I would advise against downloading software from unknown sources (that includes me). So you shouldn’t install Solidus unless you know me or know someone who knows me. But since I doubt you randomly found this site, you likely fit that description.
Solidus only collects information from your computer that is directly applicable to identifying the presence of malware. This is a small subset of information that is available in the Windows Registry and a few key directories most commonly used by malware. This data is NOT shared with any third party and is used solely for finding malware.
How To Use Solidus
The requirements are minimal. You must have a valid email address. And you must have a Windows 7 or newer operating system -OR- OSX Mavericks or newer. If there is enough demand for a Linux or Mobile version, I might make one. Contact me to let me know what operating system you use and want Solidus to support.
How Solidus Works
Warning – Technical Content: Solidus uses proprietary automatic execution detection technology to identify unauthorized modifications to areas of the Windows file system and registry associated with persistence.
Put simply: If malware wants to automatically start after your computer restarts (and the vast, vast majority of the time it does), Solidus will know.
Very good question. The short answer is that is why I am personally providing free security analysis. I ultimately make that determination. Solidus makes this manageable for me using a combination of a low noise dataset, trusted installer recognition, and reputation scoring. My final determination goes beyond those factors, but they help make the workload manageable at scale.
Or were you asking the question philosophically? Don’t worry. Solidus is not sentient… yet.
I sincerely believe I can make a positive difference by offering Solidus for free to everyone.