Twister Anti-TrojanVirus: Review and License giveaway

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In todays ever-emerging market of antivirus, the number of companies actually developing standalone engines are smaller in number. Most license existing engines and often add some in-house technologies for further betterment. Twister Anti-TrojanVirus from Filseclab is one of the product in that rare class. Filseclab used to be famous for its free personal firewall which they have not updated since July, 2005. Anyway its antivirus though less known is quite efficient in its category. Moreover its probably the unique antivirus that offers lifetime licensing.

Features and opinion

  • Clean interface! Offers skinning. Six skins are there to choose from:

  • The protection of Twister consists of three layers.
  1. Anti-Trojan & Virus
  2. FDD System
  3. Registry Protector
  • Anti-Trojan & Virus part consists of signature/generic/heuristic detection which is supported by a rapid update system. The automatic updater is set to update every 3 hours. You can submit suspicious files by just pressing Ctrl+Shift+E and submit false detections by pressing Ctrl+Shift+F. The submission is limited to 10 files at one time, and the total size is limited to 50Mb. While uploading it also checks if it is detected in the cloud and if it has already been uploaded before. It also has a quarantine manager and schedules scan options.

  • FDS System or Filseclab Dynamic Defense System is the behavior blocker of Twister Antivirus. You can make it’s sensitivity to vary within three levels. Whenever FDSS detects anything it alerts for action to take and scans it in the cloud and asks to submit that.

  • A lot of trojans or viruses are like to hijack the Windows Registry for getting more chances to launch themselves, and have others like to modify important data section for letting Windows depend on them, therefore, the Windows will be paralysis if you cleaned them. So, there may make more serious problems after the trojans or viruses cleaned. The Registry Protector can fix these problems. It can also detect the unknown trojans, spywares and viruses. It will intelligently analyze these data when it detected the questionable value of Registry, and it will be able to locate the suspect files based on the questionable value. In my experience the registry protector pop-up might be confusing for less techie users there needs to be some information of what it could do.

  • A lot more customizations can be performed from the options menu. The software keeps log of detections and online submission.


  • Twister has a Registry Fix Tool that provides a group of commands to fix a lot of problems with Windows and its Registry, in addition, it can also optimize Windows for getting better performance.

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  • If you have trusted some FDDS and registry protector detection mistakenly, you will be able to edit them on-demand.

  • It has two tools:
  1. Power Removal Tool to remove stubborn malware.
  2. Process Viewer.

 

  •  It has a options menu with nice customizations.

  • Computer Virus Immunity: Virus Immunity originates from biological immunity technology, like as the antibody will be produced after vaccination. Computer Virus Immunity is similar feature, the purpose is making the computer producing antibody for anti-unknown viruses. The general anti-virus software only can anti-known viruses and the frequent update is required, so, the viruses will get more chances to spread. The virus immunity can anti-unknown viruses even the virus definition did not update. Twister will save some kernel data of EXE/SCR/COM files as DNA, the infection of viruses will change the files’ DNA, once a file’s DNA was changed and detected by Twister, the Twister will alert this file immunity has been damaged.This fearure is not enabled by default, because it is very difficult to differentiate infection and normal operation, usually it will make some misjudgments especially for frequent installation some software. However, it is very useful for the operation system that the software is not frequent change.
  • It also offers an “Extended Virus Definition” that includes very sensitive rules, such as Packer etc, and should be used only for strict security because it will increase the number of false positives.
  • The software lacks any white-list signatures and web traffic scanning but that does not reduce its efficiency.
  • It supports only 32 bit windows. 64 bit support will be there in coming v8.
  • The webpage and the help file are backdated.
  • It offers offline database files for use to offline PC.
  • The software installation requires a reboot after product launch not right after installation.
  • The antivirus is quite light on resources. It runs 3 processes at idle time: Twister.exe, TPAutoConnSvc.exe, TPAutoConnect.exe acquiring a total of 15Mb RAM and 0% CPU usage.  Scan time is pretty fast.
  • Twister Antivirus registers in Windows Security Center or Action Center. It is not meant to run with another antivirus.
  • It supports a wide range of windows, Windows95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003/VISTA/Windows7/Windows2008.
  • Twister antivirus has 90 days trial version which can be registered with the following license

8BB5-F475-576B-41D1-1881

  • In my personal tests it performs excellently (~99% detection) against 2/3 years old malware. 80% detection on 1-2 months old malware and 40% detection against old malwares. But don’t take my test as an authentic one as I tested with very small malware sets and also I haven’t done any execution of those samples. I am sure most of the undetected ones would get caught by its behavior blocker. Thanks to its  layered security, users should concern very little about its signature detection. The good part is that they are very fast at adding malwares in database. I have created a short video on my experience with Twister.

Giveaway

Christine Liang from Filseclab have agreed to contribute 120 one year licenses of this antivirus. If you are interested in having a license, follow the following things.

  • Tell me your present security setup.
  • Optionally share this news to wherever you can and let me know about your share.

The licenses are for one PC but these can be used on offline PC and is transferable to other PC. Also there is no shelf-life. You can activate it any time.

The giveaway will run until 31st January, 2012. winners will be randomly chosen.

 

Update

The number of licenses have been increased and the number of days of giveaway too…:-)

 

Happy New Year in advance!

 

GIVEAWAY ENDED! WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON.

100 comments

  1. The best review! As always!
    I have superantispyware but with all those pests on the internet I would love to have this one too. Happy New year dear Sujay! I wish for you the most beautiful bride in the world!
    Lilia

  2. I am currently using Rising Internet Security, but am always interested in testing new products. I would like to compare this with rising’s antivirus as to system resource usage.

  3. Really nice to see Twister at giveaway. Thanks Sujay! 🙂

    ArcaVir Internet Security 2012 + Malwarebytes free version + Superantispyware portable version…

  4. I use KIS 2012 and Malwarebytes Pro. I would indeed like to try this new Trojan killer! Thanks

  5. Thanks for the giveaway :)It’s very good AV.
    My current setups:
    No1
    real-time: OA Free + MSE + SpyShelter Premium
    on-demand: MBAM, Emsisoft EEK
    No2
    real-time: OA Free + Avast Free AV + Mamutu
    on-demand: Wondershare Time Freeze, MBAM, Emsisoft EEK
    No3
    real-time: SEP11 + SpyShelter Premium + Shadow Defender
    on-demand: MBAM, Emsisoft EEK

    http://forum.safegroup.pl/topic-t5355.html#p137813

  6. Thanks a lot for the awesome giveaway.

    Malwarebytes anitmalware, superantispyware, hitman pro, sandboxie

  7. My setup:
    Panda Cloud Antivirus
    Sandboxie
    Wondershare Time Freeze 2.0
    Online Armour Premium

    Goodluck…

  8. Good review Sujay da. I currently use Trustport Total security and Malwarebytes free. Thanks and count me in.

  9. Avast! Free Antivirus
    Comodo Firewall with Defense+
    AppGuard
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (On Demand)

  10. Active : Norton Internet Security

    On Demand : MAMB ,

    LUA (Limited User Account)+SRP (Software Restriction Policies )+DEP(Data Execution Prevention )

    Imaging the system at the begining of every month with Acronis ,

    File Backup : Handy Backup™ Home Professional

  11. I’m now using Avast Inter security. I think it not secure enough. I feel grateful you count me in.

  12. I use ZoneAlarm Free Firewall and Microsoft Security Essentials.

    Please put my name in for this drawing.

    Thank you for bringing this offer to us.

  13. Thanks Sujay and Filseclab for arranging nice give away for nice Product.

    Currently I have Avast free
    + windows 7 built in Firewall + Firefox 9 with ABP, No Scripts, lastpass Addons.

    I used it in a past as a trial, and I really love it. And I really thankful to yours If you can count me for license.

  14. Hello guys! I’d like to say Happy New year to all of you! May it be a wonderful and prosperous year for us.

    Now getting back to the topic.
    My main Real Time Protection is Norton Internet Security 2012 with tweaked settings for better protection capabilities. I also have UAC tweaked to Maximum Settings.

    Next for my DNS Protection, I’m using OpenDNS.

    And Finally for exploit mitigation, I’m using EMET 2.1 which is a free tool provided by Microsoft. I have configured it to Maximum Security Settings and have configured the vulnerable programs in my system such as my browsers, media players, PDF readers and some critical system components to run under it.

  15. I like Twister Anti-TrojanVirus, my machine just to install it, very good, take up very little, in the hope that it will do better in 2012 ….

  16. Hi, thanks for giveaway and Happy New Year.
    Now I’m using Vipre antivirus, I very like “light” software. I often tests new security software and I hope I win this one.

  17. Please count me in also as i have never tried this antivirus im a big fan of AVAST and AVIRA both have served me well but im willing to test this out if i win a copy my best to you all for the new year.

  18. I use winpatrol plus, comodo firewall, immunet, MSE, and superantispyware – this would be a handy addition – count me in!

  19. Comodo Internet Security Premium
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro

    I hope I can grab one of these :)) Thanks :))

  20. Hello and thanks for a nice and comprehensive review and for the giveaway. Currently I’m running NIS 2012. Would like to try Twister, heard quite a few good things about it.

  21. i am using bullguard internet security 12 now. Not heavy, effective, but, rather poor at removing malwares. And i want to try twister antivirus now. Many people said that twister is good at detecting malwares, and it is quite light on system. hope i can win

    1. machine 1
      vipre av +sandboxie paid and mbam free

      machine 2
      Emsisoft antimalware +sandboxie paid and mbam free

  22. Beautiful Hello all. ESET Smart Security + CCleaner. Happy New Year 2012 to all from a heart.

  23. Hi, i have emsisoft antimalware paid edition and rising firewall.
    Please count me in.
    Twister antivirus is a true gem i have tried in past ,very light and secure.It deserves great reputation and don’t forget that when you buy it ,has lifetime license updates!

  24. Nice review! My current setup:

    Bitdefender Internet Security 2012
    Zemana AntiLogger
    Winpatrol

  25. Hello! I would like to enter this giveaway,
    my current security setup is f-secure IS 2012 beta trial for 6 months. I heard this AV has some good reputation. Hope to win

  26. I use on my desktop with Windows 7 Ultimate 64, 4gb ram, 2 tb HD

    1] comodo internet security pro 2012
    2] Malwarebytes Anti Mallware
    3] RUbotted
    4] USB Disk Security
    5] Kingsoft Doctor
    6] Toolwiz care

    Thanks for offer.

  27. Hi:
    I do not have a security software and am despretly in need of one for my old pc. I am un-employed (laid off) and can not afford a paid security system. Therefor I would realy like totbe able to get twister since I have heard a lot of good things about. I thank in advance for the possibly getting a license of twister.

  28. 1) Comodo FW
    2) Avira Antivirus Free
    3) Malwarebytes Pro
    4) Win Patrol 2012 Free
    5) SuperAntiSpyware 5.0.1142 Free Edition
    6) Sandboxie
    7) Shadow Defender 1.0325

  29. Currently I am using Microsoft Security Essential to protect my Windows. Please count me in Sir.

    THX, LJBU!

  30. Please consider me in Dude.
    Once upon a time I used Avast but the license reached time limit..:-(
    Need to protect my OS.

  31. Net Protector Total Internet Security 2012
    Windows Defender
    Windows Firewall
    Please Count Me In………

  32. – I do not have any antivirus protection atm. I cannot afford to buy. Running Windows 7 windows defender.

  33. Opps, I forgot to enter. I was curious about this app.

    I’m currently using Avira IS 2012, Sandboxie and Zemana.

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