Immunet v2 update on the way: adds multi-engine malware and virus scanning to cloud-powered core
Immunet v1 has been a success, and the company is already hard at work on version 2. Now in closed beta testing, Immunet 2 will feature some big-time improvements to its antivirus and antimalware defenses. Thanks to a partnership with Sourcefire -- makers of the ClamAV -- and the introduction of Avira's scanning engine, Immunet 2 will be the first Windows antivirus app to sport multi-engine scanning.
That's not the only thing which sets Immunet apart from other free Windows antivirus programs. There's one other giant difference: Immunet is free for use anywhere -- including commercial environments. Yes, you can run Immunet's antivirus defense on all of your SMB's machines without spending a dime. The same can't be said of apps like Avira, Avast, AVG, Comodo, or even Security Essentials.
Immunet is, however, going to bring a paid version to market which will incorporate additional engines for even greater defense. I've been testing the new version, and the additions haven't come at the expense of system resources -- Immunet v2 is still one of the lightest antivirus apps I've ever used, and it runs nicely in tandem with Microsoft Security Essentials.
The paid version also gets you additional scanners: email, archived or packed files, and deep scan. Both versions offer scheduled scanning, exclusions, and blocking mode -- which prevents application installs temporarily until they are determined to be safe.
Immunet version 2 looks very promising so far. If you're interested in getting your hands on a beta version to try out, stay tuned -- I'll be doing my best to secure access for some lucky Download Squad readers.