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- TrustMeher Review: Comodo Firewall Pro is now called Comodo Internet Security. The Software is labled as Pro but it is Free. You will get the option while installation to either use it with their Anti Virus or to install only Comodo Firewall.
Comodo Internet Security (formerly Comodo Firewall) combines Comodo AntiVirus with a personal firewall that filters ingoing and outgoing traffic on your computer. It alerts you of any applications that attempts to connect to the Internet and allows you to permanently or temporarily allow or block the connection. Advanced users can customize the application and TCP/IP rules based on IP address, protocol and destination port, however this is not required unless you have a reason to customize the rules. In addition to application behavior and network connections, Comodo Firewall also monitors components (dll files etc.) that initiate network connections, as well as parent processes and modifications to executables (checksum verification). Other features include attack prevention (port scanning, flooding), adjustable security levels, trusted networks, activity log and more. The firewall and antivirus features can be installed individually, you do not have to install both.
“Comodo Pro: For amateurs, too”
Reviewed by: CNET Staff
Version reviewed: Comodo Firewall Pro 3.9.81003.508
Comodo Firewall Pro gets a major revision from its publisher, upgrading to Version 3 with some significant changes. Most importantly, user complaints about resource hogging when Version 2 came out have been all but eradicated with the new model.
The program still provides a smorgasbord of information and options for advanced users, but it’s simple enough for beginners, and runs smoothly and silently in the background. The most obvious new features include support for Windows Vista at the expense of Windows 2000 support, although the older v2.4 with Windows 2000 support is still available.
The other big change is the new interface. This new UI isn’t exactly an improvement on the old one. However, the blue color scheme has been toned down in favor of basic white, and there’s more empty space between the various options. Old terminology has been replaced with more intuitive terms. The new main tabs are Summary, Firewall, Defense , and Miscellaneous. In each, though, there are links to relevant security issues so users can drill down to learn more about how the firewall is performing.
There’s a new feature called the Host Intrusion Prevention System that supposedly protects against unknown threats. Obviously, it’s hard to tell if it works unless an unknown threat gets in, but it didn’t seem to affect system performance negatively. Mostly, Comodo rears its head most often soon after installation when Security Alerts ask about new Internet connections as the program “learns” your computer’s behavior.
Don’t be fooled by the name, either. Comodo is labeled Pro but it offers up its dragon-sized treasure of features for free.
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