Is Prevx Free Useful?

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  1. Brandonn2010

    Brandonn2010 Registered Member

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    I know the free version of Prevx will only remove adware, but can it detect other malware that I could potentially remove with another program? Is it worth using? How is the false-positive rate?
     
  2. m00nbl00d

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    Yes, it will detect other malware, which you can then remove using other tools. Whether or not is worth using, you'll have to be the one deciding that over time. Regarding false positives, some people for sure complain about them... but I've installed Prevx SafeOnline to some relatives... and I've been using it as well to keep up with changes, etc., and so far only one false positive issue, and quickly solved.
     
  3. Triple Helix

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    Also I would recommend you download the Free Full SafeOnline version instead of the free version! http://www.prevx.com/safebook.asp It will give full control over what sites are protected and any HTTPS sites are protected by default even if your are infected and it will give you the same malware detections if there are any! ;)

    HTH,

    TH
     
  4. SweX

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    In that link I see....
    Finally some Mac supporting signs :thumb:
    Though 2011 is still young so the waiting can be long and tough.....but still something :D.
     
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    Yes, it is. A good reading of this forum section will give you some good background info.
     
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    The good: It's as good or better at detecting malware as anything else I've tried, but lighter than other real-time AVs I come across, and the manual scans are fast. When it detects something, I always double check the offending file with VirusTotal. If other scanners also report the finding to be malware I delete it manually.

    The bad: At times when launching a program or right-clicking on something (e.g. recycle bin) I experience an annoying slowdown while prevx authenticates the associated files. Also, if you are away from the computer while a virus outbreak occurs, then prevx's pop-up warnings won't do you much good. (However, I also have a firewall HIPS or PE Guard running that should block new processes and unapproved file modifications, and half the time I have my systems running in shadow mode (Shadow Defender) in which case all changes are discarded at reboot).
     
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    It can be very beneficial to some users whereas with other users it can be completely useless. To me it is useless because my security setup works for me but the only way that you will know is to try it for yourself. You will know after a week or so if you can benefit from using it.

    So definitely give it a try.

    Thanks.:D
     
  8. Brandonn2010

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    Well I downloaded Prevx 3.0. Pretty impressive.

    - Very fast install
    - Very fast scanning
    - No false positives with initial scan
    - Excellent GUI (I care about looks)
    - Only taking 20MB of RAM (user and system process combined)

    I think it will be a good on-demand scanner, even if I can't remove anything with it. Thank you for your input!
     
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    I believe that even the free version protects the MBR and allows removal of adware. In any case, if Prevx free version running in real time detects malware that it didn't block, at least you know immediately it happens so you can go straight to remediation using whatever other tools you have at your disposal.
     
  10. IceCube1010

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    I agree and used with a realtime AV such as Avast or Avira etc it servers as a warning system that something might be lurking on your computer. I agree with all the above posts, it's light, very few FP and good at what it does.

    Ice
     
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