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Giveaway of the day — True Sword 5.6

True Sword protects your computer against malicious programs, doing harm to your computer and breaking your privacy.
$39.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 342 (33%) 687 (67%) 96 comments

True Sword 5.6 was available as a giveaway on March 24, 2012!

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Bitrot Detector scans your files and generates digital fingerprints for them.

True Sword protects your computer against malicious programs, doing harm to your computer and breaking your privacy. These programs include spyware, Trojans, adware, trackware, dialers, keyloggers and a lot of other kinds of threats.

True Sword scans your hard disks, registry and processes and removes all malicious software found. It also removes malicious BHOs and tracking cookies.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7

Publisher:

Security Stronghold

Homepage:

http://www.securitystronghold.com/true_sword.html

File Size:

24.7 MB

Price:

$39.95

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Thanks Security Stronghold for what is really LIFETIME. And then, as icing on the cake, you add support (wonder if the complete picture might not just be a GOTD premiere ;-). So, just f... the likes of WOT and Symantec!

Not knowing you scheduled a weekly database update (although this was filled in on the form as say, "standard"), I scheduled it as... daily. Curious to see what it will do!

Reply   |   Comment by Francis  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

@ Joe #4. I wonder whether we speak the same language here. I reread the post you mention and what I do understand is that the Security Stronghold guy says his software does not have rootkit detection (not MalWareBytes!) but "can detect potentially dangerous software (unwanted) that hardly can be included in antivirus database" ;-)

And, indeed, I installed this nice looking and friendly software (thanks to GOTD and the author!) let it perform a scan, that ran well but, indeed, found nothing about rootkit detection... because it, obviously, isn't there...

Reply   |   Comment by Francis  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

You've all got mighty balls of polished steel to head over to securitystronghold.com as this company that developes the software uses numerious different company names and programs that are UNSAFE for your pc. The first person got it right on the votes, it clearly does state that it will do harm and break privacy because thats their goal.

Most people should have this along with a bunch of other sites added to their hosts file to block them. Check any host file website that does daily updates and you'll get a decent list to use.

Reply   |   Comment by China Chuck  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

This may be an ok virus etc scanner, but is only as good as the database it uses. This needs to be upadated regularly and I assume this is done from some source on the web? Large companies like Kaspersky devote lots of effort in keeping on top of the lastest threats, but what about smaller companies? The scanning engine used by these Antivirus co's is probably quite similar, for the purpose of on demand scan, so i cant see the advantage to change from a program like Avira - the free version that I use. If I have trouble i then use alternatives like malwarebytes and root kit finders etc, until the problem is solved.
To encourage me to change my preferred program, developer needs to be very transparent on how it works, its advantages, etc and ensure user has max control of the app. Not just click and forget.

Reply   |   Comment by ray hines  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

@6 Just the opposite :-)

The reviews I have read here and their level of rigor are beyond GAOTD ability to hire staff to find out all the issues.

Free software in exchange for peer reviews.
There is osmosis here.

Mike

Reply   |   Comment by Mikecimerian  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Hi,

Reading the history, I think WOT actually needs an ombudsman, since they seem to be petty and vindictive against challenges. As well as some overhaul of their "mass rating" tool in the hands of childish posters (like the 'superhero' who made the advertising blunder). Something is very wrong there. They also have to override stupid things like "child safety" on general ethics and debate grounds. That should be limited to porn, gambling as with credit card abuse, stuff like that.

However, the discussions on all that stuff had points on both sides.

Overall, I still like WOT a bit, more for the discussions though, and the preliminary warning, which I often override. I find their stuff can slow up browsing and tend to turn it off, but in some ways they are still one of the better web warning tools, with some self-correction.

On this Security Stronghold, I commented on Wilders. The fact that they have some types of Registry Cleaner scareware, false information major problems is enough to avoid them. Then we see above that their actual program is juvenile level compared to the real industry. GATD, take note.

Steven

Reply   |   Comment by Steven Avery  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

Dear Francis and other users,

Yes, True Sword license today is lifetime. Database updates available every week. Software updates available after their release. More than that - our support is opened for requests concerning True Sword and will be opened for GOTD users.

http://www.securitystronghold.com/help/wizard.php

Reply   |   Comment by Security Stronghold  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

I use Web of Trust, with a grain of salt. You can purchase insurance that helps yield yellow and red warnings: http://www.mywot.com/en/trustseal

As for this software, I would advise True Sword to change their name if bad practices have ended. Maybe even sell it. Also, put more work into your product. There are many great free anti-malware programs and even better paid programs. Look at a-squared. They analyze reports and even restore quarantined files later found to be safe. It's a good way to build a database.

Reply   |   Comment by softwarejunkie  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

I don't think so.
One block like WOT u can understand but hosts file which is updated and old ones removed means still valid, also Norton ;all these can't be completely wrong.
I thought GAOT payed attention to warnings like these and wouldn't want to risk it

Reply   |   Comment by rover3500  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

Let me help Security Stronghold to rephrase their description's first sentence.
Although we know exactly what you meant, there will be nitpickers on the quality of the English.

From:
True Sword protects your computer against malicious programs, doing harm to your computer and breaking your privacy.

To:
True Sword protects your computer against malicious programs that may do harm to your computer and break your privacy.

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Happy with GOTD all works fine with w7 and Trend Micro.

Reply   |   Comment by Sirra  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

This passed my collection of 7 security software scanners that include AVG and Avanquest SystemSuite 12, Comodo, etc. The negative reports, as others have noted, seem old and unreferenced. This program is pretty low on system resource use. Since it has lifetime updates, I will keep it around for a while. I will review it after comparing to other programs and log the review later. So far, I like it and I think it adds new and different incremental protection.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Thanks to Melika for a fabulous post at #68: I long since dumped WoT from my computers and can't for the life of me see why any sane person would want to trust themselves to a good-idea-at-the-time enterprise that has grown into censorship-by-the-mob. WoT doesn't work and WoT ain't to be trusted.

As for today's offering: I wish the developers well with their product but no amount of clever phraseology (in this case, the developer's exhortation of the value of a 'passive' defence) is going to get away from the reality that True Sword:

1) does NOT actively monitor a computer to stop malware from getting into it in the first place;

2) does NOT allow user-chooser options for delete / quarantine / ignore;

3) does NOT offer any defence against rootkit infestation.

Whether free today and $40 tomorrow isn't the point: Avast offers real-time proactive (not reactive) monitoring; user/chooser solution options; and -- most important of all - the ability to run rootkit scans BEFORE Windows loads up.

Avast does all of that (and much more) for nothing today and for nothing tomorrow and for nothing ever after. Against freeware of that calibre, the selling proposition for True Sword -- even if it is free today -- is noticeably weak. And with the global growth of rootkit infections, this software's failure in that regard fatally undermines any claim to be an effective security defence.

Hopefully the developers will have a re-think about their product strategy. For now though, thanks to them and GAOTD for the offer, but no thanks: couple up the real-time proactive rookit detecting/killing Avast with Malwarebytes and WinPatrol -- both also long-established freeware -- and there's no need for anyone to look to any commercial security product, whether it's free today or not.

As for the execrable WoT, well: Melika's post says it all. . .

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Again,to reiterate,I don't like Anything that deletes for me,without my having a say in the matter-for this reason alone,I will NOT install..unless..this particular, (no choice whatsoever) feature can be disabled by me-I simply won't install,for this reason alone,unless someone can clarify this point for me...and BTW,ComboFix can really mess up your system,if not in the hands of someone that knows how to use it-because when you install it,it IMMEDIATELY scans and starts deleting programs it does not "Like"or that it views as a Threat...-Amen to Wilders Security Forums,And by "Lifetime" does this mean UPDATES for LIFETIME,as well ??????? I'm not the first person to ask This Question,...So,in Summation (1)can the Deletion Process be an Elective,rather than Mandatory,Process ?? AND....(2)Does this mean LIFETIME UPDATES(Signatures, Program,etc.)The answers to these two Questions have not,(to, at least) MY satisfaction,been answered...????????????????????? Answer,please....????

Reply   |   Comment by vanierstein  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

AVG surrounded this software and is waiting on my command to push the delete button!

Reply   |   Comment by Susan Long  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

I disabled update checks ("update online">"change update settings"> disabled "Update on a schedule" and set "Remind me to update database"), like I always do, and this thing still phones home... Still doing an update check despite me disabling all this? I'm not too happy about a product that disregards my settings. I think I'll pass, especially what I've read here from others. But still, many thanks to other GOTD visitors for their opinions and views here and thanks to GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Avid Gamer  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Other folks asked for that "other" site. Considering a further substantial (and respectful and researched)reply to SS was deleted by a moderator here, I'm not sure if I can link it.
So, try Daily Software Giveaway. Look it up...


As for this software? Well, I rarely post here, but this one is so "iffy", for so many reasons, I felt I had to. I even recommended that you decide for yourself after reading one particular link. The next post by me which was more definitive, as alluded to above, was removed for some reason. So, this one is up to you folks, after fair warning. After all, the dev seems to be trying, and not just renaming and restarting. May turn out good. May not. Simply put however, for me it is not worth it. Too many free and proven and trustworthy programs out there already, and none with the history of this dev.

As for me? Lead tech at a college in NYC area in the 90's and then moved and with my own business now. Yeah, I'm pretty darn good.


Peace

Reply   |   Comment by RRR  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

i am going to install this on my compter, it doesnt make sence not to use antivirus and macalfee costs too much and this should do fine i would expect a good responce from people for a free antivirus progrom but I never hears of WOT..

Reply   |   Comment by Stortch  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

The grammar mistakes and font failure keeps me away. Sorry, I don't care to have a program from a company like this getting its tentacles into my system. I'm sure the developers worked hard on this, but I'd be more trusting if they would fix their grammar (and possibly their external reputation).

Reply   |   Comment by BWACG  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

www.browserdefender.com/site/securitystronghold.com

Automated Web Safety Analysis for securitystronghold.com
Download tests for securitystronghold.com

Our testing of this site found potentially dangerous downloads.
Sample of the files found on this domain
3 Security Risks — Threats found: 4

http://www.symantec.com/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2006-062816-5804-99

Type:Misleading Application

http://download.cnet.com/True-Sword/3000-2239_4-86771.html

"Avoid this product!" By jrt711

http://www.softpedia.com/progViewOpinions/True-Sword-34162,.html

and in HPhosts as well

Reply   |   Comment by hodoge3  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

As a Malware Hunter for Malwarebytes I can only make comment that this software is NOT regarded as malicious. This dosen't represent a recommendation but simply the result of our analysis. On a personal level I cannot find content on or relating to the website which may justify WOT's rating.

Reply   |   Comment by bornslippy  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)



It seems that some of those posting here has no idea how MyWOT works. The ratings displayed by WOT are strictly derived from user feedback. WOT makes no comments nor ratings on it's own initiative. It is all user feedback. @10

@#10 "Hello Guys! True Sword is antispyware scanner like Malwarebytes. It does not have rootkit detection,..."

Contrary to your post, although Malwarebytes is not a dedicated rootkit scanner, it does detect and remove certain rootkits.

Reply   |   Comment by Joe  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Just a quick note to say thanks to everyone for the WOT discussion... As time has gone on I've become more disenchanted with WOT and their rating system, but I never knew there was this much 'out there'...

It was an eyeopening experience! (I'm not saying I automatically believe all the critical stuff I've read (from the comments or the links in the comments), but some pretty convincing arguments were made (Especially with SS's post #11). Gonna have to reconsider WOT and look for alternatives....

Thanks again!


-J

Reply   |   Comment by jasong  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

I agree that WOT is a joke. They constantly block sites without reason when there's a harmful site acting in the same domain, subdomain or IP or they just feel like blocking it. They don't check everything because "it's too much work", but that's what they SHOULD be doing if they're warning users about harmful websites and affecting where people go on the web. They even blocked Google a while back. They don't care, so a lot of people don't trust what WOT says, basically making the Web of Trust untrustworthy and useless.

There are so many free alternatives that I won't even bother with today's giveaway, but thanks for offering it. Just my two 0.02€.

Reply   |   Comment by krypt0  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

How odd True Sword which is a scheduled or on demand scanner only cost the same as their Antivirus product at $39.95 for one machine, which adds anti-rootkit and real-time protection, both pattern and heuristics based, as well as scheduled and on demand scanning and how odd their real-time product won't slow down your system yet in their promotion of scheduled and on-demand whole machine scanning they state catagorically...
quote from true swords blurb:
"True Sword functions according Passive Defense Approach (PDA). What does it mean? Unlike active shielding and pro-active protection software that scans all processes stored in system memory over and over again, causing dramatic loss of performance,"

You can't have it both ways guys!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Hey you Security Stronghold guys, thanks for posting on this blog. Forget about WOT and other Symantecs and start from your own qualities. By the way, in your post #17 you refer to a LIFETIME offering. Does that mean that besides the daily database updates, we are also entitled to software upgrades?

Reply   |   Comment by Francis  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)

Interesting piece of giveaway. But how can I be ensured that my computer is safe if it cannot be upgraded? I hope it can be updated in future..

Reply   |   Comment by Brainy Blogger  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-26)

Too much negativity on this one makes me just say: "No Thanks."

Reply   |   Comment by SamF  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-34)

I trust user ratings sites like WOT about as much as I trust the “thumbs up/thumbs down” rating on this site, which is not at all. It’s a world of stupid angry corrupt people out there. I’ve gotten burned enough times with “it’s a great place to shop, etc!” to know that rating sites get played all the time. With that said, I took a look at the WOT ratings anyway and I can’t figure out why it would get a bad score on the Child Safe and Privacy counts as they don’t have any links or ads for porn or other unsafe material for children and their privacy statement seems pretty clear and straight forward, unless there is something wrong with WOT. Users on the forums admit this particular software is tested free of malware, etc, as does GAOTD. No one has posted information to the contrary to warrant that particular accusation.

On other sites I’ve found complaints about customer service (someone thought they deserved a refund & didn’t get it - a common complaint in business)and someone thought the Service Ticket took too long (again, common). One person who named himself “the expert” claimed the product didn’t do as promised, but didn’t mention if he sought tech help to rule out other possibilities. The rest were complimentary - you can take that to mean whatever you like.

I didn’t find any awards listed, but that may simply be because this is a foreign company and all the awards they have received are in Russia and mean nothing to us as well as not having any way for us to confirm it. Or the US based company who is representing them are morons and forgot to add a banner. Or it could mean they are dirty liars - you decide.

As for the language and text issues, I have a great deal of sympathy for foreign companies in that regard as I’ve had some dealings with translation issues (as in, I’ve corrected the obvious mistakes of born and bred English speaking Brits). For small companies, it is difficult to find someone who can translate properly into English, especially from a language with a different alphabet. The owners don’t know the language well enough, so they rely on the “translator” to do it right. Translation isn’t just about words & proper grammar (which most people don’t have anyway), but also about common nation-specific phrases and again, there are a lot of stupid people out there, most pretending to be smart. I didn’t see any terribly glaring mistakes on the site and what was posted above CAN be acceptable if read in the right cadence (although I wouldn’t have phrased it that way). The font issue with the question marks instead of punctuation is one I’m seeing more and more even on English only sites, including on this page in Comment #1.

The discussion thread on the WOT site that was linked by another user was very helpful. To me it sounded like a beleaguered owner/rep trying to fight a losing battle with what he perceives as the unfounded representation of his company on that site. The rep addressed the 2007 rankings as a mistake that was rectified (no one challenged it), the issue of the WOT form of ranking was brought up and dismissed by WOT defenders, a Mod with an obvious problem was ignored, & finally the thread devolved into a “We don’t like you because there are multiple sites hosted on the same IP” argument, to which was replied that there are MANY companies that do this practice. The answer from the WOT crowd was: those companies are allowed to do that because they have good rankings from WOT users. That is about as stupid an argument as I’ve read in a long time. I checked some of the sites & two didn’t make any qualms about being a Stronghold subsidiary. Thumbs way down for WOT and their users.
This site might have a great reputation in Russia and other European (non-English speaking) countries (it’s been on the net since at least 2005 - that’s 7 years for you WOT users), but it’s of little help here and WOT seems to be making a big dent to their reputation, as can be seen by all the negative “reviews” on this site. Simply not trying the software because WOT doesn’t like it is asinine. I suspect we are getting the GAOTD in order to help combat this problem and help rectify their reputation as a good company. Other than a normal hesitation in downloading and using this kind of software, I haven’t seen any negative post on this site that actually reviewed the product offered, they simply decided based on the WOT reviews. Except for the one about the Symantec warning. The “explicit” warning is from 2007 and I think is here:
http://www.symantec.com/security_response/attacksignatures/detail.jsp?asid=22822
However, there is NO DIRECT LINK from the root here: http://www.symantec.com/security_response/attacksignatures/.

The only thing the “warning” (which is “moderate") lists are all the files that the program installs and describes how when the program is started the user is prompted to buy it and THAT request is a possible way that your computer can be exploited. It doesn’t list the company or product as doing the exploiting. The vendor addressed this as a mistake (on the WOT thread) that was removed, which seems to be the case as the program is no longer on the main “Attack Signature” page. A “possible moderate threat” from 2007 is a couple of lifetimes ago as far as software is concerned. There are plenty of “severe” warnings, including products from Symantec, Yahoo!, and AskJeeves currently listed on the page.
Here are a couple of reviews that aren’t on WOT:

From Softpedia editor: http://www.softpedia.com/reviews/windows/True-Sword-Review-48825.shtml

http://www.howtomakecomputerfaster.net/2010/07/security-stronghold-true-sword-5-6-review/
One that tested it clean:

http://www.download3k.com/Antivirus-Report-True-Sword.html
And finally that Jake Morgan is a brainless, useless tool and if you can’t see why, you are too:

http://softwareindustryreport.com/antispyware/true-sword.html

Yes, I will be downloading and trying this software. I may come back and tell you what I think, but I may not so don't hold your breath.

Let the negative ratings begin!

Melika

Reply   |   Comment by Melika  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+45)

W7 x64
v5.4

CHM help file

Active Shield is a separate product

installs into directory of your choice, 10 MB
plus its 23 MB "database" is in User\Public\Documents\
lastly it puts "eSellerate" into \Windows, registing eSellerateControl350.dll
(now what is that?)

installs as an 32-bit app

it asks for an name/email, though not sure it actually does
anything with it (or at least not for program usage itself)?

cookie scan looks to only scan ie cookies

dialog is clean, though basic. cannot be resized. has a progress indicator,
though some actions are a bit slow to begin.

> Daily database updates on our website

appears you do not update through the program, but must visit their website?
> nevermind, that is what the 'Update online' does

seemingly this has a one year subscription to their db?
with free program updates during the year.

after a scan completes, if you were to click, say, Customize Scan, there is
no way to return to the prior results?

what a File | Express scan scans, I haven't a clue. progressed well, finished
in a few minutes.

there is no "opening" screen that show db version or anything like that?

some actions are strange (in a way).
like click Update online, Change update settings, there is no way to get back
to the prior screen without clicking Update online again. as in once you
Save/Cancel a setting, it does not return you to where you came from. no big
deal really, just kind of odd. (Firefox's Add-ons Manager work similarly in
some respects.)

a db update, other then say "is up-to-date" gives no indication of what it
it was prior & where it is now ... (a subsequent update check does say
that you are current)

(i see, on intital program startup you are given a "last scan" & "update"
date, but no way to get back to it once the program has started, without
restarting)

so in my mind, very simplistic program. it has some sort of db that it works
from, it scans certain things (files, processes, registry, cookies, ...).
suppose it could actually find problems, so long as they are reflected in its
db.

the problem, in my mind, is what it does, & how effectively it handles what
it found. oh, file "xyz" is malware. deleted, no problem. but what about
all the ancillary files, registry entries, whatnot that go along with "xyz"?

this is an on demand ONLY scanner.
so no realtime scanning. so it can only find something after the fact.
it does not pro-actively prevent anything.

nothing at all was found on my system, so what or how a Restore works, i
don't know.

so ...

you have a scanner, that scans stuff.

interface certainly needs a fix because once you have scanned, clicking
another option, your scan results & any way to interact with them are
gone. only option is to scan again. hardly the right way to go about it.

scanner is only on demand, so only after the fact.

clean up ability is anyone's guess.

& then what is "eSellerate". appears integral to the program, so suppose
it is OK.

if you were going to pay, then it would seem that Malwarebytes Anti-malware
should be your choice (includes realtime scanning)

for free (or is it one year free?), & if you are an a/v-junkie type of
person, then one could say this program could be used as a complement to
your other a/v-type programs. in no way could this be used as a primary,
IMO.

for me, not an a/v type of person, i see no value at all

(there are any number of free on demand scanners out there from Kaspersky
& others that I would look into if you were interested in this program)

Reply   |   Comment by therube  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)

"Might want to change the description a bit. It currently states that True Sword will do harm to your computer and break your privacy."

Too late. I'm already suspicious of this kind of software, and I already have MalwareBytes.

Reply   |   Comment by Pottery  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-34)

At Softpedia's site they appear to have registered 929 programes (according to my browser 923, from which 912 have the "Removal Tool" in their title.

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivirus/Removal-Tools/Busky-Trojan-Removal-Tool.shtml

Reply   |   Comment by Watcher1924  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-25)

I would request people not to trash any GAOTD software simply because of WoT ratings (which I've personally found to be showing red for a few reputed sites - e.g., try: simplilearn.com).

Also, from my own observation of the Antimalware industry, a few heavyweights (I guess everyone knows whom I am talking about) have routinely throttled their competition and even surreptitiously pushed smaller competitors to bankruptcy. Especially true in my country.

That said, it is always advisable to be cautious before jumping onto any new AV software, simply because of the many rogue malware that keep resurfing to fool the innocent victims.

My personal recommendations for antimalware are:
Use Avast, MSE & Comodo Firewall () as primary realtime protection, with MBAM, SAS (SuperAntiSpyware), Emsisoft or Panda Cloud AV as secondary on-demand scanners. Combofix and anti-rootkit tools are also highly recommended for cleaning out any recent nasty malware infections. I like Peerblock (for blocking unwanted internet connections) and Winpatrol (HIPS) as well. One critical security aspect that many overlook, is to switch to a secured DNS servers (try Norton DNS, Comodo DNS or even Open DNS, Google DNS), which will automatically help to avoid being hijacked to most spurious sites.

Take a look at the comprehensive freeware antimalware listed here:
https://www.techsupportalert.com/content/probably-best-free-security-list-world.htm
https://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-anti-virus-software.htm
https://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-adware-spyware-scumware-remover.htm
https://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-rootkit-scanner-remover.htm

Please remember, GAOTD have given use great antimalware apps for free, such as Mamutu and Zemana Antilogger, so please try out their giveaways without ridiculing them, and even if you don't trust today's True Sword free giveaway, I say give a chance to the daredevils amongst us to try it (maybe in their virtual systems or sandboxes) and provide proper feedback.

Small companies have to sometimes take extreme steps (such as shaking hands with a suspicious sponsor) in order to survive (and might even regret it in hindsight), and if more of us stop being $$$ fanboys or paranoid sharks and support new endeavors, the indie companies can resist bad temptations and provide us good, clean software. This might sound like I am condoning unethical behavior, but unfortunately the reality is that the software world is a cruel place indeed, and there never really is such a thing as a free lunch.

I have been a great fan of Avast since ages, when it was almost like an indie company -- its older incarnations had weird skins, poor malware removal abilities (though high malware detection rates), a reputation for false positives and its paying customers were just a few thousands while actually catering to the demands of a global customerbase of millions of free (non-paying) fans -- but look how well Avast has matured since then and now it has become an awesome force to reckon with (especially its mobile app is completely free and has better features than all the commercial apps).

More indie companies need to emulate such heroes and learn the lessons in staying clean and listening to the fans! Then everyone can win!

Reply   |   Comment by Veekay  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+32)

Thanks to Security Stronghold + GOTD.
Installed it and activated.

No issues. No crashes. No problems.
Everything is fine.
No clashes with Avast Free Antivirus.

Performed Express Scan. Found 4 items to highlight. Very well explained in each item. Not all items found means you have to do anything to them.
In the end let the program remove one item (and all its related registry entries) associated with a software that I do not use anymore.

So this thing works intelligently and is safe.

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+32)

After visiting today's GOTD Web site with True Sword free offer, I noticed two active links:
1. "Registry Cleaner" (in the Registry Cleaner description) and
2. "Stronghold Antivirus" (in the Stronghold Antivirus description)
Either link, when clicked on, produces a NetLiker window. I wonder if GOTD is aware of this unwanted surprise. More interestingly, an identical NetLiker window pops up when any text is highlighted in Google Chrome. I have never installed NetLiker. Neither can I get rid of it. It is extremely annoying.
WKK

Reply   |   Comment by W. Kostecki  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-18)

@28 ostrov: I agree with your argument up to a point. The poster of that link asked us to read it all the way to the end. If you had done that you would have learned why WOT decided his site was not safe. And the reason makes absolutely no sense. I then "chased" a few more sites with comments about WOT, and every one of them had a genuine reason for complaining about the rampant censorship at WOT. And, how IS is possible for one person to post over 1000 reviews in ONE DAY? That alone was enough to make me NOT TRUST the company - a company based ON TRUST according to the website.

Now, that said, I would download this offer today if I didn't already own 3 other like programs plus Windows Shield. I understand that this program targets a particular type of "malware", to give it an all-inclusive name. If I am wrong about this, I hope someone will let me know.

So, GOTD, I applaud you for offering this software, even if WOT has listed it as "untrustworthy". And, Security Stronghold, if your offering is as good as you say it is, I do hope that somehow you can force a revaluation by WOT which targets ONLY YOUR WEBSITE.

Reply   |   Comment by AugustusPoirot  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+31)

Reading the various reports, it seems pretty clear that they have been guilty of some dodgy tactics in the past, eg. scareware, and that is a tough thing to be forgiven for.

In any site that rates based on trust, previous bad behaviour means there will be no trust. Maybe some ratings & comments are unfair, but it's a lot safer if you go by the principle, once a jerk, always a jerk.

And yes, ratings are vulnerable to abuse, both up and down, bad ones from those who just like to be haters, and good ones from stooges.

Reply   |   Comment by The Leecher  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-18)

When in doubt, I tend to look to the folks on Wilders for guidance.

Someone already started a thread on this and you can view it here

http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=320798&highlight=sword

Personally, I've made up my mind on this but you might be more adventuresome than I.

Reply   |   Comment by Not Me  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-19)

1st i don't care about WOT. Everyone can play and click a site and give a negative click using WOT. So i dont rely on WOT. The fact very few are expert in analyzing a site or a software. i tried True Sword and disapointed of lack of full screen window. And encountered false positive. For those critics. Test it first before giving a final verdict. Install, put a malware on your pc. test then tell if it is effective. Thats a professional way.

Reply   |   Comment by la  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+32)

Well, after I learned rather early on in the comments that I ought not risk downloading and trying out this software--thanks anyhow GAOTD--I also learned that keeping the WOT add-on to my browser is essentially a waste of time and resources.

For that reason, I appreciate the comments and "debate".

WOT has definitely lost my trust!

Reply   |   Comment by DaveA  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+35)

I do not understand why people are complaining about the give software on here. I have not even been visiting this sight for a year yet but I have been reading a lot of the comments.
1) The software is given as free. Don not bite the hand that feeds you.
2) Do not look a gift horse in the mouth; the developers here want you to look in side, they want you to download and run their product then give feedback; not just trash because of so and so.
Now you ask why give away is having trouble; read the comments that have been posted and ask yourself "would you as a company offer your product to the responses given here?"

Reply   |   Comment by mike; wash  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+26)

After Reading some of the Reviews and looking past all of the Negitive comments I deciede to download , install and Try this software. The First thing I need to say is That I see no real problem with the software at all and seems to be running fine and doing what it is entended to do, Check for Spyware and Malicious Software. If this program was Rouge I thought my AntiVirus Program would catch and stop it from running anyways and I had no warning from my Antivirus at all, And I use AVG By the way not the Free version either. The second thing I would like to mention is the fact the company has stated in an answer (Post 17) That the program today is for a lifetime License and will never Expire ("We are offering True Sword for FREE and LIFETIME today").

So Thanks to True Sword for that where most companys on here offering this type of software usually only give us a 1 year subscription.

I think all in all this type of program is a good supplement to any antivirus program but not to be mistaken as Antivirus software, I have used Both Spybot Search and Destroy and Adaware and I see this to be no diiferent than any of those. You would not use the 2 programs I mentioned above as stand alone programs but they to are supplemental to any antivirus software for protection of your pc.

And Finally to those who have taken the Description Paragraph out of Context about True Sword stating the software it's self will do harm to your computer should be ashamed of themsleves. To Nick pick over something so small as gramitical errors and punctuation, says alot for the mentallity of our community.

The Context for the Description Paragraph is the software detects and Protects your PC against malicious programs, No Different than spybot search and destroy or Adaware.

One Last Note: I have been running the software while writing this Review and It has been running for over an hour now and works just fine.

Thank you GOTD for Todays Download and True Sword for a Lifetime supplement (addon) Program to my Antivirus.

Reply   |   Comment by Ron Romano  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+48)

@18 You miss the point entirely. WOT is not to be trusted. They picked up on that site giving fair comment about WOT's fascist methods and that site subsequently got blocked.... was not blocked until challenged their methods with that post. WOT is NOT TO BE TRUSTED !!!!!!!!!! And best to get the word around ASAP

Reply   |   Comment by Chelle  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)

Norton doesn't have a problem with the site. Anyway, I tried WOT a few years ago and again within the last year, but was not impressed. I don't rely on it due to known abuses.

To RRR, I for one, do not care if you're a PC Tech for 20 years. What does that mean anyway? You may be great at what you do or terrible, how does anyone know? So, anytime I see someone post in forums, stating that they have worked on PC's for X amount of years, I am skeptical. It's much like an auto maechanic posting he has been fixing cars for 20 years..what he may not be saying is during that 20 years, he has a poor reputation with customers that actually know him in the real world.

Anyway, as far as todays giveaway is concerned, I don't need to try it due to already having the security programs etc I prefer to use. But thanks for the offering GAOTD & Security Stronghold.

Reply   |   Comment by geezer  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+26)

I find it laughable that securitystronghold's websites promotional blurb goes on and on as to how scheduled scanning of full or selected apreas of PC is somehow better than real-time on access protection in terms of security as if real-time products somehow do not also provide scheduled and on-demand full and customised scans for virus and many malwares and Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP's).

Scheduled and on demand scanning is inteneded as a belt and braces system to support real-time on access scanning for times when zero-day attacks have occoured and a vulnerability has been exploited before a security patch has been released and no current malware definition paterns that matched the new attack were available.

It is intended to attempt to clean out the stable and put the horse back in AFTER the horse may have bolted. It leaves the stable door open at all other times so leaving the computer vulnerable to all known threats in between scheduled or on-demand scans.

They should have root-kit detection too as many zero-day attacks will install a rootkit once they gain control of your PC and hide their activities and downloads from non-root-kit aware scanners like this.

All comercial and free real-time on-access based anti-malware products of merit that I have seen combine real-tine on-access protection with scheduled and on-demand full and custom scan functions by default in one product and one license fee with one set of executables and DLL's and so will genreally be less resource hungry then using two seperate products, one for scheduled scans and one for real-time protection and will cost less too in terms of pattern update download usage, memory footprint and licensing costs.

Also on a side note I use alot of utilities in my day to day computing many of those are listed as Potentially Unwanted Programs by the big vendors because they can be used to sniff network traffic or recover saved passwords and make tweaks to security sensitive areas of windows etc etc the big vendors generally offer a method to exclude my wanted PUP's from scans so I can keep them and carry on using them, this product gives the impression that if it lists them it will simply delete them out of hand when detected, if that is so then it is more draconian than WOT or Semantic or any of the other big nmaes out there!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-21)

Oh. I wish I had this software yesterday to prove it's capabilities.

My son went to a porn site and got the Security Shield virus. NO program would open, Security Shield would pop up with a virus warning and wanted you to install it to remove the viruses. Luckily he didn't fall for it.

I installed my 3rd license for PC Tools Spyware Doctor with Antivirus and it fully rid it of the virus. I just have to wonder whether today's giveaway would have done the same.....????

Todays giveaway installs eSellerate control (apparently for purchasing their software). eSellerate has a bad reputation for marketing purposes.

My computer came up clean as well as my sons

I'm goin to try to unregister the eSellerate dlls and will post back with the results.

Reply   |   Comment by reghacker  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)

Please allow and thanks in advance!

Reply   |   Comment by Iqbal  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

Wot sounds like the BBB alleged accusations.
Better Business Bureau (BBB) is charging businesses for a higher rating on their website. Many businesses are alleging that the BBB is charging for a business membership and if a business refuses to pay for it they receive a very low rating from the BBB. Chef Wolfgang Puck has one of those businesses. He refuses to pay for the membership and has received an F rating at some of his restaurant locations.

Another business showed how they paid for the BBB membership and their rating changed from a C to an A+ rating overnight.
Google it for more.

Reply   |   Comment by Maureen  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

You guys whining about this and trying to act as some pro IT specialist are donkeys.
Thanks GOTD and Stronghold.

Reply   |   Comment by Spencer  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)

http://safeweb.norton.com/report/show?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.securitystronghold.com%2F

Symantec has blacklisted this site.
Personally I'll stay away from it.
Better safe than sorry.

Reply   |   Comment by Giorgos  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-32)
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