August 29th, 2009, 10:50 AM
New Project: Immunet Protect - Cloud and Community Malware Protection
Found this project to be interesting. Not much information out on the website as of yet but for some odd reason I did install it (its the first software to go on my physical machine without being tested on virtual one)
An interesting concept about Immunet is the fact that it is moving the desktop into the cloud where it harness its power with your friends, family and the broader community by collecting information on what is safe and not safe from its community. This method of detecting malware will revolutionize the way virus detection and prevention is done because it reduces the publishing delay to zero. If someone in the community encounters a threat, everyone else will get protection against that threat. While you are online, your system always queries the cloud to determine whether something is malicious before making a decision.
Anyway If anyone want's to try it out here's the link
Direct address to download : http://www.immunet.com/user/new
Website : http://www.immunet.com/
Last edited by ByTeWrangler; August 29th, 2009 at 10:54 AM.
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September 1st, 2009, 06:40 PM
This is not revolutionary................the German site that analyses HijackThis logs has been using the principle for ages.
I am currently testing Online Armor, which invites you to feedback what you think is safe. I think that Process Guard and Mamutu do much the same?
Sorry, I have seen far too many infected computers belonging to friends, family and the broader community to place much credence in what they think or do
it harness its power with your friends, family and the broader community by collecting information on what is safe and not safe from its community.
No it won't...............all this stuff does is check downloads and processes (if you activate that bit) against listings of malware. It does not detect 0-day items or anything not on the listings. Traditionally this kind of stuff isn't much good against trojans, backdoors and the like..........particularly if the user is "clicky clicky" and loves their P2P and Warez sites
This method of detecting malware will revolutionize the way virus detection and prevention is done because it reduces the publishing delay to zero.
A lot of software would require analysis to determine if it is, in fact, malware. That takes time, so there is a publishing delay.
The major problems as I see them are:
1. Malware authors change their products almost daily.
2. The stuff I have used mostly comes back with "we don't know" assessments.
3. Users..........you just cannot automate their intelligence.
Only if that threat is identified, and who or what identifies the first instance?
If someone in the community encounters a threat, everyone else will get protection against that threat.
And how would they or it make such a determination?
While you are online, your system always queries the cloud to determine whether something is malicious before making a decision.
Using the internet will doubtless get warnings to people sooner, but this sure as hell isn't a silver bullet.
My personal feeling is that the traditional AV/Malware outfits need to sharpen up their acts. Basically they not only look at detection and analysis but they also look for cleaning and/or repair. That takes way too long, so an approch that prevents bad stuff happening first is preferable. OK, I know that goes against their traditional approach of not providing detection without removal/repair, but I consider that approach to be obsolete these days.
Hey, if you don't get infected you don't need to clean or repair?
Another problem I could see would be if you were on dial-up or capped broadband.
I can see this maturing, but I think that it has a way to go yet.
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