Keeping your computer secured while connected to the Internet is a must for anyone. Operating systems come equipped with basic tools for such tasks, but there are various applications out there strictly dedicated and with enhanced features. Comodo Firewall is one of them and promises to stand by your side while browsing the web.
A thorough setup process
From the first step of the installation process you need to pay attention so you only get desired items installed, as the application comes bundled with other offers as well. Moreover, your actions determine the overall behavior, as you can set the application to adapt to your activities so it automatically blocks or allows specific connections.
Provides quick access to features
The interface is quite modern and intuitive, letting anyone quickly accommodate, with full support from a rich online help manual. The application also brings a small widget on your desktop to display current security status and provide quick access to its features.
Full control over suspicious items
By default, virtually every interaction is monitored, with popups requiring your close attention whether or not to allow the specific task to be performed. You can also choose to remember options, for example in case of certain software updates.
Various tools to work with
It manages to do a pretty good job overall, with a lot of info accessible, regarding quarantined files or processes that are dependent of your Internet connection. In terms of accessibility, the application gives you free hand to handle nearly anything it is capable of. The settings menu is rich, covering general, security, as well as firewall options, each with dedicated features. For example, you can thoroughly manage protected objects that can be simple files, registry keys or even COM interfaces.
The application also gives you access to a gaming mode that is cleverly optimized to allow only game related connections to be established for a smooth gaming experience. What's more, untrusted items can be sandboxed, in other words have them launched in a protected environment that does not make system changes until you allow them to.
Some improvements are welcomed
Little of your system's resources are used by the application. Even though the utility is incredibly powerful, we managed to encounter a serious system crash when restarting for new settings to be applied on Windows 8.1. This is not a general rule though, as the situations differ from machine to machine.
To end with
All things considered, Comodo Firewall does indeed live up to expectations and delivers the promised result. It takes little accommodation, with most attention required being in the installation process. The feature pack is abundant and intuitive, stored in a well-designed interface. This might just be the right tool if you're looking from extra protection.
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