Ashampoo AntiSpyWare review
The program thoroughly checks the Windows registry, running processes, web browser cookies and the entire file system. It implements heuristic analysis and strong advanced techniques to identify unknown threats. Ashampoo AntiSpyWare scans for malware inside compressed archives like Zip, and hidden system components that traditional spyware removers never check. Furthermore, the application can search for and eliminate rootkits revealing cloaked parasites. All this allows Ashampoo AntiSpyWare to find most emerging threats and stealth parasites, which cannot be detected by popular antivirus software.
The spyware remover uses an extensive malware definitions database updated on a daily basis. Currently, it contains over 430,000 known parasite signatures.
The program's scan engine is very flexible. The user can choose between 6 scan modes: scan of entire system, memory scan, Windows registry scan, scan of system areas, scan of all hard drives, and scan of selected hard drive or folder. Scan times differ depending on the mode selected. Checking memory and Windows registry are the quickest tasks. They take a few seconds and up to one minute respectively. Scan of system areas (this includes running processes, registry keys, main system folders and files) usually lasts 7-8 minutes. Searching the entire system and all hard drives for malware requires a lot of time. Of course, this depends on the system a scan is conducted on, but usually it is hour and a half. Nevertheless, scans of entire system and all hard drives are the most thorough and highly recommended.
Scan reports are detailed, informative and easy readable.
Ashampoo AntiSpyWare implements a real-time protection monitor called AntiSpy Guard. This monitor scans parasite-related files on execution and prevents them from running malicious processes. This blocks secret installs of malware and unsolicited software.
The application comes with additional useful tools. Rootkit Detector scans the system for hidden threats eliminating rootkits and disclosing related parasites. Internet Cleaner finds and removes all Internet tracks and Windows history. File Wiper permanently deletes user-selected files and folders. The deletion method used prevents wiped out data from being recovered even with the help of professional recovery tools. IP Spam Blocker disables the messaging service used by spammers to send unsolicited, annoying messages to computers in a local network.
Ashampoo AntiSpyWare provides more additional utilities. It offers tools for managing applications starting on Windows startup, viewing and terminating running processes, scheduling system scans.
The program's interface is attractive and user-friendly. It supports skins. Ashampoo AntiSpyWare is translated into 20 languages.
The trial version is available. It expires after 10 days, but can be extended for 30 more days for free.
The official web site is www.ashampoo.com. Purchases are made via secure connection.
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