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My current security combo & Comodo Versus ZA free Firewall

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by john2004, Apr 8, 2007.

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  1. john2004

    john2004 Thread Starter

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    Hello everyone,

    I am hoping someone can please help me with the following...

    My current security setup is...

    AVG free anti-virus
    Windows Defender anti-spyware
    Zone Alarm free firewall version 6.5.737.000
    Cyberhawk http://www.novatix.com/cyberhawk/
    Firefox browser with no-script extension
    Sandboxie

    I also do periodic scans with AVG anti-spyware free (real time disabled), spybot search and destroy, lavasoft adaware, a-squared, and bitdefender online scan.

    My current setup is working fine, but recently when I tried to upgrade Zone Alarm free, it caused my computer to crash and restart so I had to go back to version 6.5.737.000 which always worked great. I have also read reviews that the most recent version of ZA is also causing crashes. Additionally, ZA free is now about a 38 MB download which takes some time to download on a 56 k dial up connection.

    I like to keep my security software updated, but do I really need to update to the most recent version of ZA ? If not now, then when ?

    I have been thinking of trying the free Comodo firewall as it seems to have good reviews, although I heard that the company was previously affiliated with a spyware company. I heard similar rumors about the company behind spywareterminator previously being affiliiated with spyware.

    Is comodo 2.4.18.184 a better choice than ZA free ? The upcoming release of comodo (version 3.0) is supposed to have HIPS, so as long as it does not conflict with cyberhawk, I guess I should be OK, or I can do away with Cyberhawk if the HIPS in comodo is good.

    Please let me know what you guys would recommend, should I try to stay with ZA free, or go with Comodo ?

    Thanks for your help.
    John
     
  2. TOGG

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    I am currently in a similar position to you, although I got there in a different way!

    I was using Win 98 quite happily and had NOD32 and ZA Pro (one of the 6.0 series because it was the last one that worked with '98 and, like you, I had read a lot of stuff about the problems some people were having with the 7.0 series). My 98 computer suffered a terminal crash (due to an error of mine!) and so I now have XP Home. I have made several attempts to get a new d/l of ZAP but without success, probably because my anti-spyware sub expired during the period I was 'offline'.

    Like you I was appalled at the prospect of a 38MB d/l for the free version on dialup so I got Comodo. It's too early to make a judgement about whether Comodo is better, worse or just different to ZA, because I'm still very much in the learning process with it. Perhaps a long term Comodo user will respond and give us some feedback?
     
  3. john2004

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    Hi TOGG,

    Thanks for your reply.

    It's interesting that when at the Gibson Research site https://grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2 my computer seems to pass with flying colors showing all ports in stealth mode. However, when at http://www.pcflank.com/test.htm the tests says that my ports 135,137,138, & 139 are visible.

    The test at http://scan.sygate.com/home_homeoffice/sygate/index.jsp says the systems has a "safe" rating so I guess two out of three is not bad. Still, I wonder why the ports are visible at http://www.pcflank.com/test.htm ?

    How does your version of Comodo do at the Pcflank site ?

    I'm running ZA free 6.5.737.000 but I use this computer to pay my bills and I have some private data & emails stored on it, so I'm looking for the best security I can get at reasonable cost. I'm running free programs because they have protected me so far & I figure why pay if I don't have to. I would have purchased the Pro version of ZA if the new version was not buggy on my system.

    My thoughts are that you need to have a good anti-virus, a decent firewall, and an anti-spyware program with resident protection. This, along with using Firefox with the no-script extension & sandboxie, protects against most of the bad stuff. However, recently I began to feel that some type of protection against zero-day threats is needed, which is why I installed Cyberhawk, which seems to be running fine so far.

    I don't want to install any more security programs or get too carried away, but would consider replacing an existing program with something better, which is why I was curious about the Comodo firewall as compared to ZA free.

    Hopefully some Comodo users can offer some more feedback.

    Thanks again,
    John
     
  4. john2004

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    Additional note:

    When I tried the leak test at pcflank.com, it said that my firewall had been bypassed, but cyberhawk identified the leaktester as a virus and gave me the option to block it.
     
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