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Author Topic: Interesting new security freeware in december 2007  (Read 9348 times)

Lusher

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Interesting new security freeware in december 2007
« on: February 03, 2008, 08:44:50 AM »
Selected interesting new freeware additions in the last month
<ul><li> <a href="http://downloads2.ka...m/devbuilds/AVPTool/">Kaspersky virus removal tool (beta)</a> - Kaspersky on demand only tool. This one cleans and scans. <b><a href="http://luketan.stumb...com/review/15556370/">Comment/Review</a></b><br />
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<ul><li> <a href="http://www.greatis.c...ecurity/download.htm">RegRun Reanimator</a> - Antirootkit tool with boot-time scan.<b><a href="http://luketan.stumb...com/review/15722428/">Comment/Review</a></b>
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<ul><li> <a href="http://www.online-so..._autorun_manager.php">OSAM</a> - Autoruns, RunScanner etc competitor, however this tool claims to be able to find registry keys hidden by rootkits. <b><a href="http://luketan.stumb...com/review/15722996/">Comment/Review</a></b>
</li></ul>
<ul><li> <a href="http://www.moosoft.c...heCleaner/TheCleaner">The Cleaner</a> - In the early 2000s this was one of the more well known (but niche) Anti-trojans, along side BOclean, Trojanhunter etc. Now a free version on demand only is released. <b><a href="http://luketan.stumb...com/review/15811470/">Comment/Review</a></b>
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<ul><li> <a href="http://www.trendsecu...urity_tools/rubotted">Trend Micro RUBotted (beta)</a>
- "Trend Micro RUBotted (Beta) is a small program that runs on your
computer, watching for bot related activities. RUBotted intelligently
monitors your computer's system behavior for activities that are
potentially harmful to both your computer and other people's computers.
RUBotted monitors for remote command and control (C&C) commands
sent from a bot-herder to control your computer. Additionally, RUBotted
watches for an array of potentially malicious bot-related activities,
including mass mailing - a common activity performed by a bot-infected
computer." <b><a href="http://luketan.stumb...com/review/16117489/"> Comment/Review</a></b>
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<ul><li> <a href="http://www.rootkit.c...AntiRootkitTools.rar">rootkitdetect(direct download)(alpha)</a> - New alpha release of a anti-rootkit. Source is unknown, use with <b> extreme caution </b><b><a href="http://luketan.stumb...com/review/16221818/"> Comment/Review</a>
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<ul><li> <a href="http://www.f-secure.com/healthcheck">F-Secure HealthCheck</a> - An online service (Activex needed) to check for software with known vulnerabilities.  Very similar to <a href="http://secunia.com/software_inspector">Secunia Software Inspector</a>. <b><a href="http://luketan.stumb...com/review/16384584/"> Comments/Review </a></b>
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edit by jgpaiva:fixed links
« Last Edit: February 03, 2008, 09:31:42 AM by jgpaiva »

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Re: Interesting new security freeware in december 2007
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2008, 09:33:18 AM »
Hi lusher!

You can't links stuff with the "no follow" attribute here on DC, they'll get appended to the url and will render the URL invalid.

Also, linking to the download itself probably isn't the way to go, as people probably want to read more about the software before downloading it.. ;)

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Re: Interesting new security freeware in december 2007
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2008, 09:43:36 PM »
F-Secure's HealthCheck is quite useful. i had directed a few complainants to that site & get a report before attending to them.

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Re: Interesting new security freeware in december 2007
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2008, 08:59:43 AM »
Which is better Secunia Software Inspector or HealthCheck?

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Re: Interesting new security freeware in december 2007
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2008, 09:01:26 AM »
I never heard about HealthCheck, thus i'd go for Secunia :)

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Re: Interesting new security freeware in december 2007
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2008, 09:24:07 AM »
Which is better Secunia Software Inspector or HealthCheck?

Secunia's version looks more comprehensive while F-Secure's site is geared more to casual users. best to run your system through both sites and compare the results. maybe after that, you can do a small write-up on the comparison.. :)

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Re: Interesting new security freeware in december 2007
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2008, 09:28:30 AM »
Which is better Secunia Software Inspector or HealthCheck?

Secunia's version looks more comprehensive while F-Secure's site is geared more to casual users. best to run your system through both sites and compare the results. maybe after that, you can do a small write-up on the comparison.. :)

Actually that is what I did! See my review above.

My quick test shows that the Secunia's version covers slightly less than F-Secure', but it probably isn't that significant.

Secunia personal inspector (PSI)  as opposed to the java based Secunia version is a totally different kettle of fish though and is far far more comprehensive than either.


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Re: Interesting new security freeware in december 2007
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2008, 09:28:58 AM »
I never heard about HealthCheck, thus i'd go for Secunia :)

Well you might not have heard of healthcheck but surely you heard of Fsecure!

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Re: Interesting new security freeware in december 2007
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2008, 09:34:42 AM »
Well you might not have heard of healthcheck but surely you heard of Fsecure!
Actually... No :)

But i also only have already heard about secunia because they say good things about opera (when compared to other browsers ;) )

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Re: Interesting new security freeware in december 2007
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2008, 09:39:13 AM »
Well you might not have heard of healthcheck but surely you heard of Fsecure!
Actually... No :)

But i also only have already heard about secunia because they say good things about opera (when compared to other browsers ;) )

Secunia doesn't say good things about Opera! Less vulnerabilities != safer browser!

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Re: Interesting new security freeware in december 2007
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2008, 09:49:54 AM »
Actually that is what I did! See my review above.

ah! i didn't know it was your review. i thought you were linking to an external review.. ;)

Well you might not have heard of healthcheck but surely you heard of Fsecure!
Actually... No :)

incidentally both are Scandinavian companies but F-Secure has around longer than Secunia and were famous for their anti-virus software in the early 90's. btw, isn't it a bit peculiar to suggest one company over another just because you haven't heard of it? :huh:

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Re: Interesting new security freeware in december 2007
« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2008, 09:55:22 AM »
btw, isn't it a bit peculiar to suggest one company over another just because you haven't heard of it? :huh:
Notice that i was joking, lanux. What i meant was that i couldn't recomend f-secure because i didn't even know what that was :)

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Re: Interesting new security freeware in december 2007
« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2008, 09:56:29 AM »
Secunia doesn't say good things about Opera! Less vulnerabilities != safer browser!

Link, please.

incidentally both are Scandinavian companies but F-Secure has around longer than Secunia and were famous for their anti-virus software in the early 90's. btw, isn't it a bit peculiar to suggest one company over another just because you haven't heard of it? :huh:

Hey, didn't know Secunia was located in Scandinavia as well. There are really good software companies in that zone, considering the number of inhabitants up there :)

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Re: Interesting new security freeware in december 2007
« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2008, 10:10:58 AM »
Secunia doesn't say good things about Opera! Less vulnerabilities != safer browser!
Link, please?

Probably the report from last year:

http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=206

But note this is not to do with Opera security per se, but with version adoption rates by users. Opera users, due to the fact they have to download updates themselves, are less likely to have an up-to-date version. So even though Opera have some of the fastest vulnerability->patch release times, and small numbers of reported vulnerabilities (though note its disclosure procedure is different to Firefox), Opera users may not always update their software (lazy bunch! ;-)). This is hopefully going to change as rumours of an auto-updater have surfaced.

Edit: IIRC, note the percentages are those not running the latest version, it actually says *nothing* about the numbers actually running with a vulnerability. If V55 of browser X is the latest version and it still has 10 vulnerabilities, the even if everyone upgrades to the latest version it doesn't really mean they are safer.
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Re: Interesting new security freeware in december 2007
« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2008, 10:23:07 AM »
Ah, yes, I'm aware of all that. It's pretty normal, considering the lack of an auto-updater, and it happens with a lot of software anyway. If Microsoft made a better system for system-wide updating, Windows is the only OS lacking that capability, and now every app out there is being tracked by security companies for vulnerabilities (the last one that stroke me: XnView. I ran to update it :D)

Auto-updater in Opera? That sounds great, less messing with installers, which is always a good thing :)

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Re: Interesting new security freeware in december 2007
« Reply #15 on: February 04, 2008, 11:14:17 AM »
Nontroppo: since you know people inside opera, maybe you could suggest opera could use DCUpdater! :P

 ;D ;D ;D ;D

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Re: Interesting new security freeware in december 2007
« Reply #16 on: February 05, 2008, 08:06:59 AM »
 
"Probably the report from last year:

http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=206"

Not quite my point.



 

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Re: Interesting new security freeware in december 2007
« Reply #17 on: February 05, 2008, 09:49:50 AM »
OK, so, what are they saying, then?

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Re: Interesting new security freeware in december 2007
« Reply #18 on: February 05, 2008, 08:23:54 PM »
btw, isn't it a bit peculiar to suggest one company over another just because you haven't heard of it? :huh:
Notice that i was joking, lanux. What i meant was that i couldn't recomend f-secure because i didn't even know what that was :)

yes, jgpaiva. i know that you were joking. that's why i put a "huh?" emoticon at the end to pull your leg. ;)