Probably best known as a firewall author, Agnitum has revamped its security bundle, Agnitum Outpost Pro Security Suite 2008 - with mixed results.

Still heavily focused on the firewall, Agnitum Outpost Pro Security Suite 2008 includes antimalware, antispam, host, rootkit, web and transaction protection.

Agnitum Outpost Pro Security Suite 2008 is available in single-user and five user versions.

The most obvious change is the user interface (UI). No longer is there a distinction between internet and 'plug-ins', and this list is replaced by the security modules available. You expand each item in Agnitum Outpost Pro Security Suite 2008's left pane and status details are revealed on the right.

The firewall remains as good as ever, on a par with Zone Alarm. Similarly, Agnitum Outpost Pro Security Suite 2008's combined antivirus (based on the VirusBuster engine) and antispyware module returns good scores and has won recent certification from the likes of VB100 and ICSA Labs. So no complaints there.

Agnitum Outpost Pro Security Suite 2008 isn't as 'smart' as its rivals and can swamp you with pop-up alerts. Although it has a 'learn' mode for its firewall and antispam, it still requires a relatively high degree of user intervention compared to the likes of Norton 360 which takes intelligent decisions on fairly arcane matters on behalf of the user.

You can tell the Agnitum Outpost Pro Security Suite 2008 firewall to learn your behaviour over a week and automatically create rules but this rather dangerously presumes your PC isn't already infected with, say, a Trojan.

You can also use switch on SmartScan to scan files really quickly although this uses the same tricks employed by rootkits and so can trigger a false alert.

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