Outpost Security Suite Free Review

Screenshot of Outpost Security Suite Free v7.1 in Windows XP
Outpost Security Suite Free v7.1. © Agnitum Ltd.

Note: Agnitum, the company that released Outpost Security Suite, was acquired by Yandex in 2015. Though you can still download the antivirus program through the link below, support and updates will end December 31, 2016.

Outpost Security Suite is an advanced, free antivirus program. It supports a firewall and email scanner as well as automatic scanning and automatic virus definition updates.

What I like most about Outpost Security Suite is that it provides lots of customizable settings, giving you serious control over the firewall and virus scanning settings.

Important: Outpost Security Suite provides constant virus protection, also called on-access or resident protection, for free. This means that Outpost Security Suite can completely replace antivirus software from companies like McAfee and Norton that charge for their software and for yearly access to updates.

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Pros

  • Automatic updates
  • Automatic scans
  • Easy to use
  • Includes an email scanner
  • Includes a firewall
  • Can exclude files/folders from being scanned
  • Able to scan USB drives automatically

Cons

  • Doesn't work on Windows 8 or Windows 10
  • You must re-register (for free) every year
  • Slow installation
  • Requires a restart after installation

Description

  • Works with 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP
  • Rules, policies, and other options can be customized for any program so Outpost Security Suite can allow/block all of its network activity or just specific ports
  • Real-time scans can optionally run heuristic analysis, skip files larger than a specific size, scan embedded OLE objects, check removable and network drives, and scan files only if they have a specific file extension
  • Programs and services from trusted vendors will have rules created automatically so you don't have to manually manage them
  • Several Anti-Leak options are available to prevent programs from operating on behalf of malware. You can allow/block a program's ability to do things like log keyboard actions, load drivers, terminate, and request DNS APIs, among others
  • Applications can be controlled to the point that you'll be prompted if they try to modify critical system objects. You can also explicitly allow or deny all requests by certain programs
  • System-wide firewall rules can be setup to block/allow/report a local/remote port or IP address that attempts access to/from your network
  • ICMP settings are customizable 
  • An email spam filter is included if you're running Microsoft Outlook, Windows Mail, or The Bat!

My Thoughts on Outpost Security Suite

There are so many advanced settings in Outpost Security Suite that listing all of them here would be very overwhelming. For example, the automatic USB scans even let you specify how large the drive must be before a scan is initiated. 

Also, all four scan profiles - full, quick, removable media, and context menu - can have all their settings modified. A quick scan, for instance, can optionally scan particular file types, skip files larger than a certain size, scan archives, scan the Windows registry, and, among others, check for malware in system folders.

I think Outpost Security Suite is actually pretty easy to use. The firewall settings are straightforward, and though there are many advanced options you may not use or change, it's great that they're there for people who do want to control them.

All these features show just how advanced and flexible Outpost Security Suite really is, which is absolutely wonderful for a program that's free. And the always-on virus scanner is definitely a plus.

Note: You must register Outpost Security Suite before you can use it, and this can be done by entering your name and email on the registration page. This is completely free to do, so just copy the key you receive in the email and paste it into Outpost Security Suite.

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