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Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 12 July 2007 11:33
Startup Launches Free Malware Blocker
— Tim Wilson, Site Editor, Dark Reading

JULY 11, 2007 | A new, free software tool promises to recognize incoming malware -- and prevent it from being loaded onto your computer.

Haute Secure, a startup that was founded last year and has received $500,000 in seed-round funding, today launched a beta version of its eponymous application, which runs on Windows. The free download, which is designed for individual users, is available to anyone who wants to kick its tires.



Haute Secure uses a special algorithm to reveal the behavior displayed by malware when it is trying to install itself on a client machine. When it sees this sort of behavior, it can react to prevent the installation from occurring, according to Steve Anderson, vice president of marketing for the startup.

"It sits at the kernel level in Windows and watches about 70 API calls," Anderson says. "It allows you to set rules of behavior for applications, and if those rules are violated, it can stop a download from occurring."

In addition, Haute Secure is collecting a database of malicious links -- both known and newly-discovered -- that it will use to help identify risky sites and downloads so that the malware never makes it to the machine, much less gets installed... more

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