When Immunet Protect came out some time last summer, I did a little research on it and then tried it. Immunet is a Cloudbased antivirus program, much like Panda Cloud Antivirus. Here’s how Immunet works, according to the home site:
Imagine for a moment that you could leverage the computers of your friends, family and a worldwide global community to harness their collective security. Every time someone in this collective community encounters a threat everyone else in the community gains protection from that same threat in real time.
I was pleased with the way that it worked and I kept it on my system for several weeks. I soon moved on to try Microsoft’s antivirus. Currently, I am running Antivir, after reading a Techie Buzz article which was titled, Avira Antivirus Is the Lightest Antivirus Software.
Recently, I received notice from TechTracker, that there’s a new version of Immunet available. Here’s the news that made me look at Immunet again.
Version 1.0.25 supports ‘side by side’ installs with over 20 new Anti-Virus products including current versions of AVG, Avira, Mcafee, Kaspersky, Avast and Trend products. It also now supports Windows 7, XP and Vista 32/64-bit installs.
Immunet has been friendly with other antivirus apps from the day it was born. The newest version simply adds more friendsto it’s list. What does this mean for the average user? It means that you can run Immunet all by itself, or you can have additional AV protection if you need it. In my case, I have installed Immunet Protect side by side with my current Avira Antivir.
So far, Immunet and Avira are acting like old buddies, but I’ll keep an eye on them. The extra load on my system seems to be about 24mb of memory and I can handle that. I’m seriously tempted to keep Immunet and dump Avira after reading that Immunet recently ranked higher than Microsoft Security Essentials And Avira In MRG Rogue AV Test.
Since we didn’t show you Immunet in our last article about it, I’ll give you a few screen shots and some more details.
The installation is nothing special, and when it completes, Immunet will ask to give your system a flash scan. Here’s a shot of my first scan results.
As you can see above, the scan took less than 2 minutes. That’s great, since I rarely have the patience to wait through a full system scan. You can also see that the Immunet interface is simple, having only 4 major sections, being Summary, History, Scanand Settings.
The Summary tab displays two areas, a status section and a Programs Installedsection. The status section tells you if Immunet is active and how many users are currently online. In addition, it seems to know when other AV programs are running, as you can see below.
The other section displays a history of all Program Installations that Immunet has monitored. I didn’t have any to show you, so I found this screen shot (below) at Immunet. As you can see there, it shows you the bad programs it detected, as well as the good ones. Clicking on those will take you into history details for more information if you need it.
The information on the History tab is fairly easy to understand. It offers you details on the software and files that it has detected. You can see that it offers a Restorefeature, which allows you to remove files from Immunet’s quarantine, if you don’t agree that these files are a risk to you.
The default settings are shown below. Understanding these wasn’t as simple as the rest of the information I’d seen. I looked up some of the settings at the Immunet wiki and I’ll explain them below.
The first two, Monitor Application Install and Start, were obvious to me and hopefully you as well.
The Active Protection Mode is something you’ll find in many antivirus tools. It keeps any new applications from being installed until it has time to look them over and consult it’s online database. I have heard that it doesn’t take more than a few seconds to do this.
The ETHOS Protection had me wondering until I looked it up. It’s basically a HIPS feature. Here’s what Immunet said when they announced the addition of ETHOS to this product.
ETHOS Protection is a ‘Heuristic’ based engine. ETHOS Protection is specially designed to find threats ‘generically’ and then send them to the cloud so people in the Immunet Community can be protected from them at the same time as you detect them.
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Techie Buzz Verdict:
Immunet Protect offers you real time and constantly updated protection. The addition of 20 more friendly anti-virus apps to it’s compatibility list is only one more reason to try it out. The only other cloud based AV, by Panda, is similar to Immunet, but it does not offer any compatibility with other AV tools. I can recommend Immunet as stand-alone, or as additional protection, with no second thoughts.
Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)