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November 2, 2007, 10:37 pm
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experience to report about it, good or bad?
With Windows XP SP2 MCE, I already use the free versions of ZoneAlarm, AVG,
AdAware, and Spybot. It appears that ThreatFire would fill in a coverage
gap of these and not make any of them extraneous. Is this true?
Does ThreatFire update itself regularly over the Internet like a virus
scanner does? If so, is in unobtrusive? I like that AVG updates don't
require admin mode, for example.
Is there a significant performance impact?
Any other downside?
I've used ThreatFire on a few systems (XP and Vista) with mixed results. I
would agree that it compliments signature based antivirus and antispyware
software. Updates are available for it, but not on a daily basis like AV
and AS. So far the updates have been new versions of the program so I
wouldn't call them unobtrusive, but since they don't happen that often I
haven't minded. I've been using Admin accounts so I don't know if updates
can be applied from a limited user account. "Performance impact" is the
sticky issue. It's hard to quantify, but it does seem to make the system
less responsive. I had trouble with it on my Vista system, but I think it
may have been caused by a conflict with Comodo BoClean. On the plus side
ThreatFire is free and easily uninstalled in my experience so I would
encourage you to try it. Currently I'm trying the Mamutu beta which is a
similar behavior based IDS (intrusion detection system) application. It
works better then TF on my Vista system. It is free while in beta, but will
become subscription-ware when it is released. Hope this helps!