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GeSWall provides excellent Windows security, but there's no 64-bit version. It works on 32-bit Windows 7, and 64-bit Windows 7 can run 32-bit software, so I was wondering whether it does protect 64-bit Windows 7 as well. Especially as it installed without problem: enter image description here

I've rebooted since but don't see any sign of it being active. Am I protected or not?

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Read carefully; i said it can run 32-bit software. It doesn't have a 64-bit kernel driver, though, but an error message about that is missing. –  Cees Timmerman Jul 17 '13 at 2:30

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I just went to the GeSWall download page and they list a 64-bit Windows version for both editions:

http://www.gentlesecurity.com/downloads_geswall.html

In any case, as the software uses kernelspace drivers, the 32-bit version will not work on a 64-bit OS and vice versa.

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It also says "Not yet available". There's a YouTube video that flashes red bars on everything, but it wasn't clear whether he was using 32-bit on 64-bit Windows. –  Cees Timmerman Nov 30 '12 at 0:25
    
    
Also, Softpedia says it's for All versions of Windows, and the only negative review says that it jacks up your system, especially on uninstall. –  Cees Timmerman Jan 2 '13 at 1:38

I took the risk (some strangers reported it messing up their systems, but of course didn't provide any details), and apparently 32-bit GeSWall works swimmingly on 64-bit Windows 7:

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That's a screenshot of the console that i manually started. I've told WinPatrol to allow its service and so far my system hasn't locked up or crashed. I guess all the "32-bit only. :(" reviews i read are false.

Disabling the GeSWall service, WinPatrol (noted to work in 64-bit Windows 7), Windows Defender, and even Windows Firewall, had no effect on Comodo HIPS and Firewall Leak Test Suite, CLT v.1.1.0.3's score of 190/340, though. (Only with Avira Free Antivirus active that score increased to 190/330 by blocking Coat.dll.)

As GentleSecurity appears to have died, perhaps Microsoft's DropMyRights is a sufficient replacement. Both should be able to be verified working by using Process Explorer to check whether the SetChangeNotifyPrivilige of a process is set to "Default Enabled", according to this thread. According to this page, DMR is only needed on XP, though, which will die in April 2014. Unless Microsoft reverted restrictive Vista features, which might have opened holes that today's drive-by downloads use.

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