Melih Abdulhayoğlu
CEO/Founder

Welcome
I am Melih Abdulhayoglu, founder of Comodo. But it's my blog's viewpoint that is important. I believe human achievement can't be optimized until its central communications engine, the Internet, is a trusted environment. My mission is to help lead the effort to achieve this trust.
December 07, 2011 | Posted by Melih, under Uncategorized

Comodo agrees to pay AV-Comparatives.org $50,000 for 3rd party auditors to validate AV-Comparatives.org tests. None of the AV-Comparatives.org ... Read More
February 11, 2013 | Posted by Melih, under Uncategorized

Version 6 of our beloved Comodo Internet Security (CIS) product has certainly caused a lot of stir in the market place.  ... Read More
February 12, 2013 | Posted by Melih, under Uncategorized

Almost everyday we read reports about companies being infiltrated and end users being infected while being "protected" by antivirus products. ... Read More
December 28, 2013 | Posted by Melih, under Uncategorized

Web hosting industry is an important industry for Comodo. Protecting web sites is an important function as attacks against websites ... Read More
January 05, 2014 | Posted by Melih, under Uncategorized

But we are not in the business of taking the easy route out nor in the business of being one ... Read More
March 13, 2014 | Posted by Melih, under Uncategorized

I and Comodo have one goal, to empower and protect our end users. Our motto is,  "look after our users, ... Read More
Anatomy of an Internet Security Product

Now, we all heard about detection, prevention, cleaning, behaviour blocker, firewall, Antivirus, Anti malware, detection tests, antivirus tests….it can be confusing… What is what and and more importantly what do I need as a consumer!

I will try to explain whats involved in desktop security products and hopefully will arm you with more knowledge about what to expect from them in an interview like style, hope you like it.

First of all: What the hell is Virus, spyware, trojan etc? 

Well, you know when you click on an application to run….. well it is just that.. a malware (which is a general name used for all the bad stuff like virus, spyware, trojan, rootkit and so on) is an application. Just a bunch of code that you send to your CPU (Central Processing Unit) for execution. For example you send a code (an instruction) to your CPU to turn a specific Pixel on your monitor to a specific colour.. Malware sends instructions to your CPU to do nasty stuff.. thats the only difference between a good application and malware they are both bunch of instructions that your CPU understands.

Now that we get what malware is…which security product do I need? What is anti virus? why do i need Firewall and million other questions in my head as the consumer.

Lets get to the basics…..the security products can be classified into 3 areas

1)Prevention: Eg it prevents stuff from coming into your computer in the first place
2)Detection: it detects when stuff enters your computer
3)Cleaning: You are toast, cos you are infected so need a decent product to clean up the mess.

So lets start by talking about AVs (Anti Virus)

A good analogy to Anti Virus would be a policeman who has a Photo Fit of a murderer and trying to find/detect that criminal amongst the people/files. So is Anti virus 1, 2 or 3?

Wow.. good job…you guessed right.. its 2! It can’t stop someone becoming a criminal but can detect them. So an Anti Virus product could never prevent a new Virus it doesn’t know about from infecting your machine. Just like a policemen can’t arrest a future murderer cos they haven’t committed the crime yet. Anti Virus products were invented in the late 1980′s as “Cleaning” products. Those days infections were at the speed of how fast you could exchange a floppy disk with your friends :) But nowadays the number of malware is increasing drastically and the speed in which the infections occur is increasing in speed thanks to internet. So can your Anti Virus company give you a guarantee that you will not be infected because they can’t possibly know the next Virus? Of course not, that’s why using Detection only mechanism as your sole protection will leave you as secured as a little lamb in the African desert surrounded by hungry lions!

What is Anti Spyware then?

Same as above…. there are few different nasties and they have been classified as virus, spyware, adware, rootkit etc etc.. at the end of day they are all Bad Code written by bad people.

Ok what is Anti Rootkit then?
Same as above… they are all baddies… just different names cos they way they operate is slightly different..at the end of the day they are all instructions sent to your CPU to do nasty stuff, from deleting files, to stealing your confidential information, to stealing your CPU power and internet connection. Same goes to Anti trojan, anti this and anti that…. same stuff…

What is a firewall then?

Firewall has 2 tasks really…one to stop people from getting access to your pc from internet..its like your internet door.. (but don’t be fooled cos everytime you browse some website you are opening this internet door to that website…just having firewall doesn’t mean you are secure). And the other task is for detecting if anyone is making a call home from your PC. Go to your local Clothes store and try to steal something…..the alarm you will hear, as you try to sneak out of the door while two big guys are running towards you, is because the garment is tagged, so anything leaving the premises will raise the alarm. Well thats what firewall for your computer do. It will raise alarm bells if someone is trying to make a connection from your computer to the outside world. So Firewall falls into both Prevention and Detection category…

So what can clean my computer if i get infected?

Now thats an important question…. Cleaning infection is not as simple as deleting a file on your hard disk. Some of these nasties hide themselves well and bring themselves back to life even after your Anti Virus deletes them at every start up of the operating system. Depending on what kind of nasty has infected you the choice of the cleaner (Anti Virus) product could be determined.

So how do I prevent these nasties coming into my computer in the first place?

The key is not to run an “unknown application”. The problem is, a file you are about to run on your computer could be a malware. You need a system that automatically sandboxes any unknown file. This way any new unknown application which turns out to be a malware won’t be able to infect your computer. There are many ways these things come into your computer, from USB sticks to you simply visiting a website. Yep, simply visiting a website could get you infected!

So what does infection mean again please?

Remember its just a piece of code that uses your CPU to do nasty stuff like giving out confidential information etc. All these bad stuff is merely a fight for control of your CPU so that they can get that CPU to do stuff that they want. Afterall if they control the CPU they can do anything they like with your computer.

So how do I stop these coming into my computer in the first place?

Excellent question!

Containment is the key. When was it last time you opened the door to a stranger blindfolded and invited them in?

Umm  Never

Well you do that in the digital world every day. Think about it, how many unknown executables (applications) you have on your computer or network at the moment?

Umm…I dunno

How many strangers live in your house?

Haha..None!

So you know there are no strangers living in your house, but when it comes to your digital world, you don’t know how many unknown (strangers) living in your computer or network.

I see the problem now :)

So Comodo uses “Containment” technology called “Auto Sandboxing” to stop any new malware from infecting my computer? Did i get this right?

Spot on!

Cool :)

So in summary…a security product can provide you

Prevention
Detection
Cleaning

and you need to prevent the bad stuff coming in to your computer in the first place. For that you need new technologies based on Containment Security like Comodo Internet Security. Your first line of defense must be to prevent the malware from coming in.

Melih

Empowering and Protecting end users

I and Comodo have one goal, to empower and protect our end users.

Our motto is,  ”look after our users, money will follow”, it works and always has. We put our users first. Knowing that our users empower Comodo with their business. Its a beautiful relationship that works.

Everything we do is designed to either empower or protect the end users, simple as that.

Just wanted to share this with you guys, although I know you know this already :)

Melih

Would have been much easier to build an adblocker without caring for Publishers

But we are not in the business of taking the easy route out nor in the business of being one sided if we can innovate to solve it for both parties.

PrivDog is designed with Privacy of the user in mind. Our DNA is about securing the user and his/her privacy. Advertising is an area unfortunately filled with companies who are motivated with money and they don’t seem to care much about user’s privacy or security.

There are many legitimate publishers who provide great content and use advertising as means to support themselves. It simply is not fair to let them suffer because Advertising industry is not behaving themselves.

We could have easily developed an adblocker…its a simple product…but that would have wrecked the legitimate publishers who rely on advertising as an income.

Just not fair!

So after around 2 years of development and huge amount of innovation (maybe over 20 Patents pending) we were able to come up with an innovation that gave users Safety, Privacy, Speed of adblocking technology while not hurting the environment for publishers and still allowing them make money.

Its a win win for everyone!

And yes of course we will make money from this as well. Isn’t it great that the company whose DNA is about Your security makes more money so that they can continue to innovate and invest in products that make you safer! Its better than un-managed advertising companies making money out of you without caring for your security. Our base line is about your security first! Everything else is second.

 

Melih

 

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Introducing PrivDog

For over 15 years Comodo has had one single mission “Creating a Trusted Internet” (http://www.melih.com/2008/08/07/comodomelih-manifesto-why-i-am-doing-what-i-am-doing/). We’re always looking out for both businesses and consumers to ensure a rich, thriving business environment on the internet while offering free world-class consumer protection for free through programs such as Comodo Internet Security(https://www.comodo.com/home/internet-security/free-internet-security.php) (recently awarded a perfect score on AV test (http://www.av-test.org/en/tests/home-user/windows-xp/marapr-2013) along with the PC Mag editor’s choice award).

Comodo’s growing team is dedicated to building and finding solutions that protect users from all the latest threats while maintaining our standards of world-class user experience. Unlike the competitors we also offer these solutions for free to ensure they can be used by the largest audience possible.

In recent times we have found a significant increase in complaints of malware, intrusive tracking, and unwanted downloads driven through online advertising tactics. These lead to issues for both consumers and businesses as compromised user trust will inevitability lead to lower web traffic plus reductions in ad clicks and conversions.

There are various tools have come on the market to combat this including ad blockers, browser optimization tools, and even Comodo’s own secure browser product (http://browser.comodo.com). Some of these tools already block the ads that create harm for end users but are missing one critical piece. Simply put if you block ads entirely you kill the internet. And we here at Comodo aren’t interested in killing the internet, we just want you to trust it.

Increased adoption of ad blockers systematically destroys the eco-system that keeps the internet alive.

To further explain

1)   Publications produce content for consumption online (i.e the Huffington Post)

2)   They offer  this content for free to end users to maximize their audience

3)   The publication in turn makes revenue because other businesses want to gain exposure to this large audience to offer their goods and services though banner and text advertising

4)   By blocking ads the publication is less incentivized to produce content, which in turn may lead them to paywall their site (charging consumers), which decreases traffic and eyeballs for businesses looking to gain exposure through online ads.
So basically by offering an ad block solution you do protect consumers from harmful ads and tracking but at the end of the day they are paying the bill to maintain the same internet they had before.
We believe in order for the internet to remain a trusted and profitable place to do business the world needs a tool that blocks all the bad but still keeps the eco-system alive.

That way

•   Consumers still get free content
•   Businesses still have a profitable channel to push their goods and services
•   Content providers still have a way to earn revenue without charging consumers

And the best news today is we found the answer and it’s ready for you!

What is PrivDog?

Simply put PrivDog makes your internet browsing Faster/Safer/Private while still keeping the economy of the internet active and thriving. Consumers win, Publishers win, Advertisers win.

Faster

You’ll see internet content 50% faster or more by blocking the existing banner ads and replacing with safe trusted ads. Now your only problem will be what to do with all that new found free time.

Safer

No malware and unwanted downloads here, our friends on the AdTrustMedia compliance team strictly review all ad content prior to its release on the network.  No more toolbars or other software clogging up your browsing experience with junk.

Private

PrivDog blocks all intrusive tracking cookies, pixels, and data collection. The uninvited guests are no longer coming in.

 

And here is another version explaining what Privdog is

 

Introducing PrivDog

PrivDog protects you as you browse the Internet by stopping websites including uninvited guests when you connect to their server, and unknown to you, connecting to other unknown servers.

You can download your copy of PrivDog here: http://privdog.com/setups/PrivDogSetup.exe

Here are more detailed descriptions of the product from people who worked on it, starting with me.

Introducing PrivDog, a powerful mew privacy tool to compliment your Dragon’s existing privacy improvements.

Just like an AntiVirus treats files as viruses, PrivDog treats files on the internet as privacy and potential security risks.  An AntiVirus program only allow safe files to run and similarly PrivDog prevents certain files from running in your browser.

As is well known, the best way to stay safe on the web is to only connect your computer to well known reputable sites, however, more and more there are security risks even doing that.  When you visit a site, let’s say CNN.com, your intention was to only visit that site as you know it’s credibility, however, in reality sites like this use Advertising Networks to show advertisements.  These Ad Networks often then deliver ads from other advertisers.  This leads to a situation where your computer will unwittingly and unintentionally connect to several of the ever-increasing unknown ad servers.  These are effectively uninvited guests to the CNN.com website and pose a security threat to your system.  The content they show is decided dynamically at the time the ad is downloaded to your computer and is not vetted in advance by the web page authors of CNN.com and therefore cannot be considered to have the same level of trust and credibility.  PrivDog ensures that only sanitized ads from a safe source are shown and prevents your computer from connecting to all these uninvited and unknown servers.

PrivDog is designed to protect your privacy but you can’t have real privacy without security.  PrivDog goes further than regular privacy protection tools and ads a layer of security by blocking these potential threats.

An ever increasing problem seen on today’s websites is large, intrusive and CPU hungry advertisements.  Many of these advertisements have large numbers of frames using up your bandwidth causing the website content you visited the site for to appear last and slowing down your browsing experience.  The larger number of frames eats into your CPU time and slows down your browser and even effects other applications running on your computer and the speed of the operating system itself.  More and more we are seeing large and intrusive full page pop-up ads appear inside pages stopping you dead in your tracks until you locate the tiny close button often deliberately hard to find.  PrivDog sanitizes all your ads and prevents all these problems from occurring in the first place speeding up your system and improving your browsing experience.

Adobe Flash advertisements are prevalent on today’s websites.  The use of Flash has come under ever increasing scrutiny from the computing industry due to is resource hungry and privacy breaching video.  Flash advertisements use a lot of bandwidth and can be intrusive.  In addition the use of Flash allows advertisers to employ the use of something called Flash cookies or supercookies.  Many people today see super cookies as one of the web’s biggest threats to user privacy.  Blocking or clearing your browser’s cookies will have no effect on super cookies.  PrivDog prevents Flash advertisements from being shown and prevents these Flash cookies from being stored in the first place.

Ever seen those comment boxes below a photo from a new site, seems safe enough right?  You may be surprised to hear many of these social comments boxes use technologies that track your movements around the internet and the data is used to profile you.”

Benefits of PrivDog:

Using PrivDog will give you the following benefits:

- Sanitized and safe advertisements.

- Blocks trackers and statistic.

- Protects your privacy by blocking 3rd Party Widgets

- Blocks 3rd Party Cookies

Free ModSecurity Rules

Web hosting industry is an important industry for Comodo.
Protecting web sites is an important function as attacks against websites continue to increase and not only are the businesses running these websites are under attack, but visitors who use these websites are also vulnerable due to compromised web servers and web sites.

Mod_security is a decent platform but without signatures/rules its not much use (ModSecurity™ is a web application firewall engine that provides very little protection on its own. In order to become useful, ModSecurity™ must be configured with rules)]

There were some free modsecurity rules in the past that did a good job, albeit delayed, but it no longer is available. (Please note that Atomicorp no longer provides a free delayed version of its ModSecurity Rule set.)

Comodo is a company who sees the threat on daily basis on both sides, consumer side and business side. We see it in the consumer side because we protect tens of millions of users using our Antivirus products. We see it on the business site because we monitor and protect businesses and their website with products like www.hackerguardian.com and www.webinspector.com.

This puts Comodo in very unique position of being able deliver the most effective security for websites and web servers and do so very effectively. And here we are, we decided to build the infrastructure and provide modsecurity rules for FREE! (there might be different variation in future but we will always provide some free version so that you can be secure).

Here is our promise to you: We will work with you to protect your web sites and web servers! Talk to us about the attacks you are facing and let us provide you mod_sec rules for free to protect yourself. Let us customize rules to fend off attacks,  let us fight together side by side and for FREE!

Go ahead and get your Modsecurity Rules for Free  now!

cheers

Melih

Click here to talk back about Free modsecurity rules

 

Time to own up – Traditional Anti-Virus is no longer enough

Almost everyday we read reports about companies being infiltrated and end users being infected while being “protected” by antivirus products.

Its time to own up and tell the world that running Traditional AntiVirus is no longer enough to protect you. I call upon the AntiVirus industry to STOP spreading statements like “antivirus protection that stops viruses and spyware, so you can safely go online and share”.

Its your responsibility to inform the end users about both capability and limitations of your products.  Anti Virus products work with “default allow” architecture. They try to find if a file is bad or not, if they cannot ascertain, then they say its ok to run the file. Based on that one cannot make a statement that they will stop viruses, because you have no way of knowing all the viruses to stop them. So why make this statement? This gives false sense of security.

When the first Antivirus was invented, it was invented to “remove/clean” an existing infection. It was never promoted as a “protection”. This I believe was around late 1980s…. So what happened between then and now for the AntiVirus vendors to start claiming that these kind of Antivirus products can “protect” you? These Antivirus products can ONLY stop a malware if and ONLY IF they know about it. How about the countless number of unknown malware that they do not know!!!

Its time to be honest with consumers and give them the information they deserve. Its time to own up and tell them these traditional Anti Virus products cannot protect them from malware they don’t know.  End users deserve to know the truth!

TalkBack

Comodo Internet Security ver. 6 – Security for the masses

Version 6 of our beloved Comodo Internet Security (CIS) product has certainly caused a lot of stir in the market place.  As we all know, previous versions of CIS was being used more technical people than novices.

This changed with the launch of CIS v 6. It became the security suite choice for the masses. Some technically oriented users prefer the older interface as there are more shiny buttons to press (Yes I like them too :) ).  But……please understand that by making CIS v6 for the masses we are able to protect a lot more people and this is a good thing.  The framework we built CIS v6 on will allow both the masses and geeks to use CIS to their liking. It will take a bit of time to get all the tuning done for the “geek population”.  Lets be honest, you are a geek and tuning a security product for you ain’t easy! :) But together we will do it!

TalkBack

Comodo agrees to pay $50,000 to AV-Comparatives.org for test auditing & validation

Comodo agrees to pay AV-Comparatives.org $50,000 for 3rd party auditors to validate AV-Comparatives.org tests.

None of the AV-Comparatives.org tests are validated by a credible, independent 3rd party. It is in the end user interest to have the tests validated. There are many respectable independent and qualified organisations who can audit and validate AV-Comparatives testing methodologies and financial transactions.

This offer of payment is a goodwill gesture to AV-Comparatives.org so that they can prove to end users their testing methodologies and their financial relationships with Anti virus vendors. Its a win-win for everyone!

We are hopeful that AV-Comparatives will accept this offer and allow an independent third party audit and validate their claims in the interest of end users.

thank you

Melih

 

Talkback

AV-Comparatives.org, bullying, censorship and financial deals with Anti Virus vendors – continued..

Here is an excerpt from the agreement that AV-Comparatives gets AntiVirus companies to sign:

 

Look at the wording where they force AntiVirus vendors to even deny  ”The existence of this SOW”.

So although this was a confidential agreement, AV-Comparatives was unethical enough to threaten Comodo by saying : “we may post our reply on Monday in public. (e.g. we could clarify that Comodo paid for not releasing their results – the various static detection tests etc. that were commissioned by Comodo)”

What AV-Comparative threatened Comodo with was for AV-Comparatives to reveal confidential information about Comodo,  as you can see above, even the existence of the agreement was confidential as per the agreement. So AV-Comparatives first signs an agreement that is confidential, then threatens you that they will release this confidential information if you don’t do what they say. This is totally unethical!

What would happen if your Bank or any other party you have a contractual relationship started to threaten you that they will reveal confidential information about you to public?!!!

AV-Comparatives acted totally unethically and will be very difficult for public to trust them!

 

Melih

Talk Back

AV-Comparatives.org, bullying, censorship and financial deals with Anti Virus vendors.

I never liked bullies, I never liked censorship, I never liked blackmail and I still don’t!

Its 24th November early in the morning, its Thanksgiving day in the US and looking forward to celebrating it with my family and friends. I checked my emails and I see the below email that has been sent to us (to Umesh). I was shocked to say the least! Peter Stelzhammer of AV-comparatives.org is threating me and blackmailing me saying that if I don’t “censor” my forum postings they will reveal “confidential” information.

Here is their email……

***BEGIN*Email of 24th Nov 2011**********************************

——– Original Message ——–

Subject: Posts of Melih
Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2011 00:45:57 -0800
From: Peter Stelzhammer <p@av-comparatives.org>
To: ‘Umesh Kumar Gupta (u@comodo.com)’ <u@comodo.com>
CC: a@av-comparatives.org<a@av-comparatives.org>

 

Hi Umesh,
we have been informed about some misleading forum entries of Melih.
It is really inacceptable and dubious how Melih is doing in public.
That is not a serious behaviour in this industry.
We are waiting for a response, if not, we may post our reply on
Monday in public. (e.g. we could clarify that Comodo paid for not releasing their results
 - the various static detection tests etc. that were commissioned by Comodo)
We are waiting for a public rectification till Monday or deleting the respective posts:
Post1
it simply not true that we do not test for protection. Also it is technically wrong what Melih
wrote He is blaming himself. And as we see users are recognizing that and writing this to us.
Post2 
Re: Comodo AV Database update page
« Reply #1442 on: November 14, 2011, 01:36:07 PM »
________________________________
Quote from: Tech on November 13, 2011, 08:03:43 PM
"But, do they? Before the testing or after (to publish)? Are the results influenced by this?
How could we know?
You are asking the wrong people."
You know how it works, you did it. We can proof. We can publish if necessary. Money has no influence.
So you paid, you got bad results. That's proof enough. We are independent not profit, money
just covers our cost. That is a bad insinuation.
Schöne Grüsse / Regards
Peter Stelzhammer
p@stelzhammer.org
Mobil: +43 (664) | Tel: +43 (512)
 Innsbruck | Austria | Europe
www.av-comparatives.org<http://www.av-comparatives.org/> |
www.kompetenzzentrum.it<http://www.kompetenzzentrum.it>

****END EMAIL********************************

We will not succumb to bullying forcing us to  “change our opinion”, according to Peter not succumbing to bullying will  leave us no choice but for them to go “public”…..

Now…luckily I live in a free country where I am entitled to my opinion. Bullies who try to blackmail people for having an opinion are not tolerated in this society!

Enough is enough….truth must come out about av-comparatives.org  and their ways….

 

Here is what Peter said:

“We are waiting for a response, if not, we may post our reply on Monday in public. (e.g. we could clarify that Comodo paid for not releasing their results – the various static detection tests etc. that were commissioned by Comodo)”

So lets focus on Peter’s above statement:

He says, “Comodo paid for not releasing their result”, this is a blatant lie! In the email of 11th Jan 2010 Peter clearly stated that it would actually cost us extra 500 Euro if we wanted to publish the results. We chose not to pay the extra here is the extract from the email from AV comparatives:

“ If you will keep the report internal, it is Euro 1500, if you want to use it in marketing and we shall publish it – with short review of product – on our website it is as told Euro 2000.”

So Peter saying that they will go public and say that “we paid not to release it to public” is a blatant lie and uses this blatant lie for an attempted censorship!

Here is my opinion about The issues with  AV-Comparitives.org and why they try hard to “censor” anyone who reveals this:

1)      There are sizeable amounts of payments being paid by Anti Virus companies to AV-Comparatives.org (AV-Comparatives.org should reveal how much money they get from each vendor so that end users can take this financial transaction into account when reading their reports, they claim to be a “not for profit” organization, so they should be open about it)

2)      The information provided is misleading: What is being tested is what the AntiVirus can detect and NOT what it can “Protect” you from!

3)      Samples are shared amongst the “participants”

 

We have always put our money where our mouth is and provided top notch security for our end users for free! We relied on the strength of our product and our end users to spread the word about Comodo. AV-comparatives.org is a disservice to end users because they try very hard to cover the fact that they get big $$ from antivirus vendors and provide misleading information about the role of “detection” in overall desktop protection.

I was hoping AV-Comparatives.org would change their ways and start providing valuable information to end users, they chose not to progress with time, they chose to stick to 1980s style of testing while ignoring the latest advancements in technology. Inability to inform end users of the latest protection capabilities in antivirus products and its performance while still “pushing” old style “dead malware” tests is simply misleading and disservice to end users.

I sincerely do hope that this is a wake up call to AV-Comparatives that they have to start providing “relevant” and valuable information to the public and be honest and open about their capabilities (what they can test and more importantly what they can’t test in a product) and their financial relationship with Antivirus companies. Luckily there are many hard working, honest testing organisations who are transparent to the public who do provide value both to Anti Virus vendors and public and we will continue to work with them in order to continue to bring top notch security for our end users.

Thanks

Melih

Talk back

 

 

 

 

 

Other Emails below:

*****Email of 9th Jan 2010********************************

——– Original Message ——–

Subject: AV-Comparatives Test-Series
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2010 20:16:21 +0100
From: Peter Stelzhammer <p @av-comparatives.org>
Reply-To: p @av-comparatives.org
To: u@comodo.com
CC: Andreas Clementi <a@av-comparatives.org>

Dear Umesh,

first, thanks for your mail. I want to clarify, that this E-Mail is confidential.

The Main Test-Series costs 8000 Euro per year. 2 On Demand, 2 Retrospective, a some Bonus Tests like Removal, Performance  and so on. The extended Yearly test-series including whole product dynamic testing is more expensive.  We can talk about this later.

As we write on our website, we try to include only very well  scoring AV products.

We suggest Comodo to get tested first in a Single Product Test, which is cheaper and would not expose Comodo too much in case of low results. A normal single product test/review costs usually 2000 Euro (depending from requested methodology). If you want us we will publish the results, but if not, we will keep the test confidential.

As the number of participants is limited and there are already over 30 vendors which want to take part, please let us know within next week about your decision wether you want to participate or not, in order that we can start choosing the participants.

Schöne Grüsse / Regards

Peter
AV-Comparatives

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***Email of 11th Apr 2011*************************
——– Original Message ——–

Subject: AW: AW: AW: Main Test Feb-2011
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2011 06:29:06 -0700
From: Peter Stelzhammer <i@stelzhammer.org>
To: Umesh Kumar Gupta <u@comodo.com>
CC: a @av-comparatives.org <a @av-comparatives.org>, Egemen Tas <E@comodo.com>

Hi Guys,

 

we have the test and the analysing done. We have to fix some minor things. I expect releasing tomorrow, as Andreas is sitting in the plane right now. He will finish it soon.

 

Here is a confidential preview of your results, I do not expect changes.



 

Schöne Grüsse / Regards

Peter Stelzhammer

p@stelzhammer.org

 

Mobil: +43 (664) | Tel: +43 (512)

Innsbruck | Austria | Europe

 

 

—–Ursprüngliche Nachricht—–
Von: Umesh Kumar Gupta [mailto:u@comodo.com]
Gesendet: Montag, 11. April 2011 15:16
An: Peter Stelzhammer
Cc: a @av-comparatives.org; Egemen Tas
Betreff: Re: AW: AW: Main Test Feb-2011

 

Hi Peter,

You must be busy with testing. Just wondering when test is expected to be completed.

 

Thanks

-umesh

 

On 2/5/2011 4:02 AM, Peter Stelzhammer wrote:

> Hi,

>

> thanks for the link. We will use it. For the retrospective test the signatures will be frozen around 17th, maybe later. For the on demand test at the same time.

>

> Schöne Grüsse / Regards

> Peter Stelzhammer

> p@stelzhammer.org

>

> Mobil: +43 (664) | Tel: +43 (512) Andechsstrasse

> Innsbruck | Austria | Europe

>

>

> —–Ursprüngliche Nachricht—–

> Von: Umesh Kumar Gupta [mailto:u@comodo.com]

> Gesendet: Freitag, 04. Februar 2011 23:38

> An: Peter Stelzhammer

> Cc: a@av-comparatives.org; Egemen Tas

> Betreff: Re: AW: Main Test Feb-2011

>

> Hi Peter,

> Just to emphasize, please download latest available CIS setup from following link:

> http://www.comodo.com/home/download/download.php?prod=cis

> and also, we would like product to be tested with all default settings.

> So please do not use high/medium AV heuristic.

>

> And are you going to freeze AV updates on  17th Feb  itself?

>

>

> Thanks

> -umesh

>

> On 2/3/2011 10:02 AM, Umesh Kumar Gupta wrote:

>> Thanks Peter,

>> Yes please include us for Single product test.

>> Regarding whole product test, we can discuss further if there is

>> going to be any scope of it in future.

>> Egemen is going to be in AMTSO and i think we can have a face to face

>> meeting and discuss it further.

>>

>> Thanks

>> -umesh

>>

>> On 2/3/2011 9:45 AM, Peter Stelzhammer wrote:

>>> Hi Guys,

>>>

>>> cool to hear you again. As promised we can test you in our on-demand

>>> test separately in a Single Product Test. Fee is Euro 2000. The test

>>> will start on 17th of Feb. 2011.

>>> Just let us know.

>>>

>>> About the whole product test, we would like to see you in, but, and

>>> this is an official statement, which you can post in your blog, your

>>> product with the current sandbox and the current way it is working,

>>> is not compatible with our automation system and as your sandbox

>>> does restrict often also the functionality of clean applications, we

>>> do not see it fit in our test system right now. So it is not

>>> possible to put you in a single whole product test, in the main test

>>> it would not be possible anyway as we restrict the number of participants.

>>>

>>> Schöne Grüsse / Regards

>>>

>>> Peter Stelzhammer

>>> p@av-comparatives.org

>>>

>>>

>>> Phone: +43 (512)

>>> Mobile: +43 (664)

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>>> www.av-comparatives.org – Independent Tests of Anti-Virus Software

>>> —–Ursprüngliche Nachricht—–

>>> Von: Umesh Kumar Gupta [mailto:u@comodo.com]

>>> Gesendet: Montag, 31. Jänner 2011 12:45

>>> An: a@av-comparatives.org

>>> Cc: Peter Stelzhammer; Egemen Tas

>>> Betreff: Re: Main Test Feb-2011

>>>

>>> Hi Andreas,

>>> In past you have done single product review in parallel with main

>>> test, we are seeking similar test again for Feb-2011 In addition to

>>> that we have been in discussion with Peter over phone and we had

>>> impression that we were in as we requested earlier for single

>>> product review and answer was possible with next main test.

>>>

>>> Do you see any possibility to include Comodo in it?

>>>

>>> Thanks

>>> -umesh

>>>

>>> On 1/31/2011 3:18 AM, Andreas Clementi wrote:

>>>> Hi Umesh,

>>>>

>>>> I am afraid, but Comodo did not apply for the main test-series of

>>>> 2011 and the deadline (as announced on our website for nearly 2

>>>> months) for applying to the tests expired already some time ago.

>>>>

>>>> Regards,

>>>> andreas

>>>>

>>>>

>>>>

>>>>

>>>>> —–Original Message—–

>>>>> From: Umesh Kumar Gupta [mailto:u@comodo.com]

>>>>> Sent: Friday, January 28, 2011 2:17 PM

>>>>> To: Andreas Clementi

>>>>> Subject: Main Test Feb-2011

>>>>>

>>>>> Hi Andreas,

>>>>> As i understand main test is going to be conducted in Feb-2011, i

>>>>> was wondering about the final date of product submission.

>>>>>

>>>>> –

>>>>> Kind Regards

>>>>> Umesh Kumar Gupta

>>>>> Head Comodo Antivirus Labs

>>>>> Office Tel US: 201-963-0004 x4042

>>>>> Fax:  201-595-0575

>>>>> www.comodo.com www.secure-email.comodo.com

>>>>> www.enterprisessl.com

>>>>> This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are confidential and

>>>> intended

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>>>>> addressed.

>>>> If

>>>>> you have received this email in error please notify the sender by

>>>>> replying

>>>> to

>>>>> the e-mail containing this attachment. Replies to this email may

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>>>>> every endeavour is taken to ensure that e-mails are free from

>>>>> viruses, no

>>>> liability

>>>>> can be accepted and the recipient is requested to use their own

>>>>> virus checking software.

>>> –

>>> Kind Regards

>>> Umesh Kumar Gupta

>>> Head Comodo Antivirus Labs

>>> Office Tel US: 201-963-0004

>>> Fax:  201-595-

>>> www.comodo.com www.secure-email.comodo.com www.enterprisessl.com

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>>>

>>

>

> –

> Kind Regards

> Umesh Kumar Gupta

> Head Comodo Antivirus Labs

> Office Tel US: 201-963-0004

> Fax:  201-595-

> www.comodo.com www.secure-email.comodo.com www.enterprisessl.com

> This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please notify the sender by replying to the e-mail containing this attachment. Replies to this email may be monitored by Comodo for operational or business reasons. Whilst every endeavour is taken to ensure that e-mails are free from viruses, no liability can be accepted and the recipient is requested to use their own virus checking software.

>

>

>

 

 

Kind Regards

Umesh Kumar Gupta

Head Comodo Antivirus Labs

Office Tel US: 201-963-0004

Fax:  201-595-

www.comodo.com www.secure-email.comodo.com www.enterprisessl.com

This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please notify the sender by replying to the e-mail containing this attachment. Replies to this email may be monitored by Comodo for operational or business reasons. Whilst every endeavour is taken to ensure that e-mails are free from viruses, no liability can be accepted and the recipient is requested to use their own virus checking software.

 

 

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*****Email of 11 Jan 2010**********

——– Original Message ——–

Subject: Re: AV-Comparatives Test-Series
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2010 16:09:51 +0100
From: Peter Stelzhammer <p @av-comparatives.org>
Reply-To: p @av-comparatives.org
To: Umesh Kumar Gupta <u@comodo.com>
CC: Andreas Clementi <a@av-comparatives.org>

Hiu Umesh,

we could do the single product test in february (with the new testset). It will be an On-Demand with False Positive Test. Start will be around the 5th. Feb. Release mid of March. (If you will keep the report internal, it is Euro 1500, if you want to use it in marketing and we shall publish it – with short review of product – on our website it is as told Euro 2000.

FYI: There is no sampleexchange at the single product tests.

Just let us know.

Schöne Grüsse / Regards

Peter Stelzhammer
i@stelzhammer.org

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Innsbruck
Mobil: +43 (664)

Tel: +43 (512)
Fax: +43 (512)
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On Sun, Jan 10, 2010 at 4:00 AM, Umesh Kumar Gupta <u@comodo.com> wrote:

Hi Peter,
As you suggested “Single Product Test”, we would like to go for that and we would like to see results before we decide that you could publish results.
Please let me know what all you need from us.

Thanks
-umesh
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From: Andreas Clementi [mailto:a@av-comparatives.org]
Sent: Monday, April 11, 2011 11:11 AM
To: ‘Egemen Tas’; ‘Umesh Kumar Gupta’
Cc: p@av-comparatives.org
Subject: AW: AW: AW: AW: Main Test Feb-2011

 

Hi,

 

btw, do not be unhappy about the „other malware/viruses“ %s, you will see in the report that also other vendors score low there (mainly because that category contains non-PE malware). Furthermore, your ~90% is higher than what some few other products scored and similar to what other well-known products reached. You will see ;)

 

regards,

andreas

 

 

AV-Comparatives e.V.

a@av-comparatives.org

http://www.av-comparatives.org

 

Tel.: +43 512

Mobile: +43 676

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