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Choosing a security suite, AVAST, ESET or COMODO?


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#1 VicVegas

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 12:07 PM

So hey. My AVG renewal is up and I really want to try something new. So my top choices are between AVAST, ESET and COMODO. I'll probably come to a conclusion myself, I know no AV is perfect after all so allot of it is down to personal preference, but I'm a little torn so I'd still like to hear a little input from someone else. I mean I'd choose ESET in a heartbeat, simply because I haven't tried them yet and I've heard nothing but good things about them, but they are also the most expensive option. Avast is a program I'm highly partial to due to their amazing community support, but I feel as though Avast's latest version has gotten slower on the machines I've installed it on, taking forever to scan and eating up more resources than before. Comodo's Firewall is just plain awesome, difficult to handle and somewhat irritating, but I like the fact that it's vigilant enough to block anything it does not recognize, but beyond the firewall I have no experience with Comodo.

There's another thing. I have several computers where I use two free programs together to get the full protection, Comodo and Avast, but I'm feeling that using them as a combo may actually be the reason Avast is so slow, but even before that Avast's scans were kinda slow. AVG and Webroot typically take half an hour to complete a routine scan whereas Avast always takes an hour or more, and takes up half of the system resources in the process.

Anyway, it's between those three or a combo of their free variations basically. Any input on the matter would be great, I'm just looking for something better than flipping a coin. :)

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 05:45 PM

Choosing a security suite involves many of the same questions asked when Choosing an Anti-Virus Program or Choosing a Firewall.
There is no universal "one size fits all solution that works for everyone.

I'm not an advocate of suites. All-in-one tools and suites generally use more system resources than separate programs that do the same task. They tend to have varying degrees of strengths and weaknesses for each feature. In contrast, separate tools are designed, built and maintained with a greater focus in a specific area so they are generally of better quality and more effective at what they are designed to do. This means the program's performance for that particular feature is usually superior than their all-in-one counterpart. Further, all-in-one tools generally do not allow the user as much flexibility in tailoring default settings and usage.

If you are adamant about using a suite, then I would recommend either avast! Internet Security or ESET Smart Security.
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Posted 25 February 2012 - 06:39 PM

Before you purchase a security product narrow down your choices.

Find out if the products have a trial offer. Most of the major players do offer fully functioning trials of their software.

Install the product and try before you buy. This will give you an opportunity to see if it plays nice with your system and give you a chance to find out if it user friendly.

I use Eset Smart Security. I've had no problems with it.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 09:59 AM

If you are adamant about using a suite, then I would recommend either avast! Internet Security or ESET Smart Security.

Well I thought I made it clear I wasn't all that adamant on anything. I did run a search through AV comparatives and they made Avast and Comodo sound pretty unbeatable again. Avast's scans and updates are kinda slow, but perhaps there's just good reason for that. :mellow:

I was a little curious if I should upgrade to the paid version of either one. Though Avast Antivirus Pro just offers SafeZone (I'm not sure what this does exactly) and Sandbox which Comodo offers for free. And well, as a firewall there is no paid version for Comodo unless I want a suite. I guess it just still feels a little weird to get some of the most reliable security for free... :wacko:

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 10:20 AM

Avast Antivirus Pro just offers SafeZone (I'm not sure what this does exactly)


Starting with version 6, avast! offered several new protection features to include WebRep, AutoSandbox and SafeZone. avast! Free Antivirus does not include the full Sandbox module or SafeZone its enhancements.

AutoSandbox automatically places programs into a virtualized state when it suspects them of being threats. This helps to stop suspicious programs and prevent them from potentially damaging your system while allowing them to run. AutoSandbox permits programs (processes) to run, while keeping track of which files are opened, created, renamed, and what is read or written from the Registry. Since these types of changes are virtualized, when the process terminates itself, the system changes it made will disappear and not have any affect. For more information about this feature, how it works and how it differs from avast! Pro and avast! Internet Security, please refer to Using the AutoSandbox.

WebRep (Web Reputation) is part of the new protection offered with avast! 6 and works with IE and Firefox out of the box. This feature supports a search result ranking and Web site reputation service that uses a combination of data from Avast's virus labs and user voting to determine a safety score for a site. When you launch avast!, click on the Additional Protection button on the left and there will be information for AutoSandbox, WebRep and Site Blocking.

SafeZone is a self-contained, virtualized environment that comes with an Avast version of Chromium (similar to Google's Chrome browser). SafeZone is designed to be a security zone that allows users to conduct financial transactions and other sensitive web use without having to worry about security threats.


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Posted 26 February 2012 - 01:29 PM

OK I get it now. It's an interesting service, but I wouldn't quite consider it crucial. Maybe I'm wrong I don't know. :mellow:

Not sure why you mentioned WebRep, it's in the free version. And again Comodo offers that sandbox feature for free.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 03:24 PM

Not sure why you mentioned WebRe

Because it was one of the new protection features offered starting with version 6, avast! and other members reading this topic may not be aware.
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 02:20 AM

I would say Comodo Internet Security Plus would be best compared to Avast and Eset, Comodo Internet Security Plus is more than a firewall, it has the wherewithal to detect and block viruses, Trojan horses, worms, keyloggers, rootkits and other malware in real time. For any program that attempts to run on the PC, the product checks the signature against a database of files known to be good or bad. It runs unknown files in a virtual sandbox until their behavior reveals whether they should be released or removed. Even though the product includes an antivirus component, it is modular so that it can be installed independently of the firewall. Users can opt to leave Comodo’s antivirus module uninstalled in favor of an antivirus product from a different vendor without losing interoperability with the Comodo firewall.In order to protect users while surfing from public Wi-Fi networks, Comodo provides an encrypted internet proxy service (128-bit encryption). To encourage users to back up data on a regular basis, Comodo provides 2GB of online storage space.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 07:13 AM

I would also agree with Celena because that is who I support when it comes to AV software :) I actually was just reading a very interesting article - Comodo Antivirus Review they have a good all in one solution AV,malware protection, very good fire wall and geekbuddy support if ya want!!

Few pointers that might help you with your AV choice
http://amplicate.com/love/comodo (most loved AV in the world with 96%)

http://www.matousec.com/projects/proactive-security-challenge-64/results.php (really the only viable AV for 64bit computers as none of the others seems to have self defense against malware)

the only free Internet Security, free and works!

Plus you have to remember that cleaning your pc and protecting it are 2 very different things ARMY and your LOCAL DRY CLEANER'S to understand what I am talking about watch this interesting video at the end of this post >> Top Antivirus Software hope its not to late and you can stitch to comodo, If not just use the free trial's out there today first to see what you like and enjoy to use :)

Edited by jojo20, 27 February 2012 - 07:15 AM.


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Posted 05 March 2012 - 10:28 AM

Eset Online Scanner, Malwarebytes, Super Anti Spyware, these are the programs I use to clean my computer.

Avast specializes in their antivirus program, Comodo specializes in a firewall, I use both now. I typically trust quietman's advice, he knows what he's talking about. Both Avast and Comodo really hate old software though. They threw a fit when I was installing my old copy of Vegas 7. :lol:

I should also note that since installing NoScript and Addblock Plus I have not had a single virus enter any of my family's computers. Just goes to show the majority of viruses, malware and the like come from ads... well at least in the case of people who don't idiotically download random junk and look at porn. :mellow:

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 08:09 PM

I actually got my first malware yesterday pop up on comodo it detected it!! It freaked me I could of just sent to quarrentine but decided to get on live chat with a geek buddy/comodo agent so they connect via remote and made sure they cleaned my pc and removed of malware that's the good thing about there Comodo Internet Security Pro 2012 Includes award-winning Firewall Antivirus and GeekBuddy for like 5 bucks no other AV software I know comes with you own tec support 24/7 when ever you want :)

Edited by jojo20, 05 March 2012 - 08:10 PM.





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