Crystal Anti-Exploit Protection

CrystalAEP is designed to provide frontline protection against Internet-borne threats such as viruses and malware. Unlike the typical anti-virus program, Crystal does not attempt to recognise threats based on signatures, and does not require constant updating to protect against the latest threats. Crystal works instead by manipulating at-risk software while it runs to help form an environment which is hostile to Internet worms, malware and other types of malicious code.

Anti-virus software is generally designed to protect users from well known threats which have been analysed in a laboratory, and for which signatures have been released by the anti-virus company. This means that a typical anti-virus will not be particularly effective at blocking novel threats which have not been examined by the company's researchers, so no matter how fast the anti-virus company is in detecting the threat after it is discovered in the wild thousands of users will have already been successfully attacked by the time protective signatures are released.

As CrystalAEP does not require signatures to be effective, instead seeking to undermine the launch mechanisms employed by malicious code to install itself on a user's system, Crystal can be effective against the most novel threats right from day one.