Hi! Diamond CS unfortunately seems to have stopped business several years ago, & according to a posting on an Australian website forum, this was because they felt the features of Worm Guard and Process Guard had now been taken over by newer Windows XP/98 versions. The software writers had disappeared off the network and something rings a bell about one of them maybe dying.
As you found, the control exercised by the program is vastly greater, clearly presented, and more flexible in terms of controlling as well as safeguarding '.exe' processes from Windows basic processes to user introduced programs. Did you realise for example that CC Cleaner (Piriform software) puts a ping.exe onto your computer when being set up? Process Guard will tell you that & ask whether you want it to run or not. Together with the older firewall ZA Alarm Pro program -- where the privacy page allowed you to block any type of returning packets manually to web sites you were browsing -- it was part of an ideal set up. I have recently got a Windows 7 starter, & much like Vista Home Premium, it has this exceedingly irritating background administrator, separate to the user administrators. I managed, but only by getting rid of the free MacAfee, to allow myself to play around with permissions (not quite up to Windows XP pro 32bit however). However, Windows 7 will not install Process Guard properly, regardless of the 'compatibility' choice or the 'owner' choice, or telling it to run as administrator. There are three separate programs which install - the user account program (for each user, allowing immediate blocking/allowing of running of a program, & different permissions can be given for different users), dcuser (essential) and pgguard program (essential, the display). DCuser on most attempts to install would not run & therefore the program would not run, just sticking at the display page. If lucky, by playing around with compatibility, it did run, then the display declared the user account program wasn't running! thus preventing the feature where it says 'do you want this program to run' meaning you had to pre-block any program or features of a program like installing drivers on the security page rather than on the hoof. (Ie, you have to know in advance what an installation is going to install.) I noticed that explorer.exe kept trying to terminate Process Guard (from the Alerts page list), this doesn't happen in Windows XP. On restarting Windows 7, sometimes even this would stop & I'd be back at the DCProt wouldn't install message.
As you've referred to -- What is excellent & unmatchable by Diamond Software's Process Guard, are the options for each program. There are options to allow a program only to be read, to allow them to be modified, terminated. And options to block a program installing drivers/services, accessing physical memory, terminating/modifying other programs on the list, or simply allow a program to read other programs; block a program altogether, or allow it just once, etc. Its interface is very simple and the help boxes very clear. Its only limit for the version I have is that its list of programs was limited to 250 (remember this includes parts of a program set up, not just the main one, & elementary Windows programs like logonui, ctf loader, &c.) so I have to make decisions which to eliminate from the list when installing a new program. It will also tell you if the program has changed since last used, whether to block any changes or not.
Wow! it was terrific. I join in with you in asking, could somebody not investigate where the copyright went & put it back on the market with updates for the newer Windows / Linux, etc. I wish. If you got it to run on Windows 7 32-bit it would be interesting to know how you managed this, your post only referring to 64-bit.
Edited by FS-BC, 26 September 2012 - 10:27 AM.