Malware Prevention Software – The software listed below was personally tested by me and performed exceedingly well in preventing known and unknown malware infections (for video proof see youtube.com/mrizos)
You can find the 2011 / 2012 Malware Prevention Guide here.
You’ll notice that I have not included traditional signature based anti-virus in the list below…that was intentional.
Signature based anti-virus is far too overwhelmed by the vast amounts of malware being being released every second. Therefore, I have decided not to promote it as a means of malware prevention.
Product Type = Sandboxing
Product Cost = $29.99 (one time fee)
Untrusted applications (and the files they download) cannot modify critical system files and folders (like personal documents, the Windows Folder and the Registry hives). Thus, untrusted files (malicious files) downloaded by untrusted applications are essentially non-functional and can be removed with extreme ease.
DefenseWall is absolutley awesome for going anywhere on the internet and never having to worry about malicious drive-by downloads or accidental malware installs.
- 99.99% Malware Prevention Ratio.
- Almost NO popup alerts.
- Extemely low memory requirements (4.8 MB or RAM on my computer).
- Malware removal from the sandbox is a so simple.
- Amazing support (right from the developer).
- It’s cheap and it’s NOT a yearly fee.
- Does not require signature updates like traditional antivirus.
- Fully customizable: Create and modify your own trusted and untrusted program groups.
- It’s what protects my home PC’s.
Product Type = Firewall, Antivirus, HIPS
Product Cost = FREE
- Application Firewall.
- HIPS/Behavior Blocker (Defense+).
- Whitelist of safe applications (reduces popup questions).
- Multiple operating modes for the paranoid user in you.
Comodo Internet Security is currently free and is honestly one of the best internet security packages available.
Personally I love Comodo’s Defense+ module. Defense+ will alert me if anything changes (such as files being modified or created) in my registry or windows folder (or any other folder I specify). Essentially this means that NOTHING gets created without my explicit permission! Can you say WOW!!!
Comodo’s firewall and Defense+ module are only as good as the user behind them. Answer only one question incorrectly and you could be exposing yourself to a nasty infection. If you’re not sure on how to answer a particular firewall or defense+ question then just deny. Once you’ve denied that possible threat you can do your research and see if it’s truly a malicious threat or just something benign.
Definitions in this document:
host-based IPS (HIPS) – is one where the intrusion-prevention application is resident on that specific IP address, usually on a single computer. HIPS complements traditional finger-print-based and heuristic antivirus detection methods, since it does not need continuous updates to stay ahead of new malware. As ill-intended code needs to modify the system or other software residing on the machine to achieve its evil aims, a truly comprehensive HIPS system will notice some of the resulting changes and prevent the action by default or notify the user for permission.
Sandboxing – a sandbox is a security mechanism for safely running programs. It is often used to execute untested code, or untrusted programs from unverified third-parties, suppliers and untrusted users.
The sandbox typically provides a tightly-controlled set of resources for guest programs to run in, such as scratch space on disk and memory. Network access, the ability to inspect the host system or read from input devices are usually disallowed or heavily restricted. In this sense, sandboxes are a specific example of virtualization.