Just a few comments on HitmanPro as a friend recommended this program so I thought I’d try it out and see what was what.
It’s a malware detection and removal program but somewhat unusually it’s designed to act as secondary protection to your existing anti-virus or security software.
First impressions were reasonably good but there were a few negatives so here are the main positives and negatives as I see them.
Can be run as a standalone program.
From what I’ve read online it’s particularly good at removing malware.
The more programs it scans the better the system gets.
The program uploads unrecognised files to the cloud. There’s an option to turn this off but it uploads stuff automatically by default.
I have quite a few beta and test versions of programs which are not for distribution and unfortunately it lists these uploads right at the bottom of the results list. Luckily enough I happened to scroll down in time to stop it but I’d rather they didn’t enable this option by default.
There weren’t any false positives on my machine but I see PC Mag tested this software and it detected the popular RootkitRevealer as a trojan.
No real time protection, but then that’s not how the program is designed to operate.
It’s not free unlike other very capable detection and removal tools.
In general though, above and beyond my anti-virus protection, my own personal favourite tools would still be Spybot: Search & Destroy and HijackThis.