I’ve been happily using AVG Anti-Virus and Comodo Firewall together on each of my last 3 machines. It’s now time up upgrade AVG, but their installer fails because a “Conflicting product detected”, which is “Comodo Antivirus”.
I’ve opened up regedit and can confirm that this key exists. The default value is “Comodo AntiVirus” and there are a load of sub-keys.
My question is, given that I’m not using the Comodo AntiVirus (and the Comodo control panel don’t have this option ticked), is it safe to remove this registry key and it’s children? I don’t want to break my firewall, but need up update the virus scanner.
I don’t think you should do anything but you could solve your problem this way.
uninstall AVG and COMODO (no internet connect is advisable), clean registry they left with CSC (comodo system cleaner), which is stable and good, or any other alike. And then install first AVG and then Comodo.
The registry cleaner was well worth running - there was loads of rubbish that could be removed. Unfortunately I also managed to remove all my Firefox bookmarks. Thankfully I followed your advice on making those backups and logfiles before doing anything!
Anyway, the one thing CSC didn’t remove was the registry key for “Comodo AntiVirus”, which leaves me wondering if I should manually remove it. It feels like a dangerous thing to do, but If I don’t have the product I think I should be OK.
To be honest I was hoping that CSC would have notice that Comodo Antivirus wasn’t installed and removed the keys. Given your question, can I assume that it’s somehow bundled in with CIS?
If that is the case I’ll have to download everything, disconnect from the internet, remove CIS, clean the registry and reinstall everything. I was trying to avoid this because I can see myself forgetting to download something important and not finding out until after I’ve removed the virus scanner and firewall. That would leave me in a position where I need to get onto the net to download protective stuff, but with out adequate protection to go and download it! Catch-22.