Fortres 101 is an innovative security agent that resides invisibly between the computer and the user. A computer sentinel, it monitors each action the user makes and determines if that action is legal or not. As a systems administrator for one or one thousand machines, software security is a must. Protecting not only the software and hardware applications, it also protects time and money by preventing damage to files and programs. You will no longer waste time re-imaging, ghosting, or reinstalling software because of accidental or mischievous deletions and errors. It offers you the ability to restrict/block local hard drives and removable floppy disk drives as well as any local file, folder, or application.
Reviewing 6.0 Build 2019 (Oct 26, 2010)
This software has a HUGE hole in it. All you have to do is hold down the WINDOWS + F key combination for longer periods of time (~30 seconds).
This issue has been known since 2001/2002 and they reported it fixed. I purchased the software in early 2010 and believed the software secure. Then I started having issues on my production floor being reported and discovered that the same issue remained.
When I reported it to Fortres Grand Technical support they told me they would get back to me with a fix. I pursued a solution all the way to the VP of Marketing (Patty Grobe) and in the end, she told me that it would be as long as two weeks before a possible patch would be possible, because her developers were at a conference. I explained to her that my company was heavily impacted as the word was spread on how to bypass Fortress 101, but she only apologized.
I would not recommend this software, nor the company.
1. Because the problem is reoccurring and they cannot be depended upon to not let it happen again (assuming they fix it again).
2. The company is not responsive to helping its customers (not a priority)
Version: 6.5, build 2207, installed on Windows XP SP3
From: Patty Grobe [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 8:29 AM
Subject: RE: Fortres 101 bypass Patch
I am terribly sorry for the huge inconvenience. I certainly understand your frustration.
The timing is bad. Our developers are all out this week for a Microsoft developers conference. I did speak with the lead Fortres 101 developer. He said the fix you need is his first priority when he returns next week.
I am confident the fix will be available soon. Thank you for your patience.
Fortres Grand Corporation
PO Box 888
Plymouth, IN 46563
Reviewing 5.5 Build 1725 (Feb 4, 2007)
iamtux can you tell how you do it ?i cannot disable fortres
Reviewing 5.5 Build 1722 (Nov 9, 2006)
Back in high school I devised a clever way to get around this, it was really extremely simple. It didn't do it's job well anyway IMO.
Reviewing 5.0 Build 1067 (Oct 26, 2005)
My school has Fortres 101 (I think), and like someone else said, it's a b**** to get around. However there seems to one vulnerability never corrected: the ability to right-click in an Open dialog and select the "Open" (Not to open with the program) or "Explore" options. Once you have an Open dialog (Word works well), you can navigate to C:\Windows\system32\command.com or cmd.com and run one of these. Presto--instand DOS prompt. The only challenge here is to turn off Fortres 101 itself. Edit seems promising, though autoexec.bat and system.ini are inaccessible. Also, no Fortres directory appears in Program Files.
All in all, it only requires clever workarounds to defeat.
Reviewing 4.1 Build 503 (Aug 20, 2001)
This product is a waste of time, i had to administer a system with 101 installed. it's security leaves much to be desired, its so easy to hack and gives a false sense of security for people like me who have to administer. although i must say that fortres grand' new application, cleanslate is much better
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