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Windows 7: Best free HIPS with minimal resource usage?

03 Jan 2013   #1
M4dn3ss

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Best free HIPS with minimal resource usage?

Does anyone know a good free HIPS (host-based intrusion prevention system) program that uses the least amount of system resources possible?
I used to use ZoneAlarm back in the day (it had a neat "OS Firewall" feature which basically does this) but I'm not really a fan of ZoneAlarm nowadays.


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03 Jan 2013   #2
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

They all will use a lot of resources...but Comodo offers one...
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03 Jan 2013   #3
M4dn3ss

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Aww well that sucks... any good standalone ones? I already have an antivirus solution in place that I don't want to replace.
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03 Jan 2013   #4
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

You don't actually need an HIPS.
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03 Jan 2013   #5
DBone

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I would suggest an anti-executable instead. NoVirusThanks EXE Radar Pro - NoVirusThanks has both a free and life time paid license version. They are both extremely light on resources and are easy to use.
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04 Jan 2013   #6
M4dn3ss

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

What exactly does it do? (the anti-exe stuff)
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04 Jan 2013   #7
DBone

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I didn't mean to hijack your thread, but here's the short of it. An anti-executable such as EXE Radar Pro/Free simply prevents any .exe from launching without the user either allowing it once or white listing it. This stops things like web based drive-by's or clicking on an add that is really an .exe or even a double extension like a .pdf.exe, where you think it is a simple pdf file, but it is really a malicious .exe.
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04 Jan 2013   #8
M4dn3ss

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Does it check for file integrity? (i.e. if I allow firefox.exe, and a malware sample renames itself firefox.exe, will the program allow it to pass?)
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04 Jan 2013   #9
DBone

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Yes, it checks the MD5 hash.
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04 Jan 2013   #10
M4dn3ss

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

And so basically it's like the old-school firewalls where initially I have to confirm literally every exe that wants to run?
What happens if an exe wants to run but I haven't confirmed it, and because of my delay in allowing it to run, it crashes? :P
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