Dr Prot Antivirus (formerly Exedb Anti Malware Scanner) and online process search

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by MrBrian, Jun 28, 2014.

  1. MrBrian

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  2. Minimalist

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    For a moment I thought that F-Prot released new version :)
     
  3. MrBrian

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    The name could be seen as a combination of "F-Prot" and "Dr. Web."
     
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    For the ripoff naming alone, no go.
     
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    No info about what engine it uses, so I assume that they are using in-house engine. A pretty tough challenge I must say.
     
  6. roger_m

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    I just installed this and can confirm they are using their own scan engine. It failed to detect the Eicar test file. Also it found nothing suspisious in my downloads folder containing hundreds of exe files. There's nothing malicious there, but AV scanners will typically pick up some files as PUPs or due to contaning adware.

    I am uninstalling it now.
     
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  7. Mayahana

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    The name alone tips us off to not install it.
     
  8. RejZoR

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    So, F-Prot was a rippoff of F-Secure just because both start with "F". Be serious will ya?
     
  9. Minimalist

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    F-Prot (1989) was on market before F-Secure (1994).
     
  10. RejZoR

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    Then the other way around, who gives a *possibly offensive word removed*. That wasn't my point.
     
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  11. Mayahana

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    I was going to say.. Wait what? F-Prot was the third AV on the market, almost half a decade before F-Secure. F-Prot utilized some of the first heuristics, and F-Secure wanted to capitalize on the success of F-Prot. Speaking of which, I would love to see F-Prot be re-engineered, and brought back from the dead.
     
  12. RejZoR

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    F-Prot is a dead product. And even while it wasn't, i failed to see all the fascination around it. It was a below average product in all aspects even back then. Maybe not back in the DOS era, but as far as year 2000 and later goes, it was very very poor.
     
  13. Minimalist

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    I would like this also. I remember their DOS version that I used on Windows 3.1.
    I've tested it few years ago ( I believe it was version 6 or something) and it was really light. Too bad it's detection capabilities are almost non existent.
     
  14. Mayahana

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    The fascination is, for the time it had great heuristics when most products didn't even have heuristics. It was light, great interface, minimalistic, and fast. It was also one of the best in the world at polymorphic detection, which made it stand out for a time. But in general I agree, starting around 2000 it was a slippery decline. I loved the DOS version, and early GUI versions, but I think after 2003 it wasn't usable. Sort of like my fascination with BOClean.. I miss that as well.

    The reality is, most of the time when we reminisce about this stuff, it's not based on anymore than emotions, so take it with a grain of salt. When I talk about by 1979 Buick I had, I need to remind myself it was a pile of garbage, despite missing it.
     
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    Was it lightweight? Heavy? In between?
     
  16. bellgamin

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    I doubt that they meant to rip-off a name from 2 mediocre antivirus programs. They probably were sitting around drinking Dr. Pepper and someone on the naming committee said, "Duhhh. I got an idea."
     
  17. roger_m

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    It was extremely light in terms of CPU load, even when I opened my downloads folders with 100s of exe files - something that usually leads to a noticable drop in system performance when a realtime antivirus is running. But, I only had it installed very briefly, so not long enough to really get an accurate opinion about its performance.

    As for RAM use, I didn't take a look because it doesn't matter.
     
  18. Behold Eck

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    Dont touch this thing with a barge pole as it has just locked me out of my test computer. Every time I try to log in it logs off and I`m back to the log on screen even in safe mode.

    Very rogue like behaviour but interesting none the less.

    Ah well, time for Hirans boot disk me thinks.

    Regards Eck:)
     
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  19. guest

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    Could it be that it was conflicting with other apps in your computer? Roger tested it and he didn't get his computer locked up.
     
  20. Behold Eck

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    Yeah maybe just a conflict but I`ve never had this type of conflict before but have had similar results with malware.

    Good time to check out a few rescue disks before restoring an image.

    Regards Eck:)
     
  21. roger_m

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    It sounds like a conflict. Do you have any other AV software installed?
    Or uninstall it.
     
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    Well it`s just that I`ve probably experianced most types of conflict but not this one and never a problem getting into safe mode which in itself is highly suspicious.

    It at least lets me check out my rescue disks which I`ve been meaning to do for some time, at the moment Kaspersky updated and running no problem(as did AVG but not much luck with Panda or Avira).

    Yes Roger I probably just need to uninstall it but could`nt see any thing on Hirans disk to do this but I have a WinTernals disk yet to try.

    Its a pretty fresh image with minimal software installed hence my surprise at a conflict and guess what ? Kaspersky has just detected Dr Prot as a Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Blocker.futa which I will be deleting.

    Just have Bit Defender on disk to try out and then the dreaded reboot.

    Regards Eck:)
     
  23. roger_m

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    I'm sure it was the situation was not intentional. I have no reason to believe it is any way malicious, just performing poorly.
     
  24. Behold Eck

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    Reimaged and ran a disk scan which fixed a couple of bad sectors which may have had something to do with it ?

    Just for the record AVG,Bit Defender and Kaspersky rescue disks worked fine.

    Regards Eck:)
     
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