In the third of our series of pre-Outpost 2009 improvements, we’ll take a look at the revamped SmartScan technology. Even if you’ve never delved below the surface of Outpost’s functionality, you will have noticed that a quick malware scan is performed in no time and even a full scan is pretty quick; well, that’s all thanks to Outpost’s SmartScan option. First implemented in Outpost Security Suite Pro 2007, this function (optional but highly recommended) worked on the principle of storing the details of previous scans in cached files in every folder on your PC; this avoided the need to recheck data that had already been scanned and had not changed since the last scan.
While this option was a great time-saver, in its original form it also caused anti-rootkit software to false-alarm on these cached files. Of course, these files were quite benign and not rootkits at all. They were protected by Outpost’s self-protection, so that no malware could subvert them (i.e., edit or delete them). Outpost 2009, to everyone’s relief, will no longer cause these false alarms to occur.
In the new version, all data about previously scanned items and folders is stored in a single file in the Windows/System32/ folder. Not only is gathering information from one source faster and easier for the scanner, but it also helps to avoid the abovementioned ‘false positive’ issue. This technology change goes hand-in-hand with some GUI tweaks, such as:
- During the installation, the ‘Enable SmartScan’ option is checked by default, regardless of which operating system is in use
- You won’t see any more program requests for clearing cache files on uninstall.
In summary: malware scans will be even faster and the program will require less user interaction while still preserving the ability to customize.
According to our estimations, the new SmartScan should operate 10 times faster! Of course, the best way for you to check and understand the benefits of these changes is to experience them yourself, so why not download the latest beta at http://www.agnitum.com/products/outpost/betatest.php. For more 2009-related Monday blog-notes, please check http://agnitumblog.blogspot.com/search/label/monday%20update%202009 or subscribe to the RSS feed. Next Monday – another new feature!
Take care online,
Chief Software Architect, Agnitum