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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

    "One of the best out there."

    September 14, 2013  |   By DaGoodPirate

    Version: Comodo Internet Security 6.2

    Pros

    1.) Covers everything if you download all the parts.
    2.) Easy to configure.
    3.) Doesn't bog down the OS.
    4.) Has an actual HIDS.
    5.) Abilitiy to sandbox browser and applications.

    Cons

    5.) Does install needless programs like Geekspeek and Comodo Browser, but both can be easily uninstalled. Just make sure to go into the directories to check that all traces are gone.

    Summary

    My favorite free internet suite avaiable. The only other suite that trumphs this is Kaspersky which is pay by subscription. I will say that if you are unexperienced with security software and creating firewall rules and exceptions, that this probably won't be the best option for you. But if you know what you're doing, then this suite has a lot of features and settings to make the most of.

    I've never had to deal with any false positives. The most nuisance I had to deal with is from the HIDS component asking me to allow/block certain new programs from running. But hey, that is its job. I'd rather have it do that than not stopping a malicious program from running at all. I don't have much to say on how well it removes malicious code, but that's only because I've never gotten any. And I contribute that to Comodo. It has an easy to read network analysis that tells me which programs/services are reaching out; it gives me there location on the hard drive and the option to terminate its connection or all connections.

    Firewall rules are easy to add, remove, or edit. I can easily configure it to allow this specific range of IP or MAC addresses to broadcast out and to block all others if somehow either gets spoofed. Same thing for all inbound connections and applications.

    The Rescue Disk feature allows the user to create a bootable disk/usb that if the computer becomes infected, simply put it in, boot to it from BIOS, and run all the scans and removal programs on the system before allowing it to boot. A very nice extra to have if you don't have a backup or an installation disk to rebuild the system from.

    It also allows for easy, just one click, to start any internet browser in a sandbox mode. So to all those Facebook gamers and porn viewers, this is a necessity to you if you don't want viruses and malware. It sets up a "playground" that you can do whatever you want in and it keeps it completely seperated from the system, and when it closes, it discards everything. Works exactly like a virtual OS.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "xp\vista dam,7and up suk
    xp good vista good none more"

    September 12, 2013  |   By ck1nu

    Version: Comodo Internet Security 6.2

    Pros

    don't get win bs 8 0r nine pos 10 stay with 7 aka vista sp 3and 4

    Cons

    yea all bs dose not help

    Summary

    don't do-it

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Stay away from this one"

    September 4, 2013  |  

    Version: Comodo Internet Security 6.2

    Pros

    None that I can see

    Cons

    Too many false positives
    Very poor support

    Summary

    Support staff thinks that everything that goes wrong is always the end user's fault.

    There are many AV/Security programs out there that do not carry the baggage this one does.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Better free ones out there. didn't like it."

    September 2, 2013  |   By Peter_Brito

    Version: Comodo Internet Security 6.2

    Pros

    it comes as a security suite so you don't have to mix and match.

    Cons

    Tried to change too many things on my computer for my comfort

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Horrible -- or great?"

    August 22, 2013  |   By yellerc

    Version: Comodo Internet Security 6.2

    Pros

    If I indeed had a virus (no real symptoms except slowdown, but Comodo said it found -- and cleaned--two) that was what made my computer go haywire when I tried to use Comodo, then they did an adequate job of helping me recover from a complete crash that kept from even being able to start in safe mode. Geekbuddy phone technician (which is what I had to use since my laptop was stone dead) was in India and a bit bored, so I didn't get much sympathy or humor, and often had to say the same thing several times before he heard me but eventually he got me up and running again, possibly better than before.

    Cons

    I spent over an hour, in online chat and on the phone, trying to solve a problem that *seemed* to have been created by running Comodo. But maybe I had a very sophisticated piece of malware that only Comodo was finding and responding to (TrendMicro gave me a clean bill of health before I ever tangled with Comoda).

    Summary

    After running Comodo I spent several of the most stressful hours in recent memory. If I hadn't read the glowing reviews by CNET and others, I would be cursing them to high heaven. But given those reviews, maybe the crash was a result of malware and their support helped me get rid of it. Just don't know.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "There are a few problems in Comodo which are very bad"

    August 19, 2013  |   By salesalex

    Version: Comodo Internet Security 6.2

    Pros

    Comodo internet security does not slow down computer and has the full set of security solutions for free (antivirus,firewall and sandbox=virtual space for suspicious programs and browsers).

    Cons

    1.There is NO RESET or RESTORE DEFAULTS option in this program or any Comodo's security product !? When I wanted to change some settings to their defaults I had to do that manually , for some settings I didn't find the way to revert them = not even after reinstallation of Comodo CIS so now I have to use other AV .
    2.Every user (even the guest or 'limited user account') can easily disable Comodo by right click on taskbar icon , unless administrator protects Comodo with the password.

    Summary

    I've been using Comodo CIS for some time and recommending this program to people , but until those two problems are fixed I will not install it on any computer .

    Updated on Aug 19, 2013

    correction,there is a reset option only for 'virtual kiosk'(sandbox)

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Installed Comodo and lost all my desktop gadgets."

    August 14, 2013  |   By frliss

    Version: Comodo Internet Security 6.2

    Pros

    Didn't have it installed long enough to find any.

    Cons

    Lost all my Microsoft supplied desktop gadgets. When I tried their "Geek" support service I was told that this is a pay service and I would have to subscribe. I want my gadgets back!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Almost lost my machine (Vista under Bootcamp on MacPro)"

    August 13, 2013  |  

    Version: Comodo Internet Security 6.2

    Pros

    None I can think of if I was to lose my machine and my 7TB of data on it. And I do use a computer for a living: dimmerlight.com.

    Cons

    Several red flags right off the bat - machine started rebooting itself right after windows login.

    Two days after install my machine started cycling on reboot and I couldn't even get to Safe Mode.

    Thanks to System Restore I banished COMODO forever.

    I know it's free, but free stuff is supposed to help you out nicely until you decide to buy. Great free is a good marketing for good stuff and bad free means you just lost a customer.

    Summary

    Verdict: Back up your stuff in case you try it and need to System Restore later - you may lose all you have got.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good product"

    August 10, 2013  |   By 1dustpelt

    Version: Comodo Internet Security 6.2

    Pros

    -Was only free product to receive 100% protection in latest AV-Test test.
    -In same AV-Test test, it was third in performance after the paid Webroot and Bitdefender

    Cons

    Can be hard to use for less technical users

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Performance"

    August 7, 2013  |   By ccoolboy90

    Version: Comodo Internet Security 6.2

    Pros

    Nice job on virus definition and Heavy behavior sense

    Cons

    not fully compatible with windows 8

    Summary

    best free internet security suite

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