Unfortunately, Comodo’s malware scanner is disappointing, and many of its extra features leave a lot to be desired. On the other hand, Avira’s malware scanner performed well in my tests, and it has excellent additional features
Today I’m going to take a closer look at some of the other differences between Avira and Comodo so that you can choose the better antivirus in 2022.
Avira vs. Comodo: Final Verdict:
Avira has better malware protection, provides more useful features, and is more intuitive. Avira offers excellent malware protection and extra features on a budget. If you’re after one of the best antiviruses on the market, go with Avira.
Avira vs. Comodo: Malware Protection
Avira features an excellent malware scanner that uses both heuristic analysis and an extensive malware database to protect you from rootkits, worms, trojans, and more in 2022. Avira’s malware scanner is so good that many third-party antiviruses such as TotalAV use it in their antivirus suites.
To test Avira’s malware scanner, I downloaded an archive containing 1,000s of malware samples and hid them in different locations on my Windows 11 PC. I then ran Avira’s full system scan, which finished in about 40 minutes. While it was running, I was still able to use my computer normally, too, as Avira offloads the resource-intensive process to the cloud. Avira found and removed 100% of the malware samples on my computer, which is great.
I then switched on Avira’s real-time protection and tried downloading the same malware sample archive. Again, Avira was able to detect and block every malware sample before they could cause damage to my computer.
Comodo uses heuristic analysis and a massive online malware database to scan your computer for malware. However, Comodo’s scanner didn’t work very well on my computer.
I downloaded the same malware archive containing 1,000s of malware samples that I used to test Avira, and ran Comodo’s full system scan. The scan took 3 hours to complete — which is much slower than Avira — and only found 93% of malware samples.
I then switched on Comodo’s real-time protection and tried downloading the same malware sample archive. Comodo could only block 90% of the samples, which was disappointing when Avira managed to block every sample.
Avira vs. Comodo: Web Security
Avira’s web extension — Browser Safety — scans for and blocks access to dangerous phishing websites, ads, and trackers. The extension works on all major web browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge.
I installed the extension on all 3 web browsers and then tried to visit over 50 phishing website samples listed on PhishTank. Avira could block every single sample, including those that the default protections on Chrome, Firefox, and Edge weren’t able to block.
However, Avira doesn’t have the best detection rate against exploit attacks. When I ran exploit attack samples on all 3 web browsers, Avira let a lot of them through.
That said, I was impressed at the number of ads and trackers Avira was able to block. Brave, another Chromium-based browser, blocks ads and trackers by default, and I thought Avira did a better job than Brave.
I’m not too impressed with Comodo’s web security. It blocks dangerous phishing websites like Avira, but it doesn’t include any ad or tracker blocking features.
I visited the same 50 phishing websites I used to test Avira, and Comodo couldn’t block every one. It even failed to block phishing websites that Chrome, Edge, and Firefox blocked by default.
I finally tested Comodo’s web filtering feature and was disappointed to learn it only works on Internet Explorer. Support ended for Internet Explorer in 2022, so this feature is obsolete now. It’s disappointing that Comodo hasn’t bothered to update it.
Avira vs. Comodo: Features
Avira Prime offers coverage for up to 5 devices and includes the following features:
- Malware scanner.
- Real-time protection.
- Browser security.
- Device optimization tool.
- Driver updater.
- VPN (virtual private network).
- File shredder.
- Password manager.
- And more…
All these features work quite well, and I particularly like Avira’s driver updater. It can quickly scan every piece of software on your computer and inform you of any outdated software. This is an excellent defense against exploit attacks that target obsolete software.
I also like Avira’s VPN, which masks your IP address behind a virtual one to keep your data private. It’s not quite as good as a standalone VPN like ExpressVPN, but it works well. It uses 256-bit AES encryption and allows unlimited simultaneous connections so you can have your phone and computer connected to the VPN at the same time. I like how the VPN allowed me to watch videos, browse the web, and more without any slowdown.
Comodo Internet Security Pro only offers coverage for one 1 device by default, but you can add additional devices for a fee. Comodo Internet Security Pro includes:
- Malware scanner.
- Real-time protection.
- Secure firewall.
- Secure browser.
- Virtual desktop.
- Ad blocker.
- Gaming mode.
- And more…
Honestly, a lot of these features underperformed in my tests. However, I really like Comodo’s virtual desktop. It lets you create a secure environment to run suspicious applications. The advantage of this is that if applications are infectious, they won’t be able to spread throughout your computer and cause damage. Beginner users won’t need this feature, but it’s great for advanced users.
I also like Comodo’s firewall. If you’re a beginner user, you can leave it to run out of the box and enjoy good network intrusion protection. However, if you’re an advanced user, you get lots of customization options so you can tweak the firewall to your liking. For example, you can block individual network connections you don’t want connecting to your router.
Avira vs. Comodo: Ease of Use
Avira is one of the easiest antiviruses to use in 2022. Despite having such a wide range of features, it runs fast and installs on your device quickly.
When I downloaded Avira on my Windows 11 computer with 16 GB of RAM, Avira only took 10 minutes to install. It instantly opened when I clicked on its icon in the taskbar, and I found navigation fast and intuitive. Also, when scanning my computer, I never noticed any slowdown, thanks to Avira offloading the resource-intensive process to the cloud.
Avira’s mobile apps for Android and iOS also download quickly and run fast. Even with them running in the background, I could still use my phone as if they weren’t running while maintaining protection from the latest malware threats. I found the apps well laid out, uncluttered, and seamless to navigate.
Comodo’s user interface is one of the few features that impressed me. The design is uncluttered, straightforward to navigate, and clean. You can also choose between two view options: Basic and Advanced.
The Basic view hides all of Comodo’s advanced features. This is ideal if you’re a beginner who wants the essential protections without constantly navigating through Comodo’s more advanced features — such as the virtual desktop.
I also like Comodo’s mobile apps for Android and iOS. They installed quickly on both my Huawei P30 Lite and iPhone 11 and were quick to navigate. That said, they contain a lot of buggy features, so you’re still better off just sticking with Avira.
Avira vs. Comodo: Customer Support
Avira’s customer support options are pretty good. There’s a really good knowledge base, as well as responsive phone and email support. Honestly, my only complaint with Avira’s customer support is that it only offers phone support for premium users, but if you are a premium user, it’s pretty good.
When I called Avira’s phone support team, they always answered quickly. They were friendly, helpful, and able to answer all kinds of questions about using Avira. Some of my questions were uncommon, but Avira’s support team still answered them well.
I had the same experience with the email support team, who were friendly and helpful and even linked me to useful resources in Avira’s knowledge base to help me further. The only downside was the slow email response time (they took 24 hours to respond).
I also wish Avira offered a live chat. This is something Comodo includes, and it’s a great way to get instant support without having to talk to anyone on the phone.
I was pretty impressed with Comodo’s customer support. Comodo offers phone and email support, a decent knowledge base, an online forum, and a live chat feature.
Comodo’s live chat is very good. I like how you can connect directly with Comodo’s live chat from the antivirus’s UI. Many antiviruses have you visit their website to connect with an agent. The live chat team was helpful and consistently gave clear instructions for me to follow.
I had a similar experience with Comodo’s phone support. I always connected with an agent quickly, and they were always helpful. Unfortunately, like Avira, Comodo only offers phone support to users who pay for their most expensive plan. This is super disappointing when many antiviruses provide phone support for all users.
However, I was impressed with Comodo’s email support. The email support team replied to my email within 30 minutes, which is much better than Avira’s 24-hour response time. Like with phone and live chat, the support agents were helpful and could answer all of my questions.