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#1 RolandJS

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Posted 11 August 2016 - 09:53 AM

HitmanPro, HitmanPro Alert replacements/alternatives

If I can find decent free replacements, alternatives, I will not be renewing my 3pc/3yr license [expires 10/2017] for HitmanPro, HitmanPro Alert.  Has anyone replaced both HitmanPro products with free and decent alternatives, replacement?  Wifey and I are entering a few lean years, so we are not renewing many of our software licenses, instead we will be going free as much as often as possible.


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Posted 11 August 2016 - 09:54 AM

Well on top of my head, Malwarebytes products: Anti-Malware (Free), Anti-Exploit (Free), Anti-Ransomware (Free/Beta).

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Posted 11 August 2016 - 02:07 PM

Well on top of my head, Malwarebytes products: Anti-Malware (Free), Anti-Exploit (Free), Anti-Ransomware (Free/Beta).

 

Of course, MBAM Free does not provide real-time protection to help prevent infection.  It is only an on-demand, second-opinion scanner.  Real-time protection requires a paid license for Premium version. There is a discount for multiple licenses purchased at the same transaction at the Malwarebytes online store.  And there are occasional promo bundles for MBAM Premium + MBAE Premium. And there is a 2-year subscription option for both products, to protect against possible future price hikes.

 

{{If you live in TX near a Microcenter store, I recently saw on the shelf there a BOXED CD combo of MBAM Premium + MBAE Premium for up to 3 PCs for one year at $35. That's a heckuva deal.  It was a few weeks ago, and was NOT available online.  So, you might have to go to the brick/mortar to see if it's still available.)}}

 

Note about MBARW-BETA.  It is free, but it is still a beta product. The dev team does NOT recommend installing it in a production environment.

 

MBAM Premium, HitmanPro.ALERT and Emsisoft Anti-Malware are all paid products.
I do not personally know of any FREE, robust, real-time anti-malware products.

 

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Posted 11 August 2016 - 03:13 PM

Well on top of my head, Malwarebytes products: Anti-Malware (Free), Anti-Exploit (Free), Anti-Ransomware (Free/Beta).

Le's add to Aura's recommendations:

MBAM free version's scans must be routinely done by the end-user -- clearly indicated in its description; only the pay-for has real time shields, also in the description.

MBAE free version automatically protects the items "written in" by Malwarebytes -- clearly indicated in its description; one can add programs in the pay-for version.


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Posted 11 August 2016 - 03:25 PM

Well you mentionned that you wanted free alternatives, so that's what I gave you :)

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Posted 11 August 2016 - 03:48 PM

Well you mentionned that you wanted free alternatives, so that's what I gave you :)

That's right, however, MoxieMomma opened up the Idea of free [no real-time shields] versus pay-for [which does have real time shields] by this:

"...I do not personally know of any FREE, robust, real-time anti-malware products..." posted earlier.   :)


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Posted 11 August 2016 - 04:00 PM

Semantics, semantics. :lol:

 

You are correct, MBAE Free does provide real-time protection for browsers and plug-ins.

I stand corrected on that.

 

However, it is NOT an anti-malware application.  Simply put, MBAE (Free or Premium) protects against the "how" of malware, while MBAM and your AV protect against the "what" of malware.

It is an anti-exploit application. But, yes, the Free version is Free and it does shield some browsers.

 

MBAE (Free or Premium) does not replace either your anti-virus application or your anti-malware application.

 

So, as I said before, MBAM Premium, EAM and HitmanPro.Alert -- all of which are anti-malware applications -- are all paid products.

And, AFAIK, there are no good, real-time, EDIT: FREE anti-malware applications.

 

MBAE Free is a free anti-exploit product (and the Premium version may be configured to protect ANY internet-facing application, not just the default browsers and plug-ins).

 

OK, this makes my head hurt.

 

I'm out.

 

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Edited by MoxieMomma, 11 August 2016 - 04:05 PM.


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Posted 11 August 2016 - 04:02 PM

I still have the old free version of HitmanPro Alert installed. While it is outdated, it still provides some protection while I wait for Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware to move out of beta. When I get a chance I will see if I can find a download link.
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Posted 11 August 2016 - 04:24 PM

I'll either renew HitmanPro or go with MBAM/MBAE combine.


Edited by RolandJS, 11 August 2016 - 04:28 PM.

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Posted 11 August 2016 - 04:34 PM

I'll either renew HitmanPro or go with MBAM/MBAE combine.

I thought you also used WinAntiRansom PLUS.
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Posted 11 August 2016 - 08:37 PM

 

I'll either renew HitmanPro or go with MBAM/MBAE combine.

I thought you also used WinAntiRansom PLUS.

You're right, I do use the Ruiware/BillP combine; however, because they are not AV, not AM -- I did not think to mention them here.

WinPatrol montiors the programs and utilities existing within the computer, WinPrivacy helps with privacy [if set by end-user - it can bar x, y or z from interfacing with The 'Net], WinAntiRansom shields my special folder against any program or utility that was not placed on the green list, Task Catcher works with WinPatrol, it can delay or stop or start whatever program or utility is set respectively within its menu.


Edited by RolandJS, 11 August 2016 - 08:39 PM.

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Posted 13 August 2016 - 04:19 PM

Zemana Antimalware free seems to be a Hitman clone, but, is a 2nd opinion scanner, offering no active-AV....

 

360TS seemed very nice the two years I used it....; will in all likelyhood go back to it after 'curiosity- tinkering' with SecureAPlus, which has a free 1 year trial...


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Posted 13 August 2016 - 04:54 PM

Zemana are discontinuing their premium versions of AntiMalware and AntiLogger and have combined them into one 'super' product, Zemana AntiLogger 2.21

https://www.zemana.com/WhatsNew?ProductID=1

 

I don't know if the offer is still open, but Zemana have been giving away lifetime licences the last 2 weeks or so - just sign up to Zemana Google Groups - i got mine about 10 days ago.



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Posted 15 August 2016 - 10:31 AM

I don't think there are any alternatives, in my opinion. HitmanPro.Alert is outstanding protection and also the "lightest" on my systems. My nice, powerful Vaio laptop was stolen and my backup is a dinky HP "laptop" (really a notebook). HMPA has worked great. 

 

Edit: Here's some developer notes from Wilder's: http://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/in-the-wild-ransomware-protection-comparative-analysis-2016-q3.387310/#post-2604011


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Posted 15 August 2016 - 04:56 PM

Keep in mind that some security researchers have advised not to to use multiple anti-exploit applications because using more than one of them at the same time can Return-oriented programming (ROP), and other exploit checks. This in turn can result in the system becoming even more vulnerable than if only one anti-exploit application is running. In some cases multiple tools can cause interference with each other and program crashes
 

While you should use an antivirus (even just the Windows Defender tool built into Windows 10, 8.1, and 8) as well as an anti-exploit program, you shouldn’t use multiple anti-exploit programs...These types of tools could potentially interfere with each other in ways that cause applications to crash or just be unprotected, too

How-To Geek on Anti-exploit programs

ROP is a computer security exploit technique that allows an attacker to execute code in the presence of security defenses such as non-executable memory and code signing. It is an effective code reuse attack since it is among the most popular exploitation techniques used by attackers and there are few practical defenses that are able to stop such attacks without access to source code.

 

Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) is a computer security technique involved in protection from buffer overflow attacks. These security technologies are intended to mitigate (reduce) the effectiveness of exploit attempts. Many advanced exploits relay on ROP and ASLR as attack vectors used to defeat security defenses and execute malicious code on the system. For example, they can be used to bypass DEP (data execution prevention) which is used to stop buffer overflows and memory corruption exploits. Tools with ROP and ASLR protection such as Microsoft’s Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) use technology that checks each critical function call to determine if it's legitimate (if those features are enabled).


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