Free (Pro version available)
Platform: Windows XP, Windows Vista
Number of downloads: 9904
Existing commercial anti-virus and anti-malware packages are designed around a tried-and-tested system where you rely on the software supplier to provide you with the antidote to avoid being caught by the latest threat. However, you often need to be downloading new definition updates on a daily basis in order to keep on top of the situation. If your PC is used by the entire family, you can’t really monitor what your kids are downloading on your machine through the day.
The other problem with traditional anti-virus tools is that they rely on you to run a system check or schedule a check. If malicious software has found a way in to your system, you may not realise there is a problem until the next system check.
ThreatFire is a security tool from PC Tools that was designed to be different, from conception. It does not rely on definition updates, but constantly checks against system activity and warns when it believes something is happening to your machine that is different from the norm. Essentially, it simply keeps an ongoing check on your system activity, before malicious software can affect your machine.
This is the free version of ThreatFire. There is a Pro version of ThreatFire that includes PC Tools’ Anti-Virus module to offer additional support against the latest threats.