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
It's a free software
Lots of great features
No setup required
Low impact on system resources
Simple and non-intrusive
Accurate and reliable antivirus engine
Effective malicious URL blocking
Virus signatures are updated very often
Multiple layers of protection
Cons
Advanced users may want more control
Weak protection against zero-day threats
Software installed on computer
Less than 30 days
Computer Specifications
MSI Cubi Intel Core i3-5005U
12Gb RAM
128Gb SSD
Recommended for
Inexperienced users
Device is shared by family members
Banking or other financial activity
Low specs device
Overall Rating
4.00 star(s)
Disclaimer

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.

We encourage you to compare these opinions with others and take informed decisions on what security products to use.
Before buying a product you should consider factors such as price, ease of use, compatibility, and support. Installing a free trial version allows an antivirus to be tested in everyday use before purchase.

Fortinet is a business/corporate firewall company so you expect their webfilter to be great Having worked with their firewalls and fortios they are solid units in protection terms but have a lot of bugs. They are the budget version compared to cisco but their forticlient is miles better than cisco's amp client. The thing fortinet lacks is a large install base, unlike cisco they have a lot less units in production and see a lot less threats.
 

imuade

Level 11
Verified
Fortinet is a business/corporate firewall company so you expect their webfilter to be great Having worked with their firewalls and fortios they are solid units in protection terms but have a lot of bugs. They are the budget version compared to cisco but their forticlient is miles better than cisco's amp client. The thing fortinet lacks is a large install base, unlike cisco they have a lot less units in production and see a lot less threats.
I perfectly agree with you, but FortiClient's signatures are much better than Cisco's.
And sometimes having a small market share is not that bad, hackers won't bother to find a bypass for you ;)
 

sg09

Level 1
Last time I tried Forticlient on Windows, it was too heavy on resources but signature detection & web protection was very good with my samples. Good to know that it is now light on resources.

Also, it is now probably the last free software to run on Linux. I installed their version for Ubuntu last year and it was pretty good.
 

Aggravatorx

Level 4
Verified
Hello all :) I have not heard about this fortinet until coming upon this section today and reading it and since i am still at home bored
I thought let me give this a shot and all i have to say is i wish i new about this earlier a av program that is simple and has a lot of good
options to protect the home user and does not try to sale you everything except the { Kitchen Sink} it feels as light as Eset to me
install was fast and the program is not heavy at all. To bad they do not charge a fair price for home users and add a firewall and sandbox so I
installed tiny wall with it and must say a great combo together light setup on system and this is on a Asus Tuf piece of crap(n) {that is another story} i have tried a lot past two weeks and believe it or not (Thor premium version ) also felt light on the machine these are the two that feel light
also Kaspersky felt light but it seems it never updates all the time automatically seems i also had to do it manually {that bothered me} maybe because i am a 🇺🇸 citizen goverment intercepts connection ???? who knows
 

imuade

Level 11
Verified
Antivirus is just horrible, it is not recommended.

Signatures are quite good, it just doesn't have a behavior blocker, so it's weak against zero-days.
Plus, in these videos malware is already in the PC, while in the real life 99% of malware comes from either a browser or a mail. And FortiClient can stop nearly any bad website if properly configured.
If you are paranoid, pair it with OSArmor or Comodo Firewall and you are fine :)
 
Signatures are quite good, it just doesn't have a behavior blocker, so it's weak against zero-days.
Plus, in these videos malware is already in the PC, while in the real life 99% of malware comes from either a browser or a mail. And FortiClient can stop nearly any bad website if properly configured.
If you are paranoid, pair it with OSArmor or Comodo Firewall and you are fine :)
I understand this, but I think that an antivirus product has to be good in all layers and not depend on just one, like the web module that is not perfect in any antivirus, so I do not recommend fortclient, comodo products yet they are weak, the windows firewall is more than enough, and you won't be bothered. I recommend OSarmor.
 

LDogg

Level 32
Verified
I understand this, but I think that an antivirus product has to be good in all layers and not depend on just one, like the web module that is not perfect in any antivirus, so I do not recommend fortclient, comodo products yet they are weak, the windows firewall is more than enough, and you won't be bothered. I recommend OSarmor.
I would always recommend Forticlient, as a previous member stated, their was malware already present within the hosts computer, Forti's web capabilities are superb. If you want a protection from other aspect of computing security look for a suite, an AV will never cover this hence why companies have different tiers.

~LDogg
 
I would always recommend Forticlient, as a previous member stated, their was malware already present within the hosts computer, Forti's web capabilities are superb. If you want a protection from other aspect of computing security look for a suite, an AV will never cover this hence why companies have different tiers.

~LDogg
Its mechanism is weak and its behavior module is non-existent, for just protection on the web a browser extension is sufficient, no antivirus will make sense if you take this into account, you need to have a strong set. Just my opinion.
 

LDogg

Level 32
Verified
Its mechanism is weak and its behavior module is non-existent, for just protection on the web a browser extension is sufficient, no antivirus will make sense if you take this into account, you need to have a strong set. Just my opinion.
One's entitled to an opinion as you can backup your rhetoric. I've always found their product to be top notch in testing and real life scenarios. However it needs to be paired with something else such OSArmor as an anti-exploit like pairing, the signatures are actually decent. It's only main weakness is 0day files.

~LDogg
 

icerulez

Level 2
i had to uninstall this software with some codes on terminal. There was not any other chance. You can install it normally but hard to uninstall . i had to check some websites to uninstall it wtf.
 

imuade

Level 11
Verified
i had to uninstall this software with some codes on terminal. There was not any other chance. You can install it normally but hard to uninstall . i had to check some websites to uninstall it wtf.
That's strange, I have installed and uninstalled it several times without problems by geek uninstaller
 

sepik

Level 8
Hello,
Open command prompt as admin and use the following command to uninstall:
wmic product where "name like 'Forti%%'" call uninstall /nointeractive

Computer should reboot after uninstall is finished.

Worked for me last time i tried above command.

Kind regards,
-sepik
 

pcalvert

New Member
I noticed that Forticlient has anti-exploit capability. Does that mean it would conflict with MBAE? If it's a true anti-exploit, then I think that they would almost certainly conflict.

Phil
 

Moonhorse

Level 28
Verified
Content Creator
I noticed that Forticlient has anti-exploit capability. Does that mean it would conflict with MBAE? If it's a true anti-exploit, then I think that they would almost certainly conflict.

Phil
thats enterprise stuff on free version, i could not even use it , youre better off using mbae wich is true anti-exploit indeed
 

pxxb1

Level 2
Signatures are quite good, it just doesn't have a behavior blocker, so it's weak against zero-days.
Plus, in these videos malware is already in the PC, while in the real life 99% of malware comes from either a browser or a mail. And FortiClient can stop nearly any bad website if properly configured.
If you are paranoid, pair it with OSArmor or Comodo Firewall and you are fine :)

Configured how?

So it can`t work paired with another Av, i thought that was just the thing with Forticlient.

Is it still updated as a product?
 
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