[DISCUSSION] Shadow Defender

Discussion in 'Application Software' started by Pasta88, Dec 8, 2018.

  1. Pasta88

    Pasta88 MDL Expert

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    Hi, Just wondering if any peeps here use shadow defender? If you do, what do you think of it. Even if you dont use it, maybe some of you have heard things about it.

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  2. Mr.X

    Mr.X MDL Guru

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    I use it every day. All I can say its driver is great doing it's job: protecting drives and/or partitions, MBR included.
     
  3. Mr.X

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    #6 Mr.X, Dec 9, 2018
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    Be careful with this statement.

    Any file will be written, altered, deleted or created even on the shadowed drive or partition. Even by any program and any form of malware too. The medular point here is to understand that when you reboot the machine, all changes done during the session are and will be gone. Again a machine reboot is mandatory to discard any changes done by malware or goodware.

    That said, Shadow Defender does not prevent malware to run cause it is not designed for such end. Shadow Defender is designed to discard changes to the filesystem on the protected shadowed partition only after a machine restart.

    If malware runs while in shadow mode, it could do the same harm like stealing credentials, leak information, etc. But after a machine restart any malware sitting on the filesystem will be gone, BUT the harm it does as mentioned is NOT mitigated nor prevented. So you still need additional protection to STOP malware on its tracks.

    Attacks like ransomware, like those malicious cryptomalwares, could be easily reverted as any change on the files sitting over the filesystem can be reverted at restart if the drive/partition was shadowed during the session.

    In addition, Shadow Defender, as it reverts or discards any bad or good changes to the filesystem at reboot time, your machine virtually can remain in a pristine state indefinitely. Hence less reformats and os reinstalls are needed. Fwiw I've been using my W8.1 installation for 1 yr. now and it's working like a fresh install.

    Shadow Defender prevents persistence of malware or any other software or changes to the filesystem protecting the drive from track 0, including MBR, on MBR or GPT disks.

    Shadow Defender does not protect from malware that injects code to BIOS firmware, like BadUSB attacks do.
     
  4. spinalGR

    spinalGR MDL Member

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  5. asache

    asache MDL Junior Member

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    Maybe because it does what it does, its not an antivirus to need updates. Its like you use a restore point every time you open your pc or like a live cd.
     
  6. spinalGR

    spinalGR MDL Member

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    yes ..but windows 10 gets continuously updates and probably won't works in newer version of windows 10.

    For Windows XP and 7 works perfect !
     
  7. Mr.X

    Mr.X MDL Guru

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    When that happens we'll see whether the developer is still around.
     
  8. mdl052020

    mdl052020 MDL Member

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    whats the use of this so called shadow defender .
     
  9. paresh

    paresh MDL Novice

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    Acronis Try&Decide vs Shadow Defender, which one is better?
     
  10. Mr.X

    Mr.X MDL Guru

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    Shadow Defender.
     
  11. loader24

    loader24 MDL Junior Member

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    I'm not an SD fan, coz I'm deepfreeze user. However, I want to try SD for curiosity reason. And I'm looking forward, someone will guide me in the process.
     
  12. Mr.X

    Mr.X MDL Guru

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    Go and search Wilders Security forums. You will find more than you expected.

    I use SD on a daily basis all day long.
     
  13. spinalGR

    spinalGR MDL Member

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    Is the program abandonware ?