Anybody here have direct experience with using this product.
I have a lifetime license to the product, so I have some opinions, but I do *not* consider myself an expert by any means.
Anti-malware software is something that I deal with only very reluctantly. And it's not just Agnutum - none that I have ever used has made me happy because I feel like I can never trust it, it often makes my machine unstable, and often asks me questions or tells me things that I don't understand, and don't *want* to understand. I just want my stuff to work and not get "pwned".
Let me reiterate - none of that is specific to Agnitum. For example, I long ago gave up on McAfee and Norton which seemed to cause far more problems than they solved - I will not even try software from those outfits again.
Now, to my specifics with using Agnitum:
I have at least three problems that stick in my head. Some of these probably would apply to other anti-malware suites, but I'm rarely in any mood to test these things out.
- I've had instances where the firewall caused blue screens. It's been probably more than a year since that happened - it was on a 32-bit Vista machine that I don't use anymore. A 64-bit Win7 machine didn't have the bluescreen problems. I suspect that the problem had to do with interaction with network card drivers, but I don't really know (and I hate trying to troubleshoot those things). Since I wasn't particularly interested in the firewall portion of the Suite, I asked Agnitum if there was a way I could use my Suite key to activate the Outpost AV product (which is a subset of the Suite). But there wasn't (once again, I don't think this is an issue that affects only Agnitum - I think that most Suites operate this way). As far as I know there' no way to get the Suite to install only the the AV (or only the Firewall). After install you can disable portions, but I tried doing that to fix the bluescreen - without success.
- I like to open Firefox and leave it open with a whole mess of tabs. For days or even weeks. I hate (hate, hate) having to restart my machine or applications, because then I have to do a bunch of work to make sure I get my 'state' back. After a long period of being open, Firefox becomes very sluggish, and I can see in Task Manager that both Agnitum and Firefox are using a boatload of memory. I think this is more of a Firefox problem (and I think that the most recent version of 3.x seems to help - maybe I need to move to 4 or whatever FF is at), but I mention it here anyway because I think Agnitum probably isn't entirely without blame.
Now that I've typed out those issues, I again feel that I'm being unfair to list these as detriments to Agnitum - they seem to be the kind of problems I've run into with whatever AV/Firewall I have installed. It's kind of like elections - you generally don't vote for the 'best'; you vote for the 'least worst'.
Note that I still use Agnitum Outpost Security Suite as my main anti-malware on my main machine since as far as I know it's the least worst, and I have little interest in evaluating a bunch of this kind of software. Oh yeah, and since I have a lifetime license I don't have to pay for annual crappiness like I would for other anti-malware.
How's that for an endorsement?