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Adding HitmanPro.Alert anti-exploit software to lines of defense...

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#1 Oxonsi


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Posted 22 April 2018 - 01:38 PM

I am considering adding an active (memory resident) anti-exploit program to my system.  I currently use ESET NOD32 as my only active anti-malware program, which does include some anti-exploit features.  And I feel this has served me well so far, however I think it may be wise to complement NOD32 with a dedicated anti-exploit, as long as it is not too resource hungry and does not conflict with NOD32.


I am interested in HitmanPro.Alert, which I understand now belongs to Sophos.  Then I became aware of Sophos' new enterprise anti-exploit product, Intercept X [aka HitmanPro.Alert for business].  If I understand correctly they are both essentially anti-exploit software.  Intercept X just adds use of artificial intelligence (AI).


Intercept X is targeted at businesses with need of multiple seat licenses, but unless I'm mistaken, there are ways a home user could purchase a single seat license for Intercept X.  The program is administered through Sophos Central, a web based portal.  Not all home users would take to that method, but I don't think it would be a problem for me.  The only downside being that if one lost internet connectivity, one could no longer administer the software.  My internet access has been very reliable, so I am not particularly concerned about that.


My questions are:  how similar are HitmanPro.Alert and Intercept X?  Does HitmanPro.Alert offer protections that aren't available in Intercept X?  Would it be reasonable to use Intercept X in a home environment [assuming one can indeed purchase a single seat license for it]?  What are the advantages of employing AI in anti-malware software?


I know there also used to be Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit, which is now incorporated in Malwarebytes 3.0.  And Microsoft EMET which is free, but not compatible with Windows 10 [because Windows 10 has builtin security features that overlap with EMET].


Thanks for any thoughts, information, and advice.

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 07:08 PM

See my comments in this topic which includes what ransomware protection I use and a link to an updated list of other ransomware prevention tools.

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