Friday, September 14, 2007

PC Tools ThreatFire

ThreatFire is an easy-to-use application designed to protect your computer against malware such as trojans, spyware, rootkits, keyloggers, and buffer overflows by intelligently detecting and blocking behavior consistent with that of malware. ThreatFire does this by constantly monitoring your system, and analyzing programs and process activity. Whenever ThreatFire detects any unusual process or activity, it will display an alert with further information on the threat. If it is a known threat, then ThreatFire will automatically quarantine the malware and no further action is required on your part. If the threat is unknown, or new, then ThreatFire will display an alert and prompt you to Allow or Quarantine the process. All alerts provide detailed information to help you make an informed decision.

New features:

- Cyberhawk is now named ThreatFire, which has a new look and feel and is branded as a PC Tools product. The basic product layout and functions are similar to the older version, so hopefully it will be easy to make the switch to ThreatFire.
- Certain features previously found only in Cyberhawk Pro are now available in the new free product: ThreatFire Free Edition. These features include malware quarantine and removal, advanced custom rules, the rootkit scanner, and the built-in search on ThreatFire alerts which allows you to find out additional information on a threat.
- The “potentially malicious”alerts (yellow alerts) now give the option to Allow or Quarantine, instead of Allow or Deny. This is because ThreatFire is now able toquarantine any threats it detects, not just threats that wereclassified as “known” malware.
- The newPro versionincludes theon-demand scanning piece of PC Tools AntiVirusso that you can scan your system for dormant threats that may not becaught by ThreatFire’s real-time behavior-based protection. This AVscanner greatly increases the overall protection offered by ThreatFireand offers protection from a full spectrum of both known and unknownthreats.
- Greatly improved the overall protective capability of ThreatFire since the Cyberhawk v. 2.04 release.
- Fewer false positives.
- Miscellaneous other program fixes.

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