Haute Secure - Blocking drive-by malware downloads

Haute Secure - Blocking drive-by malware downloads

Summary: This gallery takes a look at Haute Secure, a new Internet Explorer add-on that promises to block drive-by exploits from compromising Windows computers.


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  • Haute Secure, an anti-malware start-up founded by four former Microsoft employees, is using a new browser toolbar to block drive-by exploits from compromising Windows computers.

    The idea is to fit behavior-based profiling algorithms into an Internet Explorer toolbar to identify and intercept malicious files in real-time.

    The tool is currently available as a free beta download from the Haute Secure Web site.

    In this gallery, we take a look at the installation and use of Haute Secure on IE 7 (Windows Vista).

  • Before installing, the user is required to agree to an End User Licensing Agreement (EULA).

Topics: Microsoft, Browser, Hardware, Malware, Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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  • Get a Mac? [nt]

    • re: Get a Mac

      When you do get a Mac and you are on the desktop , go into the applications folder . Look for Internet Explorer , drag it to the garbage can , and delete it . It's a shame you can't do that on Windows .
      • But, but, but....

        Surely you jest!! There is the "Set Program Access And Defaults" that will.... no wait... that just makes the gullible rubes feel like they've accomplished something, when all they've done is hide Microsoft's browser, (code name Swiss Cheese), from their view.

        "Huh? What? But I don't have Internet Explorer!!! How did I get 438 malware packages on my PC?"
        Hallowed are the Ori
      • Mac

        One can always Dream!
    • Because Safari

      is bullet proof :roll:

      That said, unless Safari makes inroads on Windows, nobody will waste time exploiting its security holes. As it stands, the market share is to small to bother for anyone but security guys doing proof of concept, and i suspect they get more for finding holes in Firefox and IE.
      • Safari's not foolproof

        One site I visited didn't seem to think Safari was too far out of their way. I got one of those "if you don't download my product, I'll pop-up you to death" bugs. Luckily, it was easily dispatched, unlike some real resilient ones on my dell.
  • Wow!

    Some ex-softies have decided there is money to be made in blocking drive-by malware for windows. Oh wait, if you believe the "usual suspects" then drive-by exploits for Windows don't exist any more.

    Well, good luck to them. If they think there's money out there for them to make off this, well, go for it.
    • It's a self sustaining industry,

      monopolized by MS. DOJ, where are you when we need you.
      • Huh?

        Last I checked, Norton dominated the space.
    • Wow! ?

      Perhaps they are hoping to make money buy having good old MS buy them out!
  • It's not malware...

    It's not spam, it's selective advertizing!

  • Mouldy pies with built in Alka-Seltzer

    One would have thought that if this technique is going to work, Microsoft would have already integrated it into the desperately shoddy IE component of the Windows OS.

    Either As it is, one of two things will happen - Microsoft will simply steal this idea and "innovate" it into Windows as an original Microsoft idea, or, the start-up will collect a massive amount of cash from their former employer when they sell out to them.

    Microsoft's approach to security has always been analagous to selling mouldy pies with integrated stomach medicine. It's an approach that only a monopoly can profit from.

    Choose stomach ache - choose Windows.
    • Mouldy pies

      Didn't microsoft try this already with something call Windows Defender? Useless junk program that has yet to fix anything!
  • Aw you poor IE users get it again !

    Geez I am glad I got Linux . . No more Patch Tuesday to wonder about and the holes which are not patched or fixed . . I have never known so many people whom would buy car which the tires go flat once a month or more . .
    • Hosed by design

      Purely By accident, I discovered that the "Patch Tuesday" patches are a huge reason for windows systems slowing down! I had a client that had received a virus that messed up one of his system files. After cleaning out his system, I un-installed a few of his recent patches to restore the file. After rebooting, it seemed a little faster. So, I uninstalled some more patches, and it got faster. I kept going, each reboot going faster and faster until the system wouldn't let me remove them any more. At this point, the system was running like it was new!! I then ran automatic update and let it re-install ONLY the current patches, and it kept running like a champ...until the next malware.

      I tried this on a couple of other systems that had not been infected with anything, but were getting slow any way, inspite of running the usual defrag etc. Sure enough, they got their speed back!

      Then the wonderus "Genuine Advantage" came out. Can't back that one out, so you can't back out anything else that came before!!!

      I turn off Automatic Updates by default. Most of the malware problems that are actually encountered during day to day operations, are stopped by Trend or AVG. Whether the patches are there or not. Should a patch be required for them to function, then all current updates are then downloaded and installed. But in one rare shot, not weekly. This has helped considerably to keep the system's speed up. Speed needed for WORK.

      I think MS is using Genuine (Dis)Advantage and patch Tuesday to slowly reduce existing installation to a crawl in order to generate sales of "Newer, Better, Faster" versions.

      Hosed again, by design.
      • by design

        Good Gawd I thought I was the only one who felt this way!
      • So, let me get this straight

        I want to speed up my PC too. I've got to find the windows updates and uninstall them one by one until my computer boots up at the desired speed. Hmmm. Now where do I go to do that again? What? I'm using Linux?

        Never mind......
        • Same Here

          Yeah, me too. OpenSuSE 10.2 x86_64 on my Desktop and
          32bit on my G40 Thinkpad. I like it more and more each
          day. The only doze-apps I use anymore are Quickbooks
          (Switching to GnuCash) and BetZip. I almost have
          BetZip figured out in Crossover/Wine.
      • Could it be

        from fragmentation? I know whenever I install windows, i grab all the patches and slipstream a new windows CD.

        One thing you can also do is remove all the patch backups. The less you have on an HD the better it performs.
        • That's the first place I go...

          I have gotten some speed back with smart-placement
          defrag tools and file cleanup etc. But nothing like
          removing the accumulated patches.