How Comodo’s $29.99/year Antivirus Compares With Other Antiviruses

Comodo Antivirus and Comodo Internet Security (CIS) (paid version) come packaged with impressive security features like Containment, Default-Deny Approach, HIPS technology  (Host Intrusion Prevention System) amongst others that make its antivirus engine powerful enough to thwart zero-day exploits, modern-day malware like ransomware, and also tackle the ever-changing security threat landscape easily. All for only $29.99.

Let's take a look at how Comodo Antivirus compares with other antiviruses in the industry and understand what makes it stand out and why it is better than the rest.

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Comodo Antivirus Stand Out Features:

Technology Comodo Avast McAfee Kaspersky
Default-Deny Approach YES NO NO NO
Viruscope YES NO NO NO
Ability to Combat Fileless Malware  HIGH LOW LOW LOW
Ability to Combat Unknown Malware  HIGH LOW LOW LOW
Application/File Categorization Good, Bad & The Unknown Just Good & Bad Just Good & Bad Just Good & Bad

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Technologies Employed:

  1. Default-Deny Approach: This is a defense technique which is unique to and developed by Comodo. Normally antiviruses allow unknown (or unidentified) files to operate on PC(s) once they are confirmed non-malicious. But Comodo's Default-Deny takes a different approach. It allows the unknown (or unidentified) files to operate only after they prove themselves to be benign. 

    How does Comodo ensure the unknown files are benign? By running them in a separate container without allowing them to impact PC(s). And then providing them the access once they prove themselves to be benign or harmless.

  2. Defense + Technology: Apart from Default Deny, Comodo antivirus comes equipped with a solid defense mechanism (known as Defense + Technology) which make it extremely tough for all kinds of malware to crack at your PC(s). This defense mechanism contains the following

    How does Comodo ensure the unknown files are benign? By running them in a separate container without allowing them to impact PC(s). And then providing them the access once they prove themselves to be benign or harmless.

    • Viruscope: This is another technology unique to Comodo which, using a system of behavior recognizers, not only detects unauthorized actions within PC(s), but allows PC users to completely undo them. The ability to reverse unwanted actions taken by a software without blocking the software entirely is pretty effective against malware.
    • Containment: The technology with forms the basis of Comodo's Default-Deny Approach. Using this, Comodo Antivirus is able to 'contain' (or restrain) unknown or unidentified files from affecting PC(s) by isolating and running them in a separate container, until they prove themselves to be harmless.
    • HIPS (Host Intrusion Prevention System): The technology which effectively monitors the activities of all applications and processes running on your PC(s) and thus prevents malicious programs (if found) from taking any action which could potentially damage your operating system, system memory, registry keys or personal data.
  3. Virtual Desktop and Keyboard: Both these security features successfully thwart security threats, helping PC users like you carry out critical tasks like online banking and other such significant online transactions in a safe and secure mode.

  4. Advanced Network Firewall Engine: The customizable firewall offers solid security against inbound and outbound threats. This implies protection against protection against hackers, malware, and identity theft. Moreover, it's backed up by features like Stealth Mode (for keeping PC(s) under the radar), Auto-detection of Trusted Zones, predefined firewall policies, etc.

  5. Cloud-Based Instant Malware Analysis: Unrecognized files or applications which are not available in Comodo's whitelist will be sent to Comodo Instant Malware Analysis (CIMA) server for behavior analysis, where the file will be thoroughly tested for any malicious activity before it is granted access to your PC(s).

  6. Secure Wireless Connectivity: Comodo goes to the extent of even securing your WiFi connections (while using public WiFi) using its signature WiFi security product TrustConnect that ensures PC(s) are safeguarded against the security threats posed by public WiFi(s).

  7. Virus Removal Service: Comodo also offers virus removal service at a rather modest cost. So if PC users are infected with the virus and other such malware, they can get their PC(s) repaired in no time by making use of the malware removal service which is a part of Comodo Internet Security (CIS).

  8. Please Note: Features 5,6 and 7 are available only with paid Comodo Internet Security (CIS).

    Why Comodo Emerges The Best When You Compare Their Antivirus With Others

    The answer is available in the compare antivirus table above where Comodo's unique features have been pitched against the likes of other prominent antiviruses like Avast, McAfee, and Kaspersky. And the result is obvious – Comodo antivirus emerges the winner hands down. Why? Because when it comes to security threats, tackling the unknown malware (a.k.a zero-day exploits) is quite critical these days, as they have a higher success rate of infecting PC(s).

    Comodo security products come equipped with Default-Deny Approach, Containment, HIPS, Viruscope, etc., and are therefore well ahead (and well positioned) compared to  the other traditional antiviruses to combat the unknown malware and other related challenges posed by today's ever-changing security threat landscape.

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