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Author Topic: Free security freeware versus paid  (Read 8993 times)

Lusher

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Free security freeware versus paid
« on: February 04, 2008, 09:19:59 AM »

http://wiki.castleco...f_freeware_antivirus
http://wiki.castleco...freeware_antispyware
http://wiki.castleco..._freeware_antitrojan
http://wiki.castleco...eware_antikeyloggers
http://wiki.castleco...freeware_antirootkit
http://wiki.castleco...f_freeware_firewalls
http://wiki.castleco...re_behavior_blockers
http://wiki.castleco...f_freeware_sandboxes
http://wiki.castleco...eware_virtualization
http://wiki.castleco...eware_analysis_tools

Above is perhaps the most comprehensive list of top class freeware security products. How do they compare to the best $$ware in each category. If 10 is the best in the $$ category, here are my ratings for the corresponding best freeware. I.e 10 = the best freeware is as good (if not better) than the best payware.

Antivirus 8.5/10 - Each of the freeware antivirus as certain minor weaknesses compared to their paid bigger brothers
Antispyware 8/10 - Most of the freeware antispyware has no on-access scan except Spyware terminator.
Antitrojan 9/10 - Not quite sure, very few self declared anti-trojans these days... Trojanhunter vs BOclean?
Antikeylogger 7.5/10 - Possibly higher if we include sandboxes and behavior blockers against keylogger
Antirootkit 10/10 - The best generic antirootkits are free!
Firewall 10/10 - Comodo firewall , Webroot firewall , Online armor free etc help to raise the score.
Behavior blocker 9.5/10 - Many excellent choices depending on what you are looking for. Eqsecure,threatfire, SSM free, DSA etc etc are all top notch
Sandbox 9/10 - GesWall, sandboxie etc. Also SafeSpace lately.
Virtualization 10/10
Other misc security 10/10

This is just my estimation, what is yours? In short , i believe it is more than possible to use only freeware and remain as safe as one using $$ware only.



 

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Re: Free security freeware versus paid
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2008, 09:50:51 AM »
@Lusher
Great post, thanks. Which freeware products do you use?

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Re: Free security freeware versus paid
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2008, 08:08:23 AM »
Look at the urls, and look for entries with a  :up: , I have used and/or are still using those (as well as others without a  :up:) on my systems.