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Review: Ashampoo Anti-Malware application

Ashampoo Anti-Malware is an all-in-one malware, spyware, and virus protection application (or as close to one as you can get) for your PC.

The quest for the ideal protection against both malware and viruses marches on and this time the parade stops at Ashampoo's entry into the arena. Ashampoo Anti-Malware is a bit of a misnomer in that it doesn't only check for malware, it checks for malware, spyware, and viruses. You can think of it as an all-in-one protection (or as close to one as you can get) for your PC.

System requirements

  • Product: Ashampoo Anti-Malware
  • Operating systems: Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
  • Cost: 40-day free trial, $39.99 for license

Who's it for?

Ashampoo Anti-Malware is for anyone who uses a PC and either doesn't have malware protection or has found their current protection less-than acceptable. Ashampoo Anti-Malware is also for any user who would prefer to have both anti-virus and anti-malware wrapped up into one convenient package. This combo makes Ashampoo Anti-Malware perfect for home and small businesses. Larger, enterprise users might feel this application is not as well suited to their needs as it doesn't have any auto-deploy or even manual-deploy mechanisms for larger roll-outs.

What problem does it solve?

Ashampoo Anti-Malware solves the constant threat of viruses and malware from attacking your PC. As no solution is perfect, you shouldn't assume just because you have this application installed you are 100% safe. But Ashampoo Anti-Malware will go a long way to keep your machine clean and free from nasty bugs.

Features

  • Protects from viruses, trojans, rootkits, worms, keyloggers, bots, spyware, and more
  • Easy to use interface
  • Real-time scanning
  • Scan scheduler
  • Automatic definition updates
  • Windows 7 compatible tools.
  • Process manager
  • LSP manager

What's wrong?

The biggest issue with Ashampoo Anti-Malware is one of recognition. You have both the name, which leads one to believe the tool is only used to prevent or remove malware, as well you have the stigma of Ashampoo Office attached with the brand. Although Ashampoo is a company that has a very hard time keeping in step with the competition, the Anti-Malware application manages to keep a step or two ahead of much of its competition.

Another issue is the pricing. Although the price is on par with other solutions, most of the other solutions offer a free version. Ashampoo would get a lot more attention/use if they would strip down a version of this tool and offer it for free.

Competitive products

Bottom line for business

No anti-anything solution is perfect. Ashampoo Anti-Malware does a good job of getting closer to perfection than most of its peers. Being a one-stop-shop for both virus and malware protection, Ashampoo Anti-Malware gains a bit of an edge over its competition.

User rating

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8 comments
thegreenwizard1
thegreenwizard1

I have been using AVG in the past, but it's take too much power. And since I try to save money for my clients I install on each of their machine free softwares only. So I do not have responsibility if some malwares go through....I just have to charge to take them out. I like Comodo, but it too complicate for a regular Facebook user. WARNING: There is a rogue AV going in the wild: AV8, it comes as usual: AV8 thinks you PC has a virus. Please clic here to clean your PC y voila..... you are cooks.

FTAdmin
FTAdmin

A previous comment mentions some nice tools, such as combofix, but those are after-the-attack tools. I like GFI VIPRE as a preventative tool for catching viruses, rootkits, and spyware. GFI (formerly Sunbelt) has been keeping an eye out for software which has "iffy" security or personal information policies. They use that knowledge to allow VIPRE to mark such software as potential threats. Also VIPRE has the ability to monitor your system for harmful changes, such as when unsigned software tries to update your registry or install DLLs. When such activity happens, it requests your permission to allow that activity. Personally, I have decided to use VIPRE in place of UAC. I find that UAC catches too many false positives and also hinders my ability to intentionally change my system, unless I turn it off. The best thing I like about VIPRE is that it does all this without putting any noticeable strain on my PC. On top of VIPRE, I use Firefox with NoScript to keep malware from forcing itself onto my system (via browser exploits) in the first place.

jimmeq
jimmeq

I'm doing my own personal 30 day trial test of every "Anti X" app I can find. By the time I am finished however, the information will be too dated to be very pertinent. It's all subjective which one does not find that much these days. Stats are not as meaningful when the personal experience does not match expected statistics. So far even "Anti X" apps that claim to be lean on system resources are all about the same. I will add Ashampoo to the list.

ireaneus
ireaneus

I recently had spyware on my pre-loaded Windows 7 Home premium system from Toshiba. It was the proxy server spyware. I used hijackthis to remove it, with malwarebytes scanning and removing what it could. I also had Microsoft Security essentials running, it saw the trojan but couldn't seem to remove it, cuz a reboot would bring it back again. So using all those tools I could not rid my system of this proxy virus. I ended up wiping the drive and loading Windows 7 premium. Still using Microsoft Security Essentials and haven't had a problem since. I really was hoping Windows 7 was more secure than that. Wondering if this Ashampoo will live up to its claims?

Russell Gates
Russell Gates

I have heavy rootkit activity recently on computers I've fixed. I have defaulted to running Sophos Rootkit detector first. Then follow up with Malwarebytes. A cursory glance at the IE settings via hijackthis and I'm usually done. Now if the client is running XP then I like to use combofix. All the while making sure my clients pograms and documents don't get deleted.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

What anti-malware application are you using? Is adequate? Are you looking for a replacement?

rhuston
rhuston

I pay close attention to you TR bloggers, especially where security is concerned. From TR recommendations and personal research I have landed on a solution for the machines I support currently. I use the combination of Microsoft Security Essentials, SuperAntispyware Pro with real-time protection and daily scheduled full scans enabled, and weekly updates and scans with MalwareBytes Antimalware. I also use Secunia PSI to alert me to security threats. So far, so good.

m@rcel
m@rcel

For me it's the comodo suite I like the most.

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