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Mamutu Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — Mamutu

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Mamutu was available as a giveaway on February 27, 2008!

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Mamutu monitors in realtime all active programs for dangerous behavior and blocks malicious activities. It recognizes new and unknown Trojans, Backdoors, Keyloggers, Worms, Viruses, Spyware, Adware and Rootkits (Zero-Day attacks), without the need of daily signature updates. Mamutu gives you full control over internal system activities. It's small but very powerful. Mamutu saves resources and does not slow down the PC.


  • Monitors live all active programs for dangerous behavior (Behavior Blocking);
  • Recognizes new and unknown Trojans, Worms and Viruses (Zero-Day attacks), without daily updates;
  • Small but very powerful. Saves resources and does not slow the PC down.

Please note that Mamutu@GAOTD comes with full license including updates and techsupport.

System Requirements:

Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista





File Size:

3.04 MB



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Reply   |   Comment by zvaragabor  –  15 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I have been prompted to update the program pretty regularly.

Afterwards I noticed I was put on a 30 day trial.

As it turns out, putting the regular registration (1 year back) was not a problem, just a matter of clicking (settings, license, refreshing licences)

I like this program. I am very concerned about keystroke loggers am pleased at how this finds suspicious behavior. It noticed google accelerator was doing stuff in the background, which it is suppose to do, and I just indicated that was ok and it asks no more.

And it does not have noticable effect performance.

Reply   |   Comment by somewind  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Uninstalled this one today. It was constantly popping up wanting me to block something I run constantly making it more of an issue than the problems it was supposed to fix in my opinion. Give me a one time scan program and I might use it, but this was extremely irritating.

Reply   |   Comment by Mom  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

blech. Not really worth installing unless you like annoying popups everytime you try and run your regular apps. Just eats system resources.

Reply   |   Comment by Sonny Chiba  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

It may be because I'm not computer savvy enough but I used the program for a day and then deleted it. It sounded good and was very easy to install if you follow the instructions. I have no issues with the way the program is offered as I have found some great programs here that I have highly recommended to others - even bought two to have the updates.

I found that my settings seemed to change (like the screen that came up when I went to shut down)which made me uneasy. I also wasn't too sure what to do about some of the messages when I went to use other programs - they seemed a little iffy.

I have run McAfee successfully for years and it always seems to pick up viruses and adware. Never had a problem. There could be programs running amok in the background that this program would be great with, but maybe in my case, ignorance is bliss.

Reply   |   Comment by Carol  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

After running this for a couple of days on a spare computer, I'm not thrilled with it. It's warned me that my phone dialer acts like a phone dialer and that Firefox connects to the internet. If I launch a game, it warns me about that. For the most part, it just doesn't give enough information for a user to know whether or not to block something.

I'm also having to reboot my computer frequently. It's an old computer and it seems to get hung up when Mamutu wants to keep popping in warnings that I'm using a computer.


Reply   |   Comment by Marie  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#174, Steven Avery, I disagree with some of your recommendations. There is value in looking at security forums, but they're the same as any other forums--an extremely small percentage of posters know what they're talking about, and a high percentage don't. I prefer solid tests (and not heavily biased magazine tests).

If you check firewall leak tests, Online Armor and the paid versions of Agnitum Outpost Firewall/Security Suite Pro 2008 are the only firewalls which pass all public leak tests as of November, 2007 (new tests are being designed). Following are Matousec's results (scroll down for tables). Note that newer versions of some products were/are available.
Sunbelt, Norton, etc., do particularly bad.

The standard for anti-virus testing is Virus Bulletin:
Their complete results are only available on a commercial basis, but many magazines give brief results, and partial results are available on the website with a free registration.

For a free firewall (only), Online Armor is best. You have to pay to get the best protection. Online Armor uses Kaspersky AV, which occasionally makes the security news for various problems. NOD32 is generally the best AV. For paid versions, I prefer Agnitum Oupost Firewall/Security Suite Pro 2008. They have community-based, expert-filtered rule distribution which Online Armor lacks, AFAIK. You can see their daily statistics here:
I have licenses for NOD32 and both Agnitum Outpost Firewall Pro 2008 and Agnitum Outpost Security Suite Pro 2008 (there was an update to both a couple of days ago). Agnitum's anti-virus is definitely weaker than NOD32. I had been running NOD32 plus OFP 2008 on my recently deceased XP box, but I'm going to try OSS Pro 2008 on my new Vista box--the slight decrease in anti-virus protection should be offset by the increased overall protection of the fully-integrated suite.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Although I uninstalled this shortly after testing it, I was looking at Vista's endless logs (useful, but no wonder it's such a dog--it logs everything) and noticed that one of Mamutu's kernel modules is unsigned--unacceptable for security software, even though the code is from another source (one of them should have signed the code, especially since it hooks into everything).

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

tried to install and had problems. Got my virus program fixed and went to get this installed.... Now it's not available. Grrrr.. once downloaded.. I wish we had more time to install when there are problems.

Reply   |   Comment by Sue  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Addition to my post #172:
Mamutu is not reliable as it deos not necessarily suspend the supicious activity before it leads to any consequence. This can be easily tested by using RegMon and double clicking on a registry key/value. I don't know if this is specific to that type of activity or a general problem though.

Reply   |   Comment by debugger  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)


You are wrong, there is absolutely NO NEED to reformat after repeated system crashes. All that needs to be done is track down any offending drivers or other programs that are making your system crash.

And in cases where windows is badly messed up this can usually be fixed by doing a repair install from your Windows CD.

Reply   |   Comment by Roger  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

The code was not received by mail.....the e-mail ID given was valid and I also checked my bulk and trash....gave the details twice or thrice but still yet to receive it...

Reply   |   Comment by ARun  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hi Folks,

Thanks Fubar, Jonathan, Estonijaan and others. Even when you guys disagree some it is nice to see sharp and insightful comments.

I used A2 for awhile but switched elsewhere, if GAOTD replays this one I will likely try it on one system. One of the better GAOTD and anybody who doesn't have a HIPS-protection should have something good, and EMSI is in the mix.

One alternative not mentioned is Online Armor, you can probably find a free and strong version discussed in the Wilders Security forum (always check Wilders and/or Castlecops). Nice program.

Also not mentioned above is the Ghost Security Suite, which seems to have a partial freeware mode that is quite nice. If I was buying a product based on my usage so far it would be Online Armor or GSS in paid modes, currently using free modes.

Although the free Sunbelt-Kerio Firewall received a negative comment above it actually seems to do a fairly nice HIPS job as well. You can al lot of your own checking watching how well new programs are stopped, asking for your approval.

To this end I try to run two HIPS (Host-based Intrusion Prevention Software) programs on an active system, even though that might make for double-clicking.

Steven Avery
Queens, NY

Reply   |   Comment by Steven Avery  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Because of all the gushing and fawning over this, I did take a look at it. Wow, it's lame. As usual, any offerings here that claim to speed up, fix up, or make Windows more secure receive the usual "greatest software ever" comments from most of the users here. In general, in terms of what it checks, much of this is similar to what good security packages check anyway. They all have some differences in terms of the sets of things that they check, but because of the compatibility and performance issues, using multiple realtime scanners can be a very bad idea.

In terms of installation, Mamutu is lightweight as far as registry and file entries go, for security software. Despite checking the option to download the Help file, and even attempting a manual update later, it doesn't appear to have downloaded it, and opens the wrong help, for another product, over the Internet. Performance impact on some applications was extremely severe (almost to the point of hanging the app). If you exclude a running application, you have to restart that application in order to actually terminate monitoring. Popping up alerts and then immediately closing them because of auto-applied rules is lame, annoying, and just plain bad coding. The things it checks for and logs is just bizarre for a security application. Even opening a new tab in IE7 results in a browser settings change log entry. Windows Explorer also results in browser settings change log entries. Its list of running processes shows that its automatic rules exclude checking of many processes--not a good thing for security software.

#172, debugger, I also haven't used this long enough to see the pop-ups that BladedThoth described. The information available within Mamutu is pretty weak. You can get a list of loaded modules for each process, and can set specific rules. It's much weaker in those areas than many other security and monitoring applications. Also, the CPU utilization figures which BladedThoth gave aren't correct. Because security applications inject themselves into other processes, CPU monitoring frequently attributes the CPU to the wrong process.

Many people have noted compatibility issues which appear more severe than most good security applications. Because of that and the reasons I've listed here and in comments #19 and #144, I'm giving this a thumbs-down.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

thumb-down from me:

1. incompatibility with other IDS software (such as Kaspersky Internet Security).
Mamutu modifies memory of every running process upon startup. Any new process' memory is directly modified by the application(typically explorer.exe) that starts the new process. This introduces false alert from other IDS software. Instead of adding mamutu to the trusted application list, one has to add every application into the trusted list of the other IDS software - essentially disables its detection ability. Applications remains to raise such "false" alerts on other IDS software even after exiting the main Mamutu program. On my system, both Kaspersky Internet Security and Jetico firewall give "false" alert on such behavior, while System Safty Monitor seems to be fine with it. Yes, I know multiple IDS software on the same system is a potential time-bomb. Still, good IDS software should be able to co-exist with others. If the incompatibility is intended, shame on the developer.

2. vague / undetailed alert information.
Uppon starting IE 7, Mamutu alerts "program tried to change the browser settings" - but what settings are the program trying to modify? The detailed tab only list the information for the EXE file. BladedThoth did say in his review that "The windows are very informative" and "concise" with some persuasive examples. Perhaps with more testing I can get to those gems that led to his opposite conclusion.

3. starts backgroud service in installer without user confirmation while asking whether to start the program at the end of install.
It's just giving the user wrong impression. If you need both background service and the main program running in order to provide protection, just start them all together without even asking the user at the end of the install. Without the main program, your background does not provide partial protection anyway. BladedThoth says the program uses ~20MB memory, that's not including the background service that costs another 4-7MB memory yet.

Together with other trivial things, I'm not impressed.

Reply   |   Comment by debugger  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

haven't read all comments here, but someone unjustifiably slagged FW AV. IME, they aren't bad, but I know only from scanning dl files. I've never had any malware trouble (so far, knock on wood).
I suggest choosing one for "active" scanner, and use 1 or 2 others as on-demand scanners.

I believe these ~newer "behavior-based" products are hoped to replace trad def-based scanners, because the new products don't hog hardware resources. So, presumably choosing a HIPS/IDS for your active scanner will result in "lightest" burden resources.
Until I see extensive comparison of the best "old school"scanners vs new school, I'll keep the old school on family computers, and light fw on mine.

Reply   |   Comment by em  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Regarding #145 - Clarification regarding disk imaging

To avoid any misunderstanding by those less versed in computers, I want to emphasize that disk copying (disk imaging) has to do be done after reformatting which means that all data are lost.

Therefore you cannot come around reinstalling all programs. But through disk copying you will eliminate the trouble of reinstallation the when the system becomes corrupt, which is virtually inevitable with Windows, unless you use very few, mature programs without conflicting dll files etc.

So the disk image solution is for future use. It does not help you out of the need for reinstallation until you have made a disk copy.

A great advantage of XXclone is that it does not take a "photograpic image" of the harddisk like common disk imaging programs. It makes a complete system backup without saving any of the clutter that may have been there when you made the disk image.

Reply   |   Comment by Estonijaan  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

People are saying that this program is good for a year trial.. I just installed it (with no problems :) and mine says it has a 30 day trial.. Did I do something that others didn't, or vise versa? I read a lot of the comments and this seems to be a great little prog so I am giviing it a go..Thanks GOTD!!

Reply   |   Comment by Meme Locke  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Reply to #132 Billw50 and #141 UM canes


The reason you need to reformat is that repeated Windows crashes leaves broken data strings, clutter that increasingly interferes with the system. The sysclean programs can only clean recognizable pieces but not clutter- broken strings.

Such clutter cannot be fixed in any other way than through reformatting according computer program experts I have consulted.

I believe #18 CompNetTeach is right that system corruption or virus infection is the probable cause why system freezes when Mamutu is installed. Unless the computer has worked perfectly before Mamutu (and I doubt it has in such cases), it may be a symptom of serious system illness and the simplest and most effective way to handle it is to reformat, rather than trying to do the impossible job of "fixing" the system, it is much better to clean it.

I have used Windows since its very first version almost 20 years ago and have really tried to find other solutions asking the best computer expertise, because reinstalling takes time. Not until recently I became aware of a superior way of handling reformatting without having to do the time-consuming job of reinstalling all programs.

1. Reformat.
2. Make a disk image when you have installed Windows and your basic programs

When clutter accumulates and Win becomes increasingly unstable and dysfunctional you can reformat and then restore the disk and all the programs very rapidly by installing the disk image.

One of the best programs for this purpose is XXClone. It uses an ingenious approach that makes it possible to backup the disk image because it is not a common imaging (sector copying) system but an intelligent system backup system.

So with XXClone you can restore the computer, completely clean but with all programs installed, directly and rapidly after reformatting. This you can do even once a month or even more often. In this way you can keep the system totally clean from clutter as well as any stealthy malware that may have crept in and thereby you will achieve hazzlefree and optimal performance all the time.

But this method requires an external or separate harddisk where you can save the disk copy in a partition with nothing else.

So if you have a slow, unstable, frequently dysfunctional system that crashed at the installation of Mamutu, it is a good idea to reformat, make a discopy for future use and you will no more have those old Windows corruption problems.

Reply   |   Comment by Estonijaan  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

WOO HOO I downloaded installed it ok... was a little shook when it said licensed for 1 month but then I say where it said to enter the code and a little window popped up and I did and the rest is history.. pretty good for a 70 year old great grama huh ...

Reply   |   Comment by Grama  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Doesn't seem to like smart type assistant. Crashes every time I try to exempt it.

Reply   |   Comment by TNT  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thank you GotD and Emsi Software!

Reply   |   Comment by Robin  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This was quick and easy to download and install, doesn't send any spam, and registering is free, plus its a better spyware protector than the program i previously had. definitely recommend this product.

Reply   |   Comment by Phillip  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I've got an anti-malware GAOTD, PrevX 2.0 running on my XP SP2. Does Mamutu work well with it?

Reply   |   Comment by Joe  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

EmsiSoft has been a reputable security software company for several years now. While it's true A2 has had some false positives, I don't know of any anti-malware application that hasn't. I generally don't allow programs to make decisions for cleaning/deleting automatically. If I'm not sure on something I will do the research necessary to make that decision on an informed basis. I have Mamutu set to significantly higher "community standards" to ensure there is no automatic quarantine should any false positives occur. I practice "layered" security with firewall, AV and Anti-malware programs. This along with common sense has kept me infection free for years. This program fits nicely into the HIPS category and am happy to find it GAOTD.

Thus far Mamutu has played well with all of my various security applications on both XP Pro and Vista.

Reply   |   Comment by 4shadowm  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

this is a great program the best yet thank you

Reply   |   Comment by gates bill  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

this a very good program thank you AAAAAAAA++++++++++

Reply   |   Comment by gates  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

TO: #11...Keep ThreatFire. It's free, updates itself regularly and
automatically and it has shown me that it will find nasties better than most of my other "high end" anti-virus programs.
Too many unanswered questions and conflicting reports, etc., re Mamutu. Check out all the different reports re using Mamutu.
Experience has taught me to be cautious with anti-virus software that is licensed for a set time and no indication of when it's virus tables are updated or how.
Spirit USMC

Reply   |   Comment by Spirit  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Well, I've been using it since around 5am now, and I have to say it works great. And thus far, there's no perceptible slowdown.

Thanks GAOTD!

For the curious, I'm running XP SP2 with a Windows Vista Inspirit 2 (BrickoPack) Makeover, with the following resident apps: Avast!, Spybot S&D "TeaTimer Resident 1.5.09, Kerio Personal Firewall 4.2.2, Logitech SetPoint*, Samsung Magic Tune, MSI Core Center, MS Active Sync 4.2, PrintKey 2000 v5.1, Free Desktop Clock*, WordWeb, Rocket Dock.

No problems/conflicts at all with Mamutu thus far. But activity by those with a "*" did rouse Mamutu's suspicions, and required the creation of a rule. Which is no big deal.

Reply   |   Comment by UrbanYeti  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

@129 there is no need EVER to reformat and reinstall Windows except in extreme cases e.g. a hard drive crash

Reply   |   Comment by Roger  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I wont be able to install this since I've waited hours for the email of the password so I can finish the install. I did recieve the email for the newsletter subscription but nothing else. I have requested several times for the password to be re-sent, but nothing! Oh Well!

Reply   |   Comment by TerryAllred  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

returning 18#, i detects on CRASH. if you have A SUQUARE 2 FREE THEN I MIGHT creshes with every log off and log on. i tried in two computer, please note i said" every log off and log on". i never happens in booting. but when you log off i find the a squared free service stops working. setting it to manual and stopping the service stop creshes when log off but on subsequent log on it again creshes.because the servied wants to start automatic. so i uninstalled theis software mamutu.

Reply   |   Comment by TAPASH NATH  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

first ever comment here...

downloaded and installed (I can read directions) like a breeze
full year's subscription
no conflicts
able to set my own protection levels


best offer I've yet seen


Reply   |   Comment by \bvb  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Followed directions, seems fine . . . too soon to say much. I'm not getting bombarded w/Mamutu pop-ups however, it does seem that my Jetico firewall is going thru setting permissions again? I wonder what one has to do with the other? No big deal.

Reply   |   Comment by MrFishy  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I thought I'd give this a go as EMSI has a pretty good product with A2-Free, which I use as an on demand weekly scanner.

Straight out of the gate, I don't know what that poster who said that his PC is so much faster using this over Threatfire is thinking. I think he is crazy. (He also mentioned that he "knows" Threatfire is a resource hog) Ummm... Threatfire doesn't slow down my machine in the slightest. And as far as hogging resources go, Threatfire has an extremely small footprint. 4MB! Mamutu is pushing the scales at nearly 30MB of memory resident goodness on my machine. (The .exe plus the service) Now, I have 2GB of RAM so that doesn't concern me much, but if I had less RAM, Threatfire is several magnitudes more resource friendly than this application. Only time will tell if it performs well enough to justify this memory usage.

I've been running Threatfire for about a year (it was previously called Cyberhawk) and have nothing but good things to say about it. I'm pretty security paranoid, so I have my machine locked down pretty good. I even went to a security site that had some leaktests you could download and run to test your firewalls "leaking" susceptibility. Well, I never got far enough to test my firewall (Comodo, which if you check out firewall tech sites, it's the best software firewall you can get and it's free) because Threatfire wouldn't even let the "leak tester" run. I'd say that's a pretty good indicator right there...

Anyway, It's too soon to really make any comparison between the two other than the amount of memory Mamutu wants, but I'll let it run and see what I think. Thanks EMSI and GAOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by HeffeD  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I tried it for about 6 hours and my experience was not good. One would expect commercial software to be easy to use even by beginners but this tool is a real pain. Highly intrusive, a major waste of time, it will prompt you to approve almost every click you make, from opening a folder to executing every single program (and several of their options).
The worst part was when I tried to execute the default Windows on–screen keyboard and nothing at all happened. I assumed it was this tool blocking it, so I disabled the scan and for my surprise, and out of nowhere, most of the programs I had opened were shut down making me lose the work I was doing.

Reply   |   Comment by Jro  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Uninstall: Some elements could not be removed.. You can remove these manually.

Which ones? The program folder is removed.

Reply   |   Comment by David Lawrie  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This software drove me nuts within minutes after installing it. It sent warnings for safe things I run all the time. I was fed up with it and removed it.

Reply   |   Comment by Lee  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hmm, I tried to enter the coupon code, but at first nothing happened. When I did get a response, it was

'Invalid coupon code, or code already used.'

I uninstalled this, tried again, same result, same coupon code.

Also found it was was extremely easy to disable, say,internet access by simply clicking 'OK'.

The Mamutu prompt sometimes says 'Allow', sometimes 'Block' by default, so you have to be really careful how you respond.

Reply   |   Comment by David Lawrie  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Fubar!!!!! Nice!!!!! Now, heres a person who's advice some might want to take!

Reply   |   Comment by UMCanes  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

When one purchases a "protection program" it is usual to get permission to use the program for one year and then one has to renew the license.
Lot's of commercial software writers do this and no one seems to complain, this privilege can cost around £40.
WHY WHY WHY will people complain when something IS FREE. If you don't like what is on offer don't download, or simply say so without all the vitriolic comments. Better still WRITE YOUR OWN and then let the world judge your efforts.
Regarding all the comments re not loading or cannot register try reading the instructions two or three times before leaving a post.
MANY MANY thanks GAOTD for all the programs that you have offered and I have used. I have found them all useful but I do read through first to see if the offer is what I am looking for. I find your service an excellent way to decide if I should purchase the program or not over a reasonable period of time. I consider one year, or until reformat, a reasonable amount of time. If by then you have used the program often consider buying it.
We all need a crust.

Reply   |   Comment by Ann  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Seems to be a good enough program. It has a very user-friendly interface, at least.

One problem I've had, though, is that it conflicted with some of my laptop's touchpad drivers even though I told the program to ignore it. It's not a huge deal - all it did was mess up the scroll-wheel feature - but it is slightly inconveniencing. Is there a way to get it to stop blocking the program? If anyone could tell me, it would be appreciated.

Reply   |   Comment by Pwnzerfaust  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#107, JonathansToolBarAndGrill, no, I fully understand what HIPS and behavior-based monitors do. Emsi is here to promote their product, I'm not bashing their company, I'm giving my honest opinion; users here can make their own decisions. Emsi and many of the posters here would like you to believe that Mamutu is in a special class of products. While that used to be the case, all security products are, of necessity, moving toward suites which combine signature scans, behavior monitoring, network access control, rules, etc. The problem with behavior monitoring alone is that you need to positively identify the software being monitored, and apply the correct rules to precisely that version. Community-based feedback is not new or unique. Reduction of user alerts is essential. Even users who know what they are doing can have a difficult time telling what the correct response to an alert should be--you generally don't have enough information to make a well-informed decision. As noted from the comments here, incorrectly blocking behavior which should not be blocked causes problems. Just answering alerts can be extremely problematic--just wait until you encounter a situation where a game has entered a graphics mode, where it may not be possible to display or answer a prompt, or you run into an endless, unanswerable prompt loop: the security software wants an answer to its alert, while it tries to block the application, which sees the block as an error and puts up its own prompt, and you get hundreds of continuous prompts without being able to answer any of them. You need a combination of all security techniques, an extensive user base, community feedback, expert analysis, and frequent updates to provide the correct sets of rules for extremely specific software versions (and clearly to prevent malware from masquerading as known-safe software). As to the game issue, simply allowing it to do what it wants doesn't cut it--it could be malware, it could be trying to access the Internet when you don't want it to. You need detailed logs to see what software was trying to do when you were unable to answer security prompts which are now gone.

#125, Mark, a developer's own support forum contains useful information, but it isn't an independent review, nor do you have any guarantees that the information hasn't been filtered, no matter what the forum operator claims. I take a dim view of personal attacks, what false claims are you referring to? I have little interest in Mamutu myself, for the reasons I have given, so I only took a quick look at the forum. As to their known-compatible list, they were asking for users to post others which they believed to be compatible. Obvious incompatibilities aren't the problem. In general, it's exceptionally difficult to determine whether various security products are compatible. Back in the day when products covered non-overlapping areas, compatibility wasn't much of an issue. Now that most decent products try to do most things, it's a major problem. They all want to hook into and scan everything, including each other. Products can appear to work together, but on rare occasion, something will happen which you don't even realize is due to a compatibility issue. Frequently, it's a false positive. It could be a failed detection. An alert which simply doesn't make sense is frequently a sign of a conflict. So, users claiming compatiblity is useless, most of them are clueless. In particular, short-term experience with the combined products is useless.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Uses a lot of memory resources on this Vista laptop- 19,724k for Mamatu and 5,920k for the a-squared service it installed. Much more than Threatfire ever used and so I will be carefully considering my options.

Reply   |   Comment by ziplock  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thanks for a great post UM. #141 ia as honest a post as I've read here. I love this web site and it's concept but I'll never reformat to use any program unless it's to make a big change in my anti-virus or security suite. If you want to re-format or volanteer to do all of ours, have at it, (NOT!). No thanks gaotd, overbearing, domineering program.

Reply   |   Comment by dark_troll  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Sorry folks, but.... Taking much credence in the comments posted by CompNetTeach #118 and Estonijaan #129, would be a foolish decision. Now, I'm not claiming to be an expert in computer technology but facts are facts. Nothing reacts faster then Comodo Firewall Pro, and I mean nothing and repeatedly. It's one of if not the best firewall software applications available, bar none but it's as overbearing as any software program can be. If you wan't to stay clean, look at buycheapsoftwaredotcom, where you can get several security suits for $20.00 a year.

Now as to EmsiSoft, a reputable vendor. The claims of false positives are true, too true. Thats why I no longer use any of their products. so, lets get real, ok? Emsisoft is not the god of security products. I use kaspersky Internet Security v7 and Spy Emergency 2007 on both of my hard drives (one Vista Home Premium and the other Windows XP Pro SP2) and I've been virus and nasty free for over a year.

Ok Estonijaan #129, Re-format to use Mamutu, is utterly absurd. Might as well do it now! common, give us a break would you? I'd reformat to use this app like I'd do life in prison for someone else's crime.

Take it from an old fool who has re-formatted countless times because if my own stupidity. It is not any fun. If your PC is running good and you're confident, theres no nasty hiding in there, leave it alone. Remember the old saying? "If it ain't broke, don't fix it".

Reply   |   Comment by UM Canes  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thanks Great program!

Reply   |   Comment by MrsM64  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#124 To Steve, be careful asking that question. I asked it this morning and the question was pulled. Not once, but 4 times.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike Rowe  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#132 I have it running under MojoPac (the free version) if this helps. I installed it all using the defaults this time. I don't know if I want to try the same on the host again.

Reply   |   Comment by BillW50  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

If you believe really hard that it works it will.

Reply   |   Comment by hexed  –  16 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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