MS Security Essentials and Windows Defender

Started Mar 20, 2013 | Discussions thread
ClintB Regular Member • Posts: 144
Re: Windows Defender auto updates and auto scans

Just for grins, I setup a fresh XP virtual machine and installed a newly downloaded copy of Comodo Internet Security, accepting all the defaults. It did install GeekBuddy and AntiError, which both had icons on the desktop. I fired up AntiError and it asked about disabling some browser add-ons, which I declined. After exiting out and going back in, it indicated there were some things that may need attention, like junk files, etc... Some of it, I would say, is bogus and could be kinda scary to an average user (I'm in IT and do this all day long), so I can certainly see the "scare tactic" point of view. On the other hand, when going through the Comodo install, you can do a custom installation and omit GeekBuddy which also omits AntiError.

So, I can certainly see how some folks would be upset with the AntiError thing; it used to not be there when Comodo Internet Security v6 was released a couple of months ago. Also, there are pop-ups advertising other Comodo products and that can be disabled by going into Settings > General Settings > User Interface > uncheck "Show messages from COMODO Message Center".

To recap:

Custom install, omit GeekBuddy

Disable the advertising with steps in second paragraph above.

I feel that Comodo is putting out a very nice, and free product, that has some minor annoyances that can be completely disabled, so I'm not going to poo poo them. Just be an informed user.

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