Avira is a very good product. In fact, some malware authors say(in so many words) if you can get it to infect avira, the the rest of the AV's will be easy. If you take a malware that's detected by all AV Companys for example, doing a few minor things then most AV's most won't be able to detect it. malware authers have to work extra hard to get it to pass avira.(Feel free to try it yourself to see what I'm talking about) Avira has very good dectection ratings, I don't need no test to tell me that.
This is something that I have experienced differently. I doubt the capabilities of Avira, because, in the past 12 months, I have had about 25 infected systems, all but one running Avira. Avira didn't react, was still running properly after the infection, and a scan gave no results. Most of them had the premium version, btw.
Whatever tool I used to clean, including MSE, Malwarebytes, MWAV and Vipre, each of them cleaned those systems. On some systems I even scanned with all the above mentioned, and also with Avira, just to check detection rating. Avira did not detect a single malware infection, whereas the others detected more or less the same.
This is why I am not convinced of Avira. I don't care about tests, these were real encounters I had. If others have better experiences, fine
I am not bashing on products.
It becomes far too easy to incorporate a cleaning mechanism into an antivirus product. The problem with it is that in instances where a rootkit has infected a critical system file, the software has to be able to replace it rather than delete it. This is where more specialized software excels.
In my opinion, the antivirus should perform well enough to protect the average user from most of the prevalent infections. If serious infection occurs, call out the specialized removal software. Removal software, if already on board at the time of the infection can also be prevented from running correctly by malware. It is better to have it available rather than on the machine.
I fully agree. Prevention is always better.
What I meant before is just, people who I am talking to are more convinced about certain solutions if they can not only protect, but also clean. See, I come on site, look at the PC, and have to tell them, that I have a great product for future protection, but for cleaning, I have to use a different product, because the one I recommend is not that good in cleaning. This causes reactions in their subconscious, starting to doubt if that Comodo suite is really best protection.
Remember, they are not experts, they are average users. Users, that read magazines, full of tests covering the common products, some of them having great cleaning rates. Doesn't that drive them to use a different product, sooner or later, when the doubts in the back of their mind are growing? People are not functioning logical all the time.
Which is leading me to the thought, that Comodo might also offer a specialized cleaning tool that can be run from a Boot CD or a Stick, when for example the PC has to be started in safe mode.
This cleaning engine could then also be incorporated in the regular AV engine.
I am no technical expert, so forgive me my question, but wouldn't it add to the reputation and trust in Comodo if the cleaning capability was as good as other specialized cleaning tools? If it is a separate software, fine, but why not one created by Comodo?
Just my thoughts.