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  • 3.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

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

    April 6, 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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  • 2.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Free Security Tool, Now Discontinued"

    February 1, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 5.0 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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