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).
If you are thinking of giving this product a try, read comments by wyseass2 and techmail. I have some nasty sites that I use to test promises of malware prevention and popup blocking and this definately failed to warn me of anything. I would not give it the FatSavage seal of approval.
I tried the Haute Secure Browser Add-On. It stopped me from using my banks on line software. Installed it in a heartbeat!
I installed this on my second PC (a desktop with XP Home) that is configured as the primary PC for a home network. My network runs off a LinkSys WRT54G wireless, 4-port router and my primary PC has 7 USB drives connected to a A/C-powered, 7-port USB hub. Prior to installing Haute Secure I could, from my laptop connected to my wireless network, see and manipulate these seven shared USB drives. Not so after the install. So I removed it and things worked again like normal. Has someone else experienced this? Can someone explain why this might have happened?
After two days of use, I found it more annoying than useful as it identified most of the pop-up advertisement servers as malware providers. That behavior tells me that some people are tryimg to make it into a pop-up blocker. I already have a good pop-up blocker and I don't need to see a lot of false positives.
Remember...it is in the Beta phase and thus still under construction. Let's wait and see what the final product will look like.
Haute secure sounds to me like a good idea that just didn't follow through completely. A browser toolbar that provides protection from drive-by malware is an excellent idea; however if that tool offers false positives, and fails report known bad sites or bad sites found during searches, it severely limits the functionality of that program. In addition it may lure the user into a false sense of security. Since this is a Beta edition, I hope the developers will iron out the bugs, and provide a more reliable product for the final release. Considering that the developers are ex-Microsoft employees, lets all hope they have learned from Microsoft's mistakes, and don't release the final version with loads of holes and vulnerabilities,and worry about the problems as they become exploited, as is Redmond's usual practice.
It seems a good idea to have a toolbar that allows you to stop malware exploits.Since in the beta it has some niggles but that is expected.The thing that i want to know is how secure is the toolbar from exploits like buffer overflow or stack,heaps exploits.coz if it aint then one shall just be downloading more malware than normally they can. Hope the guys have learnt been in microsoft... and have not repeated the same development flaw that occur in most microsoft products
I use McAfee's SiteAdvisor now which is robust, free & not beta. It does alot more and over-protects at times, not under-protect. I guess I have a problem with a company wanting me to beta test their immature product. To me a beta test would be exercising a mature product to really get it ironed out to go production. This request to use it seems more like an alpha test. From looking at the screen captures, I see no motivation to install this.