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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.
Traditional antivirus solutions cannot protect you until after they have discovered a new threat and produced a signature to counter it. ThreatFire does not rely on signatures, but instead provides behavior-based protection. It is designed to be used alongside your existing antivirus software and it fills the gap in protection between your antivirus signature updates. ThreatFire protects you against major security threats including viruses, worms, trojans, rootkits and even some spyware. Its advanced ActiveDefense technology intelligently analyzes the behavior of processes and programs on a system and immediately halts any malicious action. It continuously monitors all activities on your PC at a very low system level and uses a proprietary combination of analytics, risk algorithms, program histories and tolerance thresholds to identify and shut down threats so you are always protected, no matter how new the threat. ThreatFire is easy to use, instantly effective, and very light on system resources.
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.
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.
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.
This is/was a very good companion to my free Anti Virus software. It does it's job very well.
I have not come across any
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.
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!
Have not been able to update for the past 83 days...IDK why...yet
Threat Fire is as someone else said "icing on the cake" when it comes to your protection (& common sense)
CHEERS!! To many clueless folks are wrapped up or hooked on Facebook -> too many things just ain't right about it, nor the way they visibly act, or worse, act in ways folk's can't see :( !! Government is always wanting the bury us in unnecessary laws while acting entirely improper all along the way, why haven't 'they' extended a few slightly controlling reigns to protect folk's from the Beast of Facebook?!?!? The why not's kinda go hand in hand w/ the anti-Americanism and criminally based fraud that's been unlawfully and wrongfully exercising power he is not entitled to in his pretty much destroying many fabrics of America while selling America out to Muslim or Arab regimes or presently allowing the criminal Clinton [Obama's pal] to even run for Office instead of properly prosecuting her ass 4 years of criminal misconduct & behavior -> or damn near protection of child molesters & rapists etcetera, etcetera, etcetera :( !! Sad state of ongoing affairs -> IDK WTF these days
Behavioral-based protection against a variety of threats.
'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.
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.
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.
Upgrade to pay version or start looking for a new firewall.
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.
Could use an antimalware scanner,slightly high memory use at idle: installed vs uninstalled.
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.
Catches malware by it's behaviour, not by it being on a list somewhere. FREE!!! Why pay for software that does the same thing?
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.
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!
My name is Gerry Rains. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I can't run Threatfire and I can't install it either. Please send me the installation file so that I can install it properly and then uninstall it.