Features I miss in Comodo AntiVirus

I’d like to summarize some features I’m missing in Comodo AntiVirus and would be happy if they could be (partly) integrated. I want to point out, that the interface should be designed more informative and should give much more configuration options.

  • For the resident scanner, I can choose to automatically update the database before scanning!?
    This would mean, that the database will be updated all the time, which is pretty senseless - and isn’t the case if the option is checked.
  • I can select an alert message to stay on the screen for a certain time, but what happens with the file if the time is elapsed (the access is blocked, but I’d like to have this hint somewhere at the options page)?? Why can’t I set up CAV such that the alert stays until I handle it??
  • I can enable or disable the resident scanner. The hint says everything is scanned on access or nothing is scanned on access - but what is everything!? I know archives aren’t checked by the resident scanner (and it’s also not needed in my point of view, but shows that “everything” isn’t everything).
    ** So which filetypes will be checked? Why can’t I adjust the filetypes, I want to check with the manual/resident scanner?
    ** Why can’t I adjust the threats I want to search for? I don’t know if CAV alerts at the detection of joke programs (other AV software does), but I have some password recovery tools on my USB stick, since sometimes people forget their passwords and Comodo detects them as virus!
    ** Why isn’t there a different alert screen for these applications? At the moment the alert window is the same for all kinds of malware/potentially unwanted tools, which states, that a virus was found. When I look at the name, I can see, that this tools are identified as “ApplicUnsaf.xy” but not as a virus. So, why don’t we have different alert windows for different kinds of threats. Best would be with a short explanation, like Defence+ does:
    *** “This application is a virus and should be instantly removed. If you’re not sure if it was already executed earlier on this machine, a complete scan of your hard drive is highly recommended”
    *** “This application is a fun program, it won’t harm your computer, but can lead to unexpected effects”
    *** “This application contains functions which can affect your privacy. Are you sure, you want to keep it?”
    or something like that…
  • The recycle bin directory shouldn’t be in the exclusion list, since some virusses use it as a hiding place.
  • I know, many people wanted the right click menu item, to scan files in the explorer. I’d like to have an option to disable it, because my right click menu is cluttered enough. At the moment, I’ve to unregister the shell extension manually.
  • Instead, I like command line scanner which is completely configurable via parameters. Many download manager and messenger provide the possibility to automatically scan received files. So I could deep scan those “critical” files directly after receiving it. (Then you could also replace your Scheduler by the Windows Task Manager, which provides more tuning options for the jobs by itself. Maybe provide a wizard to set up this tasks instead.)

I’d like to add an extension to my previous post:
I requested to add options to let me select, what threats I want CAVS to search for, because from time to time I’m working with some password tools and the “virus found messages” are very disturbing.
I’d like to extend this request a bit:
Let the user for each category of malware select, what to do:

  • do not scan for threats of this type
  • show a hint, that an application of type xy was found - in the style of the threat automatically removed hints, which need no interaction by the user (in fact, this is probably, what I want for my password tools, so that I could still notice unwanted programs of this category, but it’s not as disturbing as getting a dialog box)
  • show a message to ask the user, what to do (what’s done at the moment, when automatic removal is disabled)
  • automatically remove the threat and show a hint (what’s actually done, when automatic removal is enabled)