A Good Free Firewall & Anti Virus Suite – Comodo

The first thing I install on a new computer or a computer with a newly installed operating system is an Anti Virus & a Firewall.

If the operating system is Windows that is. Our Mac OS X computer doesn’t need one however there was a recent Mac OS X exploit making the rounds.

This post was actually triggered by my visit to Best Buy today and I saw 2 people buying the bloated Anti Virus/Firewall software.

It has been ages since I paid for these software as there are some excellent free firewall alternatives out there. And I just wanted to share it with you in case you are still spending big bucks on these. Or if you have wisened up already and exploring the options out there, you are in luck.

Comodo Firewall & Anti-Virus

Comodo is unique and has become my favorite as it combines the 2 most important utlities for any Windows computer – anti-virus & firewall. You absolutely need these 2 essential software to keep those nasty virus, trojans, rootkits, hackers out of your computer.

Comodo Firewall

Comodo Firewall, even the free version is a multi-layered security application that can constantly monitors and defends your system from inbound and outbound attacks. Some of the features I want to highlight are:

  • Excellent intuitive GUI based interface
  • Highly granular configuration options
  • Wizard based detection of trust zones
  • Complete control over programs that can access the Internet
  • Out of the box default protection settings for the inexperienced
  • Free for home and business users

Comodo Firewall is available as a PRO version as well and it provides a few extra protection features including 24×7 chat support for the software.

comodo firewall

Comodo Anti-Virus

Comodo Anti-Virus provides both real-time, on-access scanning and on-demand scanning. You can also schedule scanning for your computer so it happens when the computer is in idle or when you are asleep. Some of the Comodo Anti-Virus features are:

  • Create custom scan profiles and use it across all scan types – like scanning your portable applications, etc.
  • Real-time on-access scanning for live protection
  • Install and forget as Comodo AV can work in the background for you
  • Highly configurable on-demand scanner

Comodo Anti-virus is also available as part of the PRO Internet SUITE version with the TrustConnebt and 24/7 chat support.

My $0.02

I am not against paying for good quality software and the couple buying this were probably doing their part in the consumer economy. Again, I’d rather save as much as I can and try to use the free and good quality software available and spend my money on other things I need/want.

Paying for software support makes sense for businesses. For home users, Comodo offers a perfect offer – FREE.

Download Comodo Free

There are also other free alternatives like the Zone Alarm’s Free Firewall, Avast Anti-virus, AVG Anti-Virus, Clamwin Anti-virus I have used and recommend. Sometimes I even use multiple anti-virus solutions if I suspect an infection.

Couple of other free software I install as a must-have are CCleaner & for adware removal – Spybot Search & Destroy. You can see a list of my top free open-source software here.

What is your favorite firewall, anti-virus software?

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11 Responses to “A Good Free Firewall & Anti Virus Suite – Comodo”

  1. Mark Sierra at MeAndMyDrum.com March 9, 2009 at 7:31 pm #

    I’ve been using Comodo Firewall for over a year now and think it’s a great product. I’m stunned that they offer it for free, and adding antivirus protection makes it even better.

  2. Matt Jabs March 9, 2009 at 11:19 pm #

    Thanks K…

    Remember, it is also quite easy to “Be Your Own Computer Technician” now-a-days using the tools outlined here.

    Matt of eJabs

  3. Setai March 10, 2009 at 9:03 am #

    Personaly I find Avira to be the best of “free-for-home-user” anti virus programs. Its free version doesn’t offer firewall though but I can live with that – it takes up so much less resources than Norton (which I had installed before)

  4. Steve, trade show guru March 10, 2009 at 1:21 pm #

    hey K,
    I’m a huge fan of AVG (free version)… but I found out recently that their anti-virus program doesn’t protect against some malware… but for that, I’m a HUGE fan of malwarebytes.org. What ever one does, have some kind of anti-virus program! ~ Steve, the trade show guru

  5. Tina@Christian books online March 16, 2009 at 12:26 pm #

    I have Avast is that one good?

  6. Happy Girl March 19, 2009 at 12:00 am #

    This site lists some free Antivirus choices…not sure how credible it is.

  7. Stephane April 5, 2009 at 5:41 pm #

    I’ve just installed Comodo Internet Security and I must say I’m really impressed that such a complete tool is free. It’s really easy to use and so far doesn’t seem to consume too much ressources.

  8. K April 7, 2009 at 7:08 am #

    Stephane, thanks for letting me know! I like it too. Plus, I highly recommend subscribing to my RSS feed so you don’t miss out on the huge Comodo Pro giveaway that’s about to happen here in ShanKrila. :wink:

  9. Anonymous May 30, 2011 at 5:21 am #

    I hate computer virus! They make my computer broke~

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