How good is your antivirus program or firewall? It is hard to tell as a end user. Sure, you can rely on information provided by test magazines, Internet websites, antivirus and firewall software developers, or opinions from friends and colleagues. All of those recommendations are to a degree based on opinion, and only some on tests that are applicable in the real world.
A good way to perform security tests on antivirus firewall software programs are so called leak tests. These tests simulate different kind of attacks and manipulations on a computer system without actually doing any harm to it. They usually present statistics at the end that tell you which tests the antivirus firewall software program passed and which it failed at.
Comodo Leaktest is but one of the many available leak tests on the Internet that test your firewall and antivirus solution.
The security software tests a total of 34 different attacks and manipulations of a computer system running the Microsoft Windows operating system when you hit the test button. Depending on the antivirus and firewall software in use some, all or none might spawn alerts.
Note: The nature of the program makes it a target for flagging by antivirus solutions. The program is harmless however, and if your antivirus solution flags the leak test, it is reporting a false positive. Still, if feel unsure about running the program, don't.
The software program displays a score in the end. The maximum amount of points is 340, 10 for each test passed. Each test is explained on a local HTML page that gets downloaded with the software program. Those information can be used to find out why a test has not been passed. It does require some research though as the information provided are only answers to the questions what the test is doing, and what the harm is if the test fails.
The leak test can be divided into different categories. It begins with some rootkits tests followed by invasion, injection, info send, impersonation and hijacking tests.
Comodo Leak Test is a portable security software that will test an antivirus firewall software that is installed on a Windows operating system. It provides the means to find out if your computer system is still - partially or fully - vulnerable to common attacks encountered locally and remotely.
Update: The program is not available anymore on the official Comodo website. One reason for this may be that it is no longer in active development. We have uploaded the latest version to our own server from which you may download it.
Since the program gets flagged by some antivirus solution, we have password protected it. The password is ghacks. Download the program with a click on the following link: Comodo Leak Test
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