Browser Defender anyone?

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  1. IceCube1010

    IceCube1010 Registered Member

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    Hi all

    I just started using this little utility from PCtools called Browser Defender. Does anyone have any experience with it? Does it compare to the big boys. (siteadvisor, WOT etc.) I am running it along side CFP with D+ and Avast Home and its working smoothly.

    Any info would be great

    thanks
    Al
     
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    Installs a big toolbar on the top of the tabs

    It's still very young, I did a search for "cracks" and none of the sites was tested.
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    It's also more slower than the competitors when displaying results in searches.
     
  3. IceCube1010

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    thanks. I know there are some sites that have the question mark and with Symantec taking over who knows. The thing I like about it, is the layout and it seems unobtrusive taking very little memory. I tried the competiors and there was something I didn't like about each of them. I believe this has some hueristics that checks each page for some sort of security breach but I'm not sure if it was tested by anyone here.

    Al
     
  4. jmonge

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    is the browser defender from pctools or norton?
     
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    pctools
     
  6. jmonge

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    and now that pctools became part of norton?is it still pctools?
     
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    PC Tools Browser Defender 1.0.9 Preview


    Source:
    http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/downloads/2229842/pc-tools-browser-defender


    http://www.browserdefender.com
     
  8. H47

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    It doesn't work for me. I'm using Firefox 3.0.4

    It doesn't even show up.
     
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    Any other experiences? There are no problems with Firefox 3.0.5 :thumb:
     

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    I've used this for some time and have to say it's an excellent add-on.It performs a detailed real-time analysis using their AV,AS and Threatexpert so covers a wide vector.It gives a really detailed overview of exactly which items are malicious with each site.IMO this is the premier link/url checker at the moment.
     
  11. m00nbl00d

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    Does it cover Opera browser, or any other browser besides IE and Firefox?

    Edit: For what I could dig, it doesn't. So, how does that make it the premier link/url checker at the moment?
     
  12. Saraceno

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    m00nBl00d, for Opera, you could install Dr.Web's link checker. Works well and can scan all intended downloads.

    To use it, open the configuration file, and add only the items in bold below.

    http://www.freedrweb.com/browser/opera/



    Otherwise for Firefox and IE, browser defender is a good add-on to use.
     
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    browserdefender is the most accurate site rating add on i have used out of all them, and trust me, ive tried ALL of them...
     
  14. jmonge

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    did you tried spyberus tool bar?is good;)i meant RGguard
     
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    Not for Opera alas.That DrWeb scanner works well though.

    It's still the most comprehensive from a security point of view IMO,although I agree an Opera version would be great.
     
  16. dw426

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    Andyman, would there be any complications adding it to my already installed NIS 2009? I know NIS itself blocks drive by downloads and such, but, without the SafeWeb (whatever it's called), search results aren't checked. I am using Nortons SafeWeb, however, I feel it may be a bit inaccurate and may replace it with Browser Defender.
     
  17. renegade08

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    I have installed now and i can say it is performing excellent.

    It doesn't slow the browsing and the results are show fast.

    It plays nice with Sandboxie.


    Although my previous experience 3 months ago wasn't pleasant, i've decided to give it a second chance.

    First reason was because of removing SiteAdvisor, and second for reading the other members posts.

    I will see in the following period how it will performs and i think it will be nice addition for security.


    Seems promising.

    It's better from others because it's not based "only" on user opinions and because it performs various security analysis.
     
  18. Dregg Heda

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    Wouldn't the webguard from an AV product + a site advisor offer similar protection?
     
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    Browser Defender and SiteAdvisor are in same category. So it's not advisable to use them both.


    Browser Defender is an alternative to SiteAdvisor.

    SiteAdvisor has become unreliable from long time ago, and most of the users realized that. Although i must stress that i was one of the last to remove it from my pc.

    SiteAdvisor is based on user opinions so it is not reliable. Not any more.
    Because anyone can create an account and say anything.

    Couple of people can register and say a lot of bad things for particular site and site would get negative publicity.


    Dregg Heda, you can read some here ( and you can search on forum and on google if you want even more informations) :

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showpost.php?p=1382190&postcount=112

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showpost.php?p=1382260&postcount=113

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showpost.php?p=1381856&postcount=101

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showpost.php?p=1381865&postcount=102

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showpost.php?p=1381868&postcount=103
     
  20. dw426

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    Web guards generally don't tell you about websites in a search listing. Site Advisor will, but I don't like their method of using mainly user opinions. Also, the last few times I used it, Site Advisor results were often woefully outdated or just plain wrong.
     
  21. andyman35

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    I doubt that it'd conflict with NIS,I'm running Avira premium with Webguard and don't notice any slowdown or other issues.
     
  22. andyman35

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    The thing I like is the detailed analysis of sites.For example on download sites it gives ratings on the individual files based on multiple criteria.Also the Threatexpert scanning will pick up on virtually all drive-by exploits.
     
  23. Dregg Heda

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    Hi renegade,

    I think you misunderstood my question. I wasn't asking if I could use browser defender with site advisor but rather if the webguard in my AV and site advisor(or something similar) could give me the same protection as browser defender.:)
     
  24. m00nbl00d

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    @ Saraceno

    Thanks, but, I don't need such. I wasn't looking for such tool, as I make use of LinkScanner Pro (works with any browser, which is great, since I make use of the 3 main ones).

    I was just wondering how a tool can be considered a premier link/url checker, if lacking support for other browsers. That's all. ;)

    @andyman35

    I don't argue it's value. I'm sure it has it's value.

    Unfortunately, it seems that most security companies, do keep other browsers out of the equation... So far, that I know of, LinkScanner Pro (stand alone and implement into AVG 8 ) is the only tool capable of such, as it works in the background.

    I wish more tools would work that way.

    People would have more alternatives...

    Regards
     
  25. Dregg Heda

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    Browser defender sounds superior to the other site advisor type programs. Im gonna give it a try instead of WOT. Thanks guys!

    Edit: Anyone have any idea of how large its database is? I mean does it cover as many sites as WOT?
     
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