MS Security Essentials and Windows Defender

Started Mar 20, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Nope
In reply to Jim Cockfield, Mar 23, 2013

Jim Cockfield wrote:

skyglider wrote:

BTW Jim,

Does the free version of Comodo have nag popups?


I think the only popups I've seen have been related to alerts, and you can just check a box to "not show this again" to eliminate those, too.

I'd just uninstall all existing AV protection, download the installer and run it using the defaults. This download:

It takes about 10 minutes to install, update it's definitions and perform a "Quick Scan". Then, reboot when prompted and you're done.

The only negative I remember about it's installer is that itt will want to change your search engine to Yahoo by default (one of the check boxes on it's installer screen, asking if you want to help Comodo by changing it). That's a *very* minor thing compared to other installers wanting to install toolbars, etc. (heck, even Adobe is doing that anymore), as it's only asking about changing your default search engine instead.

Just uncheck the box for that purpose if you don't want the default search engine changed, and leave everything else at the defaults (leave the other boxes checked), and you should be "good to go".

I've been very impressed with Comodo products, as I was using their free Firewall along with Avira Antivir Premium and Threatfire for a long time.

I've now removed Avira and Threatfire and use Comodo by itself, moving to their free Internet Security product (instead of just their Firewall).

The latest Comodo 6.x products are better, since they don't require as much user intervention to work just fine for the vast majority of users (as previous versions were criticized as requiring too much work from users to respond to alerts, and Comodo has changed that behavior with newer versions, so it works just fine using it's defaults). Yet, you can still have more control via Advanced Settings if you want it.

I think you'll be very pleased with it.

BTW, the built in Firewall is also "top notch". See my post about it here for links to tests of it:

Thanks Jim.  I have to do a backup before I try Comodo (just in case )  After the backup, I'll give Comodo a try.

No nag popups is a good thing.  I stopped using Panda AV Titanium (paid for version) because of the persistent nag popups to upgrade to the latest version by paying an upgrade fee.  That was intolerable since one of the most important points of having an AV is to prevent unwanted popups.  Panda would never respond to my emails requesting a way to disable the nag upgrade pop ups.  So I stopped using Panda even though there was about 6 months left on my paid for subscription.


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