Immunet Protect 2 – A Leader In Community Driven Cloud Based Antimalware

image The bad guys collude to make “bad” even “badder”. That’s a pretty strange way to construct a sentence, I’ll admit,  but here’s the message – cyber criminals are so organized, that they share information on both their successes and failures.

The result is, we’re now faced with the coming together of criminal gangs so that they can advance their overall strategy – stealing as much money as possible, from as many people as possible, in the shortest time frame possible.

There’s no doubt, that this collusion is a loose arrangement; nevertheless, it’s highly efficacious  – it provides opportunity for criminals to systematically craft tighter and more effective malware.

Wouldn’t it be a good idea then, if we (the potential victims), combined our forces and shared information, at some level, which might act as a counter measure to cyber criminal collusion? Well, we do. Or, at least, some of us do.

If you (like me), use WOT, the enormously popular Internet Browser security add-0n, which is a perfect example of how successful community driven security applications can be, you are doing just that.

Immunet Protect 2, gives you another opportunity to share information (and to have information shared with you), which will be used in the fight against the bad guys.

Immunet Protect 2, recently released following a very successful Beta test, is a superior community driven cloud based security application, now at half a million plus users and counting, and well on it’s way in gaining increasing popularity – and rightfully so.

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.

A rather more impressive security solution than 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.

A community driven security application like Immunet Protect, does not suffer from this obvious disadvantage of having to chase runway malware. It’s significant advantage is it’s user base community – operating in real time.

Immunet Protect is a lightweight cloud based antivirus application, (available in both a free, and a fee version), designed to add a layer of protection while working in partnership with the most popular antimalware solutions.

On my principal home machine for example, Immunet Protect lines up with Microsoft Security Essentials and ThreatFire, to shore up any vulnerabilities my system might have to to zero-day threats.

You’ll find Immunet Protect straightforward to install, and easy to run without complication.

The screen captures I’ve setout below, will help you get a good overall feel for the application.

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Setting the operating parameters (the protection settings), is straightforward. In the following screen capture you’ll notice tooltip pop outs which explain the function of each setting. A very cool feature for less experienced users.

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During this full scan, CPU usage ran at roughly 20% on a dual core machine. And, system memory usage was surprisingly low at only 36 MB, as the following screen capture shows.

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I have a preference for antimalware solutions that include the ability to launch a specific file scan from the Windows Explorer context menu, and Immunet Protect has included this feature.

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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.”

Immunet Protect Fast facts:

Two active scanning engines

Custom Scan

Scheduled scan

Context menu scan

Fast Antivirus: Immunet leverages the speed of cloud computing to deliver real-time protection to your PC.

Light Antivirus: Immunet is up to 35 times lighter than traditional antivirus solutions.

Real-time Antivirus: Immunet provides cloud-based protection that is always up-to-date against viruses, spyware, bots, worms, Trojans, and keyloggers without slowing down your PC. No need to download any virus signature files!

Companion Antivirus: Immunet is compatible with existing antivirus products to help protect you better. Add an extra, lightweight layer of protection for free.

Community Antivirus: Immunet’s Collective Immunity technology protects all users the instant that a virus is detected on one PC.

System requirements: Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or later, Vista (32-bit and 64 bit), Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit).

Download at: Developer’s site

I have no hesitation in recommending this application. I can’t think of another security application that has enjoyed a seven fold increase in users in the last six months, like Immunet Protect has. That’s no accident.

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19 responses to “Immunet Protect 2 – A Leader In Community Driven Cloud Based Antimalware

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    • Rick

      There’s 1 thing wrong with this program and it’s the scanning option!

      It flags too many legit files,so in essence it’s useless,and if you right click any file and try to scan,it just sits there doing nothing.

      I use it in a combo with Mamutu and have for awhile,but unless it improves,I’ll probably be uninstalling it.

  2. Charlie

    Hi Bill:

    I’ve been using this since beta, and really love the idea. Only problem with the free version is that it doesn’t do rootkits. Therefore, always use with another antivirus program, just like we do. Would like to see your review of the new Commodo Antivirus, if you get a chance. Thanks-

    • Hi Charlie,

      Great advice.

      I actually downloaded Commodo Antivirus earlier today, and have it scheduled for testing. Looking forward to seeing what’s under the hood.

      Bill

      • vhick

        I’m also a Immunet user here. I like it but I experience some cpu spiking that my pc lags.

        I been waiting for your review in Comodo as they used also a cloud technology. I hope you can test it with your malware samples for the quick review.

        I read at Softpedia (http://news.softpedia.com/news/Softpedia-Exclusive-Interview-AVAST-Software-CTO-Ondrej-Vlcek-Part-2-153426.shtml) that Avast also implement cloud technology in their next version (version 6). That will be interesting.

        I like to see a firewall in cloud technology in near future as firewall don’t need cloud if you are disconnected.

        Thanks sir Bill

        • Hi Vhick,

          As usual, you’ve raised some very interesting points. I especially like the idea of a cloud based FW. Actually, ZoneAlarm free uses a type of cloud based technology. But, not as extensive as your question suggests. I’m convinced though, a total cloud based FW for home use, is on the way.

          I’m looking forward to working with Commodo and should have a review up within the next week, or so.

          Thanks for the link to the Avast article – very interesting

          Best,

          Bill

  3. Jose

    Hi Bill, thanks for the article.
    Did you feel any slow downs with that combo (Immunet/MSE/ThreatFire)?
    Regards,
    Jose.

  4. Liam O' Moulain

    Hi Bill,

    Count me in as a very satisfied user of Immunet. It’s a great application!

    Liam

  5. Mal

    Hey Bill,

    Unfortunately, I can’t use Immunet because I use Zonealarm with XP SP3, which is a known issue with Immunet. It’s a bummer, because it looks really great and every comment I’ve seen has been supportive. I suppose I could change firewalls, but I’ve done this in the past and always come back to Zonealarm, probably because I have been using it for years and I am so comfortable with it. Ah well, maybe one day.

    Cheers

    • Hey Mal,

      I’m thinking it won’t be too long before you’re into that new machine you were talking about. So, it will soon become a non issue.

      I hear ya on ZoneAlarm. Like you, I’ve been using this for years – except for a few months when it was incompatible with Win 7 when it was first released. I tried every FW under the sun, but not one could compare to ZA.

      Best,

      Bill

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  7. Georg

    Hi Bill,

    Immunet Protect 2 works fine on my WIN 7 64 bit 3.2 GHz Dual Core machine, even in conjunction with Zone Alarm. It detects malware others miss, but during scans it is quite a resource hog, and brings this machine down to a screeching halt, with SmartRAM reporting 0 % CPU free.

    Therefore, I first start a scan and then have a break.

    All the best!

    Georg

  8. T-Kon

    Very nice article. I use Immunet product with other antivirus antimalware and works very well. Some other antivirus companies make you uninstall other products including Immunet. This is very wrong. Immunet work fine for me with others running. Some other companies just want you to uninstall others for business reasons not to provide best protection. I highly recommend Immunet to friends and relatives too.

  9. corker

    Hi Bill,

    Have you ever tested a new kid on the block called BugBopper?
    And there is Hitman Pro as well.

    I wonder which is the most formidable among these three as I do not have reliable Internet connection to use cloud base antivirus.

    Thanks before!

    • Hey Corker,

      I have run Hitman Pro, but overall I think Immunet is a better product.

      Thanks for the suggestion on BugBopper – I hadn’t heard of it until you brought it to my attention. I’ve downloaded and installed it, and I’m currently running a quick test.

      I’ll spend some time with this, and put up a review.

      best,

      Bill