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Does free Comodo Firewall contain an anti-virus?


BarneyRubble

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Power User
#1
Now I know many of you will say there is no need for a firewall that will replace Ms's own one in Windows 8.1 and yes, I agree with you. But I wanted someting a bit more visually appealing and engaging. Plus I like experimenting with new software:geek:

Anyhoo it's not a problem but after a week I noticed that Security Centre was flashing messages at me that anti-virus protection was switched off. I currently use Avast which of course disables Defender. It listed Avast, Defender and Comodo as all switched off. I was able to activate Defender and I am now receiving updates for it.

Avast runs as a on demand scanner much in the same way as Malewarebytes. I can see that I have to update definitions manually.

So looking more closely at Comodo, all I have is a shortcut to Firewall (MS one is switched off) on my desktop but looking at the directories I can see that the folder is called Security which implies an anti-virus. It does have a scanner but if that is an anti-virus then it's rubbish:mad:

I'm happy with Defender as my principal defence even though Avast would be my first choice but annoyed that Comodo would sneak in something that is totally unwanted and conflicts with my chosen setup. This is beginning to sound more like a rant but I hate being duped.

And ps, my cpu is not up to virtulisation but it's interesting to see that I have a virtual desktop with Comodo. Don't know what to use it for as my browsing is limited but I'm always open to suggestions:eek:
 

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    Windows 8.1 Pro
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    AsRock
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    Intel Core2 Quad Q8200
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    AsRock N7AD SLI
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    8GB DDRII
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    Avast

loveandpower

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#2
I dislike the free one ( and I vaguely recall it's a trial? )

Comodo Antivirus 2014 | Download Free Antivirus for Virus Protection

I have heard good things though about the PRO version.

As for the virtual part. A lot of people will use virtual desktops as their safe haven for banking online as it doesn't save no history or cookies to the computer/program.
 

My Computer

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    windows 8.1
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    iBUYPOWER
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    AMD 8320
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    Radeon 7850
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    1024x768
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    Azza Solaris
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    50MBps download/10MBps upload
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    Chrome/Firefox/Internet Explorer
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    Malwarebytes PRO

TairikuOkami

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#3

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    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64
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    Lenovo E525
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    AMD A4-3300M @ 2,0GHz
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    6GB DDR3 1333MHz
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    AMD Radeon HD 6480G 512MB shared
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    WD 465GB
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    Fusion Tweaker
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    Logitech K360
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    Logitech M705
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LMiller7

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#4
Does free Comodo Firewall contain an anti-virus?
No.

The free version of Comodo Firewall does not include AV protection. There is a separate AV product. There is also a product that incorporates both but it is not free. I don't know how good they are.
 

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TairikuOkami

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#5
Comodo Internet Security is free, not that I would recommened Comodo at all, I dislike them. :rolleyes:
I would recommend Private Firewall free instead + some free cloud AV, like Bitdefender, Panda, Qihoo.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Lenovo E525
    CPU
    AMD A4-3300M @ 2,0GHz
    Memory
    6GB DDR3 1333MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon HD 6480G 512MB shared
    Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    WD 465GB
    Cooling
    Fusion Tweaker
    Keyboard
    Logitech K360
    Mouse
    Logitech M705
    Internet Speed
    50/50 MBps
    Browser
    Yandex
    Antivirus
    No AV & No Firewall
    Other Info
    Headphones: Sennheiser RS170

BarneyRubble

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#7
Sorry for being so long to get back to this and thanks for your replies.

@TairikuOkami
I assumed it was the free firewall. Following on from your link to the site, I had clicked on the free firewall rather than the internet security but despite the lack of evidence when it comes to desktop shortcuts the av is installed. I checked my C drive and I found Dragon as a 32bit programme and Geek Buddy and Internet Security as a 64bit install. So, very sneaky, not what the doctor ordered.

@lovendpower
I dislike the free one as well. I have absolutely no idea what the scan module is trying to tell me.

@LMiller7
It does look like I've got a free version of firewall combined with some sort of crappy av. All depends on what a rating scan is and if its not an av, why did Comodo become the default av system as per security centre.

Interesting results from it all though. Defender is now alive and kicking with updates from MS and Avast still receives automatic updates. Following on from David Bailey's topic "Anti-virus tests - free" http://www.eightforums.com/system-security/47530-antivirus-tests-free.html

Avast had flown trough all the tests 100%. With my new set-up the intrusions were picked up by:
1. Avast
2. Avast
3. Comodo
4. Avast
5. Avast

Avast is obviously alive and well in the background (except for no. 3). Just checked Defender and it looks like its switched off again - the other night it was picking up items on the test. I've checked security centre and Avast appears to have switched off Defender and Comodo - hurray but number 3 on the test?? I guess my little tick box in Avast must have gone awol.

Moral of the story, Avast rules;) Found the tick box and Avast won't even let the PUP file download whereas Comodo did and then blocked it.

If the Av is this bad, how bad is the firewall??
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    AsRock
    CPU
    Intel Core2 Quad Q8200
    Motherboard
    AsRock N7AD SLI
    Memory
    8GB DDRII
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI Geforce GTX760 Twin Frozer
    Sound Card
    On Board Realtec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Hanns G 221A
    Hard Drives
    Hitachi_HDP725050GLA360
    Case
    Yes, I have one. Less messy that way
    Mouse
    Squeek
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Avast