As zero day attacks are on the rise, traditional signature based antivirus is not enough, simply because your anti-virus researchers may not aware of the latest threats and even if they did, they would have to first develop a signature update, which have to be coded by the antivirus researcher. This creates a large window of time where your PC is left unprotected to the latest threats.
Emsisoft Mamutu is an anti-malware solution that runs quietly in the background to detect and block viruses based on their behavior. Traditional antivirus software can only block known malwares, whereas Emsisoft Mamutu can block any kind of malwares before they can cause any damage. It monitors all active applications and notifies whenever a suspicious activity is being performed by the application. You can then select to allow or block the activity depending on the circumstance.
It is always prudent to have a backup antivirus in the event your primary antivirus fails for some reason. Unfortunately, most antiviruses are not compatible with each other and cause critical system conflicts, which may eventually lead to system failure. Emsisoft Mamutu is designed to run in parallel with other security software, meaning you can run it side-by-side with your current antivirus or firewall solution without slowing down your system. The absence of bulky signature database and non-dependency on daily updates makes it very light on system resources.
Emsisoft Mamutu has a fast and hassle free installation procedure; just agree the terms and conditions and you are good to go. When you first start the application, you are presented with a security wizard that requires you to login to your account. New users can create a free account and try the software for 30 days. Upon successful login, the application will list the licenses associated with the user account. Select the license you want to use to activate Mamutu and click next. If you have a coupon code, you can convert it to fully functional license by clicking on the “Convert coupon code” link.
In the next step, you are asked to join Emsisoft Anti-Malware network (cloud network). This option is not mandatory but it is recommended that you do join this network to stay aware of alien threats. Other options include program module updates, additional languages and updates to beta version.
After program updates have been successfully completed, you will be asked to configure alert reduction settings. These settings are useful because many trusted applications generate suspicious behavior and create unnecessary alerts. Mamutu offers three types of alert reduction settings: Intelligent, Community Based and Paranoid Mode. Intelligent uses the inbuilt behavior technique analysis to reduce alerts. Community Based reduction technique is the most effective of the three, as it creates application rules based on the response of other Emsisoft users. Paranoid mode notifies user of all suspicious activities.
The last phase of the security wizard allows you to toggle auto start-up, behavioral guard and automatic update settings.
Emsisoft Mamutu uses a simple vertical tabbed interface. The interface is divided into the following sections: Security Status, Processes, Guard, Quarantine, Logs, and Settings.
Mamutu recognizes and reports the following types of behavior:
- Backdoor related behavior
- Spyware related behavior
- HiJacker related behavior
- Worm related behavior
- Dialer related behavior
- Keylogger related behavior
- Trojan Downloader related behavior
- Injection of code into other programs
- Manipulation of programs (patching)
- Invisible installations of software
- Invisible Rootkit processes
- Installation of services and drivers
- Creation of Autostart entries
- Manipulation of the Hosts file
- Changes of the browser settings
- Installation of debuggers on the system
- Simulated mouse and keyboard activity
- Direct disk sector access on hard disk
- Changes of the system group policies
Mamutu allows you to modify behavioral watch settings. You can turn off monitoring and protection of any of the above behavior if needed. These settings can be found under “Guard”. Here you can also set custom application rules. You can apply the following rules to installed applications:
- Monitor application, but allow specific activities
- Always block this application
- Exclude from protection
Adrian Nutiu from Emsisoft has provided 10 full version license of Emsisoft Mamutu for our readers (each valid for 1 year, worth $27).
To participate in this giveaway: *
- Follow Emsisoft on Facebook
- “Like” our Facebook page
- Leave a comment below (on this page not Facebook) on “Why you want Emsisoft Mamutu”. Make sure you enter your full name and valid email address when leaving a comment. The winners will be selected randomly using random.org and the license keys will be sent to their email address.
Winners will be announced on Feb-6-2012.
*Changes made as requested.