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52. Re: Skyrim Versus ThreatFire Nov 17, 2011, 17:57 ^Drag0n^
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Nov 13, 2011, 18:17:
Good catch. I've worked with almost every anti-virus there is in my career and I've never heard of ThreatFire. Is this popular?

Sorry I missed this one.

I wouldn't say it's popular, but it does come bundled in PC Tools AV, or is free if downloaded independently.

The rub on it is that it's a Day Zero heuristic monitor that looks for 'suspicious application behavior' and stops it when it occurs. The downside is that it looks like a handful of games (CoD:WaW, Skyrim, and some PunkBuster-enabled titles) take exception to what it's doing and do not launch. They just stop.

PC Tools is aware of these issues, but it involves a level of cooperation with the authors of the code triggering a false positive, most of which don't seem too inclined to jump on addressing the issue.

Not surprising, because as you pointed out, there just aren't a lot of people that use ThreatFire. I'm just disappointed that the studios don't at least test for this or make people aware when an issue becomes known.
 
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