AVG 9.0 recommends removing ZoneAlarm and Comodo - nonsense?

By Lou3 · 13 replies
Oct 15, 2009
  1. After using NOD32 for a year, I decided to go back to freeware and downloaded AVG 9.0. The installation process detected my ZoneAlarm, warned that there could be conflicts with AVG, and strongly recommended that I remove it. I thought it would be a good opportunity to try Comodo, so I replaced ZA with it. When I tried to install AVG again, it gave the same warning about Comodo. I don't buy it (more to the point, I'm not about to buy the AVG security suite over this dubious warning), so I want to try another antivirus.

    I'm thinking about Avast, but I also noticed that Comodo offers a free antivirus. Have you tried Comodo's antivirus or heard anything about it? Also, while searching TechSpot for answers to my questions, I found a post in which somebody said that Comodo slowed down his Internet connection. Is this a common observation? Any word about ZoneAlarm vs. Comodo (effectiveness, stability, light on resources)?
  2. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 445

    Try Avira Antivir and Ashampoo Firewall instead. Both are freewares and causes no conflict on my system. Sorry don't use ZA and only heared of Comodo just now.
  3. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126

    Best to use Windows Firewall (disable Remote Assistance change Remote Desktop for computers on your network and not for computer on the internet, then tighten Group Policies and SRP (Software Restriction Policy) Then change the DEP to software. For AV - Avira PE is okay Rising Antivirus 2009 Free is better can be found on http://www.freerav.com/ If you use that then get Rising PC Doctor (I use this to patch/repair the OS) http://www.rising-global.com/products/rising-pc-doctor.html

    Those who want to know how to tighten Windows Firewall just post your request here.
  4. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 445

    I'm using Windows Firewall too on my PC and installs Ashampoo on others. Tighening your firewall is easy by just blocking UDP TCP ports inbound and outbound
  5. Lou3

    Lou3 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 67

    I decided to install Comodo Internet Security, which is the firewall and antivirus together. So far it's working fine. It seems stable and light, the firewall isn't affecting my Internet speed, and the antivirus scans quickly and updates without issue. After I've gotten some longer-term experience with it, I'll post a more complete review.

    I've read in other posts about Windows' firewall being sufficient with some tweaks. I might look into it one of these days, but for now I feel better with a third party application.
  6. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    Hi Lou3

    Your post doesn't indicate your OS. Don't rely on Windows Firewall if XP.

    /* edit */
    Oh. your specs DO say XP!
  7. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    The troubles with AVG 9.0 mount... We avoid AVG now, where as the AVG 7 was awfully good for the time.
    I would think that the engineers at AVG could design antivirus software that would work with two of the premier free drive protectors. For that reason alone, I would continue to avoid them.
    There are plenty that work better... including Avira Antiv, Alwill Avast, Kaspersky, Nod32, and others.

    AVG seems to be sliding down the slippery slope.
  8. Lou3

    Lou3 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 67

    Raybay, that's why I switched from AVG to NOD32. It started slipping too much. When I tried NOD32's trial, it so completely outclassed AVG that I didn't even look back.
  9. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    Good to know. All my friends are sold on Nod32... while I am still happy with Avira Antivir... But so disappointed that AVG didn't keep up the good work... they were once do good...
  10. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 445

  11. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126

  12. Xecutor

    Xecutor TS Enthusiast Posts: 118

    MS Security Essentials is garnering quite the support. I installed it and it caught a trojan I had for a few months that AVG could not detect. I had both AVG and MSSE installed at the time of detection.

    MS's product has garnered good reviews, so I would recommend giving it a try for a while.
  13. Lou3

    Lou3 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 67

    Bad news

    I did some more research on Comodo and found the following unflattering review of the antivirus: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2333814,00.asp

    The review basically says that Comodo's antivirus did a horrible job of detecting and cleaning. The thing that instantly broke the deal for the whole suite for me, though, is this:
    Needless to say, I dumped Comodo right there. I installed ZoneAlarm and Avast. Now that I see Avast, I remember trying it for a short while. So far I prefer NOD32, but I'll keep Avast for a couple weeks just to get a better feel for it.
  14. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126

    I just use Comodo Firewall Only I don't use the AV has it's weak. Firewall is solid. AV you need to use any of the others available.
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