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Emsisoft Mamutu – Free (Save $30) Until Sunday, May 1, 11:59 PM PDT

Regular reader, and my good Aussie friend, John W., has just given me a heads up on a pretty cool offering from Emsisoft. Emsisoft is noted for developing some of the better antimalware applications, so you might want to consider giving  Mamutu a try.

This application appears, in many respects, to run along the same lines of ThreatFire – an antimalware application I recommend as a formative part of a layered security approach. See – ThreatFire Version 4.7.0 – Free Protection Against Zero Day Malware, on this site.

From the developer:

Today, we bring you this special offer on Emsisoft Mamutu. From now until Sunday, we are giving away a free copy of Mamutu. Not only does it monitor all active programs for dangerous behavior, but it also blocks malicious activities in real time.

Its Behavior Blocking and Zero-Day-Attacks technology recognizes new and unknown Trojans, backdoors, keyloggers, worms, viruses, spyware, adware, and rootkits without the need of daily signature updates, protecting you long before the signature databases have been updated.

So, where does this funny-sounding name come from? The word Mamutu is composed of two words: “Malware” and “Mutu,” which comes from the Maori language. It means “stop,” so we were told that the developers of Mamutu wanted to describe exactly what the program does: terminate all types of Malware.

In summary, here is a quick rundown of Emsisoft Mamutu’s features:

  • It monitors all active programs for dangerous behavior real-time
  • Recognizes new and unknown Trojans, worms, and viruses
  • Protects your PC without weighing down its resources, so it does not slow you down

This free offer is good until Sunday, May 1, 11:59 p.m. PDT, so grab your free copy while you can and give it a try.

Note: registration required.

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PC Tools Firewall – A Freebie Worth Having

Free PC Tools Firewall – Casual Computer User Friendly

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When I installed Windows 7 Beta on one of my home machines earlier this year, I was disappointed to find that I was initially stuck with the Win 7 built-in Firewall which monitors inbound Internet traffic only.

In my view, a Firewall application that does not monitor both inbound and outbound traffic is essentially worthless.

So now I was on the hunt for a free two-way firewall, which would monitor both incoming and outgoing traffic from my Win 7 installation without being overly intrusive. The key here was “without being overly intrusive”. Firewalls that demand attention every 5 minutes drive me crazy!

There are many free Firewalls available, but most of them are intrusive and not really appropriate for casual computer users. Despite the fact I’m not a “casual computer user”, my requirements for my personal machines are similar, in many respects, to a casual user’s requirements.

After a great deal of searching I found PC Tools Firewall, a free application which meets all my needs and then some. Incidentally, I was not alone in my search for a replacement Firewall. In the early days following the release of Windows 7 Beta, search engines were burning up with requests for a free Firewall that was Win 7 ready.

PC Tools Firewall 1

I’ve been running with PC Tools Firewall for a few months, first on Win 7 Beta, and now on Windows 7 RC, and in this short time period I have been impressed with its performance. It installed easily, set up quickly, and has not caused any conflicts with my machine despite my sometimes esoteric running requirements.

PC Tools Firewall 2

The default settings are well thought out, and provide excellent protection for less experience users – and despite the hype put out by the IT industry, most computer user can be classified as having limited system experience.

Experienced users on the other hand, can tinker to their hearts content, customizing and tweaking the application to meet their specific requirements.

Fast facts:

Protects your PC as you are working, surfing and playing.

Protects against Trojans, backdoors, keyloggers and other malware designed to damage your computer and potentially steal your confidential information.

Includes ThreatFire, a heuristic application for additional protection.

Intelligent, automatic protection without all the questions.

Easy to use – designed for both, novice and expert users.

Advanced rules to protect PCs against common attacks.

Inbound and outbound protection.

Simple, user friendly interface.

Free – no catches, limitations or time-limits.

PC Tools Firewall 3

If you are a casual computer user, PC Tools Firewall is definitely worth considering as a new Firewall installation, or as a replacement for a current Firewall that is not meeting your expectations.

System Requirements: Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000 and Server 2003

Download at: PC Tools

Note: While reading the forums in researching other users’ view on this application, I found comments in which the “complainer”, generally people who state that they “know” computers, made the point that this application caused difficulties on their system.

The reality is – if an application makes a computer crash, or causes other difficulties, it’s generally due to improper system settings and not the application. It is true however, that some applications don’t “play well” with certain other applications.

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Free PC Tools Firewall – Casual Computer User Friendly

image Way back in 1995 with the release of Windows 95, I had my first experience running a Firewall on a PC, or more accurately, I should say not running a Firewall on a PC.

When I finally did install a Firewall (ZoneAlarm), I was immediately able to spot that my neighbor, a doctor no less (great ethics doc), had penetrated my machine. Since this experience, I will not, and I mean; not for a moment, connect a computer to the Internet without a robust Firewall in place.

Recently, when I installed Windows 7 Beta on one of my home machines, I was disappointed to find that I was initially stuck with the Win 7 built-in Firewall which monitors inbound Internet traffic only. In my view, a Firewall application that does not monitor both inbound and outbound traffic is essentially worthless.

So now I was on the hunt for a free two-way firewall, which would monitor both incoming and outgoing traffic from my Win 7 installation without being overly intrusive. The key here was “without being overly intrusive”. Firewalls that demand attention every 5 minutes drive me crazy!

There are many free Firewalls available, but most of them are intrusive and not really appropriate for casual computer users. Despite the fact I’m not a “casual computer user”, my requirements for my personal machines are similar, in many respects, to a casual user’s requirements.

Luckily, after a great deal of searching I found PC Tools Firewall, a free application which meets all my needs and then some. Incidentally, I was not alone in my search for a replacement Firewall. In the early days following the release of Windows 7 Beta, search engines were burning up with requests for a free Firewall that was Win 7 ready.

PC Tools Firewall 1

I’ve been running with PC Tools Firewall for a few months, first on Win 7 Beta and now on Windows 7 RC, and in this short time period I have been impressed with its performance. It installed easily, set up quickly, and has not caused any conflicts with my machine despite my sometimes esoteric running requirements.

PC Tools Firewall 2

The default settings are well thought out, and provide excellent protection for less experience users – and despite the hype put out by the IT industry, most computer user can be classified as having limited system experience.

Experienced users on the other hand can tinker to their hearts content, customizing and tweaking the application to meet their specific requirements.

Fast facts:

Protects your PC as you are working, surfing and playing.

Protects against Trojans, backdoors, keyloggers and other malware designed to damage your computer and potentially steal your confidential information.

Includes ThreatFire, a heuristic application for additional protection.

Intelligent, automatic protection without all the questions.

Easy to use – designed for both, novice and expert users.

Advanced rules to protect PCs against common attacks.

Inbound and outbound protection.

Simple, user friendly interface.

Free – no catches, limitations or time-limits.

PC Tools Firewall 3

If you are a casual computer user, PC Tools Firewall is definitely worth considering as a new Firewall installation, or as a replacement for a current Firewall that is not meeting your expectations.

System Requirements: Windows Vista 32-bit, XP, 2000 and Server 2003 – As previously mentioned, I’m currently running on Win 7 RC 32-bit.

Download at: PC Tools

Note: While reading the forums in researching other users’ view on this application, I found comments in which the “complainer”, generally people who state rather magnificently that they “know” computers, made the point that this application caused difficulties on their system.

The reality is – if an application makes a computer crash, or causes other difficulties, it’s generally due to improper system settings and not the application. It is true however, that some applications don’t “play well” with certain other applications.

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