New freeware takes some mystery out of rogue files


Wondering about a weird file on your desktop or laptop? Now there's a way for you to solve the mystery -- for free.

Endpoint security provider Bit9 Inc. of Cambridge, Mass., today unveiled a free search engine to identify software files on Windows computers.

...Once the free utility called FileAdvisor is installed, a user can right-click and select from an additional menu item to run a search of Bit9's 250 million file records (and growing). A user need only enter a name or hash to discover what the file likely is and, importantly, whether or not it can be trusted based on who made the file, what the application is, what commercial software packages contain it and how many instances of it are in the marketplace. This is done by matching it against that massive database. New freeware takes some mystery out of rogue files

Linked by shanmuga Tuesday, 14th March 2006 12:03AM