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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.

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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
  • All versions:

    3.4 stars

    out of 152 votes

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

    2.6 stars

    out of 38 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 11
    • 3 star: 8
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 12
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  • 3.0 stars

    "ok product"

    March 13, 2014  |   By ChoiceVoice

    Version: Immunet Protect 3.0

    Pros

    -complementary antivirus to run with another av.

    Module/feature list:

    -examines all new software that is installed on your computer (useful for exploits or trojans).
    -blocking mode - prevents applications from being installed on your computer until they are determined to be safe.
    -real time shield.
    -heuristic engine besides clamav cloud engine.

    fairly light on resources. here's some tests i did (windows 7 starter):
    mse on my computer: boot 66 seconds. memory 45%
    Immunet (mse uninstalled): boot 58 seconds. memory 44%

    -option to download and integrate with clamav (which i didn't do).
    -easy to understand interface.
    -scan scheduler
    -flash scan, full scan, custom scan, right click scan.
    -quarantine, or exclude files. gamer mode. free tech support.
    -full scan took 1 hour (not bad).
    -2011, received a checkmark certification from west coast labs.

    Cons

    -there are av's with better engines and signatures - but this is to be used with one of them for better/increased protection (and testing does indicate it increases your protection).
    -while this is light, to run concurrently with another av, it can produce lag in weaker/older systems.
    -might require some tweaking for smooth operation - nothing special, see summary for example.
    -root kit scan only in premium product.
    -not tested much in independent labs (i only found one reference).

    Summary

    while this is made to run along side other avs, it can have conflicts (which other reviewers describe as slow/froze/crapped system). myself, i ran it with webroot. upon startup my system sucked and slowed down to snail pace. in webroots preferences i added an exception for immunet and everything was fixed. apparently webroot was attacking or monitoring immunet and stalling my system. so, add the exception in your antivirus. immunets website lists compatible avs to run with. webroot was not on the safe list, hence my problem. yet a simple exception added and it seems to work well together.

    Updated on Mar 15, 2014

    been using it for a couple weeks now. accessing folders, or starting programs feels faster than with mse. my subjective feeling.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Terrible, troublesome, malignant crapware."

    February 20, 2014  |   By zarathustra69

    Version: Immunet Protect 3.0

    Pros

    I found NOTHING in its favour apart from its "WOW" graphics.

    Cons

    Computer cancer. Introduces terminal problems that appear best fixed by re-installing Windows. Whoever recommends this has a hole in his head. Have fun trying to uninstall. I finally found that Revo does the job; but only after my Win 7 installation was ruined.

    Summary

    Avoid this like the plague.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "A pointless product"

    June 7, 2013  |   By cloudsandskye

    Version: Immunet Protect 3.0

    Pros

    Nothing worth mentioning.

    Cons

    Below average malware blocking, detection, and removal. Failed rootkit removal test. Cloud-based protection.

    Summary

    Intended as a complement to existing antivirus software, not as a replacement, but given its performance, why bother?

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Well, I'm gonna grade this, we'll see...."

    November 7, 2012  |   By ScreamingMetal

    Version: Immunet Protect 3.0

    Pros

    OK, I believe by looking at the internal structure of this, that it'll work good for a 'suppliment' to your standard anti-virus, we'll look and find out how it plays with several of the top AV Suites....only time will tell....
    I've been running it just about 4 days now, I'll check back in about a week or so....

    Cons

    Main menu looks kinda cheesy, but its whats under the hood that counts...so-far-so-good....

    Summary

    Like I said, I've talked to several of my buds, they said its weak as a stand alone, but I'll have to look for myself to be sure....

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Major slowdown"

    September 27, 2012  |   By Weparicua

    Version: Immunet Protect 3.0

    Pros

    Non, could not even run.

    Cons

    Made system sluggish, had to reinstall Windows 7.

    Summary

    This program was a mayor headache. Once installed and opened, could do no more. System went to sub-slug speed. Not even System Restore could help.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Find it Pretty Useless and Annoying"

    August 5, 2012  |   By MeowWws

    Version: Immunet Protect 3.0

    Pros

    Tons of sour Ads
    Very quick on accessing viruses related files rather than work files.
    Prompt you more often to update or buy Pro then you could close it.

    Cons

    Bandwidth Haddock.

    Summary

    Immunet is worst than Panda and definitely no where close to AVG or the Big 3. Such an inferior product with tons of constantly adverts that you cannot put aside to hide it, it is a clear cut, that the application needs more attention than the viruses that lurks or disturb your system.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "stupid software"

    July 23, 2012  |   By yopratik

    Version: Immunet Protect 3.0

    Pros

    none at all

    Cons

    Bad scanning time ever!
    Misses Many threats !
    slows the PC!
    Bad User Interface!

    Summary

    Friends please dont waste time using this software!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Thank you for the software.I am satisfied"

    April 6, 2012  |   By 25-10-92

    Version: Immunet Protect 3.0

    Pros

    Thank you also for the software updates lists you send to me daily and regularly. Thanks for the work you do;

    Cons

    My congratulations and my encouragements

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Major Slow-Down of All Programs"

    March 22, 2012  |   By benfaust

    Version: Immunet Protect 3.0

    Pros

    Haven't found any.

    Cons

    My newly-formatted computer (with quad-processors and 8GB RAM) started running very slowly, and my mail program (Thunderbird) kept crashing. After a lot of research and reinstalling some drivers, I tried stopping all of the Immunet processes (by turning each one off in the settings). My computer immediately resumed its normal speed, and no programs have crashed since then. I thought I'd read that Immunet worked with Windows Defender (the only other security program I have running), but who knows... At any rate, it's turned off now; hopefully I can figure out how to uninstall it without losing my system restore points, which someone said it deletes.

    Summary

    Might be good for some people with some software and some system configurations, but I can't use it if I want anything else on my computer to work.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This program sucks!"

    March 12, 2012  |   By russland007

    Version: Immunet Protect 3.0

    Pros

    None, This program has no value except to the company that is ripping people for a sub. fee

    Cons

    False positives, high cpu usage, system instability.

    Summary

    I started with v2, it was a good program with a lot of potential. V3 is junk! Since Sourcefire has had it's way this program has degenerated into complete junk. Problems have been ongoing with this software for almost a year. The developers cannot or simply will not correct them. This ranks as one of the programs that I would not recommend anyone use let alone download it in the first place.

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