Few days have passed, but still, Comodo has just released their latest CIS version, CIS5. I was never a total fan of their software as they do have good ideas, but their implementation is usually bad. However i have to say it's slightly better this time. If you're looking for a free alternative to many payable products or you want to use it in commercial environment, i think it's a good option.
Firewall has been very good for long time, GUI graphics as well, D+ showed some strong points, however it was very annoying in the past and their standard antivirus scan engine doesn't seem to be too advanced, or at least is often showing excessive number of false positives on pretty much random selection of files. Anyway, if you like what it offers or you're just plain curious (just make sure cats are in safe place ), give it a try and see how it works for you.
What's new in CIS5:
NEW! Extended spyware scanner and improved malware cleaning
NEW! Cloud Based Antivirus Scanning
NEW! Cloud Based Behavior Analysis
NEW! Cloud Based Application White-listing
NEW! Game Mode
IMPROVED! Application Control
IMPROVED! Default Deny re-engineered to improve application compatibility
IMPROVED! Application user interface
Cloud Based Infrastructure:
2011 family of products(Yes COMODO Firewall too!) are now armed with cloud based file rating technologies. The cloud computation, enabled by default, is used for a variety of purposes.(Do not be surprized if COMODO Firewall gives you a malware alert!!!).
With cloud computation;
* Cloud based Whitelisting: Safe files and trusted vendors are now easily identified. The concept of “Trusted Publisher” is now cloud based.
* Cloud based Anti virus: Malicious files are detected even if the users do not have an up-to-date antivirus product or an antivirus product at all.
* Cloud Based Behaviour Analysis: Zero-day malware can be detected INSTANTLY by COMODO’s cloud based behavior analysis system CIMA(Comodo Instant Malware analysis).
Extended Spyware Scanning
COMODO’s vision and focus has been about “keeping a clean computer clean” from early days. Now that We have achieved that COMODO is focusing on “cleaning an already infected computer”. This is why we extended the spyware scanning in COMODO Internet Security 2011 and COMODO Antivirus 2011 and now include a new spyware scanner which is capable of scanning the windows registry and computer disks for the signs of malware infection.
This new scanner is implemented to improve the detection and successful cleaning rate of already infected systems.
2011 family of products are now gamer friendly security applications. When they are put into the game mode, the operations that can interfere with users’ gaming experience such as alerts or resource intensive virus database updates, scheduled scans are suppressed.
Stronger and Smarter Application Control
2011 family of products have a highly smart application control mechanism which extends the functionality of the previous versions.
The new application control provides the users the ability to lockdown their computers such that only the known good applications can be executed.
The new sandbox introduces a new default application isolation level, partially limited, which improves the compatibility with many windows products.
Nowadays, a lot of malware come in other forms than standalone executables. For example, some come in the form of visual basic scripts while some come in the form of java binaries. When they come in such forms, they are executed by “interpreter” applications such as wscript.exe or java.exe etc.
2011 family of products can identify such applications heuristically and detect the real file behind the requests of “interpreters”.