The Top 10 Antivirus 2010 – Comodo Free Antivirus Take 2

Update: check out the new 2012 Comodo Free Antivirus.

Ok, so last week I ran into problems when trying to install Comodo Free Antivirus so I thought I would give it another try today.

Luckily, I had a bit more success this time!

(I’m still curious as to why it wouldn’t work last week though)

So, without further ado, here follows my thoughts on this particular program.

Comodo Free Antivirus

Firstly, running the installer means downloading files, 141 MB of files to be precise.

I still had issues with this – namely that I was timing out and had to keep on retrying – despite the fact that my internet connection seemed to be solid all night.

The problem could be one of a million different possibilities of course; it just seems strange that I only experience it when trying to download this particular program :/

Ultimately, however, I got the files that I needed, even if it did seem to take forever.

Once the installation completed I was offered the chance to join the Threatcast community, as you can read in the image below.

Comodo Threatcast

Personally, I didn’t see the need but I imagine some people might find it both informative and interesting.

The next option presented to me was for the Comodo Secure DNS Configuration.

Comodo Secure DNS Configuration

That option is outside the scope of this post but I may revisit it at some point in the future.

Next up, I actually got to play with the antivirus program itself.

The interface, which you can see below, is smart and easy to navigate.

Comodo Antivirus Scan

The first thing that I needed to do, of course, was update the virus database.

Considering the problems I had experienced earlier, this was both a smooth and quick process.

Lastly, I ran a full system scan.

During the scan Comodo was using about 8 MB of RAM and, after the first few seconds, no more than 15% of the CPU.

This meant that it ran nicely in the background and did not interrupt anything else I was trying to do at the same time.

After all the problems I had downloading Comodo Antivirus I have to say that it was worth the wait – it actually is a nice little program; scanning was quick and unobtrusive, the interface simple and easy to use, and the few notifications that it gave were helpful.

I hope the download issues I had were rare because Comodo is a good product and a free antivirus program I would be happy to carry on using, especially as it is happy to sit in the background, barely bothering me, and not trying to get me to pay for some upgrade.

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