Anti Trojan Software
(Now called Anti Malware)
Component of the
Home Computer Security Baseline"Anti what?" - a phrase I hear all the time.
What is Anti Trojan Software?
First of all, Anti Trojan software is NOT the same as Anti Virus software, even though many Anti Virus software's claim to protect against Trojans. To some degree they may, but not to the degree necessary. And I say this from personal experience. - That's what you're paying me for, right? :)
The difference is pretty simple. Anti Virus software is looking for certain patterns of code in files. Anti Trojan software is looking for certain activity in your computers memory or RAM (not your hard disk).
What kind of programs are trojans? Well, key loggers for one. Trojan programs are some of the very worst, and I have seen many Trojans operating at will with up to date, top name anti virus software running concurrently!
Enter Anti Trojan software. The only successful package I have seen in this category is unfortunately a very low key product. They don't advertise much and until recently they operated a website that was, well, very early '90's motif.
In a way, though, that's good. It shows that they are spending their time and money making their product better, not just "marketing" a poor product like so many others.
How about Malware?
Anti Trojan and Anti Malware are many times used interchangeably. I'm not saying that's correct, but it's done. To me, malware can be most anything that harms your ability to use the PC for what YOU need done. Trojans, on the other hand, are always malicious and covert programs trying to take over your PC.
Special Note: This type of threat is now being referred to as a "rootkit" program or threat. BOClean DOES protect against what is commonly called rootkits.
"So what's the Anti Trojan software to buy?"
IT's NOW FREE! - BOClean. Named originally as a solution to one of the first Trojans out there, a rather nasty one called Back Orifice. Hence the name BOClean. Originally sold in license form, the company recently sold to Comodo. The principle technical minds behind it went to Comodo with it and released a new version that is now FREE.
Get COMODO BOClean (under anti malware) for FREE Here.
Please note: Installing BOClean isn't enough. The program isn't running and protecting you until you either reboot or manually run the program (Start | All Programs | Comodo BOClean | Comodo BOClean. The BOClean icon should be seen in the task tray.
"Why don't other home computer security baseline's include Anti Trojan Software?"Good question. I have no idea. I have written to one author and suggested it. No response. My guess is that there is no money in it for them, but some accuse me of being a cynic! Now, as you might guess, Anti Trojan Software needs continuous updates also. BOClean has recently changed their pricing and licensing. The cost went down just a bit but the license is now the industry standard 1 year where it used to be a 3 year license. Scratch that, it's now FREE! (June 2007)
I recommend this product because it has saved my bacon many times!
When I'm cleaning an infected computer, one of the first things I do is get out my USB key and install a copy of BOClean and get it scanning the computers memory just as soon as possible. Chances are, within 10 minutes or so as I'm working on other things, BOClean will pop up and tell me it found a Trojan and offer to delete the file - I always answer "yes". The cost of BOClean is (FREE) a much better deal to the customer than the additional time it would take me to try to find the culprit the hard way.
BOClean is now listed on Comodo's site as Anti Malware, but don't let that fool you. BOClean is much more of a heavyweight than that!
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