SECURITY TO THE CORE

First Glimpse:- SoftSphere DefenseWall Personal Firewall 3.0


Hello and a very warm welcome to all my readers.  Today i am gonna tell you about one of the best security product DefenseWall Personal Firewall by SoftSphere Technologies. I read quite a lot of good comments on it from Wilders Security forum.  So today i have decided to check out the latest version of  DefenseWall Personal Firewall version 3.0 myself.

It is an application which gives you a sandbox-style protection with your applications. It also provides you a strong policy-based HIPS (Host Intrusion Prevention System) as well as Personal Firewall protection too.

About Softsphere Technologies

SoftSphere Technologies was established in the year 2002 and consists of a team of highly specialized and experienced programmers. The organization is primarily active in the field of information security and their mission is to develop reliable means of protection against existing and future computer security threats.

One of the most important product of SoftSphere Technologies is “DefenseWall HIPS”, which i would like to discuss in this review in detail. According to Ilya Rabinovich, developer of DefenseWall HIPS aka DefenseWall Personal Firewall, it is a policy-based HIPS (Host Intrusion Prevention System) which protects oneself from various harmful software, such as spyware, botnets, adware, keyloggers or rootkits etc that cannot be stopped or blocked by your anti-virus or anti-spyware application while surfing over the internet.

Recently i have tested some new anti-virus software like Digital Defender and Zillya Antivirus. I was not able to share about Zillya AV because his developer requested me to analyze their new coming version, so i have not posted the test result here.

Anyways, today this is my first time testing on an HIPS software. DefenseWall Personal Firewall is not like other anti-malware products that you use to protect your computer system from various malicious softwares. Nowadays a number of viruses and other computer threats arrives from various mediums such as Internet, Intranet, email, flash drives etc.  In order to protect yourself from these threat you have to disable all the know mediums, but is it possible? No. It is really impossible because all these things are very important part of your computer system.

So what’s the DefenseWall have which other security products don’t have?  I must say Thanks to sandbox policy, virtualization and  strong restriction on all those application that comes from the same locations where virus can come in. It run all these application in an “Untrusted” mode with limited rights in a strong virtualized environment that is specially meant and allocated for them.

So in order to test it i have downloaded and installed DefenseWall Personal Firewall in my test machine. It is a customized PC having an Intel Quad Core 2.40 Ghz and 3 GB RAM. The operating system was Windows XP Pro with Service Pack 3 including all the latest updates.

Installation requires only 4 steps and it hardly take 5 seconds to install. YES believe me it only takes 5 Seconds.

Right after the installation, system restarts and DefenseWall shows a welcome window, which indicates the version of the package which you currently installed and prompts you for purchasing, entering the license code or testing the product.

As i don’t have the license key so i clicked on “Try now” button which gives me 30 days trial period to evaluate/test the product.

So soon after the installation i have started to test DefenseWall with various 0Day malware samples without changing the default configuration of DefenseWall. To my surprise all these samples were detected and executed as untrusted items and without compromising the system. Even i have tested the latest Zeus and TDSS rootkit samples which i have collected from various known shady sources, but both got failed to infect the computer system.

TDSS Rootkit after execution...Blocked by DefenseWall HIPS

TDSS Rootkit after execution...Blocked by DefenseWall HIPS

I have not able to find any single  isolated malware that could able to bypass DefenseWall. As long as you run ANY untrusted or malicious software as Untrusted, your computer will remain alright. The only thing you have to do is to click the  STOP Attack button to get all the nasties out of your system.

Main Interface

Main Interface

What i found that DefenseWall HIPS is far better then today’s Anti-Virus softwares which are mainly depend on their signature database. But i still recommend you to  install a good Anti-Virus software along with DefenseWall, as it is NOT meant as a replacement for an Anti-Virus product but should be considered as being a supplement to an Anti-Virus.

Summing It Up

DefenseWall is really a innovative product which uses a new technology to fight with next generation nasty malwares. All-in-all I am overly impressed with the functionality of this application. It did its job for what I tested it with, and does it very smoothly.

Official Website:- http://www.softsphere.com/

Last But Not Least:-

DefenseWall 3.0 is ready show its  muscles !!!

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20 responses

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  4. Seriously

    Seriously but you should stay away from reviewing security products because you dont have a clue. DefenseWall is a not a detection technology, its a “prompting” technology. It asks the user about everything, so whats the point of the product if the user has to decide. And to call DefenseWall “one of the best security product” clearly shows your ignorance about security products in the real world.

    April 22, 2010 at 09:44

  5. Great site. I like the way you explain everything without using complicated terms.

    April 22, 2010 at 12:13

  6. Hi,

    I haven’t said that it has Detection technology like AV products. It seems that you have not read my review thoroughly. And secondly i am very much aware of security products.

    If you do know about good products i will test them and let you know how good they are.

    Regards
    Avinash Rana

    April 22, 2010 at 12:46

  7. It’s funny how finally someone with a big post count on Wilders also criticises DefenseWall like I did (and hasn’t got banned yet):
    http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showpost.php?p=1663989&postcount=33
    http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showpost.php?p=1664027&postcount=37

    Feel free to reply to this post here, as I won’t be checking this blog again:
    http://ssj100.fullsubject.com/other-f6/defensewall-personal-firewall-300-released-t21.htm#102

    Remember, DefenseWall is a fairly large sum of money to pay straight up, and you’ll have to keep paying annual fees to keep your product up to date. In saying that, you have to do that with OA Premium/++ too.

    Please consider using the very powerful built-in security tools of your Windows OS which don’t cause any conflicts or slow-downs (http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showpost.php?p=1663455&postcount=14), and don’t have any bugs or require updating…and also are completely free!

    Regards.

    April 22, 2010 at 13:11

  8. Oh, and nice one to await “moderation” for posts. Please read my forum then:
    “Where freedom of speech meets computer security!”

    It’s a real pity really. All these people who are associated and affiliated with paid security products. Good luck!

    April 22, 2010 at 13:13

  9. Hi Ssj100,

    I have approved you comments. And you won’t get banned here. Feel free to speak whatever want to say except any vulgar things. 😉

    Warm Regards
    Avinash Rana

    April 22, 2010 at 13:45

  10. the choosen1

    heya

    welp its not personal , but Defensewall is a big miss lead , make user “feel” safe while user decided to run a software he downloadedm he won run it “untrusted” since it wont install correctly , so what the use???

    April 23, 2010 at 02:23

    • If user is sure then he can run his/her software as trusted one and it will definitely get installed without any problems. But if user is not sure whether the file is legitimate one or malicious one then he/she can install it untrusted and after that he/she can see the behavior of his installed software. And if it was found malicious then it can be reverted with the help of DefenseWall without compromising the system.

      I hope i have clarified it.

      Thank You.

      April 23, 2010 at 09:47

  11. Gerald Rozner

    Just wanted to say welcome to Gladiator Security Forum. Very nice review of DefenseWall. What “seriously” mentioned about the prompts from DefenseWall is just not true. Ilya has tried very hard to keep the prompts to a minimum. I think he has accomplished his goal.

    I have been testing Version 3 for a couple of months on the firewall side of the application. I would say this is the simplest firewall I have ever used.

    I tested many different types of keyloggers on it and it blocks all of them. Only prompts on three out of about nine of the tests.

    Anyway welcome to the forum and look forward to reading your posts and blog.

    Gerald

    April 24, 2010 at 23:50

  12. Firenze

    Defensewall is a DUMB technology, not worth the money, not even if it was free.

    It does NOTHING more than a default Windows 7 installation : Prompt you for everything you run, and you decide.

    This is not securityware, this is dumb nagware.

    May 6, 2010 at 01:21

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