ThreatFire AntiVirus Free Edition

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 524 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.7.0.11
  • Total Downloads:
    3,630,581
  • Date Added:
    December 07, 2009
  • File Size:
    9.42MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/2003/Vista

Editors' Review

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Let's get one thing clear: PC Tools' ThreatFire Antivirus Free isn't supposed to be your system's primary antivirus solution. This behavior-based virus prevention app is designed to work with your antivirus program, firewall, malware scanners, and other security software, and serve as your first line of defense against zero-day threats. Those are new viruses and other threats making their way around the Internet that security specialists haven't yet had time to analyze, much less post updates and fixes for them. ThreatFire scans your computer and programs for indicators that something is amiss, taking action when it detects a threat. It can sniff out viruses, adware, spyware, rootkits, and other potential dangers.

ThreatFire must be installed on a clean PC, so the program's installer scanned our PC to make sure we had no viruses, rootkits, Trojans, or other hidden threats. ThreatFire's mission is to serve as one of four legs of a comprehensive PC security regime, so the setup wizard also verified that we had an adequate firewall as well as protection from viruses and spyware. Once our system received a clean bill of health, ThreatFire's interesting interface opened with the Worldwide Detection tab displayed on the main Security Status page, where the program listed the latest detected threats and pinpointed outbreaks on a world map. Clicking Protection Statistics displayed ThreatFire's log data for our system. ThreatFire offers plenty of options, including exclusion lists, advanced rules settings, default actions, and interface languages.

ThreatFire scanned and verified our system during the installation, but we clicked Start Scan to establish the program's baseline for our system, choosing the Full Scan instead of the quicker Inteli-Scan option, which targets likely hiding places. The Full Scan is thorough and takes about as long as most virus scans. But most of the time, ThreatFire does its thing quietly, in the background. Since it's behavior-based, ThreatFire doesn't require daily updates, but its Smart Update checks for the latest Product, Database, and Language versions. Many antivirus tools now offer behavior-based scans like ThreatFire. If yours doesn't, or if you want the best tool of its type, ThreatFire Antivirus Free is ready.

 
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3 stars

"Great potential, but desperately needs updating"

June 14, 2014  |  By Xtremetic

 |  Version: ThreatFire AntiVirus Free Edition 4.7.0.53

Pros

This program is loosely defined as 'host based intrusion prevention' but unlike a true HIPS program like OSSEC it does not monitor the PC's connection to a network, so it does not examine the contents of packets or detect port scanning. What is does is intelligently detect exploits like rootkit installation, hijacking, impersonation and injection which makes it more like a heuristic antivirus. What it does not do is examine every process, registry addition, system call, etc and compare it to a set of rules of permitted actions. This type of HIPS constantly produces pop ups prompting the user to permit or deny an action with his decision being added to the rule-set. The lack of pop ups made me wonder of Threatfire was doing anything, so I tested it with Commodos Firewall Leak Test, and I found that it intercepted 12 out of 34 tests.

Cons

The majority of exploits in the Commodo Firewall Leak Test were not detected. The definitions for the scanner have not been updated since 2011 when support for the product was discontinued. It is not possible to train the program for better detection results.

Summary

Potentially this is a great program, but without further developments it would be unwise to rely on it if you are one of those people who do not believe in installing Microsoft security patches or who persist in using XP. There are several software firewalls that incorporate HIPS, such as Commodo's Firewall Pro, which would be a better bet a they are constantly being updated.

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4 stars

"Excellent and free."

January 28, 2014  |  By DrJansan

 |  Version: ThreatFire AntiVirus Free Edition 4.7.0.53

Pros

This is/was a very good companion to my free Anti Virus software. It does it's job very well.

Cons

I have not come across any

Summary

See comments from Tonestar (February 2013) I would like to think that Symantec have shot themselves in the foot by discontinuing this excellent free software. They are not concerned with offering their customers freeware.
A big thumbs down to them.

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5 stars

"5+yrs Free Version w/no problem,w/<80+ detection's"

April 06, 2013  |  By camelnet

 |  Version: ThreatFire AntiVirus Free Edition 4.7.0.53

Pros

Installed on 2 consecutive PC's(XP-PRO SP3)HP dc7600/Pen.4HT>>ThreatFire in-sync w/Avira ,Comodo Firewall & M.S.FireWall w/no-issues in over 5yrs. All are the free release's. In Jan.2013 upgraded(purchased)to AVIRA Premium.Only using the COMODO Firewall & MS XP Pro firewall. Probably put Voodoo on for saying -->No issues or BSOD etc. Only issues have been due to Java(turned it off). So the configuration of the aforementioned protection software I find work great in concert...have recommended this to family etc. and all are happy and have not complained of any conflicts. My level of computing knowlage would be novice and attitude leans toward Parinoid when it comes to any private info on line.One of my kids has trouble with attacks(?)that I point to social media, namely FACEBOOK...people, specially younger do not realize how dangerous FACEBOOK is and how much info is at risk.KNOW using FACEBOOK is criminal what they do with your data and make $$$ off of you for life.SAY NO TO FACEBOOK!

Cons

Have not been able to update for the past 83 days...IDK why...yet

Summary

Threat Fire is as someone else said "icing on the cake" when it comes to your protection (& common sense)

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2 stars

"Can't really see that it does much"

February 24, 2013  |  By Jerry_Tilton

 |  Version: ThreatFire AntiVirus Free Edition 4.7.0.53

Pros

Easy to use

Cons

I have been infected with several viruses and PUP with this program running.

Summary

Probably uninstall as it's not providing much protection.

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5 stars

"Great Free Security Tool, Now Discontinued"

February 01, 2013  |  By tonester59

 |  Version: ThreatFire AntiVirus Free Edition 4.7.0.53

Pros

Behavioral-based protection against a variety of threats.

Cons

'Has been discontinued. As best as I can tell from their website, PC Tools has been purchased by Symantec, and they have chosen not to support this fine security tool.

Summary

I hope somebody at Symantec is reading this. By discontinuing Threatfire, you have done nothing but generate ill-will for your company. Not everyone can afford paid security products, and this is just another step towards an internet class system: those with the cash can afford better protection than those of us who must rely on freeware to stay safe. Thank goodness not every security-related company thinks the way yours does. This demonstration of corporate greed leaves a foul taste in my mouth, and I can assure you that, should I have the means, I will never purchase a Symantec security product. And I'd wager that you'd sell a lot more copies of Norton IS or Norton 360 if you offered a free edition. But that's just my opinion.

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5 stars

"Great Addition To Anti Virus."

January 14, 2013  |  By ekertin

 |  Version: ThreatFire AntiVirus Free Edition 4.7.0.53

Pros

It's free. It catches threats as they happen, sometimes better than my anti virus (Avast). It has a minimal drag on processor.

Cons

Haven,t found any yet.

Summary

Free is always the best price. I use, and like Avast, but no anti virus software is perfect, and Threatfire gives me the extra edge.

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4 stars

"Freeware version now retired."

November 28, 2012  |  By LikaLaruku

 |  Version: ThreatFire AntiVirus Free Edition 4.7.0.53

Pros

This WAS a good freeware firewall.

Cons

Freeware version has been officially discontinued. Even if you already have it installed, it will not actually apply any updates you download. It says it did, but you will end up downloading & faux installing the same update manually over & over to no avail unless you upgrade to the pay version.

Summary

Upgrade to pay version or start looking for a new firewall.

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5 stars

"Excellent-No update needed"

August 25, 2012  |  By kkb

 |  Version: ThreatFire AntiVirus Free Edition 4.7.0.53

Pros

Frequent ultra lite definition updates,customizable(default is best),low resources-does'nt slow system,rootkitscanner/scheduler, can be used with another product or by itself,very high detection rate.

Cons

Could use an antimalware scanner,slightly high memory use at
idle: installed vs uninstalled.

Summary

Yes the product has'nt had a program update and does'nt need one.
This is behavior based and works fine as is. Major updates can be
good but cause problems,incompatabilities,bugs,crashes. They can
also install bogus crapware(toolbars,Chrome anyone?)or hound you to buy something. I'm a tech guy who works on PC's and don't want
to bother with all that hassle-but its what I do.

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1 stars

"NEEDS A UPDATE!!!!"

July 26, 2012  |  By rodney5122

 |  Version: ThreatFire AntiVirus Free Edition 4.7.0.53

Pros

NEEDS A UPDATE!!!!

Cons

NEEDS A UPDATE!!!!!!

Summary

NEEDS A UPDATE!!!!!!

Updated on Jul 26, 2012

THIS PROGRAM HAS NOT BEEN UPDATED SINCE 2011

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5 stars

"Excellent ZeroDay Malware Detector FREE!"

June 20, 2012  |  By ElObomo

 |  Version: ThreatFire AntiVirus Free Edition 4.7.0.53

Pros

Catches malware by it's behaviour, not by it being on a list somewhere. FREE!!! Why pay for software that does the same thing?

Cons

Pretty sensitive - may tag Malwarebytes because of Malwarebytes stealth ability to hide itself from detection. You can whitelist it, though. You can also adjust the sensitivity settings.

Summary

Watch it in action on YouTube - several reviews showing how it detects everything!
Needs to be run alongside your traditional anti-virus like MSE, although I bet you'd be pretty secure just running Threatfire by itself. FREE!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.7.0.11

ThreatFire 4.7 reduces confusion over threat response by significantly minimizing both the number and the type of alerts that require you to make a decision. This is made possible using the new behavior profiling and in-the-cloud techniques. It also incorporates patent-pending technology to provide greater accuracy in detecting real threats and a greater ability to avoid classifying legitimate programs as potentially malicious (false positives). ThreatFire 4.7 contains tracker technology to more accurately trace the original source of the threat and ensure that only the malicious program is quarantined and legitimate programs are unaffected. It also has added new rules for detecting both known and unknown threat outbreaks to provide better protection.

The Smart Update feature now includes several options to give you greater control over how and when updates are applied. The new update options include "download and install automatically", or "notify before installing updates".

General
Publisher PC Tools
Publisher web site http://www.pctools.com/
Release Date December 07, 2009
Date Added December 07, 2009
Version 4.7.0.11
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2003, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 9.42MB
File Name tfinstall.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 3,630,581
Downloads Last Week 1
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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