Ashampoo Antivirus 2015 Review
Ashampoo Antivirus 2015 Review
The German software developer Ashampoo is widely known all over the world as one of the best providers of high-quality and reliable computer programs for the Windows operating system. Currently they offer a wide range of excellent applications such as System Utilities (for example, Uninstaller, WinOptimizer, etc.), Burning Software (for example, Burning Studio), Multimedia Software (for example, Photo Commander, Movie Studio, and so on).
Ashampoo is less known as a developer of security software, but without any exaggeration I can say that they have achieved great successes in this field, too. As a result of this success, now we have got a very advanced security application called Ashampoo Antivirus 2015. Thanks to using two strong antivirus engines- Bitdefender and Emsisoft, it offers advanced and reliable protection against any known and even unknown threats. The program is an “advanced malware protection that works.”
The latest version of the program can be downloaded from the Ashampoo official website. The installer is about 170 MB in size and it is available for both 32 and 64-bit versions of the Windows operating system. The trial version is fully functional for 10 days, but you have the possibility to extend the trial period up to 30 days. I think it is more than enough to test all great features of Ashampoo Antivirus 2015. The program is multilingual; it supports more than 30 languages.
The installation procedure does not differ from installing other Ashampoo applications. All you need is to select the installation language, accept the End user license agreement and select some additional tasks, for example, desktop icons and the installation folder. That is all; after extracting all necessary components, you will be asked to restart the computer to complete the installation.
All Ashampoo programs have got very simple, intuitive, easy to use and colourful interface. You have the possibility to access not only all functions and tools of the program quickly and easily, but also take great enjoyment in their colorfulness. Ashampoo Antivirus 2015 is not an exception to this rule; its interface is also very colourful (the program allows you to switch between two stylish light and dark themes) and easy to use (all functions and tools are clearly defined and conveniently placed into tiles and they provide quick access to the main features of the program.
The main window of Ashampoo Antivirus 2015 consists of one large tile on the left (it displays a current level of system protection; the red colour indicates “no protection”; and the yellow and green ones partial and full protection respectively) and four small tiles on the right- Analyze (it allows you to perform four different scans of the system); Signature Updates (it provides you with info about the current state of program’s signature updates); Quarantine (all malicious and suspicious objects detected by the program are safely isolated from the system and placed here) and Tools (it contains six additional security tools).
At the bottom of the program you can find some additional details about antivirus signatures, real-time protection and the license.
Protection- Ashampoo Antivirus 2015 ensures constant and high-quality protection against keylogger, Trojans, rootkits, worms, viruses, bots, dialer, spyware, adware and hijacker in real-time. Thanks to daily signature updates and two advanced antivirus engines- Bitdefender and Emsisoft, your computer will be always free from malware. With the help of the program you have the possibility to protect your files and folders, web activity and emails.
In Ashampoo Antivirus 2015 are harmoniously combined two different protection methods which effectively detect and disinfect all threats, namely, Heuristic analysis and Behavior blocker. The first of them searches for unusual activity of any applications not using traditional antivirus signatures and immediately blocks this activity; the second one scans and analyzes the behavior of any application and blocks malicious behavior before it infects the entire computer.
In the Settings you can set up some protection options which Ashampoo Antivirus 2015 will use for computer protection in real time. The program allows you to specify those file formats and file size to be scanned, additional options to be applied (for example, analysis of archives or packed executable files, and so on) and a lot of others.
In addition, you can activate a so-called Game Mode which allows you to disable temporarily all unnecessary processes while you are playing games.
Log Files- Ashampoo Antivirus 2015 constantly monitors all performed actions and saves them as logs; they can be viewed and saved as text files.
Quarantine- in this tile you can find those infected files that have been quarantined by the program. These objects can be deleted or restored if you think that they are harmless for the computer.
Analyze- in this tile you will find four different scan methods offered by Ashampoo Antivirus 2015, i.e. Full system scan, Quick scan, Removable drives and User-defined.
Quick Scan- during this scan only important computer areas and system folders are scanned for viruses and other malware. The scan time is not lengthy; only few minutes are required for its completion.
Full System Scan- all system files and folders and system areas are scanned during this scan method. It is lengthier than the quick scan, but provides you with more thorough and complete results.
Removable Drives- this scan method allows you to scan for removable drives, i.e. those external media devices which are connected to the computer.
User-defined- if you want to specify and select elements to scan and not to scan the entire system, you can take full advantage of this scan method. It allows you to choose the desired system elements to scan, for example, running processes, registry database or master boot records on the one hand, and manually add to the program any folder from the opened window on the other hand.
After finishing the scan, Ashampoo Antivirus 2015 will provide you with thorough info about each infected file. You will be able to remove all viruses immediately or add them to the special Whitelist if you think that they are not harmful for the system. The detailed report can be created after the scan and saved as a text file.
In the Settings you have the possibility to change some scan options. By default the program allows you to use both antivirus engines to scan, i.e. Emsisoft or Bitdefender, but you can use only Bitdefender engine only, too.
In addition, you can change or add threat categories for scan, for example, you are able to scan for privacy threats, potentially unwanted software and unwanted modifications, or, on the contrary, exclude those threats from the scan process.
Tools- It goes without saying that Ashampoo Antivirus 2015 offers reliable protection against any kind of malware. But is that enough for full protection of the computer? Is your PC in security? My answer is No! Of course, it is very important, more than that, very necessary to protect the computer from viruses, but I think that it is more important to protect it against an authorized use of your important files and documents on the one hand, and unwanted and harmful modifications of the system elements which are crucial for the proper performance of the computer on the other hand. Exactly because of this reason Ashampoo Antivirus 2015 includes six useful tools that offer an additional layer of protection; they are as follows- File wiper, ADS scanner, Internet cleaner, Startup tuner, LSP viewer and Hosts file checker.
File Wiper- this tool is extremely useful and necessary for those computer users who have got a lot of confidential and sensitive documents and they do not want others to see and use them illegally. File Wiper allows them to destroy these documents permanently without any possibility of being recovered or restored even with the most powerful recovery applications. For permanent deletion of files or folders, you just need two easy steps, i.e. at first you have to select these files or folders which you want to be deleted and after that click on the button “Destroy”. That is all. All selected files will be wiped out from the hard drive and nobody will be able to restore them.
Ashampoo Antivirus 2015 offers four different deletion methods:
Fast- this method allows you to overwrite disks only once, but it is very useful if you have got SSD hard drives or USB sticks.
Default- with this method you can overwrite the disk three times and make your files practically unrecoverable.
DoD 5220.22- M- it is the most popular and widely used deletion method; using it you have the possibility to overwrite the disk seven times. Files overwritten with this method are extremely difficult to restore.
Gutmann Method- it is the most secure method; files deleted using this method is unrecoverable because they are overwritten 35 times.
ADS Scanner- this tool is not for unexperienced users, but it is very important for computer professionals. With the help of this utility you can scan ADS, i.e. Alternate Data Streams in the disks formatted as NTFS file system. After the scan, the program will give you a list of all hidden ADS files with detailed info about their size and location. Ashampoo Antivirus 2015 will help you to detect suspicious files in hidden data streams and safely disinfect them.
Internet Cleaner- this tool helps you to hide your online activity from prying eyes. It allows you to clean data in browser cache, cookies, history of visited pages, download history, stored form data, and so on.
In addition, Ashampoo Antivirus 2015 contains a special section called Secure Cookies to preserve and not to delete cookies from those websites which you visit every day. You have the possibility to specify those websites manually by entering their URLs.
After the scan the program will display a list of all found vulnerabilities with detailed info about their path and size. This list can be saved as a text file.
Ashampoo Antivirus 2015 currently supports the following browsers- Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari and Opera.
Startup Tuner- with the help of this tool you can view and manage all startup services and applications which are loaded with the operating system. Ashampoo Antivirus 2015 allows you to edit or delete startup entries and edit or rate them. The program provides you with detailed info about each service, i.e. its status, command line, location and manufacturer.
LSP Viewer- this tool allows you to manage and control network activity, i.e. Layered Service Providers that are system drivers and they are responsible for all incoming and outgoing data.
Hosts File Checker- with this tool you have the possibility to check the Windows hosts files and it allows you to correct corrupted and infected hosts with original Windows files.
Windows XP- Windows 10
230 MB of free hard disk space.
Are you looking for a reliable antivirus application? Do you want your computer to work smoothly and correctly? If it is so, I recommend downloading and installing Ashampoo Antivirus 2015. It will give you everything that you need for proper performance of the system and advanced protection against all kind of viruses.
Ashampoo Antivirus 2015 is a powerful antivirus program with high-quality protection of the computer based on two advanced antivirus engines- Bitdefender and Emsisoft. Thanks to the real-time protection and frequent updates, this antivirus offers reliable protection against all the latest security threats. The program offers powerful real-time protection against viruses, Trojans, spyware and other malware.
1. Two advanced antivirus engines.
2. Different scan methods.
3. Various additional tools.
I have not found any.