ThreatFire

Monitor your PC for suspicious activity

ThreatFire, previously know as CyberHawk, is a pre-emptive anti-spyware monitoring tool that aims to protects you from malware before it gets anywhere near your system. View full description

PROS

  • Protects your PC before Spyware reaches it
  • Enables you to schedule scans

CONS

  • No progress bar during scanning
  • Can interpret normal use as "threatening"

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ThreatFire, previously know as CyberHawk, is a pre-emptive anti-spyware monitoring tool that aims to protects you from malware before it gets anywhere near your system.

It does this by monitoring the behaviour of your PC in real time to check for strange or irregular behaviour.

This method supposedly offers faster protection as you don't need to wait for an anti-virus signature file to be updated as with conventional antivirus programs.

However, ThreatFire can interpret any kind of new behaviour on your PC as a threat and it can be rather annoying to get warnings and prompts every time you install a new piece of software.

However, you can configure it to "trust" certain activity so you can minimise annoying messages in this way.

Obviously, ThreatFire monitors your PC in real time, but you can also configure it to run on demand although it seems there's no way of knowing the progress of these scans.

Note that because this program is designed to protect your PC, it can be hard to fully close it down. Even when you've closed the window, it will run in your taskbar and even closing it from there is not clear.

ThreatFire, previously known as CyberHawk, is dramatically different to traditional antivirus software. Normal antivirus products usually need to have first identified and seen a threat before they can provide adequate protection against it.

The protection is then provided via a signature or fingerprint update, which must first be written by an antivirus researcher. This creates a large window of time where threats are undetected and can therefore infect your PC even when you have antivirus software installed.

ThreatFire

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ThreatFire 4.5.0

— User reviews — about ThreatFire

  • Disk4mat

    by Disk4mat

    "Feature Regression & New UI"

    Prior versions were great. In the past I always gave a great rating. Now, the av scanner has been removed and replac... More.

    reviewed on February 21, 2009

  • Decudurian

    by Decudurian

    "Great Software to add to your computer"

    As you are all well aware you should have at least 2 security software and this one is a great addition. I had Internet... More.

    reviewed on September 1, 2008

  • "Excellent additional protection"

    This is a very good security app have. I do not recommend it being yur only app though. It is a good addition to a real ... More.

    reviewed on June 7, 2008