SecureAPlus is a unique Windows PC security solution that combines SecureAge Technology’s powerful Application Whitelisting technology with 10+ Anti-Virus engines in the cloud.

With that being the case, it is easy to simply review and judge the it as merely a multi-Antivirus software or as an executable blocker with popup prompts.

This is not the case and we would like reviewers to go past that perception.

Information on Application Whitelisting Testing

At it’s very core, SecureAPlus is an Application Whitelisting software.

It’s 3 main functions are:

  • to automatically create an Application Whitelist from the User’s existing system
  • to effectively block all untrusted applications and scripts from running freely and potentially harm a PC
  • to easily update and maintain the Application Whitelist

In order to give SecureAPlus a fair evaluation of what it is set to do, we recommend reviewers to note the following:

Let the Initial Full System Scan finish

SecureAPlus uses the Initial Full System Scan to build the user’s whitelist based on what is already on the system. SecureAPlus works much more effectively if the user’s whitelist is already done.

Do not have the folder of Viruses and Malware you intend to test on it inside the PC prior to installing SecureAPlus

All files and folders at the time of installation will be trusted by default. If viruses and malware are already in the system prior to installing SecureAPlus, Application Whitelisting will not block them.

Reviewers  can, however, transfer these files while the Initial scan is already/still in progress.

PC may Slowdown during the Initial Full System Scan

Like all other full system scans, SecureAPlus uses hardware resources to process it. SecureAPlus automatically keeps performance drain to very low levels whenever the user is actively interacting with the PC (i.e. moving mouse & typing on the keyboard).

When the user’s computer is idle, SecureAPlus will try to use more memory to speed up the scan. The varying selectable speeds during the Initial Full System Scan is actually the limits imposed to SecureAPlus as to the amount of processing power and memory the user is allocating.

Whenever Application Whitelisting is Prompting, SecureAPlus is Actually Blocking/Protecting

A file, application, or script detected by Application Whitelisting and is prompting the user (in Interactive Mode) is actually still blocked. Regardless of a positive or negative diagnosis, at the point of prompting SecureAPlus has succeeded in preventing a potentially harmful file from running/auto-running.

Simply closing the prompt or ignoring it entirely will keep the application blocked, until the “Trust & Run” option is selected or the user manually trusts (right-click and select “Trusted” on the trust level) the file.

Jotti Integration is Only a 2nd Opinion Diagnosis

Only Universal AV does the real-time scanning. Files blocked and are unknown to Universal AV are automatically checked against Jotti for a 2nd opinion. If it has been already historically scanned by Jotti, the results are immediately shown. If Jotti has no record of the scan, users are given the option to send the file.

For unknown files, users are advised to wait for a diagnosis from either Universal AV or Jotti before choosing the “Trust & Run” option.

Further Information on Anti-Virus Components Testing

SecureAPlus comes with Universal AV (10+ Anti-Viruses) and an optional Offline AV. Reviewers should also note the following when reviewing its Antivirus capabilities:

Initial Universal AV Scan Results

Universal AV only scans the initial system state in the cloud upon finishing the initial full system scan. As there maybe a lot of initial files, it might take awhile for the cloud servers to return with the result. However Universal AV does actively scan and diagnose new files introduced to the PC after SecureAPlus is installed.

Universal AV and Offline AV Can be Disabled

When disabled from the settings, SecureAPlus users will not be able to do quick full system scans as well as right-click scanning of particular files or folders. This also means that viruses and malware introduced to the PC will not be detected while the scanners are off.

When these viruses and malware do decide to run, Application Whitelisting will still block them. However, there will be no diagnosis available with the prompt due to the scanners being disabled. Please do not turn the scanners off if you intend to test the anti-virus component.

Offline AV is Optional

Users can forego installing the Offline AV. This is strongly encouraged when the user intends to or already has an existing Anti-Virus software that they would like to continue using. Application Whitelisting, Universal AV, and prompting will still work without the Offline AV.

Requesting Review Copies of SecureAPlus Premium

Interested individuals (and groups) who wish to request a copy of SecureAPlus Premium for testing may do so by sending an email to the following address:

secureaplus@secureage.com

Do note that the decision to grant SecureAPlus Premium licenses for review is subject to approval on a case-by-case basis.

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