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Old 02. Apr 2015, 05:26 AM   #11 (permalink)
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George.J, thanks. I like it: easy to follow and well presented information .
Yeah this is true. So much information at a glance and neatly presented and very easy to work with. The only thing I couldn't find out easily was how to block the connections, which wasn't clear, but then I later found out it was so easy, by clicking these Fire icons.

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I'm just trying Glasswire now, I'm liking it a lot too... it's more than just a monitoring tool.

I wasn't sure whether it used the native Windows FW or something of its own but it only took 2 minutes in their forum to find out.

On the other hand it's not clear what the Glasswire virus scan is based on. I'm pretty sure it's not using my installed AV. An admin post in their forum suggests that it might be Windows Defender but that's disabled on my system and there's nothing in the logs to show that it's been accessed.

It appears so far to be running happily alongside Tinywall which is great. I like Tiny a lot but I miss pop-up notifications and reversing permissions can be a pain. Glasswire seems to fill those gaps quite nicely.

CPU usage is quite high with the display opened - around 45% on my laptiop with 2.3 GHz CPU - but drops to nothing when running in the background.

I especially like the slider that lets you zoom in and out in the graph display.

Nice find, thanks George.
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A couple more thoughts ...

I'd like an option to set the time display to a 24 hour clock. A small detail but would be welcome.

Also a direct link to a service like WhoIs would be handy, rather than having to copy-paste the info into the WhoIs website.

Lastly a way to reset the connection notifications so that, for example, I can get a pop up when a program which has previously connected to the internet, connects again.

Still a great find though : )
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I'm averaging 5% CPU when it is open. The most it got to is 20%.

I like that it is like an application management wrapper on the Windows Firewall. It tells you where which applications are using the network, which hosts they are connecting to and when they first connected, and where the program is located on disk - other products focus on the process info forgetting that most users are more comfortable with applications.

Glasswire say you can virus scan the application using your own antivirus. I'm using Avira and it doesn't use the on-demand file scanner. If it does interact with Avira then it is not doing an actual scan but it might be confirming that Avira scanned the loaded application. I don't have time to confirm this. Avira may have an API for this purpose.

PS On the Glasswire site, many users complain about high memory use. It is using more memory the longer I use it but it is nowhere near the 100s of MB that some users complained of. The three processes total 35MB when running full screen.
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To all those who are suffering from high memory usage, this happens when you use GlassWire for a very long time. It increases incrementally with time, because all the history logs are stored in the memory.

To reduce memory usage, it's a good practice to clear your history by going to Settings->Client tab and "Clear History" and hit the Clear button. I once had memory usage above 200MB in the past, but after clearing history it went down to 25MB. It's recommended that you clear history once every 2 months or so.

It seems that the devs are working out on how to solve the memory consumption. Or probably they might have solved it because I haven't cleared history for a long time and it's still at 15MB memory usage.
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I'm averaging 5% CPU when it is open. The most it got to is 20%.

I like that it is like an application management wrapper on the Windows Firewall. It tells you where which applications are using the network, which hosts they are connecting to and when they first connected, and where the program is located on disk - other products focus on the process info forgetting that most users are more comfortable with applications.

Glasswire say you can virus scan the application using your own antivirus. I'm using Avira and it doesn't use the on-demand file scanner. If it does interact with Avira then it is not doing an actual scan but it might be confirming that Avira scanned the loaded application. I don't have time to confirm this. Avira may have an API for this purpose.

PS On the Glasswire site, many users complain about high memory use. It is using more memory the longer I use it but it is nowhere near the 100s of MB that some users complained of. The three processes total 35MB when running full screen.
Interesting ... it was very consistent for me yesterday, 40-45% when open, next to nothing when closed. Today though it's averaging around 4% whether open or closed. Not sure what to make of that.

I'm running Qihoo on my laptop, there's nothing in those logs to show that Glasswire accessed the Qihoo engines. I'll experiment in a bit though and find something that Qihoo hasn't scanned yet. It's not important but when a program includes such modules I do like to know how/if they work.

I saw the comments about high RAM usage on the site, and also a recent update which has apparently addressed this. I've not found it to be using much RAM on my laptop but it will be interesting to see if this changes as the history log build up over days.

Another post I saw is that the devs will be releasing a payware version with more features than the freebie. Hopefully that means features added to the payware version rather than stripped from the free one.
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To all those who are suffering from high memory usage, this happens when you use GlassWire for a very long time. It increases incrementally with time, because all the history logs are stored in the memory.

To reduce memory usage, it's a good practice to clear your history by going to Settings->Client tab and "Clear History" and hit the Clear button. I once had memory usage above 200MB in the past, but after clearing history it went down to 25MB. It's recommended that you clear history once every 2 months or so.

It seems that the devs are working out on how to solve the memory consumption. Or probably they might have solved it because I haven't cleared history for a long time and it's still at 15MB memory usage.
An option to export the history would be handy, if it's necessary to flush it at regular intervals.
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