Softpedia Editor's Review for ThreatFire (formerly Cyberhawk)
A comprehensive protection against viruses, spyware, trojans, intruders and other threats to PC security
Written by Mihaela Citea on December 10th, 2012
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ThreatFire is an extra security solution that you can use alongside your permanent antivirus to protect your computer against malware attacks and identity theft. Its advantage is that it provides behavior-based threat detection, in order to easily identify and prevent potential attack attempts.
The application runs in the background, monitors your system silently, alerting you when a suspected threat or a potentially unwanted program is detected and automatically quarantining known malicious items.
When running it for the first time, the program performs a security status check and detects whether the Windows Defender and the Firewall are on or off and if you have any antivirus program installed on the system.
The main interface is well-organized, displaying the current spyware and virus protection status. Also, it enables you to access detailed information regarding online threats, view the protection statistics and the system status.
Although it is designed to provide behavior-based threat detection, the application still includes a scanning tool, designed to find deeply hidden rootkits. You can either perform an 'Intelli-Scan' or a 'Full Scan'.
Choosing the first option means that only certain important sectors of your system are scanned, while the 'Full Scan' option performs an in-depth analysis of your PC. Moreover, you can schedule daily, weekly or monthly scan tasks.
The 'Threat Control' is the place where you can manage exclusions and denied items, access the quarantine, as well as the protection log. The advanced process and services manager allows you to view detailed information about every application that runs in your system.
The program also comes with additional tools, enabling you to setup custom security rules, but this feature is designed for advanced users only. ThreatFire is already configured to actively monitor your system for suspicious behavior, so changing its settings without knowing what you are doing might affect the system functionality.
In conclusion, ThreatFire brings additional protection to your system using behavior analysis. It is capable of detecting unknown threats that signature-based security solutions might miss.
ThreatFire (formerly Cyberhawk) description
Here are some key features of "ThreatFire (formerly Cyberhawk)":
· Comprehensive protection against viruses, worms, trojans, spyware, rootkits, keyloggers & buffer overflows
· Real-time behavior-based malware detection
· Immediately shut down destructive processes and quarantine malware
· AntiVirus engine with signature updates to perform on-demand or scheduled scans of your entire PC for known threats
· Automatic updates (when opted in to ThreatFire Community)
· ThreatFire reporting and protection statistics
· Malware quarantine & removal
· Rootkit scanner - ability to schedule and customize
· Advanced custom rules settings, fully configurable
· System Activity Monitor - view instructive data about all running processes
· Informative alerts provide guidance on how to proceed; most threats automatically quarantined
· Free online support
· Personal and individual use allowed
· 15 MB of disk space
· Some program functions require a connection to the Internet
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· SMARTER ALERTS, FEWER QUESTIONS — PATENT-PENDING TECHNOLOGY
Security software alerts can cause confusion about the appropriate action to take (block, allow etc). ThreatFire 4.7 reduces this confusion by significantly minimizing both the number and the type of alerts that require you to make a decision. This is made possible using two new techniques:
· Behavior profiling: patent pending technology which groups threats into families based on common traits or characteristics of the threat — similar to the way authorities profile criminals. This technology makes ThreatFire capable of catching hundreds of variants of malware derived from the same original threat and helps you to make a more informed decision about any malicious activity on your computer.
· In-the-cloud techniques: potential threats are also verified against in-the-cloud black/white lists that are regularly updated to determine how they should be handled. This approach means ThreatFire asks fewer questions; requiring fe...
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