Recommend a light HIPS?

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by TheMozart, Jan 16, 2010.

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  1. TheMozart

    TheMozart Former Poster

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    I am looking for a very light, freeware HIPS application to use on Vista.

    Anyone recommend one that is free and light to run?
     
  2. lordraiden

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    Comodo Defense+
     
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    PC Tools Firewall Plus, Online Armor, GeSwall, Outpost
     
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    Once I promised myself to never ever use anything Comodo related.
    I used registered SSM (System Safety Monitor, a fantastic lightweight hips) , then switched over to Malware Defender (it was great at start, but the clickfest and known flaws made me uninstall it) and now use Comodo CIS with Defense+ , and it's difficult for me to say, but this is the best all around hips of the moment, and it's even extremely light on memory- & CPU-resources.

    So, my recommendation : Comodo CIS (Firewall + Defense+)
     
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    i agree D+ is a top notch and it really works good better than the other hips i tried
     
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    depends how good u are at interpreting alerts, D+'s alerts are typically very general and uninformative, if u want a product that provides more descriptive and clear alerts, go with OA.
     
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    OA might be nice to try, but for many of us these days, it's just not an option. I'm running Windows 7 64-bit. From the OA web site:

     
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    in that case tho, yes ur right, not an option for 64bit users.
     
  10. TheMozart

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    Can you run Comodo Defense on it's own? I don't want to use any other firewall than my Vista firewall.
     
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    I asked that a couple of days ago. The answer was no.

    @firzen771, will OA give the option at install to just use the hips component or does one have to install complete then remove the firewall part?
     
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    yes u install it all, and then u can choose to either just disable its firewall, or if u go into option you can choose to completely uninstall the firewall.
     
  13. TheMozart

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    That's a real shame. It would be great if we could install and use Comodo Defense+ on it's own. Maybe in the future I hope.
     
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    Is there an official winpatrol free version? I can't see one on their website at all.
     
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    Does anybody even test 'light to run' anymore?

    Anecdotes without any baseline measurements are useless, I'm afraid.

    To one person a sw is light, because it runs well on 4GB/3GHZ modern dual core with SSE4 and an integrated memory controller, when the only software active is the browser and the HIPS

    To another person it completely kills his 1GB/2GHz single core system when he has browser + email + word + HIPS open.

    So, it's difficult to say, especially when most people have no idea how to actually measure perfomance loss.

    I hate to give this recommendation, becaues it entails more work, but testing for yourself is the best way to find, if a a piece of sw is 'light in use' for you or not.

    Just start with the standard suspects like Comodo Firewall, Online Armor (not avail for 64 bit), etc. and see which one of them fits the bill for you.

    Just to show you that anecdotes have no value, I found the Comodo Firewall Pro w/ HIPS NOT 'light to run' on my 2.3GHz Dual core with 4GB of RAM and pruned down/optimized WinXP 32-bit. You will get a completely opposite comment to this one, later in this thread.
     
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    Is the same file, just install winpatrol, and if you dont introduce the serial you will be using the free version. But winpatrol is not a complete HIPS
     
  18. TheMozart

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    But the free Winpatrol has no real time monitoring, making it rather useless for me.
     
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    GesWAll is not an HIPS, but a sandboxing sw. I quote Online Armor and Defense+, the second better IMO
     
  21. TheMozart

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    I wish they would make Defense+ as a standalone application.
     
  22. lordraiden

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    The firewall is very light, you will not notice the difference.
     
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    I disagree.

    HIPS = Host-based Intrusion Prevention System

    There are several ways of preventing intrusions. Therefore, there are several TYPES of HIPS. HIPS-types include but aren't necessarily limited to the following:

    (1) Behavior-blocker HIPS (e.g. Threatfire, Mamutu)

    (2) Classic HIPS (e.g. D+, Malware Defender)

    (3) Policy-based HIPS (e.g. GeSWall, DefenseWall).

    Type 3 HIPS definitely prevent intrusions, and with fewer pop-ups (requiring user interventions & decisions) than is the case for Types 1 & 2.

    No longer true. GW 2.9 works fine with NTFS. And yes -- GW does mark the "G" signal on ALL untrusted files.
     
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    it might not even have anything to do with how light it is, some people just simply dont want a 3rd party software firewall, like me. i use OA, firewall was perfectly light, but i just dont want a firewall so i removed that component.

    THANK YOU, ive tried making this argument in the past but the only thing people think is a HIPS is a classical HIPS...
     
  25. TheMozart

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    I noticed it on my Laptop. Everything runs slower.

    And my internet speed got slower too. I did tests. And as soon as I removed COMODO, my internet speed went up again.
     
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