This Monday we’re looking at a new layout for an old feature – the Process Activity monitor. In both Outpost 2008 and 2009, this tab was situated with the Host protection module which enables the program to proactively block zero-day threats and potential viruses before they can infect a PC. By tracking running processes and their characteristics, it is possible to analyze their status and easily implement firewall rules to ensure the best protection.
You may remember that our first posting in this 2009 series was focused on Network Activity Monitor improvements. We’ve tweaked the Process Activity display in the same way – it now uses a tree-like structure that will remind you of Process Explorer.
For instance, in this tab you can access details on how the process was started, the rules related to this or that application, and other properties with a simple double-click. To terminate a process, you can either right- click and choose Terminate or hit the Delete key. These are just a couple of examples.
To expand a little:
All the “branches” of the tree are maximized by default, and you’ll find corresponding icons beside every application name. The Toggle Sort command (see the Context Menu screenshot below) leads to the “flat” structure display, with sorting enabled. All unknown (unsigned) applications are displayed in dark blue.
The 2009 Process Activity layout offers three columns by default:
- Anti-Leak Rules
plus additional columns:
- PID [Process Identifier]
- Bytes Sent/Recv
- Speed Sent/Recv
- Full Path
Here's how the Context Menu for a process looks:
For comparison, we suggest you take a look at the current Process Activity module in Outpost 2008:
Now here’s the new 2009 design:
We believe we’ve done the right thing and made the access to rules easier and the overall display much clearer. The 2009 design gives you more control over the program, as all the essential properties are easily available, so you can edit or disable a process instantly – essential when you’re dealing with a potential malware infection.
As always, we encourage you to join our beta program at http://www.agnitum.com/products/outpost/betatest.php and evaluate the product yourself! You can read our 2009-related Monday blog at http://agnitumblog.blogspot.com/search/label/monday%20update%202009 or subscribe to the RSS feed.
See you next Monday for another great new Outpost 2009 feature analysis!
Take care online,
Chief Software Architect, Agnitum