Hello, my first post and my first use of Comodo firewall. My initial impression of forum and company favorable. Good atmosphere. I have used several ZoneAlarm products from way back in ye old days. They were good. Good now. I am a self-taught old geezer, geek pretender, who began helping friends with their computers. It turned into a small biz. My customers trust me; I often experiment with new programs on their computers and mine (mixed network of PCs and Macs, in two cities). My clients are not rich; they prefer freeware. Good thing about Windows, plenty of freeware, good freeware out there. I read good things about Comodo. Over the years I have simplified security for myself and customers. I used to suggest ZA + anti-spyware (Kaspersky has too many conflicts, good av but sometimes flaky, is why no ZA+Av or Suite) and AVG Free or Avast!, if commercial Av wanted NOD32.
I, personally, use Prevx2, Sandboxie, NOD32, SpywareBlaster, Spybot S & D, Sophos and AVG Anti-rootkits, and Windows Firewall on one XP Pro
and Prevx2, Sandboxie, AVG Antivirus Free, SpywareBlaster, Spybot S & D, Sophos and AVG Anti-rootkits, and Comodo Firewall on another.
I have active licenses for ZA Pro and ZA+ASpware but with my combo they are unneeded; ZA has too large a RAMprint and too many non-firewall features added. ZA Free not adequate. Although the Windows firewall has no outbound checking, the presence of Prevx compensates. Also my clients, and I, use Mozilla Firefox (with Noscript, Cookie Safe, Cookie Culler, and KeyScrambler) and/or Opera browsers, Mozilla Thunderbird. In addition, I use the K-meleon and K-ninja browser, but these are not for newbies or point-and-clickers.
Excuse my long preamble. I am now recommending to my Clients these
Router, I prefer Linksys, but there are other good ones
AVG Antivirus Free, Avast!, or NOD32
SpywareBlaster (I tell them to pay the ten dollars a year for the auto-update feature)
Spybot S & D ( Teatimer off)
Sophos and AVG Anti-rootkits (they are simple, probably effective, to use)
Comodo or Windows firewall
I know that there are other good free firewalls out there, good commercial ones, but I want to keep it simple. I choose security programs for simplicity, low RAMprint, effectiveness, and ease of operation. Comodo uses more RAM than I like, but it’s less than ZA, and it does not have the excessive bells and whistles. People are wrong in their assessment of the Windows firewall; it begins protection earlier in the boot process than other desktop firewalls, and protects from external threats; it is simple and intuitive to operate. I figure if you don’t let the outlaws get in you don’t need outbound checking, but you note that Prevx checks http and pop. The minimum RAM my clients have is 512 MB, but I recommend a gig; half have a gig or more-for writing, e-mail, and general surfing a gig is more than enough.
All the above blather to get to this. I have a year left on licenses for ZA Pro and ZA+Antspyware, but I choose Comodo and Windows firewalls instead.
ZA is good, very good, except for the free. I choose for myself and for my customers (and I am a cheap consultant and computer fixer, a cheap geek) these because they are better. Yes, better! According to what is in your security array, even the Windows firewall is better; install the Comodo firewall and you have more freedom in choosing the other security products. With the Windows Firewall you must have my recommendations or equivalent, like Process Guard, instead of Prevx- or Online Armor etc; but Process Guard I wouldn’t recommend to newbies.
If you have lots of RAM, have a family, and you’re paternalistic, don’t mind the stray from basic firewall, and you don’t recognize that Comodo have an even more intuitive interface than ZA, plus Comodo does better on leaktest and termination tests then go back to ZA. It’s not a foolish choice; it’s just that Comodo is a better choice.
If you use the security programs that I use and recommend there should not be any problems. I did not check about conflicts when I installed Comodo on my computer; the other security apps I use are known for playing nice with others.
I am a former ZA user - they’re good - Comodo is better, by an edge, an important edge.
I am a poet. I took an involuntary vow of poverty when I answered that calling. Relevance?
I am poor and I would be poorer if I gave bad advice to my customers.
I am new to this forum. I promise that my subsequent posts will be succinct. I apologize for the loquaciousness, but the subject struck a chord in me and was relevant to my life. I am more knowledgeable than my clients, but since self-taught there are glaring gaps in my knowledge. You will soon discover that, and help I hope. Thank you for the forum and Comodo.
(On usb drive I have IceSword, ClamWin Portable, Dr. Web Cureit, ewido anti-spyware microscanner, McAfee Stinger, Sophos Anti-Rootkit, Avast! Virus Cleaner Tool, Panda Anti-Rootkit, SIW- System Information for Windows, StartupList, and Sysinternals autoruns, tcpview, processexplorer, and rootkitrevealer for second opinions, and other diagnostic apps. I find it useful to have these off main hard drive. I keep passwords on usb drive in Password Safe. I store all files on 100 gig external hard drives. I don’t keep any personal, sensitive data on my main, always connected hard drive. I have PGP Desktop on main, but truecrypt on usb drives. I carry current setups of the programs that I use and recommend on the second opinion usb drive. Did I mention, I’m paranoid, or is it fear? Are there really bad guys on the internet? Backup: burn to DVD, online storage-Streamload and Gmail, and external hard drives-one at home and one in safety deposit box, only exchange 'em once a week, other businesses probably should do it every two days or once a day. I only burn permanent data.)