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ThreatFire AntiVirus Free Edition

CNET Editors' review

Editors note: This review was modified from the original to reflect changes in the publishers description of the product as a complementary rather than standalone package.

Called CyberHawk under its previous owners, PC Tools' ThreatFire is a useful program but only in limited situations. It offers real-time prevention of virus and malware infections by identifying suspicious behaviors ("zero-day" events) as they happen, before malicious code installs itself on your PC. However, ThreatFire does not offer an on-demand scan for viruses already on your computer, though it will perform an on-demand scan for other malware. The name says "antivirus", but if you're looking for an all-in-one on-demand bug killer we recommend looking for a product that includes both on-demand virus scanning and real-time protection.

ThreatFire does do some things very well. The software real-time protection didn't noticeably slow down our Windows Vista computer, and the customizable advanced settings were excellent. Users can pick and choose their preferred trusted processes and create rules for detection, such as scanning for SCR files created by an email client. You can also avail yourself of the scheduler, and create a system restore point before moving threats into quarantine.

However, once installed, ThreatFire is difficult to remove from your startup routine without uninstalling it. The absence of on-demand virus scanning means that this app is best used in conjunction with a program that offers on-demand virus detection and removal. While ThreatFire offers some compelling features, competing freeware security programs provide a more comprehensive combination of real-time and on-demand virus scanning.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.4 stars

    out of 523 votes

    • 5 star: 174
    • 4 star: 127
    • 3 star: 60
    • 2 star: 49
    • 1 star: 113
  • Current version:

    3.1 stars

    out of 147 votes

    • 5 star: 39
    • 4 star: 36
    • 3 star: 16
    • 2 star: 18
    • 1 star: 38
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  • 4.0 stars

    "it is helpfull"

    December 16, 2010  |   By suraj_11_singh

    Version: ThreatFire AntiVirus Free Edition 3.5

    Pros

    try version 4.7.0 it workgreat without slowing out the pcs

    Cons

    it does not detect any virus or remove it

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  • 4.0 stars

    "oerfect protection alongside other AV's"

    November 16, 2008  |   By Turiko44

    Version: ThreatFire AntiVirus Free Edition 3.5

    Pros

    IT has found a vundo trojan, wich kept returnign other trojans. avast foudn the others but not this one, wich is the source.
    This is a perfect addon to have alongside avast and a firewall.

    Cons

    It took pretty long to scan compared to avast

    Summary

    Well, it finally got rid of the source of all evil on my pc. It took a while to scan but the result is more then worth it.
    According to other reviews, it installs a keylogger, but it doesn't. It doesn't track anything, and it doesn't use much recourses - 25% cpu in full scan.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "works very well with Avira antivir"

    October 31, 2008  |   By atunis58041

    Version: ThreatFire AntiVirus Free Edition 3.5

    Pros

    I have NEVER had a problem with viruses using this in combination with Avira antivir...I have found the combination of ThreatFire along with Avira (the highest rated anti-virus program per AV comparatives), to have eliminated any threat to my PC..

    Cons

    Using ThreatFire along with Avira slows down surfing a bit, but is well worth the extra protection the 2 programs working together provide in terms of protection from viruses..It is a remarkably effective combination.. I have yet to detect a virus !

    Summary

    outstanding protection when used with Avira...My virus scanners have NOT found any viruses on my PC in the last 6 months, since I began using ThreatFire with Avira

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Irreversible"

    October 23, 2008  |   By xdrfox

    Version: ThreatFire AntiVirus Free Edition 3.5

    Pros

    warning, junk spy ware, tracks keyboard imput.

    Cons

    Sucks Big time. changes to registry, can not remove without total restore.

    Summary

    changes to many vital, if manually removed, destroys keyboard workings.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Easy use, good protection."

    October 23, 2008  |   By lootr5858

    Version: ThreatFire AntiVirus Free Edition 3.5

    Pros

    I like the protection of threatfire as it can destory anything that threatfire scans.

    Cons

    when threatfire destroys virus, it also deletes your program that is affected by the virus.

    Summary

    Threatfire protects my computer from any virus it scanned.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does exactly what it should."

    October 20, 2008  |   By wastark

    Version: ThreatFire AntiVirus Free Edition 3.5

    Pros

    Quiet. little resource use. And it works.

    Cons

    Upto now. None.

    Summary

    Most people miss the point of this software. It is NOT a stand alone AV program.
    It is to block unknown viruses and spyware. Detecting by behavoir.
    I use it in conjunction with Spyware Doctor with AV. & Comodo firewall.
    Rock Solid. Never a problem.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great Antivirus for computers below 1.5Ghz"

    October 17, 2008  |   By techfreak101

    Version: ThreatFire AntiVirus Free Edition 3.5

    Pros

    Great protection if you can't afford Norton or need an antivirus for old computer

    Cons

    No On-Demand Scan and doesn't have as big of a virus database as Avast and Especially Norton. Also doesn't have a safe mode counterpart for machines that are so infected they can't boot normally are have a virus like Vundo.

    Summary

    Good for slow computers or cheapskates. Basic antivirus with a real-time protection ad-on

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  • 1.0 stars

    ""From snail slow to a full computer freeze-up!!!""

    October 4, 2008  |   By sparky0213

    Version: ThreatFire AntiVirus Free Edition 3.5

    Pros

    NOTHING AT ALL

    Cons

    Along with freezing my PC up...It proved to be quite difficult to uninstall. CAUTION ON THIS ONE FOLKS!!!

    Summary

    Pretty hard to give an evaluation on it's bells & whistles.
    When my only concern was to figure out a way to unfreeze my PC from it's grasp.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't use it if you have AVG 8."

    September 29, 2008  |   By asifms

    Version: ThreatFire AntiVirus Free Edition 3.5

    Pros

    None as it made machine get stuck

    Cons

    Make life miserable by installing it.

    Summary

    I have tried previous versions as well. They all have the same issue. With AVG 8 the software pushes your system into comma. This time i read all the instructions they have placed on their website for this bug resolution. But in spite of adding Threatfire into exclusion list, threat fire puts your Windows into NO DO ANYTHING mode, where you system does not respond to anything and you end up with a freeze system till you go for a safe boot and uninstall the program. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR GENERAL USERS. They serious need to fix this bug.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "This might be the future"

    September 28, 2008  |   By Madness316

    Version: ThreatFire AntiVirus Free Edition 3.5

    Pros

    Nice desktop icon, low resource useage, quick and easy to install, the zero hour firewall feature was very interesting, the way that it shows you where these new zero hour viruses have been detected on a whole map was cool and a few customisable feat

    Cons

    Took a long time to scan using this software, it was just over an hour and a half, but that was on full scan. This programme is very in your face to begin with, telling me that firefox is a high risk programme.

    Summary

    Yet again PC tools offers a decent bit of protection software, the zero hour feature is one which I think will be encorperated in to many more antivirus firewall combo programmes in the future. I think that this programme would be best used in conjuntion with a more commonl database style method of detected. As with most of these kinds of firewalls they tend to ignore minor threats to your computer, it seems that the antivirus and the firewall elements of the programme seem to ignore minor threats becuase they can do no real damage, but I always like to get rid of all kinds of threats major and minor, sadly, this only focuses on major which some people would argue is a positive thing, but I would say that if it ignores certain threats then it isn't fully protectign my system.
    On a more positive note, the customising features of this programme are decent, they arent the best nor are they the worst, it has adjustable firewall settings which I have always been a fan of and very good background updateing, normally when a protection software like this one updates there can be a few moment s of lag, none where experianced during this programmes update.
    One thing that i have noticed with this programme is that you are fromt he very beginning part of the community protection scheme, you aren't asked at any point if you wish to take part in this, the feature is automatically turned on when you install, it reminds me of WARN scheme from Webroot but at least they ask if you wish to take part. Luckily you can turn this feature off with you don't wish to be part of the scheme.
    In Conclusion I think that it is another moderate peice of protection software from PC tools, the zero hour detection is something which I wish to see more in future protection programmes. I would suggest this programmes to a more knowledgable user than a novice, becuase to the adjustable levels of security that you can set a novice user may see every alert as an attack and block everything, which would be bad, where as a more knowledgeable user woudl know that when you click your Firefox icon and an alert appears that this is not an attack.

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