Softpedia Editor's Review for Comodo AntiVirus
Efficient antivirus that detects and destroys malware and viruses
Written by Elena Opris on November 23rd, 2012
COMODO Antivirus is a strong security software that scans your computer and removes any malware, viruses or spyware that have infiltrated in your system.
During installation, COMODO Antivirus offers to change your DNS servers to the COMODO SecureDNS server.
The user interface is easy to follow. In the first section you can view the current status of the antivirus updates and that of the defense system.
The antivirus system allows you to run a scan of the entire drive, in critical areas alone or according to your preferences. Other options include scanning only for spyware or scheduling daily or weekly scans.
A log file allows you to view all antivirus events and notifications, while the scanner settings allow you adjust the level of real-time scanning (on access, disabled).
Defense+ is a section of COMODO Antivirus where you can add or remove files to or from your local safe executable files database, run a program inside Sandbox, view a list of unrecognized files that are automatically placed inside Sandbox until further notice, set various rules (e.g. predefined policies, blocked files) and configuration options (e.g. security level, execution control level, Sandbox security level).
Additionally, you can manage the antivirus configuration settings, let the software diagnose an unsolvable problem or manage an endpoint.
A full scan on the computer takes a really long time to finish, but COMODO Antivirus manages to detect and quarantine a lot of malicious agents, while using a small amount of system memory (although other processes run slower).
All in all, COMODO Antivirus has some powerful features for protecting your computer. The configuration may be a bit tricky for less experienced users, but running the software with the default options should be quite OK as well.
Comodo AntiVirus description
Here are some key features of "Comodo AntiVirus":
Default Deny Protection:
· Makes sure that only known PC-safe applications execute
· Stops viruses and malware before they access your computer…so it isn't too late to stop them.
Auto Sandbox Technology:
· The sandbox is a virtual operating environment for untrusted programs – ensuring viruses and other malicious software are completely isolated from the rest of your computer
Full strength, top notch virus detection and elimination:
· Our download offers free Antivirus protection that exceeds the protection offered by expensive security suites
Quarantine system to isolate suspicious files:
· Possible viruses are kept executing to ensure that nothing "sneaky" gets through
· Set virus scans to run on a schedule, when it's convenient for you
· Spyware Scanner detects and cleans malware infections in PC registry and disks.
Cloud based Antivirus:
· Cloud based antivirus scanning detects malicious file even if a user does not have up-to-date virus definitions.
Cloud based Behavior Analysis:
· Cloud based behavior analysis system detects zero-day malware INSTANTLY.
Cloud based Whitelisting:
· Cloud based whitelisting of trusted publisher easily identifies a safe file and vendor
· Suppresses operations that could interfere with a user’s gaming experience such as alerts, virus database updates or scheduled scans.
· Provides users with the ability to lockdown their PC so only known good applications can run.
· Make sure your PC is clean with one simple button click
Easy and user-friendly interface:
· Simply install and forget, while Antivirus continues to protect
Real-time access to updated virus definitions:
· Get the most current protection possible against new viral strains
Unique "slider" to easily change your current security level:
· Change the behavior of Antivirus to reflect your security preferences at any given time
· 128 MB RAM
· 350 MB hard disk space
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· NEW! Advanced View feature for home screen
· NEW! Multi-selection functionality on various grids
· NEW! Search button in all relevant grids
· NEW! Support for "Fully Virtualized" auto-sandboxing
· IMPROVED! GUI performance while opening main dialogs
· IMPROVED! Support for keyboard and touch screen
· FIXED! Files from network shares cannot be added to trusted files
· FIXED!Various compatibility issues related to virtualization
· FIXED!Various issues associated with COMODO Cleaning Essentials
Users are advised to pay attention while installing this ad-supported application:
· Offers to change the homepage for web browsers installed in the system
· Offers to change the default search engine for web browsers installed in the system