FortiClient FREE

Hi Guys

I stumbled upon this yesterday and it seems that CIS has a real competitor from Fortinet. Fortinet just released a free Security suite quite comparable to CIS, of course nothing compares to D+ ;). However, it is a good suite worth a try.

Here are the relevant links:

and here is Fortinet blog:

Thanks and let me what you think of the suite.

Peace. :slight_smile:

Im testing it out atm actually and it seems pretty good. Ive tested it againts about 15 links so far and nothing seems to have got through. But my virtual machine has just started running really slow :-. Its got a built in VPN service which is pretty cool ( haven’t used it though) and the the app detection doesn’t seem to make much sense to me.

Overall i like it its got an easy to use interface ( but some pop ups appear behind windows) and the signatures seems pretty good for new malware. Be good to hear what other people think.

What VM are you using VirtualBox or VMWare? To me VirtualBox is much faster. I’m glad you like FortiClient. Please do not leave CIS though ;D.


Nah i wont be leaving CIS. Im using Microsoft virtual pc. After i wrote that post explorer.exe crashed and i had to reset the VM. After it rebooted i ran a malwarebytes scan and it found 14 infected items. Some where temp internet files but there were a few in the system32 directory and some reg keys. Looks like it didn’t block it all after all.

So I presumed you made a test; could you tell me more about it? What security software did you test? Please use virtualbox and it is free.

All i did was install FortiClient FREE on my virtual machine and tested against urls on just to get a rough idea of what it was like.

I have used virtual box in the past but defence + doesn’t work on it and i like being able to copy files from the host system and paste them into the host system.

You can still copy file from host to guest and vice versa in virtualbox, you just have to create a share folder. If you need more info let me know.


Hi MetalShaun

Could you please, if you have the time today, test Forticlient self protection with task manager and Process Explorer in order to see how well FortiClient protects its processes from termination. I hope it provides kernel level protection like CIS. Thanks.


It’s just my opinion, mind you, but I’m thinking that Comodo now has a competitor whose product is worth worrying about… or at least keeping an eye on.

Fortinet’s FortiClient Endpoint Security Suite Standard Edition has, as part of that company’s “No Computer Left Behind Initiative,” become freeware.

FortiClient Endpoint Security Suite Standard Edition

It claims to be a true “endpoint” security product, and its features include:

Antivirus/Antispyware engine, SSL and IPSec VPN clients, Personal Firewall protection, Intrusion Prevention, Web Filtering, Endpoint Application Detection, Endpoint Monitoring and Control, WAN Optimization, Anti-Rootkit Protection, Pre- and Post-Execution Behavioral Analysis, Real-Time Poisoned Webpage Protection, and FortiGuard update services.


Reports on the performance and reliability of the product are all over the map; but the more reasonable and trustworthy folks whose opinions I’ve read out there say its anti-virus detection is fairly poor, with questionable heuristics and lots of false positives; and its firewall isn’t quite ready for primetime. Reports are that it also screws around with folder sharing on a LAN; and it scored poorly in Matousec.

However, it is VERY lightweight, fast, looks nice and – especially when compared with CIS – is very user friendly. Plus, its feature list is just plain impressive.

However, it’s obviously not ready to give CIS a run for its money…


One way to fend off any future competition it could provide might (and I stress the word “might”) be for Comodo to add as many of FortiClient’s features as possible… which couldn’t hurt CIS in any case.

I’m not saying it’s anything for Comodo to worry about; but if it ever one day becomes that, you can say that you read it here first, folks. [grin]


ADDENDUM: I would have appreciated it if the moderator had not combined my thread into this one, but I guess there’s nothing I can do about it. I’ve moderated several forums, and I have always been very careful to respect the intent of thread starters. My thread was intentionally cautionary; but this one seems almost (and I stress the word “almost”) to celebrate. Nuance matters. I would ask that mine be more respected in the future. (Added 9/4/2009 at 8:35 AM PDT)

Interesting, I’lll probably give this a whirl on a VM tomorrow.
Thanks Harpguy.


even though I have no idea who or what they are. They give me a rogue feeling. :stuck_out_tongue: If you look at their website it says : “premium editon” which should be of course : “premium edition”

Note : I’m not saying that this company and/or it’s products are rogues !


eXPerience is right in pointing out the mispelling. It gives you an untrust feeling. Fortinet Offers Robust Security Suite, for Free

Another free AV/FW: SecureIT Free Edition


it seems that they’re indeed a legit company, just the typo gives you that strange feeling…

Another free AV/FW: SecureIT Free Edition
this is just another software product based on Clamav, not really competition for CIS ;). But they're nice to have

best regards,

best regards,

Certainly a controversial company. Although I have it running in VM just now, I don’t think I’d want to use it on purely moral grounds.

Seems like they have quite a few different products, they even have several certifications available all with associated training.

AV scan thought Google Chrome was a baddie :slight_smile: Can’t say I like the interface and they seem to be running a Proxy.

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Raymond has a mixed review about it:

As for me, I’m not changing my security setup. :stuck_out_tongue:

One with “Personal firewall technology”. I don’t know of any other application using ClamAV that has a firewall, and I only know of three free applications with AV and FW.

Another suite to watch is Rising Security Suite which seem to be pretty good, I have been using it for about 2 months now without any Fp and light on system resources.

Rising Antivirus Free Edition

You know, I could just not get Rising to install on my 32-bit Vista SP2 (on a 2007-model HP Pavillion notebook). It was really weird… and I really wanted to fiddle around with it.

To those of you testing FortiClient: I’d sure be interested in knowing how your own tests compared with some of the stuff I’ve been reading out in the world about this thing. One guy wrote in a blog just this morning that only something like 10 out of 21 of his “test” viruses were detected… and that NONE of the viruses coming from Asian places like Brontok and Almanahe were detected.

He’s the one, also, who, though not the first to mention FortiClient’s interfering with sharing on a LAN, seems to be the first to have found a workaround. He wrote: “I’ve even configured the firewall to ‘Pass All’ which means disabling the firewall, setting the network as Trusted zone and set the security level to Low but still cannot access shared folders. Finally I disabled webfilter and now I can access any shared folders on the network.”

Oy! So, obviously, FortiClient’s got some issues.

He also wrote, just FYI: [i]"After installing FortiClient on a clean Windows XP Professional SP3 with all latest hotfixes, I am seeing a total of 8 processes with 58MB memory being taken up. Running a full system scan with normal scan priority only takes up 30% CPU usage in average. FortiClient took 9 minutes and 38 seconds to complete scanning 21817 items which is also pretty fast. When I ran a full system scan again the next day, it took only 5 minutes and 2 seconds to scan 21815 files. Very likely FortiClient maintains a database of ‘safe files not to scan’ to cut down the scanning time.

“I’ve also tested FortiClient against my private trojan since it came with a firewall and intrusion detection. First of all, the virus signature cannot detect the trojan. When it comes to heuristic analysis, FortiClient also fails to detect any injection. Then I connected my test computer from my laptop using the backdoor trojan, there was no warning on the intrusion detection.”[/i]

So, apparently this guy has written his own trojan, which he uses for testing. Interesting. And, FortiClient apparently failed, miserably, against it. (I sure hope this guy’s not writing anything which ultimately gets released to the wild!)

Anyway… just tryin’ to share. I just don’t want to see this product get ahead of CIS in any way…

…not that it might be capable of that, it seems, from what everyone’s writing. Then again, CIS had some serious weaknesses once, too.

Something to think about.