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Christian Mairoll

New in 2017.8: Windows Firewall Fortification

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As announced earlier, we are changing our firewall strategy and will soon merge Emsisoft Internet Security with Emsisoft Anti-Malware, effective as of our next release in October. Instead of developing our own firewall module, we’re going to rely on the built-in Windows Firewall core that has proven to be powerful and reliable. Its only weak point is the fact that anyone can freely change the firewall configuration. In other words, if malware manages to run on the PC with sufficient administrator permissions, it’s able to allow itself to get through the firewall.

To resolve this vulnerability, we’ve developed a new Firewall Fortification feature for Emsisoft Anti-Malware’s Behavior Blocker as part of our 2017.8 release. Firewall Fortification detects and intercepts malicious actions from non-trustworthy programs in real time before they can cause any damage.

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Behavior Blocker alert: Firewall manipulation

All 2017.8 improvements in a nutshell

Emsisoft Anti-Malware

  • New: Firewall Fortification feature that blocks illegitimate manipulations of Windows Firewall rules.
  • Improved: Forensics logging.
  • Fixed: Rare program freezes on opening the forensics log, confirming of surf protection notifications and during malware detection.
  • Fixed: Computer restart instead of computer shutdown executed, when set for a silent scan.
  • Several minor tweaks and fixes.

Emsisoft Enterprise Console

  • Improved certificate handling to avoid connectivity issues.
  • Several minor user interface improvements.
  • Several minor tweaks and fixes.

Emsisoft Emergency Kit

  • New: Forensic Log: A condensed timeline that shows all events and user actions in an easy to read form.
  • Several minor tweaks and fixes.

How to obtain the new version

As always, so long as you have auto-updates enabled in the software, you will receive the latest version automatically during your regularly scheduled updates, which are hourly by default. New users please download the full installer from our product pages.

Note to Enterprise users: If you have chosen to receive “Delayed” updates in the Update settings for your clients, they will receive the new software version no earlier than 30 days after the regular “Stable” availability. This gives you time to perform internal compatibility tests before a new version gets rolled out to your clients automatically.

Have a great, well-protected day!

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