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Comodo Internet Security Premium 5.9 review


Manufacturer: Comodo

Our Rating: We rate this 2.5 out of 5

Although Comodo Internet Security Premium 5.9's free firewall makes this free antivirus software look tempting, its antivirus protection lagged compared to others we tested. Read our Comodo Internet Security Premium 5.10 review to find out more.

Comodo Internet Security Premium 5.9 has an accessible interface, and it comes with a firewall. It's the only free antivirus we tested recently that has a firewall, but in both malware blocking and cleanup, it ranks be­­hind other free antivirus products we tested. Since this testing was completed, Comodo has released version 5.10, which has not yet been tested. See also: Group test: what's the best security software?

Comodo Internet Security Premium 5.9's performance in our real-world tests was acceptable: It blocked 78.6 percent of new malware, slightly above average compared with other free antivirus programs. It partly blocked an additional 21.4 percent of attacks. But Comodo protected poorly against well-known malware. It detected 98.2 percent of zoo samples. Though that may sound like a good score, only two of the nine free antivirus products we tested at the same time performed worse.

Malware cleanup may be Comodo Internet Security Premium 5.9's Achilles' heel: It detected all infections, but it was successful in disabling malware only 80 percent of the time - quite low compared with the top performers. It left behind more malware remnants than any other product, too; it was successful in removing all traces of malware only a third of the time. Download: Comodo Internet Security Premium 2012 v5.9.221665

For the most part, Comodo Internet Security Premium 5.9 had a light impact on PC performance, but it significantly slowed copying of files across the network. Comodo also took its time in scanning files for threats: Its on-demand scanner took 4 minutes, 31 seconds - the third-slowest result of any free antivirus we have tested recently. Meanwhile, the on-access scanner required a staggering 13 minutes, 58 seconds to run, nearly twice as long as the next-slowest product. Although its included firewall makes Comodo Internet Security Premium appear attractive, we'd suggest giving other freebies a look first. Visit: Security Advisor

Comodo Internet Security Premium 5.9 Expert Verdict »

Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP
Requirements: 152MB RAM, 400MB hard disk space
File Size: 88.86 MB
  • Overall: We give this item 5 of 10 overall

Comodo Internet Security Premium 5.9 combines free AV and firewall, but its performance lags other free security products.

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