Internet Security – Stop Guessing With Free GeSWall

image GesWall (GentleSecurityWall), is one of the most important security application I have tested this year. I wanted to spread the word on this application almost immediately, but I held off until I had completed my usual 30 day test period.

Anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall applications generally offer reasonable protection against the increasingly more powerful and destructive Internet based attacks, against home computer systems. Unfortunately, these applications, even taken together, do not make up for the lack of experience, and intuitiveness, of most computer users.

A good example of the effects of this lack of experience can be seen in the field day that malware such as rogue applications, or scareware, is currently enjoying on the Internet. Unaware users are downloading these highly damaging applications by the boatload.

Techies and geeks, on the other hand, have the ability to respond to these types of Internet threats in ways that would dazzle an average computer user. They can do this because of their experience, and their highly developed intuitiveness. So, why not develop a software application that is, in a sense, experienced and intuitive?

GentleSecurity has done just that with the release of GesWall, an intrusion prevention system that is non-intrusive, and requires a minimum of user intervention – perfect for the average user.

I’m going to describe this application, as best I can, in a non-technical way, since the objective is to convince less experienced users to give this free application a try. Power users already understand the principals involved in “isolating”, or “sandboxing” applications. Strictly speaking though, GeSWall is not a sandbox.

Simply put, GeSWall is an isolator which dynamically isolates Internet applications including Web Browsers, Chat Clients, Email Clients, and so on.

By handling security in this way, GeSWall prevents damage from intrusions and malicious software: viruses, worms, spyware, key loggers etc., including disallowing rogue software from being installed.

The following graphic illustrates, in an uncomplicated way, how GeSWall works. Use your screen magnifier to make viewing easier.

GeSWall 2

Following the installation of GeSWall, you are presented with the following screen at which time you have the opportunity to isolate specific applications; particularly applications that interact with the Internet. For example, I have isolated all of my web browsers, and I strongly recommend that you do so as well.

GeSWall 3

There is nothing to be gained by re-inventing the wheel, so I’ll refer you to an excellent video, posted on YouTube, which provides a terrific overview on how effective GeSWall is at protecting a computer against infection. This is an impressive video, and Kudos to Matt over at RemoveMalware.com, for putting it together.

Regular readers of this site are aware that I surf the underbelly of the Internet regularly, seeking out unsafe and damaging sites, malware, rogue applications, etc. I regularly infect the test bed machine I have set aside for this purpose. I then test the removal ability of anti-malware applications.

No matter how I tried however, (being reasonably responsible, of course), I could not infect the machine I set aside to test GeSWall  – it performed flawlessly. If you watched the video I recommended above, then you’ll have seen just how effective this application can be.

GeSWall Fast facts:

Prevents key loggers, rootkits, backdoors.

Prevents confidential file disclosure.

Prevents targeted intrusions.

Prevents malicious software infection.

Independent of attack techniques.

Easy to use, non-intrusive.

Central Management through Active Directory Group Policy

If you use any of the following applications, you can increase your Internet security substantially by installing this free application.

Chat Messengers

Download Managers

E-Mail and News

IRC

Multimedia

Office

P2P

Viewers

Web Browsers

Operating system: Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 7

Download at: Download.com

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15 responses to “Internet Security – Stop Guessing With Free GeSWall

  1. Pingback: Internet Security – Stop Guessing With Free GeSWall « Bill Mullins … | PCTools4U.com

  2. Just Me

    Just thought you might like to know that GeSWall is actually GentleSecurityWall and not General Systems Wall.

    Check it out at http://gentlesecurity.com/

  3. Hey Bill,
    Should I change my AV’s for this?
    I don’t feel like doing that even though I trust you completely.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Pochp,

      No, don’t change your AV’s – this application adds another layer to your existing protection. In this case, “more” is “better”.

      Bill

  4. Azziz

    Hi Bill,
    What a coincidence, I was reading about it yesterday night and was wondering if it will well integrate to my windows combination. But now I am positive about, your article Rocks.

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  6. Bill,

    Another great find and this one is a “gem”… I will be taking a look at this and like the idea of the sandboxed environment.

    Rick

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Rick,

      Yes, this is a great program. I’ve been testing it for over a month and I can’t seem to get infected, and it’s not for lack of trying. LOL!

      Bill

  7. Hi Bill,

    I downloaded and tried out GeSWall but when I ran my browser (Opera 10) I kept getting a black screen for a couple of seconds at a time. I wasn’t sure if there was anything wrong with the download so I un-installed it.

    I went back to Sandboxie. I would like to know your thoughts on this though. Could I have had a bad download or is it my machine? Or could it be my browser? Every other program you have recommended is working beautifully. (Thanks once again for the fantastic SuperAntiSpyware).

    Have a great day

    Paul

    • Bill Mullins

      Hi Paul,

      It’s always possible to get a “bad” download, but I don’t think that’s an issue here. I’ve noticed in the forums that the problem you describe with GeS and Opera, is not uncommon. Since I tested this app with Firefox and IE only, I’m not sure what is causing this freeze up. I am aware that Opera 10 just went final so…

      Sandboxie, while it works slightly differently than GeS, provides an amazing level of security, as you know, so you’re not missing anything. I’ll keep an eye on the issue you described with GeS/Opera, and let you know when new info is available.

      Happy to hear you’re pleased with SuperAntiSpyware.

      Talk to ya later,

  8. g

    Looks like a great find Bill! Curious – is it intrusive at all? I finally had to get rid of Spyware Terminator because it was too intrusive (just doing it’s job lol). Currently on the AV front I’m running the following real time: Avira, Threatfire, Winpatrol, and SuperAntiSpyware. And the windows firewall.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey G,

      Totally non-intrusive on my system.

      BTW, you might want to checkout PC Tools free firewall – superior to the built in firewall.

      Bill

  9. Thanks Bill.

    I wasn’t aware of the problems with Opera. I use it because I’m used to it and it’s a case of old dogs and new tricks lol.

    Thanks for the information.

    Paul