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What's the catch? The only problem with this method of protection is that it requires user knowledge and interaction. In other words, you have to be involved--and to be honest, it can be a pain. If you want to install a program, you'll have to temporarily disable System Protect or allow access via popup dialogs (if you're in Ask mode), or the install will fail. By default, System Protect only watches system files but you can also put a watch on any folder you choose. Personally, I think it stops a bit short in this regard--I'd like the ability to completely write-protect folders as well. Now that would be protection.

Though I didn't like its attempt to install a toolbar (don't blindly click through the install!), System Protect did a good job in my anecdotal testing. And I did some extra malware homework--after all, who gives away a program like this for free? Its GUI is excellently rendered, it's extremely easy to use, and it seems to perform as advertised. I subjected the program and post-install system to every scan I could find--including Bitdefender's online scanner, AVG, and HijackThis--and all gave it a clean bill of health.

Therefore, your only question should be "Do I really want to be personally involved in safeguarding my computer?" Or for those with safe surfing habits who always scan downloads, "Do I really need this much security?"

--Jon L. Jacobi

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