Advice Request Eset + osarmor or hitmanpro.alert ?

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cartaphilus

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VoodooShield, HIPS and OS Armor all require a responsible and knowledgeable user. The user must know what's a normal function of a program and what's not. They must also be aware of what programs are on the system and which of those programs could be leveraged to perform vulnerability attacks.

For example a popup that states "PowerShell is attempting to perform CMD task" when installing a new software; does that means that it's part of the valid install or is it leveraging a scripting vulnerability? If I deny it and it's valid then most likely the software you are installing won't be stable or maybe ran at all. Then again if I allow it and it's malicious then benefit to the user for employing the extra layer of security suddenly become null and void.

It's best for the user to try it out themselves and see if they are comfortable with the level of prompts and the quality of information provided by those prompts. Otherwise at least it would be a waste of $$ and at most it will create a very chatty system which would result in the user either bashing the software as "stupid and useless" or just uninstalling it and never using it again.

Nowadays the number of users who know what HIPS is and how to use it is growing. Gone are the DiamondCS days and them breaking the ice into the arena of execution blockers (ProcessGuard and TDS-3).
 
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cartaphilus

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I recall DisamondCS and those apps. Guessing that was circa win 2000? or even earlier than that...? :unsure:
Yeah win NT and 95/98 era. The time of Kevin and Nancy from BoClean, the time when NOD32 was just a giant pulsating red entity as a GUI, the time before the empire before the sith...oh wait wrong genre.

As per DiamondCS they shut the shop when NT kernel gut good (Windows Vista alphas). Once you required signed and verified kernel driver's then some barely above water shops couldn't really afford it. And diamondcs was a small group from Australia. Still TDS-4 sounded good on paper.
 
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