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Best Free Intrusion Prevention and Detection Utility for Home Use (HIPS)

SoftSphere, the makers of the highly regarded DefenseWall HIPS are offering a free copy of DefenseWall exclusively to Gizmo's Freeware readers. The offer will be available for a three day period starting from 2.00 PM Pacific Standard Time, Thursday 10 December and ending at 2.00 PM Sunday 13 December.

In computer security circles DefenseWall has a top reputation as it offers outstanding protection without being intrusive or demanding of users. In fact many users won't even notice that it is running.

DefenseWall is a policy-based HIPS that uses software whitelists and blacklists to control the privileges of the programs that run on your PC. By reducing the privileges of Internet-facing and other vulnerable programs it very effectively prevents the installation of malware. Because it is not signature-based it is highly effective in preventing zero-day threats. This makes it an ideal companion for your antivirus scanner.

The program was reviewed by AV Comparatives in May 2009. In their tests it provided 100% against their sample set of malware. The full review can be downloaded as a PDF from here:

The program being offered has identical features to the latest $29.95 version 2.56 of DefenseWall except that it comes without support or free upgrades. However it can upgraded to the latest, full version 2.x release for $10.95 at any time before April 12, 2010. It can also be upgraded to the upcoming version 3 of DefenseWall with inbuilt firewall for $20.95. Upgrades can be made here.  Should you upgrade please note that Gizmo's Freeware does not receive any fee or commission.

Version 2.56 supports Windows 7 32 bit as well as Windows 2000, XP, 2003 and Vista 32-bit.

The special free version of DefenseWall can be downloaded from the link below from 2.00PM USA Pacific Standard Time, Thurday 10 December and ending at 2.00 PM Sunday 13 December.

(Link removed as offer has now expired)

File size: 3374677 bytes
MD5:   de15f644910b78677c8cfe6478c0d78a
SHA1: 092f1ea0235de26faab2b6de1ad38f06b7e64e1a

The files in the zip scan 100% clean at both and Click the links to see the scans.


DefenseWall is an advanced security program. Like all such programs we recommend you backup your PC prior to installation. We also caution against using DefenseWall with another HIPS such as ThreatFire due to the possibility of unwanted interactions.

1. Download the file and unpack the two files in the zip to your desktop or other convenient location.

2. Double click the file DefenseWall_HIPS_v2_56_gizmo_edition.exe to start the installation. Note that the conditions listed in the license agreement apply to the standard 30 trial version. The actual conditions for the special promotional product you are installing are those stated above.

3. You will need to reboot your computer after installation. After rebooting you will see a DefenseWall window, Click the "Enter code" button and navigate to the license file TechSupportAlert Giveaway.12.10.2009.dwu which you downloaded in the zip. Select this file and the installation is complete.

4. Your computer is now protected. For further usage and configuration information check out the SoftSphere forums.


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by Anonymous on 18. December 2009 - 7:51  (38928)

I downloaded the ZIP and have it still unused on my USB stick, because I´m currently trying Returnil.
Will it expire?

by Anonymous on 15. December 2009 - 3:08  (38694)

Obviously this is a great piece of software for those that are willing to try it out and for those that are familiar with this kind of software. For those with not too much knowledge of this type of technology should at least play around with it until you get familiar with it. It is very respected by top-notch security experts and can very much help you in the long run.

by SoftSphere on 14. December 2009 - 15:56  (38643)

If you have had issues because of DefenseWall and still want to use the program, send me an e-mail to the support address with detailed description. If the issue is because of my software, you will get new version fixed and one year's key for free.

by Anonymous on 1. February 2010 - 21:06  (42570)

Thank you for this. I am running IE8 with Microsoft Security Essentials. Also GeSWall. I am not crazy about GeSwall. It is good, but the pop ups in the lower right corner annoy me very much, and they get in the way. I did some reading as to why I could not run DefenseWall and what I have read so far is Security Essentials and IE8 are not compatible with DefenseWall. Maybe it is only Security Essentials. I have tried to install DefenseWall 3 times and it totally froze up my computer in all ways. It turned off my Antivirus, it took forever to connect to Google, and reboot would not even happed it just froze. I would just like to run DefenseWall alone. I feel there is no use to run any other security program along with your product except maybe my fire wall which is windows. Any information you can forward to me would be appreciated. Thank you, Dave Curtis.

Moderators comment:
Email address removed for safety reasons

by Anonymous on 9. April 2010 - 2:47  (47280)

I also had the same problems with defense wall. It really trashed my laptop to the point where the repair shop had to completely remove windows and reinstall which also meant I had to reset all my email server addys, and reinstall other apps I had collected.
It was conflicting with Microsoft essentials, prevex, and some software that has an umbrella for it's icon (all are antivirus programs).
The older versions of Defense wall worked fine for me but the newer versions were a nightmare.
Also, the company would not even make good on the small repair bill I had to pay...pretty greedy I think.

by Anonymous on 14. January 2010 - 4:30  (40992)

sir due to my computer crash i have lost my setup file that i got from GIZMO offer.i still have the activation key as i uploaded to my email account.i very much liked your software and want to still use it.

could you please email me the same gizmo file(only the setup.exe) or you can also upload that file to mediafire and give me the link here or on my email

my email is: [email address moderated]

by Anonymous on 14. December 2009 - 23:30  (38684)

Sorry, I have completely removed the product and am unable to give the sort of full description you would need, to help you figure it out.

Thank you anyway for your generous offer.

The only thing I know is that as of now, I am back to no problems and believe they were due to your product, but do not have enough information to give you to help out. There could be other things I did which compounded the problem, but do not know for sure.

by Anonymous on 14. December 2009 - 0:35  (38596)

Sorry but installing this was a huge mistake. Win XP SP2, Mozilla Firefoxz 3.5.5.

Firefox would no longer work for me, My entire system slowed to a crawl and I was unable to do many things because they were protected from me.

Took me two days to figure out the problem. I removed it completely.

I don't need this much so called protection!

by Anonymous on 13. December 2009 - 14:18  (38532)

We are all very thankful to you, G!


by Anonymous on 13. December 2009 - 8:50  (38511)

Installs on my Dell Windows 7 laptop perfectly. The only other security software I use is Avira Free and Windows Firewall/anti-malware.

This is my idea of a perfect security programme as it (apparaently) gives great protection but doesn't bombard me with stupid questions

by Anonymous on 13. December 2009 - 7:50  (38500)

Once this expires, is DriveSentry/GeSWall a good replacement?

by ako (not verified) on 13. December 2009 - 10:42  (38524)

it does not expire

by sunkumarspace on 13. December 2009 - 7:19  (38494)

Great programme , working flawlessly with OA Pro, after installation the run safer right click context menu option of OA Pro disappear and in place appear the Defence Wall Hips options, it runs most of the unsafe applications as untrusted /the less priviledged way , in a sense it is working wonders placing my computer in a safer and more controlled environment. It is abit like Ges Wall is aggressive resource hunter it is working handsomely and smooth , after installation OA Pro keep it inthe untrusted list , not appearing in the system menu , then manually adjusted it and 3 of its processes as trusted and allow from OA Pro programmes and then Defence Wall in the next restart appears and works effortlessly.It is a little wonder , and silent sweeper of most of the malicious contents of internet.

from its help file>>>>>

DefenseWall considers all applications that interact with the internet to be Untrusted threat gateways and new applications and files that you view or download via these threat gateways to be Untrusted also, for maximum safety.

Your browser, email client, media player, IM/chat, P2P client, download manager, etc. (from known, reputable sources) are trustworthy application files, in and of themselves, from the author or vendor. However, because they connect to the internet, these threat gateways are considered Untrusted applications while running.

For example:
You have downloaded Firefox Browser from Being a trustworthy author/vendor and the file itself trustworthy, install it as Trusted.

However, it must run as Untrusted when it connects to the internet because a Browser is a threat gateway. After installation, go to Untrusted Applications - Add - Add from Built-in list - Apply!

If you consider a file or application you want to install to be itself fully Trusted, it must be installed as Trusted. Quick method: use the Windows Explorer Context Menu - Run as trusted.

DefenseWall considers applications and files received/downloaded via Untrusted threat gateways to be potentially harmful and sets them as Untrusted and, as is, they cannot harm your system.

by bo.elam on 13. December 2009 - 5:05  (38485)

I am sorry to read that some users are having trouble
but on my case it has been a beauty. My system is XP
SP3 running DW with Avira free and sandboxie only. I
did lots of reading about this program this past couple
of days and I installed it a couple of hours ago and all
the program that I have tested are working properly and
as before installing DW. I think is going to be easy to
learn how to use the program as Ilya design it to be used,
so I think I am going to like this program. Thanks Ilya,
thanks Gizmo for the opportunity of using this great product.
Bo Elam

by Anonymous on 13. December 2009 - 4:59  (38484)

I use NetVeda safety net free edition. Every time I try something else, I end up going back to it. I am running XP home edition sp2

by Anonymous on 14. December 2009 - 19:35  (38657)

netveda is a firewall. This is HIPS You can use both of them together.

by Rigsby on 13. December 2009 - 0:44  (38459)

Sorry to say but using this caused me grief.

To name but two :-

(Mozilla) Thunderbird 3 was broke. The calendar had missing components, so was unusable & you couldn't install/remove addons.

Trillian's interface with Skype was broke.

Unistalled DefenseWall HIPS & everything went back to working.

by Bfensty on 12. December 2009 - 23:47  (38437)

Looks like some good results and some bad ones. Running Vista 32. Didn't work for me, registered my Microsoft Outlook as unfavorable, couldn't even get to email to see how to register the product. Also wouldn't let my Digsby run. Would be nice to NOT lock out installed and working programs and let the user select which ones to watch. Completely locked up my computer - even Task Manager wouldn't start for me. Had to uninstall.

by Anonymous on 12. December 2009 - 19:25  (38418)

Have deleted all the printers of my PC (recovery as soon as the program is uninstalled!)

by Anonymous on 12. December 2009 - 9:46  (38386)

It seems to be a good program but I noticed that it can be terminated using the task manager which is a deal breaker. No self-defense is no defense.

by SoftSphere on 12. December 2009 - 11:34  (38392)

Why to prevent you to kill GUI process from within trusted zone?

by Anonymous on 12. December 2009 - 20:00  (38422)

Even advanced process termination can terminate Defensewall. Why is APT a trusted application to begin with?

by ako (not verified) on 13. December 2009 - 10:42  (38523)

You don't seem to understand how DW works. Please read the help file.

by Anonymous on 12. December 2009 - 9:42  (38384)

crashed my system ,and disabled system restore ,took me 2 hours to get system running again,not impressed

by Anonymous on 12. December 2009 - 8:55  (38379)

Everytime I run peerblock I get the bluescreen, its off my computer.

by Anonymous on 12. December 2009 - 8:44  (38377)

Reading the post on this site. I assumed "no uprades" was referring to the programs core.

"The program being offered has identical features to the latest $29.95 version 2.56 of DefenseWall except that it comes without support or free upgrades"

You can not update defense walls definitions which makes this program use able for about 2 days. I'm going to uninstall and try a free hips wall. Thanks anyway!

by Anonymous on 12. December 2009 - 9:25  (38383)

Being a HIPS program there should not be any definition updates. I understand a program update. Whereas antivirus and antispyware do need to update their definitions.

by Anonymous on 12. December 2009 - 7:05  (38373)

Kaspersky Internet security 2010 found two files from this download that were infected with generic trojan 12/12/2009 1:40:54 AM Quarantined legal software that can be used by criminals for damaging your computer or personal data PDM.Trojan.generic C:\USERS\ADMIN USER\APPDATA\LOCAL\TEMP\RARSFX2\DEFENSEWALL.EXE risk level: High

12/12/2009 1:41:00 AM Quarantined legal software that can be used by criminals for damaging your computer or personal data PDM.Trojan.generic C:\USERS\ADMIN USER\DOWNLOADS\GIZMOS-FREEWARE-DEFWALL-PROMO\GIZMOS-FREEWARE-DWALL-PROMO\DEFENSEWALL_HIPS_V2_56_GIZMO_EDITION.EXE risk level:High

I take it that it doesn't play well with Kaspersky.

by Anonymous on 12. December 2009 - 20:25  (38426)

that's another kaspersky false positive! get rid of that av, version 2010 is a PIECE OF CRAP!!!

by Anonymous on 12. December 2009 - 7:13  (38374)

reading down the list I see that I'm not the only one thats had issues with this free download. I'm going to stick to Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 its never let me down so far and its reputation is much better.

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