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, 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 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.
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.
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.
What is your favorite firewall, anti-virus software?