Software
FortiClient 6.0.9.0277
Installation
5.00 star(s)
Installation Feedback
You have to download the online installer, which is few hundreds of KB. Once you run it, it will download the installation package.
Upon installation, FortiClient will check if you have other AVs installed and if so, it will ask you whether you wanna install it without realtime function or cancel the installation.
After this step, it will perform a quick scan on your PC and then it will prompt you to choose which modules you wanna install.
Security Fabric Agent is greyed out and can't be changed, Secure Remote Access is worth only if you wanna remotely access your PC. I suggest to check APT, AV and Web Filtering (Single Sign On and Application Firewall works only if you have a Corporate license).
The installation process is smooth and easy and it doesn't require a reboot.
The last steps are automatic database update and Vulnerability Scan
Interface (UI)
4.00 star(s)
Interface Feedback
The GUI is nice and well organized. To modify most of the settings you have to click on "Unlock Settings" on the low-left corner.
Default settings are already good, you can tune them deeply by using the conf file.
To do so, you have to go to Settings-->Backup and save the file somwhere. Then you open it (for example with WordPad) and edit it. After saving, you can import it by Settings-->Restore
Here is the official guide https://docs.fortinet.com/document/forticlient/6.0.9/xml-reference-guide/387580/introduction
Usability
5.00 star(s)
Usability Feedback
FortiClient quietly sits in the background and doesn't annoy the user with unneeded popups or alerts.
Warnings are clear to understand and easy to answer.
No ads and no nags.
Performance and System Impact
5.00 star(s)
Performance and System Impact Feedback
FortiClient installation size is around 600MB of which less than 200 are due to signatures.
It uses 10 different processes, but total RAM and CPU usage is very low. Only during scans it grows a bit.
Downloading updates is unnoticeable and it happens every hour by default
Protection
4.00 star(s)
Protection Feedback
FortiClient has Antivirus, AntiExploit, Heuristic and Web Filter.
It lacks of a strong Behaviour Blocker or HIPS and of a Firewall, but Web Filter and Signatures are top notch.
Sandbox is available only if you have a FortiSandbox connected.
Real-time file system protection
4.00 star(s)
Internet Surf protection
5.00 star(s)
Proactive Intrusion protection
2.00 star(s)
Network protection
3.00 star(s)
Pros
  1. It's a free software
  2. Lots of great features
  3. No setup required
  4. Low impact on system resources
  5. Simple and non-intrusive
  6. Accurate and reliable antivirus engine
  7. Effective malicious URL blocking
  8. Virus signatures are updated very often
  9. Multiple layers of protection
Cons
  1. Advanced users may want more control
  2. Weak protection against zero-day threats
Software installed on computer
Less than 30 days
Computer hardware
MSI Cubi Intel Core i3-5005U
12Gb RAM
128Gb SSD
Recommended for
  1. Inexperienced users
  2. Device is shared by family members
  3. Banking or other financial activity
  4. Low specs device
Overall Rating
4.00 star(s)
Disclaimer
  1. Any views or opinions expressed are that of the member giving the information and may be subjective.
    This software may behave differently on your device.

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imuade

Level 12
Verified
Here my review about FortiClient 6.0.9.0277 :)

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imuade

Level 12
Verified
Your review is good. The only problem I have with this product is it doesn't BB or HIPS. I would only use it with a COMODO firewall.
Thanks :)
Yes, you are right. It depends on how much a risky user you are.
Their web filter is really great, so it can save you from most online threats. And they update signatures quite often, their static detection rate is very good.
If you want, you can pair it with CFW or OSA
 

stefanos

Level 28
Verified
Thanks :)
Yes, you are right. It depends on how much a risky user you are.
Their web filter is really great, so it can save you from most online threats. And they update signatures quite often, their static detection rate is very good.
If you want, you can pair it with CFW or OSA
If you are ΜΤ member , and secure user and Panda free is enough :LOL: . For CFW I agree. But Osarmor it can t replace the BB. Is my opinion. I may be wrong. Because the last time I used OSArmor is before 2 years
 

AtlBo

Level 27
Verified
Content Creator
Hard to best if your are determined to use Comodo Firewall. CF lacks effective net protection, so Forticlient is there with system-wide net filtering. CF lacks effective signature detection, so Forticlient is there with effective a-v detection. CF is enough by itself if the user can manage the quirks, but adding F-C is like getting full coverage from an internet security package. The two together seems better to me than CIS for sure, which has typical Comodo weaknesses itself...

Very good review thanks to @imuade :)
 

imuade

Level 12
Verified

imuade

Level 12
Verified
Ohh.. I did not know. Thanks Bro!

Why the hell did they do that? :cautious:
I always liked Forticlient/Fortinet, but I found a bad move from them
FortiClient has always been more a Corporate solution rather than a Personal one (think about their management feature).
Since V. 6.2 has been out, they have updated V. 6.0 too, so let's see if (and hope) they will keep doing so :)
 

oldschool

Level 57
Verified
Hello, perhaps this sound stupid, but I will ask it anyway: Can I use Forticlient with BTS, or how(advice needed?):)

Why? It's not necessary since you have a complete suite.

Thanks @imuade for an excellent review. I have been tempted to try FC before but always thought setting it up was more complex, i.e. I'm thinking of @Slyguy 's old posts about it. Now we have all the info in one place. (y)(y)
 

imuade

Level 12
Verified
Hello, perhaps this sound stupid, but I will ask it anyway: Can I use Forticlient with BTS, or how(advice needed?):)
You can install it without real-time protection, the AV will work as a on demand scanner only. Not sure about the other modules.
Because I do things online that some would consider as dangerous behavior: My setup goes like this: BTS+Syshardener+OSAmor.
Second opinion Scanners: Malwarebytes+HitmanPro(paid)+Norton Power Eraser & Emsisoft Emergency Kit.
Is this good enough or what would you recommend.?:confused:
You can just install the web filter. Like this it will be compatible with any other AV and it will protect your online activity
 

LDogg

Level 33
Verified
Hard to best if your are determined to use Comodo Firewall. CF lacks effective net protection, so Forticlient is there with system-wide net filtering. CF lacks effective signature detection, so Forticlient is there with effective a-v detection. CF is enough by itself if the user can manage the quirks, but adding F-C is like getting full coverage from an internet security package. The two together seems better to me than CIS for sure, which has typical Comodo weaknesses itself...

Very good review thanks to @imuade :)
CFW and Comodo do have a lot of things that can go wrong mind, when Forticlient blocks a site it may do so sufficiently. Depends if this bug has been fixed or you have experienced this.

However they do compliment each other expertly if no bug has been encountered

~LDogg