Sentry Benefits

The Sentry service gives you anti-virus/anti-malware protection before other malware tools even know there is a problem.


How can this be?

Other anti-malware tools depend on having already seen the pattern, or "signature" of a piece of malware. They need to scan all your existing and incoming files. Sentry is watching your computer, not the patterns in files. Sentry detects malware changes from the first time they are attempted on your computer.

Sentry sees and sends an alert as soon as the bad guys try to make a change to your Windows computer's vulnerable execution spaces.

Nearly all virus/malware depends on a reboot of your Windows computer. When Sentry has alerted, we can clear the infection, ideally before  a reboot. Monitoring by Sentry makes all this possible.


Why do I need Sentry?

Most anti-malware tools "lock the barn after the horse is gone." If the threat is a new version of malware, it will get past them because it has not been seen before. Many anti-malware tools do not even regard "annoyware" or "grayware" software (such as intrusive browser toolbars) as malware.

Once a computer is infected, without Sentry, malware cleanup can take from 4 to 8 or 12 hours of labor. Many support personnel recommend a full hard disk erase and reinstall. (You did have a backup, didn't you?) 

Since we can remedy an infection in minutes, even one incident will save the price of a Sentry subscription many times over.


How is Sentry different from other malware tools?

Other tools have to have seen the malware before. Sentry catches even the first instance.

Other tools have to update and download a library of patterns. Sentry is always current.

Other tools have to run a scan to see if the malware is present. Sentry catches it when it arrives.

Other tools are going to miss the newest versions of malware. Sentry catches new or old versions of malware.


Is my data secure?

Sentry installed on your machine watches for changes to your Windows computer. When a threatening change to a protected area is attempted, a simple alert is sent to the Systems Guardian server. Then we work with the you to remedy the situation in short order. No other data is sent from your computer to the server.


Is there a difference between a virus and malware?

Strictly speaking, a virus is one particular kind of malware, although historically "virus" has become a common term for any infection. "Malware" is the broader term covering many kinds of unwanted infectious software.