One of the security programs that I can wholeheartedly recommend is Microsoft's Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit or short EMET. It is not an antivirus application but tackles security from a different angle. What it does basically is to mitigate attempts to exploit the system.
So, it comes into play after other security solutions failed to protect The Windows operating system. Without EMET, the attack would be successful. With EMET installed and running, it may be mitigated so that harm cannot be done, or not like on unprotected systems.
This is very useful for new unpatched 0-day exploits that come to light ever so often, as it protects your computer from a good chunk of them.
It is by no means a catch-all security application, but it mitigates many common attack types and forms on the system. That's is great, as is, that it is completely free to download and use.
The program itself runs quietly in the background after installation and initial configuration, and does not take up that many resources either.
Microsoft has released an update to EMET today that brings the version of the program to 4.1. It has been primarily designed to improve the configuration and deployment of EMET in Enterprise environments.
You can head over to the Microsoft Download Center page where you can download the latest version directly to your system.
Note: If you plan to upgrade from EMET 3.0, note that version 4.1 of the application requires the Microsoft .Net Framework 4.0 on the system you want to run it on. Windows 8 users who want EMET to work with IE10 on their system need to install this patch prior to installing EMET 4.0 or 4.1.
EMET 4.1 introduces several new features and updates to existing functionality:
You can install EMET 4.1 over any existing version of the program. The default configuration wizard is displayed to you and you can either select to keep existing settings, or use the recommended settings.
It is alternatively possible to export your current EMET configuration, uninstall the program afterwards, to install a fresh copy of the new version 4.1 of EMET afterwards. Your configuration can then be imported again into the program so that you do not have to go the -- sometimes lengthy -- configuration process again.
A restart of the system is required to complete the installation.
Check out our review of EMET 4.0 which walks you through installation and configuration, and provides you with best use tips to get the most out of the application.
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