Download Immunet Protect – A Free Community Based Cloud Antimalware Application

image I have a number of computers; not all of which face the Internet, but those that do, are protected from compromise by a layered (or stacked), security approach.

Here’s an example of a layered security approach – one that I use on my principal home machine. The following applications are stacked on this machine, in order to cover any potential gaps in security coverage:

I should add, I use two additional free security applications, SuperAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, as secondary scanners on a weekly basis, as an added precaution.

Nothing is static though, when it comes to ensuring that my machines continue to be protected in the “real” Internet world. A world which is generally a much more demanding world, than that experienced by an average computer user.

Since I operate in this real world – not a test tube environment, I expect my antimalware applications to pass “real world” testing – not “test tube” testing, before relying on them for protection.

For this reason, when I test anti-malware applications, it often takes considerable time in order to get to the heart of the matter – does an application work in “my real Internet world?”

Arguable, the majority of available antimalware applications continue to rely on well established technologies. You could, if you like, replace “well established”, with “old”, or, some might say – “outdated”.

Since most viruses, worms, Trojans and other types of Internet threats only last 24 hours, how do security applications that rely on a definition database to identify malware files (most anti-malware applications), keep up with this onslaught? The simple answer is; they don’t.

Contrast this, with new and emerging security technologies, particularly Cloud based antimalware applications.

I was recently introduced to a new Cloud based antimalware solution,  Immunet Protect, which I have since come to rely on, and have now added to my layered security approach.

Immunet Protect, despite the fact it is Beta (a new enhanced final version is scheduled for release at the end of May which will include active scanning), is a community based antimalware solution which makes it just a little bit different – but in a highly positive way. If you’re familiar with the Browser protection application WOT (Web of Trust), then you have a sense of “community based” applications.

In real time, Immunet Protect keeps track of the state of security in the collective community (network), and should a member of the network (the community), encounter malware, you (as a member of the protected community), are instantly protected against the threat.

Or, as the developer puts it  –  “Every time someone in this collective community encounters a threat, everyone else in the community gains protection from that same threat – in real time.”

A rather more impressive security solution than you having to wait for a malware definition database update. An update that may take several days. Days in which you are effectively open to infection.

Nevertheless, Immunet Protect has been developed to work in conjunction with the most popular antimalware solutions, for added protection. A list of compatible antimalware solutions follows, later in this article.

Installation was straightforward and ran without complication, as the following screen capture indicates.

Immediately following installation you may choose to run a “Flash Scan”, which probes running process, and load point process, for contamination.

Having the ability to share Immunet Protect with your Facebook and Twitter contacts, I though, was a very cool feature. After all, there is strength in increasing numbers.

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Setting the operating parameters (the protection settings), is, again, straightforward.Immunet 3

The following screen capture illustrates the results of my first Flash Scan. Notice that Immunet Protect tracks programs installed over a selectable time frame, and indicates the safety of the installs. As well, the total number of current threats for which protection is offered, is indicated. In this case, 12 Million, plus.

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The History function provides you with a database of scans completed and the results of those scan.

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When active, an Immunet Protect icon (far left), sits in the Taskbar as the following screen capture shows. In this screen capture you can also see my primary security solutions are active and responsive.

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I must admit, I feel an added sense of security when following boot up, Immunet Protect runs an automatic Flash Scan.

Finally, there is virtually no draw against system resources while running Immunet Protect, on a dual core Windows 7 test platform.

Should you consider installing, and running, a Cloud Antivirus as supplementary antimalware protection?

If you are uncertain, then consider this:

The Internet is an uncertain world at the best of times

Cybercriminals design specific malware to exploit vulnerable systems without user interaction being required.

No single security application is capable (nor should we expect a single application to be capable), of providing adequate computer system protection. Gaps exist, in protection capabilities, in even the most sophisticated security applications.

Layering (or stacking) security applications, offers the best chance of remaining infection free, by closing these gaps.

A cloud based protective solution, in this case Immunet Protect, is a major step in shoring up any weaknesses, or gaps, and significantly increase your overall ability to detect malware.

Keep in mind however, that even the best layered protection strategy will not make up for lack of experience, and intuitiveness, when surfing the Internet. So, I’ll repeat what I have said here, many times – “knowledge, awareness, and experience are critical ingredients in the escalating battle, against cybercriminals.”

The following Anti-Virus packages have been tested to work alongside the Immunet Protect beta. Immunet Protect should be able to install alongside these packages and significantly increase your overall ability to detect viruses.

AVG 8.5 (Free) (Windows XP SP2 / Vista)

AVG 9 Free (Windows XP SP3 / Vista SP1 / Windows 7)

Avast! Free & Premium 4.8/5.0 (Windows XP SP3 / Vista SP1 / Windows 7)

Avira 2009 Personal Free (Windows XP SP3)

Norton Anti-Virus 2008 (Windows XP SP2)

Norton Anti-Virus 2009 (Windows XP SP2 / Vista)

Norton Internet Security 2008 (Windows XP SP2)

Norton Internet Security 2009 (Windows XP SP2 / Vista)

Norton Internet Security 2010 (Windows XP SP3 / Vista SP1 / Windows 7)

Norton 360 2009 (Windows XP SP2 / Vista)

Norton 360 2010 (Windows XP SP2 / Vista SP1 / Windows 7)

Mcafee Security Center 9.3 (Windows XP SP3 / Vista)

Mcafee Security Center 2009 (Windows XP SP2)

Microsoft Security Essentials (Windows XP SP3 / Vista SP1 / Windows 7)

Trend AntiVirus 2010 (Windows XP SP3 / Vista SP1 / Windows 7)

Trend AntiVirus + AntiSpyware 2010 (Windows XP SP3 / Vista SP1 / Windows 7)

Trend Virus Buster 2010 Vista (Japanese Marketplace) (Windows XP SP3 / Vista SP1 / Windows 7)

K7 Total Security 2010 (Windows XP SP3 / Vista SP1 / Windows 7)

System requirements: Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or later, Vista (32-bit and 64 bit), Seven (32-bit and 64-bit).

Download at: Developer’s site (IMMUNET)

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31 responses to “Download Immunet Protect – A Free Community Based Cloud Antimalware Application

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  2. Liam O' Moulain

    Hi Bill,

    You always give sound advice on this issue. I’ll download and try this one.

    Thanks,

    Liam

    • Bill Mullins

      Hi Liam,

      Cool!

      This app can definitely add another potent layer of security.

      Bill

  3. Mal

    Hey Bill,

    This is a very interesting article, and I will definitely be giving this a try out. Anything that closes the gaps is worth it. Very cool article.

    Cheers

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Mal,

      I wanted to get this article up much sooner, since I’ve been testing this app for months. When I fell ill, earlier this year, I really got behind in my commitments but, I’ve finally gotten all the backlog up to date. Or, I should say, I bloody hope so!

      I knew I could count on you to try this one out – we think alike.

      Best,

      Bill

  4. Mal

    Hey Bill,

    I like it, I like it, I like it. Did a also mention I like it lol. You can also add Eset AV to the list of compatible programs, it’s the AV I use and Immunet is working fine with it.

    Cheers

    • Bill Mullins

      So Mal – let me ask you this. Do you like it? lol

      Thanks for the input on Eset. That’s very cool.

      Bill

  5. leofelix

    Hi Bill
    very interesting article as usual.
    Isn’t Immunet incompatible with PC Tools FW Plus?

    http://support.immunet.com/index.php/Known_Issues_-_Support#Immunet_Protect_Beta_is_not_compatible_with_PCTools_Firewall_Plus

    Thank you in advance

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Leofelix,

      Good to hear from you.

      Well, I’ve been running Immunet on my principal system for over 2 months alongside PC Tools FW Plus (as I set out in my review), and I have yet to see any incompatibility. In my experience, they play very well together.

      I did however pick up some additional info on this. According to Al Huger, Immunets vice president of engineering, in a reply to the same query over on Brian Krebson’s site – quote “Its actually a user issue that is so common we had to designate it as incompatible, at least for the beta. The issue is that the firewall when *configured strictly* will deny access to our cloud”.

      In my view, anyone who needs to configure a Firewall in this manner, needs to consider the advisability of being on the Internet to begin with. Common enough I suppose, but I’ve certainly seen many an occasion where a user turns the Firewall off when it has been configured incorrectly, just to avoid the aggravation which can result.

      I’ll say it again “*Knowledge, awareness, and experience are critical ingredients in the escalating battle, against cybercriminals.*

      Bill

  6. Ranjan

    What about KIS Bill?
    Since i’m using the 32-Bit version of KIS on x64 based pc and after reading the post there which leofelix posted, especially the point 2, i doubt it may corrupt my AV’s database on installing the x64 version of Immunet…

  7. kingpin

    Hi Bill,
    Yes I am know about Immunet Protect for a while but you might also consider ClamAV it uses both Immunet and Clam technology.

    http://www.clamav.net/lang/en/about/win32/

    Also would like to state that Immunet will ship new version 2.0 by the end of may which will also include paid Pro commercial version like a true malware protection.

  8. Ranjan

    What about KIS Bill..?
    Since i’m running the 32 bit version of KIS on x64 based pc and after reading there which Leofelix posted, especially the point 2, i doubt it may do something undesirable to my security apps on running x64 version of Immunet…

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Ranjan.

      Kaspersky 2010 is “unofficially” supported. The developer defines unofficial support as “Unofficially supported products are products which users have told us seem to work for them but have not been tested by Immunet.”.

      Bill

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  10. David

    Bill – Quick question … does Immunet use much bandwidth? (I’m assuming that, being a cloud-based app, it’s accessing its database in realtime?) Am I understanding the concept correctly? Thanks in advance for your assist – Best regards / David.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hi David,

      You’re right Immunet stays connect to the Net.

      Daily Bandwidth usage (according to the developer) is approximately 120K.

      A user (on the developer’s forum), reported the following – “Tried to test it, 517 bytes sent out, 1k received after 2 hours of normal consumers use. Under scan the amount grow fast to 17k sent and 37,8k received. If people don’t know what this numbers mean, it means that Immunet is extreme light on your internet connection, average lower than normal AV because of their signature updates.”

      I hope that helps.

      Best,

      Bill

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  12. abhijit

    a very good post…………………………………………….thanks bill for a very good description……………………………………………….sure gonna promote this…………………………………..

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Abhijit,

      Very cool – promotion is a good thing. The more users in the network, the better the app will respond to malware.

      Bill

  13. Ranjan

    “Unofficially supported products are products which users have told us seem to work for them but have not been tested by Immunet.”.– Hah! 50-50 situation… 😛
    Btw, Bill, while crawling the net in search of an antilogger tool for x64 platform, i came across it.. Have you ever tried it or any idea about it?
    http://www.spyshelter.com/

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Ranjan,

      Yes, I’ve been following its development. Too early to tell (at least for me). Good thread on this over at Wilders .

      Bill

  14. Ranjan

    Seems nice.. More or less same as Zemana.. Will test it in VM.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Ranjan,

      Very cool.

      I’d be very interested in hearing about the results you get. Can you let me know?

      Thanks.

      Bill

  15. Ranjan

    Ofcourse Bill… My pleasure…

  16. David

    Bill – Thanks for the response re bandwidth – Best regards / David.

  17. RHH (robert)

    Bill, just wondering if Immunet is an offshoot of Panda’s cloud AV program. From what I read, the Panda product has had problems with the “cloud” approach. I once tried it and didn’t have installation problems, but it did not seem to work either to prevent attacks. Perhaps there is something that sets Immunet apart? Sure sounds like a great operating principle, but again, so did Panda Cloud AV. I assume that SuperAntiSpyware is compatible too? As always, we really appreciate all you do. Robert H.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hi Robert,

      No, Immunet is not an offshoot of Panda Cloud, although, the principle is roughly the same. The overall consensus, vis a vis Panda Cloud, is – its quite good. In fact, I share that view, and have no problem recommending Panda Cloud.

      Now, there are differences between these two apps. Mainly this; In my view Immunet should, at this point, be supplemental to an on board AV since it does not offer complete scanning – it acts as a defender. The final release, due by the end of this month, will offer two scanning engines in the application, which is a major step up.

      SuperAntiSpyware is not officially supported – which doesn’t necessarily mean that it will not work. It really means that it has not been tested with this application, but….

      More information is available on the support pageregarding this.

      Best,

      Bill

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