Comodo Antivirus Expert Review

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    Our Verdict

    In terms of versatility and user-friendliness, Comodo antivirus is hard to beat. Available in both free and paid versions, it offers robust protection and customization. The Comodo antivirus software also offers considerable value for money, if you’re on a budget.

    The biggest downside is that the software is a lot more invasive than other antivirus programs. By default, it scans your computer before it’s even finished booting up, which adds unnecessary slowdown and inconvenience. For a more discreet option, you may want to check out Norton or McAfee.


    • Very affordable
    • Cloud-Based whitelisting
    • Also available on mobile devices


    • Huge difference of options between free and paid
    • Not a particularly well-known company
    • Not as suitable for business use
    • Comparison between other software is based on Wikipedia rather than its own research
    • Invasive software by default

    Overview of Comodo

    Comodo is the latest in a long line of antivirus companies putting detection before prevention. Initially formed way back in 1998, Comodo has offices spread across the globe. 

    As an affordable alternative to better-known companies, Comodo has a lot to offer - just be aware that their software also comes with a bunch of unnecessary extras (eg. Comodo Web Browser).

    How to Set It Up and Uninstall

    Both the free and paid versions of the antivirus software are available on the main page of the Comodo website. Simply select the one you want and click Download.
    Run the installation file and choose an installation path. Double-check if you’re also installing additional software. 
    Once the program’s installed, you can start an initial scan.

    Comodo antivirus doesn’t come with a built-in uninstaller, so you’ll have to use your computer’s own add/remove programs function.


    The free version is a decent, basic antivirus, whereas the paid version comes with a slew of useful features.


    Money-back GuaranteeYes
    Free VersionYes
    PlatformWindows, macOS and mobile devices
    Parental ControlsYes
    Email ProtectionYes
    VPN ServicesNo
    Smartphone OptimizerNo
    USD Virus ScansNo
    Automated Virus ScansYes
    Game ModeYes
    Safe BrowserYes
    Passive ModeYes

    Threat Protection

    Adware PreventionYes


    Comodo antivirus offers a choice of Quick, Full, Rating, and Custom Scans. Keep in mind, it also always runs a full scan on start-up by default.


    PlanPriceNumber of Devices
    Top Features

    Comodo Free Antivirus Free1Defense+ Technology
    Comodo Complete Antivirus$17.99 per year / $19.99 per year1/3Spyware scanning, antispam, web protection, live support
    Comodo Mobile VPN SecurityFree1Mobile VPN and antivirus 


    Rather than a discount, the option to purchase the full version for an extra $2 to cover up to three computers is good value for money.

    Privacy and Security

    Privacy - A built-in firewall and cloud-based whitelisting help keep your information safe from hackers and other online intruders.

    Security - Comodo antivirus uses Zero Trust architecture, which means anyone who uses a device with the software installed has to undergo a strict verification process first.

    Performance and Protection

    Scans are relatively quick once initiated, but the default boot scan adds serious time to every subsequent computer log-in.

    Malware Protection

    The patented Defense+ technology prevents unwanted software installation.

    Ransomware Detection

    The same technology also detects possible hacker activity.

    Phishing Detection

    Web protection ensures you can surf the net without worrying about attacks.

    Spyware Detection

    Included in both the free and paid versions.

    Firewall Protection

    The paid version also incorporates a firewall to halt security breaches on your computer.

    Lab Test Results

    A Full Scan gradually causes a noticeable slowdown, but after about an hour. It can also be set to run in the background. The software has also been rated as a Top Product by AV Test.

    Ease of Use and Interface

    The Comodo Antivirus UI is designed for maximum efficiency. All features are laid out in large squares, with additional options neatly organized.

    Customer Support

    The UI also incorporates a Live Support feature that opens up a chat window in your web browser.