ProcessGuard

ProcessGuard


Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 41 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.15
File Size:
1.87MB
Date Added:
January 18, 2005
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP
Total Downloads:
275,905
Downloads Last Week:
21
Additional Requirements:
Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server

Editors' review

This utility provides competent PC protection, albeit in a different way than antivirus or anti-adware tools do. Rather than scanning your PC to ferret out specific offenders, ProcessGuard blocks all activities typical of malware and Trojan horses at a deep level. The program's interface is handy and requires minimal user configuration. However, you will need to run the utility in learning mode for several hours so ProcessGuard can examine your computer and determine which processes are safe. The application can prevent nefarious programs from reading, modifying, or stopping any application in the memory; disable access to physical memory; and stop unauthorized logging of drivers and services. It also provides additional protection by asking your permission every time a new application attempts to install. Although ProcessGuard demonstrated solid performance in our tests, we can't vouch for some of its more advanced features, which are disabled in this version. Still, the program makes a nice addition to your arsenal of PC-protection programs.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.2

    out of 41 votes

    • 5 star: 14
    • 4 star: 8
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 10
  • Current Version:

    3.2

    out of 41 votes

    • 5 star: 14
    • 4 star: 8
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 10
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  • 4 stars

    "Very useful. Won't go without it. Help manage processes"

    October 17, 2012   |   By antonrykheer

    Version: ProcessGuard 3.15

    Pros

    - Low on resources. Does not cause any problems.
    - Never misses an EXE that has not been approved by YOU. That makes it better than antiviruses in that regard.
    - The free version does the trick with no limitations on the number of processes it blocks, etc.
    - Allows you to stop updates from running when you don't want them to.
    - Allows you to prevent corporate network security from interfering with your technical work environment and work time through their intrusive monitors, installs, etc.
    - Lets you keep your machine resources low by blocking processes from running when you don't want them to.
    - Lets you stop processes from running that you never need and that can otherwise not be stopped through operating system configuration settings.

    Cons

    I've used this for several years now and haven't experienced any real problems witt the app.

    My only concern is the lack of a professional website and that the DiamondCS website does not seem to promote (or perhaps even sell) ProcessGuard themselves.

    Summary

    This has really helped me alot over the past number of years on various machines. You'll be amzed at how many processes are kicked off on your machine that you aren't aware of. This helps you to manage what happens on your machine. It not only stops viruses that slipped through, but rather lets you decide what processes you want to allow to run, when you want to. Some of the larger corporate companies I do work for, have very intrusive processes initiated (ad-hoc and scheduled) on my machine. Some related to group policies, but others related to doing inventory scans. The administrators and procedures of these networks also regularly install monitoring apps, self launching applets and promotional material, desktop and screen savers, system reboots, etc over the netowrk - Often with little warning and while you're busy with work. Processguard allows you to stop those processes from executing and if you want, lets you 'allow' those processes to execute next time they are initiated, when it suits you. Same goes for applications checking for updates, etc.

    * TIP: Don't initially run in 'Learning mode'. Rather google each unknown process as it tries to run for the first time. Make notes of them somwehere. With-in a day or two, you'll have all the unwanted exe's permanently blocked (never requesting to run again) and have a short list of the ones you want to occasionally allow (requesting again and allowing on ad-hoc basis) .. and the ones to always allow (never requesting again). This way you can be sure that nothing passes that should not. With learning mode swithced on initially, you'll be permanently allowing everything (including unwanted exe's) that is already running and only block new requests. You don't want that.

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  • 5 stars

    "Essential Protection! Firewall Like!"

    July 08, 2010   |   By Blade10X

    Version: ProcessGuard 3.15

    Pros

    Very good intrusion protection, protects you from global hooks that are trying to hook on something in your system. Psyhical Memory protection, Windows hosts protection. Rootkit protection and unknown drivers n' services protection.

    Cons

    Nothing special.

    Summary

    This program is very similar to Firewall protection with exception that he's not looking on your inbound and outbound traffic. LOL! Excellent combination add-on if you have installed stand alone Antivirus software which has only basic protection and lacks for more protection modules.

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  • 4 stars

    "good progam"

    January 09, 2009   |   By coxtra308

    Version: ProcessGuard 3.15

    Pros

    helps keep out unwanted trash

    Cons

    wanted to upgrade to full version but cannot get in contact with them, think they have gone out of buisiness

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  • 3 stars

    "Good idea, kind of intrusive"

    August 17, 2008   |   By choicefresh

    Version: ProcessGuard 3.15

    Pros

    It catches any processes doing suspicious things, and does a pretty good job.

    Cons

    It takes quite a bit of memory, occasionally causes crashes, and is not freeware. Some features are disabled. In conclusion, I don't think ProcessGuard is necessary if you have a good antivirus and firewall.

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  • 1 stars

    "Too many side effects"

    August 13, 2008   |   By momofuku

    Version: ProcessGuard 3.15

    Pros

    Nice idea: in theory. I used the newest v.3.500 for about 3 days until I got sick of it.

    Cons

    Huge interferrence with Skype: badly distorted talking with echo. Too many extra processes running in the background. Vary hard to uninstall; I had to use 3-rd party registry cleaner to get rid of the leftovers. Not recommended.

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  • 1 stars

    "One word... adware!"

    July 15, 2008   |   By pulsechaser

    Version: ProcessGuard 3.15

    Cons

    Downloaded straight from DiamondCS, this cutting-edge technology, whiz-bang program came packed with adware.

    And no, it doesn't disappear with the program when you uninstall it. It's still trying to install an adware gen every time I boot.

    Australian company my behind... do not install ProcessGuard or any other DiamondCS software unless you want trouble. Of course, when asked about the adware, DiamondCS have nothing to say.

    Read the reviews before you install. I learnt my lesson the hard way. DiamondCS, you suck, and now it's on the record.

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  • 5 stars

    "GOOD"

    April 28, 2008   |   By michael_malalis

    Version: ProcessGuard 3.15

    Pros

    Why did cnet gave a 4-star rating for this?! Eh?!

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  • 3 stars

    "lost money?"

    November 20, 2007   |   By yajnaguhya

    Version: ProcessGuard 3.15

    Pros

    Seems to work fine, but I cannot try the paid version because they do not send the unlock key.

    A week after the purchase I have not received the unlock key. Help requested through their website is not answered. E-mail through the address provided by them for help comes back with th message "mailbox full".

    Cons

    See above.

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  • 4 stars

    "The next gen in all round protection"

    July 24, 2007   |   By nalex133

    Version: ProcessGuard 3.15

    Pros

    Very light weight, you will hardly know it's there.

    Cons

    interface very web 1.0, haven't buy a copy yet but I feel the price of $29.95 is to much for a program that dose not have a scanning feature. But I have just said this is the way things are going.

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  • 1 stars

    "Well, heres one I will get blasted for!"

    March 06, 2007   |   By sharkhunter922

    Version: ProcessGuard 3.15

    Pros

    Not much! Heres what happened! This app may very well be a good program but not for me!

    Cons

    First all, and I mean all of my security apps went nuts over this install! This includes "a-squared 2.1",

    Spy Emergency" (the new version), "Trend Micro Internet security", Counter Spy 2.1 and evan "Ashampoo Anti Spyware 1.6! This was disturbing to say the least and I figureed I didn't need this type of conflict so, I tried to uninstall it and that was as bad as the uninstall of "Stopzilla"! It took several restarts and a drop and drag file shredder to get rid of this app! I also did a safe mode system restore to be sure and finally it was gone. So, what is conflict worth for security? "NOTHING", nothing at all!!!! I can't in good conscience recomend any software that causes this kind of conflict!

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