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Immunet Protect

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Common Windows security wisdom says it's a bad idea to run multiple antivirus apps simultaneously. Generally that's true, but Immunet 2.0 intends to play nice with your existing protection and bolster it with help from the cloud and the crowd. Immunet's latest update introduces new scanning tools, detection engines, and support in a bid to persuade users that the program is the spackle they need to plug the holes in their security wall.

Installation and setup
The installation of Immunet 2.0 asks for registration, which you can skip to avoid sending your data up to the cloud without adversely affecting your security. However, the cloud-based defenses work better as more people contribute their data. This is a common defense tool from security vendors.

Immunet opts you in to the Ask toolbar and default search engine switch, so users who don't want them should go through the install process carefully. Otherwise, the installation process is straightforward and simple.

Interface
The interface is a blue wall behind three columns that provide access to Community, Computer, and Product settings. On the far left side of the interface, Immunet quietly informs you of your other installed antivirus program, while on the far right there are two bars keeping track of CPU and memory usage.

The new Immunet interface puts a lot of information at hand, but navigating within it could be smoother. (Note that the screenshot is from an release candidate and the yellow 'RC2' won't appear on the version you can download.)

(Credit: Screenshot by Seth Rosenblatt/CNET)

Annoyingly, much of the interface uses text that comes in varying shades of blue, which can make it harder to read than it should be. We also found that switching screens within Immunet, as well as tooltips, were slow to respond to clicks and mouse-overs.

Features and support
Similar to PC Tools' ThreatFire, which didn't originally address virus-related threats but does now, Immunet seeks to present a lightweight method to enhance already-installed protection.

On features alone, there's no doubt that Immunet 2.0 is a better product than its predecessor. The free version offers a new cloud-based detection engine called ETHOS, a heuristics engine that offers on-demand scanning, in-product updates, a visual representation of the Immunet community, a silent gaming mode, and a stream from the Immunet security blog.

Immunet also offers a bit of exploration of the program's community network, with an interactive visual representation of the friends that you're connected to. (Note that the screenshot is from an release candidate and the yellow 'RC2' won't appear on the version you can download.)

(Credit: Screenshot by Seth Rosenblatt/CNET)

There's also an unusual amount of attention paid to user-support issues for a free program, with free 24-7 telephone support. The service includes installation problems, assistance with potential virus issues, and sluggish computer performance that may not be virus-related. E-mail support has been dropped from this version in favor of online forums.

The new scanning tools come in the three standard flavors: the quick Flash scan, Full, and Custom. The Flash scan, which checks out only processes and the Registry, took just more than one minute to finish, while the full takes much longer because it checks your entire computer. Immunet doesn't lock you into a running scan, so you can hide it and use other parts of the program. However, Immunet restricts rootkit scans to its paid upgrade, sacrificing some of your security.

Immunet's new scans give the program much more appeal than before, but they do limit rootkit scans to the paid version. (Note that the screenshot is from an release candidate and the yellow 'RC2' won't appear on the version you can download.)

(Credit: Screenshot by Seth Rosenblatt/CNET)

The History window, under the Computer column, provides a reasonably in-depth accounting of what Immunet's been up to. This includes an option to view by all file events, which essentially acts as an Internet traffic log. We're fans of exposing as much data as possible about security behavior to users, but this could be improved by allowed users to access the folder location where the activity took place.

Performance
During a day of anecdotal testing, we noticed no unusual system slow-downs while running Immunet concurrently with Avast. Third-party security performance benchmarks are not yet available, but it's highly unusual when running multiple security programs not to see even slight anecdotal sluggishness. This suggests that at least on the performance front, Immunet does do all that it claims.

Conclusion
At this point, there's no one feature in Immunet that's impressive enough to make it stand out against the competitive security field. What it does offer though is an extra dose of peace of mind for those users who feel, for whatever reason, that their current security just isn't enough.

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All User Reviews
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    out of 152 votes

    • 5 star: 53
    • 4 star: 37
    • 3 star: 16
    • 2 star: 16
    • 1 star: 30
  • Current version:

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    out of 82 votes

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    • 2 star: 9
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Avoid! Avoid! Avoid! this HORRIBLE nagware!"

    August 19, 2012  |   By imfinethankyou@gmail.com

    Version: Immunet Protect 2.0

    Pros

    Mat possibly serve some anti-virus protection service.

    Cons

    Nags screens, nag screens followed by more nag screens pushing you to buy their pro version during the 30 day trial. AFTER the 30 day trial, MORE nag screens with no discernible option other than "Remind me later"

    Summary

    Whatever virtue, if any, this product is overshadowed by their sleazy, nonstop nagging. You will deeply regret ever allowing this piece of nagware near your computer.

    JUST AWFUL.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "2nd line of anti-virus defence"

    January 30, 2011  |   By rosshiuk

    Version: Immunet Protect 2.0

    Pros

    Free version works well, runs along side any other anti-virus without problems, non so far anyways... Operates in the cloud, so you need to a connection to the web for it to work correctly. (That is my understanding on how it works)

    Cons

    Non as yet...

    Summary

    In these days of web drive by attacks and malicious web content; it doesn't hurt to have some extra security tools at hand, this runs at startup, so is there from the word go...

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  • 3.0 stars

    "good for additional free protection"

    January 2, 2011  |   By crazyaaron1984

    Version: Immunet Protect 2.0

    Pros

    the free version works well alongside your antivirus with no conflicts and adds an extra level of protection

    Cons

    ive experienced higher false positives with immunet (which may or may not be a bad thing)
    so if you do a lot of installing of software you know to be safe its probably better to have immunet disabled

    Summary

    great for an extra layer of protection
    good free version
    works alongside antivirus
    but is known to have false positives
    probably best if you really need the extra layer of security

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It seems to do a good job"

    December 6, 2010  |   By haroldmarcum

    Version: Immunet Protect 2.0

    Pros

    I run it with Avast they seem to work real good and to get along real good

    Cons

    none so far

    Summary



    Updated on Dec 6, 2010

    Avast and Immunet don`t fight each other

    Updated on Dec 6, 2010

    Avast and Immunet don`t fight each other

    Updated on Dec 6, 2010

    Avast and Immunet don`t fight each other

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Too many false detections"

    November 13, 2010  |   By showme22

    Version: Immunet Protect 2.0

    Pros

    Seems to find everything.

    Cons

    Flags perfectly safe files.

    Summary

    During my first full scan, Immunet indicated that it had successfully quarantined the same W32.SPERO virus over 100 times before I halted the scan to investigate. It turned out that Immunet had incorrectly flagged over 100 executable files that I know are safe. I write a lot of code and created every single one of these files. None of my other antivirus/anti-spyware programs have ever flagged these files (e.g. iOrbit360, Malwarebytes, Norton, SuperAntiSpyware, AdAware, Spybot. I had to restore every quarantined file one-by-one before I unistalled Immunet. If you don't mind a lot of false positives, then this application may be for you. If you don't create custom code like I do, then perhaps you won't have the same type of problem. I like the concept of Immunet. I think it just needs a little more work to get the right balance between security and convenience.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "a Great addition to web security for all"

    October 31, 2010  |   By Eric Gamble

    Version: Immunet Protect 2.0

    Pros

    overall efficiancy

    Cons

    cant fault it

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Seems to be a good additional layer of defense"

    October 30, 2010  |   By deepcdv

    Version: Immunet Protect 2.0

    Pros

    Light on sytem resources, works with other security software, new interface is clean.

    Cons

    None thus far.

    Summary

    I opted for the paid version, the price is low, worth it for the extra options and I'm happy to support this community based anti-malware approach.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Lite as a Pheather but hits evilware with a Phat Phist!"

    October 25, 2010  |   By JayDubThaHacker

    Version: Immunet Protect 2.0

    Pros

    Installed on all my family's and friends' PCs. No complaints yet. A user who is not-quite-to-novice in her skills uses this easily. ONLY anti-virus choice other than Panda Cloud AV for wimpy, dying, or small-harddisk, small RAM-sized PCs!

    I like it

    Cons

    Cannot seem to get Immunet to scan the computer if the machine isn't connected to the internet (yes, I know right ? duh, it's a cloud AV program) so the box MUST BE ONLINE for this to be truly current and useful. Offline it protects only somewhat...

    Summary

    Get it. Before it dissappears into the beautiful clouds above your head. (-;
    Seriously, this software has worked in combo (tandem) with many diff' antivirus programs before my eyes, I won't list them all. The one it DIDN'T jive with was Online Armor. They crashed each other, but not Windows. Windows did struggle to juggle them until I removed Online Armor. Just try Immunet, you'll like it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great antivirus. No problems at all."

    October 18, 2010  |   By capitanflorius

    Version: Immunet Protect 2.0

    Pros

    It runs scans in a reasonable time and finds several viruses that other antivirus can not find.
    Coexists seamlessly with other traditional anti-virus
    Easy and good interface. No malfunctions.

    Cons

    Nothing at this moment

    Summary

    Program has "quarantine" where put infected files that we can restore or delete
    This software is a powerfull second antivirus for all users.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Great idea, flawed"

    September 13, 2010  |   By lethal57

    Version: Immunet Protect 2.0

    Pros

    Easy to use, well laod out. Great idea as complimentary to existing defences

    Cons

    Ongoig security flaw that support staff could not address

    Summary

    Better to have something that works, than one that presents security flaws (plural intended). Great idea let down (like other) by poor application to a atypical user.
    Dont bother!

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