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Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by Mr Wonderful, Apr 8, 2010.

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  1. Mr Wonderful

    Mr Wonderful Registered Member

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    My Trial license for Malware Defender is about to expire tonight and with no way to purchase this excellent product I have to find an alternative.

    I was looking at System Safety Monitor and Arovak. Since I test software in a virtualized environment using Returnil I was unable to test them because of a reboot. So I would like to know if any of these two are effective. No compairing just if they are a viable solution.

    TIA:)
     
  2. 0strodamus

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    Nothing compares to mighty MD!! :D

    Have you tried contacting Xiaolin at sales at torchsoft dot com or support at torchsoft dot com? I would be desperately trying to become the last paying customer of MD if I was stuck in your situation.

    If all else fails, I suppose System Safety Monitor would be an adequate substitute now that you've blown the opportunity to continue using MD. :p
     
  3. Mr Wonderful

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    I have thought of contacting Xiaolin. But since his program is currently not getting any support because of the transition I have decided to wait to purchase.
    I have looked for SSM website and have found nothing. Is SSM also no longer developed?
     
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    I agree. Since you're on XP, one other option would be Real Time Defender. It works equally as well on XP, doesn't work for Vista/7. If you can't find a download link, PM me. Oops, thought you were on XP
     
  5. Mr Wonderful

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    Greg this is for my xp machine. Check your pm.
     
  6. falkor

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    Please enlighten me . What happened with MD ? Is it gone ? Why can you not purchase it ?
     
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    Outpost Firewall is an excellent alternative. In addition to its firewall component, Outpost has a very effective HIPS component in both the free & paid versions.

    By the way -- Arovax is to Malware Defender as a poodle is to a Rottweiler. :cool:

    MD got sold. Its proponent, Xiaolin, went to work for the buyer of MD. MD *might* become a freebie. Hmmmm o_O

    In the words of the Borg: "MD WILL be assimilated."
     
  8. falkor

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    Thanks bell man . So it was sold . Does this mean it is gone or will it continue to develop ?
     
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    it will continue to be develop and will be free software,it is not the same
     
  10. bellgamin

    bellgamin Very Frequent Poster

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    A- Who can predict?

    +When Jie sold Prosecurity, he assured everyone that the program would be continued as Realtime Defender. Didn't happen.

    +When BOClean got bought out, it continued for a while (as promised) then got assimilated -- poof! It's history.

    +Process Guard -- many others -- sold & gone.

    +What does the future hold for PCTools? Not much, I'd guess. The AV just died. Threatfire not updated since last year. What next?

    +Etc etc etc
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    B- Right now I have a lifetime license for Malware Defender that I no longer cherish as much as I once did. I understand why Xiaolin did this, but it's not a game where I want to sit in.

    C- So I dropped MD & moved to Outpost -- an excellent firewall PLUS HIPS that is light as a feather & quite well supported by Agnitum and by a superb support forum. Plus Agnitum/Outpost has ~10-years of proven ability to survive & remain competitive.
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    NOTE: "Lifetime licenses" are easily absolved by selling the product &/or changing the product's name &/or simply closing down one's website & not answering the mail.

    One might decide to sue Prosecurity or Diamond or Torchsoft or (whoever) -- all of them are overseas outfits which are (figuratively speaking) far up the Yangtze, in the tse-tse infested jungles of the Zambezi, or deep in the crocodile-infested outback, or wherever. :argh:

    Wheee! Trying to go to court in one of those areas would be an overseas adventure worthy of Indiana Jones, I'm sure. Let's all get together and form a safari. I can see the marquee now --- "Raiders of the Worthless Licenses" ;) :p
     
  11. falkor

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    Lol . And I am concerned that Outpost is changing from one product to an all in one meaning lifetime licenses for just the firewall may not be honored .:doubt: Thanks for the info though . MD is now gone .:cautious:
     
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    Glad I read this
     
  13. arran

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    I recommend you try EQSECURE it is a good alternative to MD.
     
  14. Mr Wonderful

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    Thanks for the input everyone! Right now I'm trying out SSM on XP and Outpost Firewall on win 7 64. So far I'm really diggin Outpost! :thumb:
     
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