This security program promises an innovative approach to preventing malware infections on your PC, based on restricting application access to system files. By focusing on prevention instead of detection, claims the publisher of WindowZones, the program offers a stronger line of defense against attacks.
WindowZones works by restricting an application's access to system files and settings via user account control, and it claims to inoculate for both known and unknown species of bugs out there: Internet Explorer security holes, identity-thieving hackers, rootkit installations, and the usual spyware and adware assaults.
The interface that allows you to assign "zones" to your programs is modern and sleek, with tabs on the left and an uncluttered layout in the central pane. When you start the program, all apps are placed in the "Administrative Zone," where programs have full access to all system files and resources. You can then move them at will and without restarting to the "Safe Zone," where modifying system files, changing the registry, and drive-by downloads are verboten.
In theory, WindowZones should remove the need for regular virus scans, and possibly even firewalls. Since this is the first release, though, we recommend hedging your bets and sticking with more tried-and-true defenses.
The most dangerous security risks on the Internet are brand new viruses and spyware. These must be detected by the anti-virus or anti-spyware providers and your system updated by them with new threat signatures. This process often takes hours and sometimes days to complete. Similarly, new security defects found in your Web browser can leave your machine exposed for weeks before they are patched. WindowZones requires no updates to give you robust protection against viruses and spyware for all of your Internet applications, including browsers, e-mail programs, instant messengers, downloader programs, and more. Working in conjunction with your anti-virus and anti-spyware products, WindowZones patent-pending technology restricts an application's or Web site's access to your system files and settings, providing effective protection against the newest threats while you await anti-virus updates. Say "Access Denied" to viruses and spyware with WindowZones - your first line of defense.