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This list (earlier "Probably the Best Free Security List in the World") contains thousands of links to free security-related Windows desktop applications and web applications, with the goal of listing everything available that's not malicious or of low usefulness. This list doesn't include Windows desktop applications that work on only pre-Windows XP operating systems. This list also contains links to pages that contain security-related information. This list does not give recommendations ( except for the My Choices page ), but it contains links to other Gizmo's Freeware pages that give recommendations.

Use the Windows desktop applications or web applications on this list at your discretion. We usually don't test the Windows desktop applications or web applications on this list, and we usually don't scan the Windows desktop applications on this list with antivirus software. Some of the links in the Related Links section on this page give tips on deciding whether a given Windows desktop application or website is safe to use.

We periodically check all links on this list with Web of Trust. Only links that are rated by Web of Trust as green or unrated are shown as hyperlinks. Links that are rated by Web of Trust as yellow are shown as obfuscated links. Links that are rated by Web of Trust as red aren't allowed on this list. Links that directly link to files are shown as obfuscated links. To change an obfuscated link into a valid link, copy and paste the obfuscated link to your browser's address bar, then replace [COLON] with : and [DOT] with a period.

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I've just discovered WOT (Web of Trust) has been selling user data to third parties. Firefox has now blocked the plugin for security violations.

I went to their web site only to face a pop-up with no exit. I searched FAQs and the Forum and there was no mention of this.
It seems WOT has lost its status as a "security" product.

Hi all;

I simply don't understand the fuss about WOT. As I wrote in my Jan 25th. 2017 post on my blog "WOT has a few month ago modified their end user license agreement to conform more closely to what the add-on all can do. No surprise to me that they collect some information on the things you search for and where you then click on. Google does that for years and nobody gives a hoot.".

Furthermore I am of the opinion and have LOTS of experiences with my customers; they all value WOT highly. But many people "... don't seem to see the value of WOT for the normal non-geek end user and remain stubbornly on their negative stance towards WOT. ".

And later in the same post: "Mozilla even tricks people into disabling or removing WOT - despite the fact that there is no even remotely similar functionality available anywhere else.".

Finally: "It is a shame but I have to tell my customers that they have to use Google Chrome for their web searches if they want the advantages of WOT".

Again, AFAIK Google does pretty much the same thing (collecting information about us) but nobody stopped using Google for searching or any of the other Google services. Hypocrisy?

If you know where there is "... similar functionality available anywhere else..." then PLEASE, pretty please let me/us know here. With "similar functionality" I mean similar to WOT.

TIA

It's simple, really. A security app should not be compromising your security. All of them have done it at some point. Mozilla is not the bad guy here. Sure you can re-enable WOT but theres a good reason they've disabled it.

It's not that they're tracking your browsing - thats to be expected for something to give you these results. The issue is selling that data to third parties without removing user-identifiable information. And you don't know who those parties are. That's not security.

Google is not a security tool. I, like many others, use DuckDuckGo. It searches Google with minimal tracking. People do give a hoot, I'm afraid. More should.

Mozilla doesn't trick anyone. They disable plugins that they discover compromise your security. Thats a good feature.
Google updates have broken WOT in search results on several occasions. I didn't see such a cry over that.

I fully agree WOT was a great tool and have recommended it for years. As this is probably their funding model, I doubt much will change. As I also mentioned, it's a bad sign when a companies web site isn't behaving properly/ maintained. I've removed WOT.

There are other tools that do very similar but most of them have been bought up and integrated with security suites. Site Advisor into McAfee, for example.

DuckDuckGo is a privacy tool that accordingly removes personalised filtering of search results.

McAfee Site Advisor is still a downloadable browser extension. I expect that it continues to be much less effective than WOT just as it has for many years.

I agree that WOT has done something bad but the main alternatives all have blots on their reputation.

eikelein, you probably know that when Firefox disables the WOT extension it is possible to enable it. But for those who don't, you might have to tell Firefox to re-enable WOT a few times before Firefox leaves it alone.

There are two ways to get to the settings:

  • Select Menu (the "Hamburger") in the right end of the toolbar; then select Add-ons
  • Enter about:addons where you normally type in URL

Then:

  • Select the Extensions side tab
  • Find WOT in the list of extensions
  • Re-enable it using the Enable button

 

Remah,
I know exactly what you mean, thanks.
Quite a few of my customers got caught by automatic Firefox updates that placed FF's profile folder on he dektop as "Old Firefox Data" and created a new profile without any extensions.

In some cases I could "fix" that by copying the old profile back to where FF expects it and changing the profile.ini file accordingly.

The message that FF used to pop up about WOT was (is?) formulated in a way that my (often elderly) non-geek customers got scared and then clicked on Remove. After that it's all too late, WOT is gone.

Again, thank you for your remark and suggestions.

This is old news now. The WOT add-on has already been reinstated to the Chrome store. See the link below re: Firefox MC - Site Manager.
https://www.mywot.com/en/forum/73748-community-update-wot-on-firefox
http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/comments-suggestions-and-...

Thanks, MC. That forum post didn't come up on WOT for me.
However, the concern expressed by Mozilla was not only what the plugin was collecting but what WOT was doing with the information.

As other posters on the Gizmo forum observed, WOT is a "security" feature for safe surfing. In what way is it safe if their income comes from user tracking? They've lost this user and my on-line recommendations.

Thanks MC!

I've been using separate sandboxes (www.sandboxie.com) for each site where I do financial transactions or conduct other sensitive functions and delete the contents of the sandbox after use.

I personally have separate account for financial.

And I NEVER use admin account.

Nice security list. it would be helpful if there were links to go to those sites too.
Since some are out-dated the years of operation might be listed along the side.

A major concern is what security etc. programs that work on a WIN7 system will still work on WIN 10 OS. It would be nice to see a tabulated list that shows this someplace. If you are aware of any please post and/or share in email newsletter. Thanks. [I realize time is limited]

I guess all major products already support win 10. 

I am not personally using win10 and will not in near future.

The problem is time indeed. Would you like to join us to become co-author?

What do you think about AdFender compared to AdMuncher? http://www.adfender.com/

I personally use AdMuncher. Haven't seen any comparison of them.

Why are there so many broken links and outdated programs on this list? Seems to me it hasn't been reviewed in quite awhile, as I clicked on many programs in the list that hadn't been updated since 2010 or 2012. Support has ended for many programs on the list also, due to age. One example is Xerobank, which hasn't been around since '09 or so. I don't know about you, but I prefer products that are up-to-date on the latest threats.

joy90976, You are invited to become co-author of this list. The reason for inactivity is simple: time.

@joy90976
Dear joy,
Why don't you voluntarily offer to take over administration of this list?
Now THAT would help...

Sorry for the inactivity guys, but we're back! Well at least I am trying to keep it up-to-date.

Feel free to add your comments, suggestions, and critiques!

Sigh, life gets in the way... I think we may need a new helper for this.

I used Threatfire for several years but quit when it was no longer being updated. This program has not been updated since March of 2012, should it still be on this list (HIPS)?
Cheers

The inclusion criteria for threat-fighting applications is whether the given application is useless (or nearly useless) against current threats. I'm sure that ThreatFire is not as good against current threats as it was back when it was maintained. So the question is whether this low bar is not being met? In this particular case, even if the low bar is not met, ThreatFire can also be configured to alert on single behaviors, making ThreatFire behave more like most other HIPS.

Very soon (perhaps today) a new key called "Discontinued or inactive" will be introduced. This key will be used for ThreatFire.

Thank you for the feedback :).

Does any of this software run on Windows 10?

Emsisoft Emergency Kit,  HitmanPro.Alert,  Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Prey (Anti-Theft), SoftPerfect RAM Disk, WinPatrol, Zemana Anti-Malware, PeStudio, SUMo, LastPass, TrafficLight, VTchromizer, WOT, µBlock

The above is actually my security setup, minus what's already in Windows 10 (system imaging, file history, SmartScreen, Windows Defender, Protected Mode, UAC, etc.)

Yes, some of the software should run on Windows 10. You'll have to explore each individual link for information about Windows 10 compatibility.

A new revised list is coming soon! Tell us what you think.

I think it is a great list, though I would prefer to see some description for each tool.

Sorry, but I have to object to (seemingly) generally giving download links from Cnet.com or Download.com. Maybe I misunderstand the text.

These are in my experience some of the worst sites adding unnecessary download programs and wrappers that in turn then get (ab)used to sneakily get PuPs installed.

Recommending Cnet/Download.com IMHO equals aiding the proliferation of one of the nastiest kind of malware that currently is way too common. I have found that almost always there are other options.

Nasties, that you can typically uncheck during installation, and if you accidentally install them, you can easily uninstall them. Or is there something more serious I am not aware of? (I yesterday reinstalled my Windows and used Download.com many times without nasty suprises.)

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