Dynamic Security Agent (DSA)

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  1. Lucy

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    Hi,

    Anyone heard of this or even tried it?

    http://www.privacyware.com/dynamic_security_agent.html

    They say :
    Signature-less, Zero-hour Desktop and Server Defense!

    For the ones who stick with AV and nevertheless want to have a proactive protection, could it be an apropriate answer?
     
  2. CJsDad

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  3. Lucy

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    Sorry, I should have checked first.

    Anyway cheers mate
     
  4. ccsito

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    According to the message thread, the program will work alongside other firewalls and AV without problems and also serve as outbound protection if you retained the Windows XP firewall alongside it. So this Intrustion/Detection program has some firewall functionality included and the leaktest results appear promising.
     
  5. korb

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    hi ccsito,where can i see the result on leaktests.i'm trialling alongside with SSM free.so far they work well together.i use them together to see which prog respond faster.but DSA had a outbound protection.one thing is there are not much for users to configure or play with.
     
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    sorry,btw what is the pfsvc.exe for?do i need to start it with DSA
     
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    Omniquado_O i do not have this software installed.the 'pfsvc.exe' file came with the installation of DSA.it should be part of it.is it a updater or what.as it shut itself down after a few sec when i try to exe it to see what happen
     
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    Another tester said the program passed many leak tests (the poster was thatman). See message number 46 in this thread.

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=134114
     
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    From another thread in that same post.

    There are two componets of DSA. If you have any questions, I would refer them to the Privacyware.com help website.
     
  11. korb

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    so what does the pfsvc.exe in DSA do?can anyone answer this?does it need to be running.it just start to runn for afew second and closed down itself when i double click it.
     
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    I don't use the program so cannot reply to your question regarding pfsvc.exe. My guess is that pfsvc stands for personal firewall service. The program has elements of a firewall as part of the overall HIPS features. For the definitive answer, you should direct the question to

    Chris Iannicello
    Privacyware - DSA Product Manager

    who is the representative for the software company. You should be able to email him through their support forum:

    http://www.privacyware.com/support_ticket.html
     
  13. ccsito

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    Here is an excerpt from the DSA representative on DSA.

     
  14. korb

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    thanks ccsito,

    now i know why it just shut itself down as i had comodo installed on my pc.
     
  15. Kees1958

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    Thx all,

    I was looking for a low pop-up not noisy application /out-bound firewall.

    I have disabled the system detection and email anomoly. I agree with previous posters it does not make much sence. I have told Antivir to accept the psfscv (it rates it as malware).

    Pro's: Easy to train application monitor (because of the defaults it detects)
    Con's: For some one like me who think usibility is important, I had to do too much fiddling with SSA and Antivir.

    Antivir + CyberHawk + DSA + DefenseWall work well on my wife's PC without throwing any pop-ups. So there is a reasonable security protection with no user intervention (except when exceptions/anomolies occur, but she knows to choose block/do not allow).

    From useability/user freindlines aspect DSA is just a bit too fuzzy (own components are recognised as malware by other aps), but all and all I will give it try.
     
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    Some tests:

    - TrojanDemo (BufferZone) = pass
    - TrojanSimulator = pass
    - Comodo leak test = pass
    - WalBreaker = pass
    - MBtest = pass
    - Jumper = pass
    - DNStester = fail the DNS round test, passed to prevent the test result to be shown

    Not bad, considering that most respected firewalls have problems with these tests.
     
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    Not bad at all, and for free. Going to have to look at this one again.
     
  18. korb

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    i'm testing it right now.it less configurable ,it does not show what it protect for example registries keys.at least SSM show you.i think it more of a set and forget.
     
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    The program messages don't appear to be as comprehensive as other HIPS programs from what I read on the user manual. I think it was meant to be more of a simpler interface with the user unlike other HIPS programs. It did receive very good opinions from the users at Download.com
     
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    Thanks for reminding about this one. I noticed the earlier thread about it here this summer but then forgot about it.
    It does run nicely with Prevx1, Drweb, Comodo, Geswall and FDISR. So far I might add, I´ve had it only for a couple of hours. I am intrigued by the "System anomaly detection"
     
  21. Kees1958

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    SSM is a much more granular application.
     
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    That is how I see DSA as a simple PG, pictured on a scale from simple to granular:
    DSA ------->PG --------> AntiHook -> SSM
     
  23. Kees1958

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    Be prepared to throw away a DVD or CD when you first burn one. Because the processor capacity is so taken by this process, DSA thinks something bad is happening. I have disabled this feauture.
     
  24. Devil's Advocate

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    DSA is great. I was playing with it a while ago, and for some reason forgot about it.
     
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  25. Kees1958

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    Yep, Devils's Advocate

    But then you have the knowledge to control it. :)
     
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