EMET (Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit) is a powerful free security tool from Microsoft. EMET hardens your system against various exploit techniques by making programs run in a restricted mode and has been the subject of previous tips. The current version 4.1 has just been updated today to version 4.1 Update.
The Microsoft description is here and the download page is here. The setup MSI file is 8.2 MB. A 1.8 MB PDF user’s guide is also available at this link. According to Microsoft, EMET supports Windows XP Service Pack 3 on up, including Windows 8.1. However, please note the following requirements from Microsoft:
Please remember that EMET 4.1 Update 1 requires .NET Framework 4, and in order to protect Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 you need to install KB2790907 – a mandatory AppCompat update that has been released on March 12th, 2013 or any other AppCompat update for Windows 8 after that.
An extensive tutorial on how to use EMET has been written by fellow Gizmo editor Dedoimedo and is at this link. The tutorial is for version 4.0 but I assume it is still applicable.
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