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Comodo Firewall Pro Vs. Online Armor Vs. ZoneAlarm Free

Discussion in 'Security and Anti-Virus Software' started by scooberdoober, Mar 10, 2008.

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In your experience with two or more of these, which is best?

  1. Comodo Firewall Pro

    61.1%
  2. Online Armor

    22.2%
  3. ZoneAlarm Free

    16.7%
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  1. scooberdoober

    scooberdoober Penguins FTW!

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    ***Please don't vote unless you've used at least two of the products listed, and therefore have a valid comparative opinion to offer.


    I'm using XP, and I've been using ZoneAlarm Free since it was first released. I don't remember for sure, but I guess that's around ten years. That's a long time to stick with a software program. I have never had a single problem with it in all these years. For much of that time ZoneAlarm was the best and for the most part only game in town for a free firewall product, but now things have changed. ZoneAlarm has never failed me, and it's easy to understand and use, but I see that other free products are offering better protection, so I'm considering a switch.

    So I'm looking for effectiveness, ease of use, and the least resource usage that I can get. If you've used two or more of these products, which one of these products would you recommend for me? Should I just stay with the tried and true ZoneAlarm, or should I move on to one of the others?

    Please share your knowledge and experience with these products.

    How do they compare in effectiveness, ease of use, resource usage, and tech support, including user community?
     
  2. Nocturnal310

    Nocturnal310 Notebook Virtuoso

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    I am using Comodo currently.. as i kicked out Norton from my comp.. my comp is a happy kid now ;)

    Comodo is highly customizable. & displays all the info.
     
  3. blackmamba

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    Co-sign. I like Comodo's features alot better then Zone Alarm's. I don' even think ZA has that many features. I could be wrong since the last time I used it was back in September.
     
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    SmoothTofu Inspiron 1420 Owner

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    From what I've heard ZoneAlarm Free is now really poor compared to other free firewalls.
     
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    AKAJohnDoe Mime with Tourette's

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    I've tried Comodo and ZoneAlarm. OnlineArmor did not have a Vista version at the time, and I never went back to look for an update.

    Comodo Free was quite unsatisfactory in my experience.
    ZoneAlarm Free was too lightweight for my needs.

    I did not end up with any of these.
     
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    I've used ZoneAlarm for years before I switched to Comodo about a year ago. I like that it automatically knows about most programs and assigns access rights automatically, something that ZA Free still doesn't do. I also think that it uninstalls a bit more cleanly than ZA.
     
  7. scooberdoober

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    What did you not like about Comodo's firewall?
     
  8. AKAJohnDoe

    AKAJohnDoe Mime with Tourette's

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    Here's the Read
     
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    I've used all three for XP. I don't like ZA's interface that much, it doesn't automatically recognize most of my programs, increases start-up, and doesn't protect as well as OA or Comodo. I'm not sure if it also uses up more resources. I'd have to check, but I'm too lazy right now. I switched from Comodo to OA during the 3.0 over-active Defense+ stage. Apparently, going off of some posts here, Comodo's recent updates fix the problems. However, OA is a great firewall that I don't really have any problems with. Despite the changes to Comodo, I see no reason to go back. Why would I want to switch when I already have a light-weight firewall with a great interface that offers the best protection for XP? So until OA comes out for Vista it will be OA for XP and Comodo for Vista.

    Lastly, user support for OA is excellent as is Comodo. I like OA's support forum better if I had to choose.
     
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    Comodo will tell you that you're sneezing if you set it sensitive enough, or it'll just watch over you silently as you browse the net if you don't want pop-ups every other second. It's very easy to use, all you have to do is install it. It's ready to go out of the box. It barely uses up much resources, much less than zonealarm if i remember. I haven't used the tech support as you don't need to, but I'm sure they're friendly. Also never had to turn to the community.
     
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    Its highly customizable.. thats what i like about it.
     
  12. Gintoki

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    About what?
     
  13. scooberdoober

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    He said he uses Comodo, so I assume that's what he's talking about.
     
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    Alright, have you chosen yet scoober?
     
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    I for one didn't like Comodo when the Vista version first came out because it changed my file permissions, which really caused some headaches. Have they changed that?
     
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    I've never had said problem so i guess they did. Wouldn't it be easier to do a system restore checkpoint and install it to see if you like it now?
     
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    I may very well do that. I see Online Armor is readying a Vista version.
     
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    The latest Comodo is great out of the box. Much, much better than the problems AKAJohnDoe and I had with the 1st release. Their forums are great.
     
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    I might try that out when it comes out.
    Yes i do agree. When i installed an update, it had turned on Defense+ but because they improved it a lot to stop asking so many questions i didn't notice it for a while until i opened comodo and saw the Defense+ status as "Active".
     
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    I remember...I was part of that thread, same problems here. Since I'm a Webroot Spysweeper user anyway, I'm using Webroot Desktop Firewall as it's free _now_. I like it.

    EDIT: Webroot worked well, but I found out it was using mucho memory...like 114 megs at one point from 11 megs....smacks of memory leak....I'm using Comodo Pro now ;)
     
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