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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
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.
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