   By charels88

    Version: Comodo Internet Security 3.12

    Pros

    Easy to use

    Cons

    Resource hog, misses alot of activity

    Summary

    Comodo is a poor excuse for a firewall I set up the program for maximum security and it was not catching when something was being changed that wasnt suppose to be. I was testing this program to install on my moms login of my laptop so she didnt get it infected and it didnt help at all viruses and trojans would still get through. I have had awesome results from spybot search and destroy's tea timer function and i caught everything i threw at it and then some!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great internet security!!!!!"

    November 15, 2009  |   By ahmedhhw

    Version: Comodo Internet Security 3.12

    Pros

    good detector and protector, strog removal

    Cons

    slow system down and its firewall and defense + ask alot of every simple program

    Summary

    Great perfect internet security

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Like it great firewall"

    November 15, 2009  |   By littledoc88

    Version: Comodo Internet Security 3.12

    Pros

    It is FREE. It works!

    Cons

    none yet. it has never froze up on me yet. doesn't drag down my system like most do

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Didn't work for me"

    November 13, 2009  |   By vleesbouillon

    Version: Comodo Internet Security 3.12

    Pros

    Pff, maybe that it has a lot of utilities in one program

    Cons

    Firewall: you need to know every uninfected process on your computer if you really want it to be effective.
    Anti-virus: the scan freezes with a lot of files, like one of my Word documents, the program O&O defrag, and it can't cope with Malwarebytes.

    Summary



    Updated on Mar 19, 2011

    I think you'll be right. On my new computer I have Comodo too and it never gave me problems.

    The good thing about it, is that it is free, it doesn't constantly gives messages about upgrading to the payed version, I also heard that it's quite safe and by now I'm used to it. That's why I keep it.

    The bad side are these messages. A good firewall would give you more advise whether you should block a connecting program or it should automatically detect if it is a malware program that should be blocked, but this one doesn't. In that perspective it isn't a safe program at all, cause I just let most things pass, so I won't have problems with programs that won't update or can't connect to the Internet.

    (I'm not saying this program doesn't give any advise, it does, but not enough.)

    I think 4 stars would be a better rating.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "One of the very best security suites."

    November 11, 2009  |   By dana_w9

    Version: Comodo Internet Security 3.12

    Pros

    Keeps things out, unless I want them -- that is the essence of a good internet security suite. Ranks up there with the very best.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons.

    Summary

    Internet security suites are supposed to be on, and working, in the background. And the only time they interrupt you is when they encounter something that you should make the call on -- such as, changes to your registry. Are you okay with them, or are they bad? Comodo Internet Security 3.12 is the one I trust to protect me and my computer. Thanks, Comodo

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  • 4.0 stars

    "it's professional"

    November 9, 2009  |   By JoseBorges

    Version: Comodo Internet Security 3.12

    Pros

    it really works

    Cons

    try and reduce the resource drain when scanning start on schdule scan

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Ive used this firewall for Years"

    November 5, 2009  |   By master_mind413

    Version: Comodo Internet Security 3.12

    Pros

    Ive installed this firewall on every computer ive ever worked on and used this firewall for almost 3 years now never with a problem updates are pretty frequent and it is very sturdy software

    Cons

    this firewall is not for the install it and forget it bunch of people as ANY !!! good firewall should alert you about any program that is trying to access system files or the registry or any incoming or outgoing software connections on the internet

    Summary

    a firewall is no good if it just lets every thing bypass if it lets every thing bypass there is no point of a firewall because any virus or hacker or hijacker can gain access to your computer and whats the point ?

    this is what I explain to my customers you are paying 70.00 a year or more in some cases for software that is giving you peace of mind but not really protecting you it is like putting a band aid on a broken leg it looks good but is it really helping ?

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