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VoodooShield is the only user-friendly toggling computer lock that automatically locks your computer when it is at risk. VoodooShield’s core technology is known as Application Whitelisting, so instead of trying to block all of the “bad stuff”, we simply only allow the “good stuff”.

VoodooShield also includes a Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence decision engine and a multi-engine antivirus scanner with 65+ engines. VoodooShield might block a few items for the first couple of days, but it learns very quickly, so it will be as quiet as a church mouse after a few days and will simply lock your computer when you are browsing the web or checking email. VoodooShield is designed to complement your existing security software and is compatible with all of the well-known security products.

HOW VOODOOSHIELD WORKS
VOODOOSHIELD WILL TOGGLE BETWEEN ON AND OFF, DEPENDING ON WHETHER YOU ARE AT RISK OR NOT

OFF Mode (Unlocked): Your computer is unlocked, and VoodooShield is learning which programs to allow so it will not block them once VoodooShield locks your computer. You can also change to this mode if you need to install or allow additional software. Your computer is NOT protected in this mode.

ON Mode (Locked): Your computer is locked and you are protected. When VoodooShield automatically toggles to ON Mode, it takes a snapshot of the currently running software, and automatically allows everything in this snapshot. VoodooShield also automatically allows currently installed software and specific critical Windows system files. Any software that was not allowed when VoodooShield was OFF is blocked.

NB: 1-year license.

!!! 3 lifetime licenses for 3 users with the best improvement ideas! Use Idea Informer widget or the comments section!

System Requirements:

Windows 7 SP2/ 8/ 10 ; Languages: English

Publisher:

VoodooSoft, LLC

Homepage:

https://www.voodooshield.com/

File Size:

30 MB

Price:

$29.99

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#15

Hey everyone, this is Dan from VoodooShield. VS is an extremely unique security product, so there are always questions and concerns. If there are other questions or concerns, please post them and I will respond asap.

@Luis
VoodooShield collects zero personal data. We are here to protect you, not to harm you. We “ping” google.com to verify an active internet connection, and our ML/Ai models are on the Microsoft Azure Machine Learning platform… neither of which collects personal data.

@rww
You are correct, VooodooShield is not an antivirus, and it is not it is not a firewall either since we do not monitor network connections… it is an Application Whitelisting computer lock… it simply locks your computer when you are engaging in risky activities. The cybersecurity industry is calling for Application Whitelisting in a very big way, and VS is among the most advanced (if not the most advanced) Application Whitelisting utilities on the market, and certainly one of the most adopted by users.
https://twitter.com/taviso/status/1062845179458015232
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/11/17/google_hacker_pleads_try_whitelists_not_just_bunk_antivirus_ids/

@Tranmontane
If you uninstall VS after a year, nothing happens at all… your computer simply will not automatically lock when it is at risk. It is the exact same thing if you simply right click and exit out of VS… nothing happens at all, and nothing with be blocked.

@Ter
We are not suggesting that users uninstall traditional AV, we are just illustrating how light VS is on a system. domainsbyproxy.com is extremely reputable, most domains are registered in this manner.

@Michael Landeche
Please try to register with your product key again… it should work and not prompt you, if not please email me at support at voodooshield.com

Thank you!

Reply   |   Comment by dan@voodooshield.com  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)
#14

What is the difference between VoodooShield Free and Pro?
The installer and software are the same. VoodooShield is free to non-commercial home users, but does not allow the user to adjust most of the settings and tweaks that are available in the Pro version. VoodooShield Free is pre-configured with optimal settings which will work great for the majority of users. VoodooShield Pro allows the user to adjust and tweak the settings and also includes several corporate features that are useful in the enterprise.
(From https://voodooshield.com/)
This means that the Pro version would revert to Free after 1 year, and you likely wouldn't lose anything.

Reply   |   Comment by Daniel  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#42

The product isn't that great. I paid for it and it is very buggy. Always problems with the service not starting, poor self-protection, plus, it can be bypassed.

Reply   |   Comment by West Hollister  –  16 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#41

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I challenge anyone to install VoodooShield, then run free [ Ninite. com ] to install and or update a full suite

of programs to setup and or renew / update their computer, something I do initially and periodically for my own

dozen-or-so computers and for hundreds of others, often via remote control.

VoodooShield interrupted and overwhelmed everything no matter if in black-shield-ON or red-shield-OFF mode.

See:

http ://oi63. tinypic. com/10pojo2. jpg

It never offered what seems logical and precedented to me:

"... please wait,
... checking the ___ program,
... full operation will resume after check,
... or you will be notified of a block if the cloud-crowd does not trust this file,
... and given an opportunity to decide to:
---- not trust,
---- trust once,
---- trust always,
... please wait ..."

Nope, nothing, none of that, only asking us an unexplained way-too-technical and ambiguous and meaningless:

"... [ Block ] ... [ Sandbox ] ... [ Install ] ..."

I have 40+ years personal computing high tech support experience and I have absolutely no specific definition or

understanding of what any one other person means by that, let alone two other people might mean by "block".

"sandbox", or "install" -- those words mean something different and personal to each person who uses them,

Wikipedia articles are extensive, argumentative, ambiguous, and no help. use those terms to mean whatever you

want them to mean, different for each person who uses them.

Even with the red-shield-OFF, VoodooShield then prevented me from opening Microsoft Windows File Explorer.

Geesh!

Why the all-purpose ( maning: NO purpose ) message "VoodooShield is blocking an unknown program"?

It KNOWS what program it is blocking, and COULD tell us, such as:

"VoodooShield is blocking Microsoft Windows File Explorer"

... and then explain.

Instead, it says nothing, informs nothing, and apparently counts down 20 seconds to take it's own unidentified

decision on it's own.

So, I cannot run Microsoft Windows File Explorer on my computer anymore.


What can I do, what can I do?

I know, I can uninstall VoodooShield.

There.

Done.

Now I can run Microsoft Windows File Explorer once again.

My computer is MINE, all mine once more.

And VoodooShield has been kicked out, completely, totally, permanently.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  17 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

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And of course VoodooShield does not completely uninstall itself, leaving:
-- 24 registry items
-- 40 files in 7 mb
-- 1 service item -- VoodooShieldService

... all of which VoodooShield tells you to clean up yourself, MANUALLY.

See:
http ://oi65. tinypic. com/30w2lh5. jpg

Are we having fun yet?

Look, folks, GOTD is where vendors present their full products, free, and stand back, expecting feedback, and here it is, MY experience of their offering.

Thank you for the opportunity to explore VoodooShield.

You're welcome for my sharing my experience.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  17 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Peter Blaise,

You seems to don't understand the Application Whitelist and Anti-Executable concept. You want Anti-Executable to protect against Phishing, etc like an Internet Security Suite. Your posts reflect you are not knowledgeable enough on different protection mechanism. You seems to think a product should work, have features, functions, design, etc as per your taste. A Dev always welcome suggestions and criticism. But your posts show ignorance, And you are trolling VoodooShield. The Dev shouldn't reply and entertain you.

Reply   |   Comment by khan  –  16 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

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[ khan ],

Thanks for sharing your insight.

Me?

I'm just responding to the lead-in claims here on GOTD, choosing not to "show ignorance" of their marketing claims, namely:

"... VoodooShield is the only user-friendly
toggling computer lock that
automatically locks your computer
when it is at risk ..."

... and then I consider the challenge of the risks that we all experience in the wild, namely:

-- infection,

-- invasion,

-- theft ( of computer data, and "keys" to other resources like bank accounts ),

-- scams,

-- phishing,

... ya know the stuff that the "... cybersecurity industry ..." seems unable to protect us from,

... and, lead by Voodooshield marketing promises, I was specifically looking for their:

"... automatic lock when my computer was at risk ...".

Instead, VoodooShield blocked Microsoft Windows File Explorer ( ! ), and blocked the routine installation and updating of software from free [ Ninite. com ] installer, among other things.

Additionally, it never found my suite of malware, but I never ran my suite of malware, so at least it did not appear to "waste time" hunting for latent risk.

I shared my experience of VoodooShield here -- my experience of their programs AND their marketing -- as this is what this GOTD thread is all about.

That my experience of VoodooShield was a disaster, and I reported it copiously, including screenshots, some vendors would be grateful for.

If VoodooShield's marketing department "... don't understand the Application Whitelist and Anti-Executable concept ..." when they promise:

"...VoodooShield is the only user-friendly
toggling computer lock that
automatically locks your computer
when it is at risk ..."

... then the vendor can consider where the problem really is -- their own inaccurate overpromising marketing people, perhaps?

That's not "my taste", that's their promise.

To other GOTD users here who feel that their experience and or expectations of VoodooShield are different from mine, all I can say is ... please do share,

-- share your experience of the product,

-- and in this case especially, please share your experience of their marketing promises.

They say:

" ... VoodooShield also includes a Machine Learning
/ Artificial Intelligence decision engine
and a multi-engine antivirus scanner with 65+ engines ..."

Sounds like an anti virus program to me.

They say:

"... VoodooShield might block a few items
for the first couple of days,
but it learns very quickly,
so it will be as quiet as a church mouse
after a few days
and will simply lock your computer when you are browsing the web or checking email ..."

Not my experience.

And why would I want a program to block my browsing or email?

I USE my computer to browse and check email.

Is THAT how they make me secure, by blocking my browsing and email?

Why not just uninstall my network card driver?

=8^o

They say:

"... VOODOOSHIELD WILL TOGGLE BETWEEN ON AND OFF,
DEPENDING ON WHETHER YOU ARE AT RISK OR NOT ..."

Ah-ha, they say it will toggle "on" and "off" ... let's see what the words "on" and "off" mean to them:

They say:

"... OFF Mode (Unlocked): Your computer is unlocked,
and VoodooShield is learning which programs to allow
so it will not block them once VoodooShield locks your computer.
You can also change to this mode
if you need to install or allow additional software.
Your computer is NOT protected in this mode ..."

So ... the word "off" to them means ... "on but not protecting" ... so ... it's not really "off" then, is it?

They probably mean toggling between "watching and learning" and "taking action", they do not really mean "off" and "on", because they seem to say that it is always "on" in some capacity.

Marketing, eh?

They say:

"... ON Mode (Locked): Your computer is locked and you are protected.
When VoodooShield automatically toggles to ON Mode,
it takes a snapshot of the currently running software,
and automatically allows everything in this snapshot.
VoodooShield also automatically allows
currently installed software and specific critical Windows system files.
Any software that was not allowed when VoodooShield was OFF is blocked ..."

A computer "... allowing everything in this snapshot ..." is NOT a "... locked ..." computer.

Marketing, eh?

Umm ... so the word "on" to them does not mean VoodooShield is "on", even though there is a shield with the letters "ON" on it, they mean "locked", meaning ... meaning that anything not already whitelisted is blocked, I guess ... so ... that really means "blocked" not "locked", because in theory, whenever the shield says "ON" on it, the computer can still execute any whitelisted programs, the computer is not "locked", it can do other things, maybe many other things, but non-whitelisted programs are "blocked".

Marketing, eh?

So, VoodooShield marketing people, and the program interface designers themselves, have no common idea what are their meanings of the words

-- "on"

-- "off"

-- "locked"

-- "blocked"

... they do not know the meanings of those words to each other,
... they do not know the meanings of those words to the general marketplace,
... they do not know the meanings of those words to the end user,
... they do not know the meanings of those words to the competition
... ( and they do not know the meanings of those words to the laws of physics ? ).
__________

No one needs to give feedback here, certainly not including screenshots as I have, we can just ignore the GOTD offering and or ignore the GOTD thread, take what we want and leave the rest -- which either of us could do anywhere in this thread, including not responding to each other.

I learn by writing, and sharing, and reading feedback from my fellow GOTD members and vendors alike, and reading their experiences, even if anyone's experience of the software is a disaster, and, as I wrote, I'd think the vendor would want to read the experience of an end user, especially a disaster.

"Security" and "anti malware" offerings are fraught with over-promising and under-delivering, and at least VoodooShield acknowledges that they expect people to use VoodooShield only as a supplement to another "anti virus" program, even though VoodooShield claims to incorporate the resources of a few dozen "anti virus" programs ...

... what the hay, more marketing hooey again ?

As if Voodooshield is saying:

"... we have 65+ anti virus engines,
but we don't trust them,
and neither should you,
so you NEED your own other anti virus program ..."

I got THAT message, and I do not trust VoodooShield either, by their own recommendation.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  16 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#40

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If Voodoo Shield calculates a file hash and submits it to Virus Total before saving a file and before loading a file, then it's an anti malware program like any other.

If Voodoo Shield does NOT calculate a file hash and submit it to Virus Total before saving a file and before loading a file, then it's not protecting us.

"White-listing" is dangerous in at least being the first to test, no malware found, then white-list, then others find malware, but, hey, you've got it white-listed and will never test again.

And if the file gets replaced with or infected by malware ... and you've previously white-listed it and will never test again?
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  17 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#39

I went to their website (https://www.voodooshield.com/) to get more information and decided to downloaded the free version. I can't change most of the settings because they are already setup by the guys who wrote VS. Also, there is no support, but you won't need support after you read the info on the website and follow the prompts after installation. The site also recommends getting Zemana free, which I did, and running it once a week. So, no worries about registration, nor setting the options, nor the 1 year expiration. I have used paid Zemana before and it always found a Trojan in the boot section, which I could never find. Today VS found that Trojan in an SOS giveaway "Iris."

Reply   |   Comment by Jack  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#38

curieux, commentaire non accessible sur page France
qu'est ce qui empêche d’arrêter l'ordi, de redémarrer sous un live cd (ou usb) et de visiter le PC?

Reply   |   Comment by david  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#37

Excellent software that provides innovative computer lock protection.

Reply   |   Comment by khan  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#36

A lot of people love this software it does have a relatively large (cult like) following online and in some security forums. I've used the software myself in the past and while I do not think it's bad I do feel it causes more headaches than it is worth. This software is NOTORIOUS auto suggestion block everything and while some may not mind that it is most certainly annoying and results in the "click accept" everything that really doesn't help much.

For some people who have a home PC with kids and doesn't want anything installed or something along that line this will work wonderfully for you. If you are a college stupid who needs to use a lot of software or gamer this software will annoy you to no end. I make no exaggerations when I say this software suggest block everything to the point where it will flag EVERYTHING on the system or installed to the system after the original white listing. It just causes a lot more problems than it's worth to some because it will tell false positive everything if not white listed (which a lot of programs on a system will not be running in the background during the white list scan).

I would personally suggest Comodo Firewall with Cruel Sisters config (can be found on youtube) same basic idea but Comodo has servers that white list safe programs and there is a 99.9995% chance if you have a program on your PC Comodo has already white listed it (if safe) same practice same idea except for this program will false positive everything.

Reply   |   Comment by Clinton Fisher  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Clinton Fisher,

VoodooShield is primarily an Anti-Executable software. There are 3 anti-executable software that are mostly discussed and compared in the forums, etc. All the 3 are good and popular software. They are VoodooShield, AppGuard and NoVirusThanks. You should compare an anti-executable software in its category.

The reason for the "'Cult like" following is, the Dev turned an advanced users software i.e anti-executable into a majority of users i.e average users software.
Anti-Executable are kinda MANUAL software i.e you need to create Rules, Policies, etc to use it effectively. And VoodooShield Dev created an AUTOMATIC anti-executable, you don't need to know or create Rules, Policies, etc, just install and start using it.

False Positives - There are no FPs with an Application Whitelisting or Anti-Executable software. Their job is to allow the whitelisted and block unknown software. And VoodooShield is better and easier anti-executable of the 3 mentioned here.

About the Usability - VoodooShield's innovative approach is what has made it popular and an automatic anti-executable, and easy enough for the majority i.e average users.
VoodooShield provides you protection Modes, and settings to set it for the novices or average users without losing much protection.
I would suggest to take a look into the newly introduced "Security Posture". I call it "One-Click" protection, it gives you different protection levels to select and set with a click. Security Posture is available in the Pro version. This giveaway gives you a free license to try and test the Pro version for a good 1 year.

Reply   |   Comment by khan  –  17 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

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[ khan ],

Maybe this is merely a wording problem?

-- On the one hand, you say that VoodooShield has no false positives.

-- On the other hand, you say there are

---- settings without losing much protection, and

---- different protection levels.

So ... losing some protection, and using levels of lesser-protection ( ... versus ... using levels of more-protection ... ) result in ... what, if not something malicious going on and not being identified?

Are you saying it's ok for VoodooShield to miss some malicious activity ... because it's hasn't actually whitelisted that malicious stuff, it's just not ( effectively ) "blacklisted" that malicious stuff ... yet ... or maybe ever, if you select a different protection level?

Regarding any security or anti malware product, I think the concept of "false positive" is either

-- blocking something that is not malicious,

-- allowing something that is malicious.

According to other's reports herre, your post, VoodooShield's own information, and my experience, VoodooShield does BOTH:

-- blocking something that is not malicious,

-- allowing something that is malicious.

If those are not "false positives", are you suggesting another term, is VoodooShield suggesting another term?

Thanks for your prior post trying to clear things up, but your post begs follow up questions.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#35

Improvement Ideas!

1. VoodooShield has matured, & solid now. It's time for a new interface & alerts design. And keep text to normal, for ex- allow, block, etc options on alerts are too big. Take your time & release VS 5 with a new design.

2. Sometimes I don't want to create a permanent rule, so allow once, block once, etc options would be good.

3. Basic settings should cover the alerts & activate/deactivate options only. Move the quarantine option from Advanced settings to Basic settings. Move the software/files i.e all the "Automatically allow .........." options from Basic settings to Advanced settings. And add a Exploit settings tab and Move the anti-exploit options to Exploit settings.

4. When accessing the Advanced and Exploit settings, a warning alert like "for advanced users, if you don't understand then don't change the settings"...this I leave to you.

5. It would be good, if the Whitelist section has tabs, Snapshot, Auto and User, snapshot created entries under Snapshot, auto allowed entries under Auto and user allowed/blocked entries under User. Similarly for User Log and Command Lines.

6. After install, VS gives 2 options, Auto-Pilot and Smart Mode, Always ON Mode should be present too. It would be good for a user like me who use "Always ON" to select it during the install.

7. It would be good, if the Password Protection is enabled, VS doesn't switch to OFF Mode when left-clicked when VS is on Always ON Mode, it should ask for password.

8. When VS is on Always ON Mode, and a user installs a program, and selects "Allow Install" on the alert, VS switches to OFF Mode, it would be good, VS doesn't switch to OFF Mode or provide an option to not switch to OFF Mode for program install, etc.
What I want is, when on Always ON Mode, VS should remain on Always ON Mode only and shouldn't automatically switch to OFF Mode for anything.
A user like me, who uses VS only i.e no AV or other realtime security, selects maximum protection i.e Always ON Mode for a reason and don't want it to automatically switch to any other Modes for anything.

9. Register section should hide partially the license details.

10. Hope version 5 brings the Web Console availability for the Product Key users.

11. Disable/Install Mode should be in Red color as there is no protection during the time VS is disabled.
OFF Mode in Red color can be confusing for the majority of users i.e average users. A different color, lite blue or yellow, etc would be better.

Reply   |   Comment by khan  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

khan, I cannot edit my post above, here's the last idea

12. Vulnerable Processes are hard coded in VS, and works good. Vulnerable Processes option (to customize/edit) would be good for advanced users.

Reply   |   Comment by khan  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

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[ khan ],

You write that VoodooShield has ON and OFF modes.

But as far as I can tell, VoodooShield is NEFER actually OFF.

In spite of the shield having ON and OFF written on it's face, it's always watching and learning.

The ON and OFF indicators are NOT whether the program itself is ON or OFF,

... but whether VoodooShield's BLOCKING feature is ON of OFF.

-- ON means it's READY to BLOCK anything that ( 1 ) it sees that ( 2 ) is NOT in it's whitelist.

-- OFF means it's not blocking anything, but is only watching and learning,

... however slowly,

... as malicious activity might be compromising your computer, your data, your security, access to your resources outside the computer, and so on.

But VoodooShield is never OFF, only VoodooShield's BLOCKING capabilities and features are sometimes OFF:

-- BLOCKING is OFF when the shield says OFF

-- BLOCKING is OFF when a malicious activity is happening that ( 1 ) is not being watched and or ( 2 ) has been whitelisted.

Do you have quotes from VoodooShield or experience otherwise?

Thanks for exploring this and sharing with your fellow GOTD members.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#34

So I've read all the comments on here....nice to see the publisher so active...and I went out and check about 15 other sources. Have found 99% praise for this program both by users and raters of software going back to 2008 (if the date was right). So I am going to give this one a go. From all I have read I expect this to be an excellent addition to my security. Thanks for this one.

Reply   |   Comment by LadyLei  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#33

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Nope.

VoodooShield is NRFPTY

( Nerf Putty ).

Not Ready For Prime Time Yet.
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"... we do not monitor network connections ..."

OK, so I'll just watch 1,000 network connections a minute on my computer being solicited by and returned to ... oh ...

... well, I'll just use some other method than VooDooShield to find out who is in the background, using my computer so much more happily than I.

"... The web management console is not yet available for users with Product Keys, but it will be soon ..." ...

... so ... should we throw away the keys and install the free trial instead?

"... cybersecurity industry is calling for Application Whitelisting in a very big way ..." ...

... because the cybersecurity industry is a bunch of idiots who's clients lose half a billion personal records a year.

I know ... I'll whitelist CCleaner because CCleaner will never get infected by a virus at the vendor before it even leaves distribution ... never gonna happen.

Hahahahahaha.

Whitelisting.

No, seriously:

Hahahahahaha.
__________

So, does the shield being black and "ON" mean I'm protected, and safe, and "ON" the web,

... and the shield being red and "OFF" means I'm being protected against a current threat and I'm "OFF" the web?

Wait ... the shield is red and says "OFF" ... so I right-click the system-tray icon, and right there at the top it says "Always ON Mode | Aggressive".

Good.

Red shield OFF = good.

Right?

"OFF" means ... "ON".

Right?
__________

It's protecting me from Steve Gibson's programs from [ GRC. com ], and supposedly it's testing them in a Cuckoo's web nest ... and after 2 minutes or so told be just about nothing about the program except "...File has been identified by at least one Antivirus on VirusTotal as malicious ..."

Um ... ya know ... we can all right-click on any file and upload it free to free VirusTotal on our own, free ( did I say VirusTotal AND it's uploader are free ? ) see:
https ://www. virustotal.com/en/documentation/desktop-applications/windows-uploader
__________

I suggest that VoodooShield present a comparison of how it averts
-- infection,
-- invasion,
-- theft,
-- scams,
-- phishing,
... ya know the stuff that the "... cybersecurity industry ..." seems unable to protect us from.

"... I‌ do‌ kno‌w ******** i‌s yo‌ur pass. L‌ets g‌et di‌rectly to po‌i‌nt. Not a‌ si‌ngl‌e p‌erso‌n ha‌s co‌mp‌ensa‌ted m‌e to‌ i‌nv‌esti‌ga‌t‌e yo‌u. Yo‌u do‌n't kno‌w me a‌nd yo‌u a‌r‌e mo‌st lik‌ely wond‌ering why yo‌u'r‌e g‌etti‌ng thi‌s e-ma‌i‌l? ... i wi‌sh to‌ b‌e pa‌i‌d. i‌ ha‌v‌e a‌ uniqu‌e pi‌x‌el wi‌thi‌n thi‌s ‌ema‌il m‌essa‌ge, a‌nd no‌w i‌ kno‌w that yo‌u hav‌e r‌ea‌d through thi‌s emai‌l. Yo‌u now ha‌v‌e o‌ne day to‌ mak‌e th‌e paym‌ent. i‌f i do‌ no‌t g‌et th‌e Bi‌tCo‌i‌ns, i‌ wi‌ll, no‌ do‌ubt send o‌ut your [ p0rn0graphy ] vi‌d‌eo‌ to‌ a‌ll of yo‌ur co‌nta‌cts i‌ncluding rela‌tiv‌es, co‌-wo‌rk‌ers, a‌nd so‌ forth ..."

VoodooShield ... where are you?
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#32

When using the context menu to scan files, it looks like VS actually tries to execute the program?
I've been using SA+ for almost 2 years and I think their method is safer as it doesn't execute files upon checking it.
My recommendation: don't execute the files when a user is only asking to scan it via VS.

Also I noticed when the cloud detect something, it doesn't say which AV.
My recommendation: put a bit of detail of the AV beside the type of malware it detected.

VS is well known, looks like a good product and I would like to test and compare it further against other similar app like SA+

Reply   |   Comment by Steel Tormentor  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Steel Tormentor, thank you for the suggestions! It might look like VS is executing the scanned file, but I promise, it is not ;). As you mentioned, there are other ways to create the context menu, and I will review the other options. The last time I did, I found this method worked the best, but it would not hurt to review it again.

It would be super simple to list the specific engines, but there are certain terms that we must follow, and this is one of them. If a threat is detected, you can click on the "X Threats" label and it will list the detected threats. You can then click on each threat, which will perform a google search of the threat.

Reply   |   Comment by dan@voodooshield.com  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

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[ Steel Tormentor ],

What is SA+?

Thanks.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  17 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

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[ dan@ voodooshield. com ],

Hide And Seek:

-- VoodooShield will not tell us what anti malware program identifies any file as malware.

-- Anti malware programs will not tell us what the found malware is.

-- We can Google search to see if anyone else has figured out the above cryptic non-sharing myopia.

All this to ... what? ... to protect their malware discovery routines from being reverse engineered by malware designers and by the competition?

So ... VoodooShield does nothing more than anyone else.

Specifically, when VoodooShield identifies, say, Steve Gibson's programs from [ GRC. com ] as having malware, we DO or do NOT block them?

Since there's no information anywhere about the found malware, we must make our decision to trust, or not, based on other things.

If we base our decision to trust a file based on other things, then why even interrupt our decision making process with VoodooShield?

Thanks.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  17 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Peter Blaise,

It's SecureA+ which is a combo of whitelisting and local+cloud AV.
But in my usage I disabled everything related to virus detection/Universal AV as I found it to be buggy and sometimes the server timed out so it has little use as I'm already using other AV for virus/malware detection. Therefore I use it only as an application whitelisting.

Every suspicious file/process/script is just one click away from sending it to VirusTotal ~ the result should be pretty much the same with VS' 60+ engines (but with much more detail) -- this is why I'm not sure whether VS or SA+ I would keep on using.

AV-Lab has 5 out 5 star ratings for both.

Reply   |   Comment by Steel Tormentor  –  17 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#31

Suggestion: I would add allow once. For the initial snapshot, I would recommend all files that are not pre matching the voodoo database or critical windows (ie: any added programs or things in startup) should be virus scanned as part of the snapshot process and asked with the same virus scan info and prompt before adding or if it finds at least 1 problem in the virus scan even if you have it set to auto add. The program does a wonderful job of this for new programs run not in the whitelist to prompt you when you are running something not in the whitelist and display the results to let you decide, but even with only critical windows apps checked to include, many non windows that are start up programs are in the whitelist already and therefore without deleting I have no info on their safety - most users are not running on a completely new computer. Also perhaps some links to search for program information and pause countdown so you can look into it.

Reply   |   Comment by DataDragon  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

DataDragon, thank you for the suggestions! VS does not remove existing malware, but anything that was inadvertently whitelisted will be automatically removed from the whitelist once the malware is removed by traditional malware removal tools. Basically, VS cleans up the whitelist on each startup, and removes any item from the whitelist that has been removed from computer. Also, we already have a realtime scanner that will help with the issue you are raising... I just have not activated it yet.

You can pause the countdown timer by mousing over the user prompt. If a threat is detected, you can click on the "X Threats" label and it will list the detected threats. You can then click on each threat, which will perform a google search of the threat.

Reply   |   Comment by dan@voodooshield.com  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#30

I've been into computers since Windows 3.1 And I can tell you this is the best protection software that I know of and I'm only running the free version. But you have to at least have a basic understanding of what's going on in your computer...I don't know if any of you (I'm 67 years old) remember SSM (System Safety Monitor I think it was called) which was like VoodooShield on STEROIDS...Stopped everything including the DLL files...You had to give permission to everything...well Voodoo shield is a managable version of that but you still have to know a bit about computers not only Excel, Word...etc you have to know what is going on in your comp....

Reply   |   Comment by Marcus  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#29

Hey distrustful doubters, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhNZ8Dxd_bQ
I use VS for over a year and I will not replace it with any other antivirus software. VS is unquestionably the most effective and at the same time it does not need hundreds of MB on disk or in memory.

Reply   |   Comment by gdanpol  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#28

Can this be upgraded to to lets say version 4.69 or 4.70 since bugs are always visible inany software

Reply   |   Comment by Ron  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hi Ron, yes, all updates are free, even for major version numbers... i.e. VS 5.0.

Reply   |   Comment by dan@voodooshield.com  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#27

Great software; great developer. VS Pro and Windows Defender on Windows 10 is all you need to protect you from the nastiest of malware.

Reply   |   Comment by Mark  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#26

Frustrating. It forces the installation onto the C-drive, does not even bother asking if that is where it is wanted. Just fyi: it is NOT.

Reply   |   Comment by Kim Pettersson  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Hi Kim... VS uses a kernel mode driver to intercept process creation before new processes are created. I think it would be extremely difficult, and probably impossible to not have a static install path with a security software that utilizes a kernel mode driver.

Reply   |   Comment by dan@voodooshield.com  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#25

According to the License Agreement VoodooSoft "may collect and use personally identifiable, technical and related information," etc, etc. To me that is allowing complete access to my computer and all data on it for whatever reason they want. Sorry but that is way overboard and out of line especially these days. Sounds like a good program but no thanks if the cost is complete loss of privacy.

Reply   |   Comment by Jerry  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Jerry, that section specifically deals with error reporting. Please read the entire section below and you will understand.

6. Consent to Use of Data; Privacy. You agree that VoodooSoft may collect and use personally identifiable, technical and related information, not limited to technical information about your computer, system and application software that is gathered periodically and automatically to facilitate and improve upon the provision of the Software, Software updates, support and other services to you. This information includes Error Reports. The Software automatically sends error reports to VoodooSoft that describe which software components had errors. VoodooSoft respects your privacy. VoodooSoft’s use of personally identifiable information is subject to the terms of the VoodooSoft Privacy Policy www.voodooshield.com/Privacy.aspx.

Reply   |   Comment by dan@voodooshield.com  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

In other words, we have to include this section in our EULA, just in case the error report exception message that is automatically generated, happened to contain something that is personally identifiable.

Reply   |   Comment by dan@voodooshield.com  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

dan@voodooshield.com . . . Sorry Dan, you may think that's what it says, and you may have told your attorneys that's what you wanted -- but I'm a trial attorney and that's NOT what your agreement states!

Error Reports are INCLUDED but are not exclusive.

You ask a user to agree to almost LIMITLESS accumulation of personally identifiable information. Your use of that data is only limited by your Privacy Policy -- which I'm guessing are as equally broad. Gathering -- and sending back to VS -- is periodic and automatic.

@Jerry is basically correct.

Reply   |   Comment by OLT  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

OLT, I appreciate your insight, thank you! The thing is, this issue has been raised publicly on more than one occasion in the past, and each time we reviewed this with our attorneys, and they assured me that when our Privacy Policy is referenced from this section, they are both correct. If anyone is interested, I can put them in touch with our lead attorney, Jim, and he will explain it to you.

Reply   |   Comment by dan@voodooshield.com  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#24

Software could not initialize a required component on startup. Useless. Backed out install.

Reply   |   Comment by William Mekeel  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

William Mekeel, something must be blocking VS. You might have to disable your other security software.

Reply   |   Comment by dan@voodooshield.com  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#23

Does/will this play well with BitDefender also installed?

Reply   |   Comment by KK  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Yes, the BD / VS combo is quite popular... it's a great combo!

Reply   |   Comment by dan@voodooshield.com  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#22

Thank you DAN!
and GOTD

Reply   |   Comment by john  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#21

My idea for an improvement:

The application is quite complicated for a novice user with lots of menu options which many people wont understand. How about having a "novice" mode where the menu choices are reduced and only focus on the most important options and settings. Then ticking a box under "advanced" would reveal the more complicated options (which many people would not need to change). An example of this would be when you change the settings in Microsoft Edge- if you click on settings it shows only basic options. But if you click on the "advanced" button it opens up another menu with more complex settings. I feel that this change would make the product more user friendly and less intimidating to the average home user.

Reply   |   Comment by Colin Kay  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Colin Kay, thank you for the suggestion! Yeah, we thought about doing that, but then we were thinking... "what novice or average user ever adjusts security software settings?". I mean, I have installed various security software for the last 20 years for clients, and I never changed any of the settings. The settings are there for advanced users who just want to tweak the software to their liking.

But in general, security software should work out of the box in its default settings, and cover all of the attack vectors that are in the scope of the security product. If security software requires tailoring or adjustments, then it has failed. Especially since pretty much no one adjusts security software settings, and especially since malware does not discriminate... every endpoint is subject to the exact same attacks.

Having said that, I will think about what you are suggesting and see if it makes sense for us to implement these changes... thank you!

Reply   |   Comment by dan@voodooshield.com  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Colin Kay, Colin Kay, there is a training mode available for VS to get acquainted with your setting. Then there is also smart mode & normal mode, all are acutely set as per user need. VS developer take real care on that side so you can safely use training mode for few days & afterwards set to normal or smart mode it will keep you well protected.

Reply   |   Comment by TBO  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#20

Tried the free version before- but the full version will be an interesting experiment to see how good it is.

Reply   |   Comment by Braian McCall  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#19

to register, don't forget to clic "register voodoo..." under the serial number, not under the email

Reply   |   Comment by Gaelle  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#18

Can I install VoodooShield Pro 4.68 on a usb key and than run it from there??

Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Oziripa  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Unfortunately not... VS utilizes a kernel mode driver, as described above in Kim's comment (26).

Reply   |   Comment by dan@voodooshield.com  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#17

From gaotd VoodooShield Pro 4.68
From the official site VoodooShield Pro 4.67
https://voodooshield.com/Download/InstallVoodooShield467.exe
and the 4.68 doesn't exist ...strange don't you think

Reply   |   Comment by Thor  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Thor, 4.68 was created specifically for this giveaway to address the need for registration to be serial number based. 4.67 and 4.68 are actually identical, except 4.67 uses email based registration.

Reply   |   Comment by Mark  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#16

I have been using the free version of this great software for a year now and am truly impressed. In either Smart or Always On mode, nothing can get past it. You just have to make sure you start with a fully clean system (by on demand scanners) and then install and forget. Great option for layered security. Am hoping to get a lifetime license, and whether I do or not, here is my suggestion:
I test a lot of softwares, and it may be good it you could Pls set a time limit for the "Disable/Install" mode, like "10 minutes" or "30 minutes" so that the protection is never left permanently off. Some people may leave it off the whole day and never put it back, and if their signature based AV is weak, it compromises their protection, although VS will be sure to stop it nonetheless. Better safe than sorry.

Reply   |   Comment by loptio poltio  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#13

VoodooShield just met the 3.59 version, which was stable and safe at the time. It is easy to match with many anti-virus software to make the system more stable and secure. I like it very much. It seems a bit unstable after upgrading to version 4.28. After all, I joined the learning ability of AI and it feels cool. During this time, VoodooShield updates frequently and frequently. This is a good thing. The genius was 4.67 in the past few days. Now the new 4.68 version is more useful, I hope to improve it later! We will also feedback related bugs to the official! Thank you for your labor and hard work! Come on!

Reply   |   Comment by laohu001  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#12

I tried it in a test computer. This application sniffers my computer too much and sends who knows what data to goodness knows where. Enough watching my back from Microsoft, Google et.al.
No thanks I know how to protect my computers.
Deleted.

Reply   |   Comment by Luis  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+27)

Luis,
If you know how to protect your computer without this software, could you please elaborate on which website the data is sent to? If this software is calling home with important data about your computer then I think you should let us all know what you have found.
In what way does the program "sniffers' your computer?
Tell us what you have seen.
It would do us all a favour.
thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+27)

Luis, On the first start it scans the apps you're already running in your Program Files folders and when you start those programs it will not stop and lock the computer them to ask you if you want to run them or not and the files it stops from running are uploaded for analysis with 50+ anti-virus blacklists. I would rather go on the internet without anti-virus and with Voodoo shield than the opposite but I run both except one fo my computers.

Reply   |   Comment by Marcus  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)
#11

The ability to "harden" the Windows system would be useful. And converting the sandbox to a local one.

Reply   |   Comment by Marcin Karbowski  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#10

The description sounds like a firewall, not an antivirus.

Reply   |   Comment by rww  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#9

From their FAQ section:
"Antivirus Software always slows down my computer, will VoodooShield?

No. VoodooShield is extremely fast and lightweight. You will notice if you uninstall your current Antivirus software and only use VoodooShield, your computer will be faster."

Shut off antivirus? Hmm...

whois reports a private domain registration

voodooshield.com@domainsbyproxy.com

Makes me nervous.

Reply   |   Comment by Ter  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#8

So what happens after a year?? Are all your files permanently LOCKED till you cough up some dosh?

Or does it GENUINELY log off in "stand down" mode -- so that everything is back, available, again ??

If it stands down with NO hassles, what about the programmes it had blocked before? Are they then left there, "out in the wild" ready to immediatey wreke havoc on your system??

These are very important questions which I, for one, would need answering before I consider to install such a programme....

Reply   |   Comment by Tranmontane  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+33)

Tranmontane, the basic functionality will remain, the program will just revert back to the free edition, the difference between Free and Pro can be found here https://voodooshield.com/#download

Reply   |   Comment by Chasm  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#7

I got a 'license key' for Voodoo Shield Pro 4.68. What am I supposed to do with it?

Reply   |   Comment by charles bell  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-17)

charles bell,
1. Install the app.
2. Startup the app.
3. You'll be welcomed with double window; left widow is for you to enter received license key (right widow is for requesting, per email, license for FREE version).

Reply   |   Comment by mishasin  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#6

Before downloading, please log in to https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/voodooshield-4-6-8/get-key/ and then install the program and continue activation. Thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by magdy mikhael  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#5

A very good program for anyone who starts the computer on everyone who is downloading the program to be experienced in the field of software

Reply   |   Comment by magdy mikhael  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-43)

magdy mikhael,
what are you saying to us?
Computer goes not in downloading for experienced non-users of un-used software?
Did I get it right?

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

magdy mikhael, hopefully this is not just me but could you clear up your comment. I read it a few times and I'm still trying to figure out what it is you are trying to say?

Reply   |   Comment by Confused  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

magdy mikhael,

Software of field the in experienced to be program the downloading is who everyone on computer the starts who anyone for program good very a.

sounds the same either way...

Reply   |   Comment by Mothman  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#4

I've been running the free version of this program for a few years and this is even the only protection I have on my slowest computer and I wouldn't be without it, because I think this is probably the best protection somebody can add to their computer but I wouldn't recommend it for somebody who doesn't have at least a minimum knowledge of what's going on in their computer.

Reply   |   Comment by Marcus  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#3

The program seemed to be a good one to try ,along side Windows defender.
install went well & registered it. It seemed to be okay. But about 10
minutes in a popup came up saying I was running the free version &
asked if I wanted to register the program to the Pro version. I had already
went through the registering process ..... Program has issues .... maybe I'll
try it again down the road when all the bugs are ironed out. Will be uninstalling
this one. !!!! Good luck to everyone

Reply   |   Comment by Michael Landeche  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+51)

Michael Landeche, Same issue here

Reply   |   Comment by Dave Stevenson  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)

Michael Landeche,

My issue is even weirder: I noticed it's not registered, filled up the form, got the key, entered it and ... the program seems to block itself (VoodooShield is unable to connect to the internet to confirm your registration).

Everything else is running well. Obviously including the internet.

Might keep the free version but it's odd to see a program not being able to connect while every other can.

Reply   |   Comment by Ota  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Absurdly enough, as soon as I wanted to tell their support team about this, the program told me I cannot contact them as I'm using the free version.

Once it offered me to buy the Pro version, I filled up the SN there and ... it registered. Weird.

Reply   |   Comment by Ota  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#2

Great program. Wouldn’t be without it!!!

Reply   |   Comment by John Strecker  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-43)
#1

Thank you for this offer

Reply   |   Comment by foxman1775  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-39)
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