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Ashampoo Anti-Malware v1.21 Review
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Ashampoo is sort of a company that tries to cover virtually all niches of computer software. I haven't used many of their products yet, but they definitely work hard to provide updates and enhancements for already released software. Their CD/DVD/Blu-ray burning studio and anti-malware are two programs I'm using on a daily basis.
Ashampoo carries on funny promotions which are sure to put a smile on your face once you subscribe to their email news service. One of the benefits of doing so is an extension of trial period. You can grab any Ashampoo software and use it with all features enabled for 40 days to decide whether it works as you've expected.
Ashampoo Anti-Malware is a relatively new product on the highly competitive market of PC protection software. Or, better to say, the title is new. Anti-malware is the successor of ashampoo anti-spyware which I've been using till mid December. For testing purposes, I kept ashampoo anti spyware alone, without additional antivirus suite, and months of heavy Internet surfing did not give me any infections. So there is a reason to believe that anti-malware suite provides even better protection. Of course I did switch to anti-malware the day my ashampoo anti-spyware license expired.
Have you previously heard about Ashampoo Anti-malware?
Ashampoo Anti-Malware: 2-in-1
The main difference compared to anti-spyware is the addition of a new antivirus engine. Now anti-malware comes with 2 engines, anti-spyware and antivirus, hence the new title to encompass this change. By default, both engines are ON, though a user can switch off one.
Ashamoo scanner engines
Ashampoo tray menu gives convenient access to various commands and lets quickly open program settings. It's easy to manually update definitions as well.
In my opinion, anti-malware main window loads faster than that of anti-spyware. Ashampoo programmers must have made some optimization to program code.
Ashampoo Rootkit detector 2 is just one of a bunch of useful tools to complement the main task of protecting the system.
Ashampoo anti-malware offers the following ways to scan your system:
1. Full system scan. Recommended to run on a machine that hasn't been scanner for malware presence for a long time.
2. System areas scan will check memory, Windows system folders, registry etc.
3. You can scan loaded applications as well. Ashampoo will check all running programs.
4. Registry scan will take care of Windows registry.
5. Browser cookies aren't harmful usually, but here's an easy way to make sure they aren't esp. after visiting suspicious websites.
6. User-defined scan is a must. This is a convenient way to check a plugged USB drive, memory card, or a separate folder.
7. Finally, you can scan all hard drives. Common sense tells us that malware is hiding most of the time on hard drives.
You can instantly switch Ashampoo anti-malware to another interface languages (currently I can count 18 of them). Just double-click the desired language and enjoy a new interface. There's no need to restart the program or even the whole Windows (like some other applications do). German programmers know how to please us users.
In the Engine field (see screenshot above) you can choose what engine to use. Because I'm going to use ashampoo anti-malware as a stand-alone security application, it's obvious I'll keep both.
In File formats field you can make exclusions - instruct software to bypass files with certain extensions. This is a setting I want every security software to have! Media files abound on our drives, we all keep movie clips, family photos, favorite songs etc. which take gigabytes of space. Excluding these files from scan lets ashampoo complete its check-up much faster.
Alternatively, you can exclude certain folders from scanning by using the Whitelist field. I keep all my multimedia files in one folder so this is where I specify it. If you have lots of documents stored, keep them in one main folder as well.
Pros and cons
Attractive features at a glance:
- Daily updates to anti-malware signatures. Currently Ashampoo by default comes with signatures of over 5,000,000 threats and this number is growing rapidly.
- Updates can be performed either automatically or manually.
- Two integrated scanners.
- Slick interface.
- A bunch of tools makes Ashampoo a useful application besides its protection. A startup tuner is a bit more user-friendly than the Windows built-in application. Editing hosts file is easier with Ashampoo esp. for novice users.
- Overall, Ashampoo Anti-malware is pretty unobtrusive once installed. It only warns about changes to system files that are about to be performed, or changes to default web page set in default browser.
Now you don't expect me to point out nothing but advantages of using Ashampoo anti-malware, do you?
First what I don't like about ashampoo is it's welcome screen. It cannot be disabled in the settings. I prefer to make anti-malware software running as unobtrusively as possible. Set-it and forget-it is what a good security software is all about. A small icon near the system clock is all I want to ever see.
Then, Ashampoo sometimes cannot start its real-time protection service after downloading and applying latest signature file. This looks like a bug in automatic update routine that I'll be reporting to Ashampoo customer service once I make a screenshot. My copy of anti-malware is running on Windows 7 32-bit, don't know if same thing can be replicated on XP.
There's no option for downloading definitions to perform update on a computer not connected to the Internet. This is of little importance to people who are always online, but I consider it important to provide a choice for customers. Say, SUPERAntiSpyware does issue offline updates.
Under Internet menu there's quite a bunch of weblinks which presumably aren't going to be of any use for most customers. While they're located outside of the main menu, the less buttons the better.
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