Ashampoo Antivirus 2016 Review
Ashampoo Antivirus 2016 Review
Ashampoo Antivirus 2016 is a complete and multifunctional antivirus software product that protects your computer from threats, i.e. from viruses, worms, Trojans, and a lot of other malicious and harmful objects thanks to using two advanced antivirus engines- Emsisoft and Bitdefender. Like many other antivirus products, Ashampoo Antivirus 2016 provides you with a standard set of protective functions that are required for thorough and comprehensive protection of the computer. It offers tools for scanning every area of your PC including removable media, email protection, web protection against phishing websites, behavioral monitoring of the system, game mode and, of course, real time protection.
In addition to the standard antivirus functions, Ashampoo Antivirus 2016 is equipped with some additional tools, for example, file wiper, Internet cleaner, and so on.
Download and Installation- of course, you can obtain the latest version of Ashampoo Antivirus 2016 on the official website (the current version is 1.3.0 and it was released on the second of February, 2016). The size of the installer is about 200 MB in size and it is currently available for both 32 and 64-bit versions and supports more than 30 languages. Like other Ashampoo products, Ashampoo Antivirus 2016 is fully functional for 10 days (and you can even prolong its functionality up to 40 days).
The installation procedure is similar to the other Ashampoo products. All you need is to select the desired installation language, accept the terms of the license agreement, choose the installation folder and optionally create desktop icons. That is all! Do not forget to restart the computer after completing the installation process.
The Interface of the Program- the user interface of Ashampoo Antivirus 2016 has not been changed as compared with the 2015 version; that is why it is still very convenient and easy to use. As before it has got a tabbed interface and it is divided into five tabs- Overview, Analyze, Quarantine, Log files and Tools.
Overview- this is a main window of the program which displays the current state of the system (i.e. is it protected or not) on the one hand and provides easy and quick access to the main features and tools on the other hand. There are four different tiles in this tab- Analyze, Signature updates, Quarantine and Tools.
Analyze- in this tab you will find four different scan methods offered by the program, i.e. Full System scan, Quick scan, Removable drives scan and User-defined scan.
Quarantine- this tab displays info about each suspicious or malicious object detected and quarantined by Ashampoo Antivirus 2016.
Log Files- all operations performed by the program and sorted out by date, type, status and action can be found in this tab.
Tools- there are six additional tools in this tab which allow you, for example, wipe out confidential files, control and manage startup items, and so on.
At the top-right corner of the main window there are three drop-down menu buttons- Options (via it you can access the program’s settings and configure or change some options), My Ashampoo (it contains different links to Ashampoo official website, support team, and so on) and Help (this button allows you to view the program’s help files).
The Main Features of the Program
Protection- Ashampoo Antivirus 2016 offers complex and advanced protection against all kinds of malicious threats, i.e. against spyware, adware, hijacker, dialer, worms, viruses, bots, keylogger, trojans and rootkits. The program uses only the most modern and secure protective components and it is equipped with the most reliable and comprehensive antivirus engines- Bitdefender and Emsisoft on the one hand and two different virus detection modules- Heuristic analysis and Behavior blocking on the other hand. Thanks to using such advanced protective components, Ashampoo Antivirus 2016 provides you with web, mail and file protection in real time without slowing down your computer.
Scan- there are four different scan methods at your disposal, i.e. Full System Scan (it allows you to scan for viruses the entire system, i.e. all disks, files and folders), Quick Scan (Ashampoo Antivirus 2016 scans only the most vulnerable system areas, i.e. system files and folders), Removable Drives Scan (only removable media are scanned during this scan method) and User-defined Scan (i.e. this scan method allows you to select and specify those folders, files and disks which you want to be scanned for viruses).
Tools- Ashampoo Antivirus 2016 offers six useful tools which offer an additional layer of protection for your computer. They are as follows: File Wiper, Startup Tuner, ADS Scanner, LSP Viewer, Internet Cleaner and Hosts File Checker.
File Wiper- it goes without saying that nobody wants to be spied. As a rule, we have got a lot of confidential files on the computer (for example, logins, passwords, and so on) and, of course, they must be reliably and unrecoverably deleted from the computer.
The main advantage of this tool is that it allows you to remove sensitive files from the computer permanently without leaving any traces of them on the system. Unlike the Windows inbuilt tool for deleting files, it offers more advanced possibilities than just simple file deletion. Thanks to using advanced deletion algorithms and three different wiping methods, Ashampoo Antivirus 2016 allows you to get rid of these confidential files permanently and without any chance of their restoring.
Ashampoo Antivirus 2016 offers the following wiping methods: Fast (files are overwritten once), Default (files are overwritten three times), DoD 5220.22- M (files are overwritten seven times) and Gutmann (files are overwritten 35 times). It is up to you to select the most appropriate method for your files.
The wiping process is extremely easy; All you need is to select files or folders to delete and then simply click on the “Destroy” button. By default, Ashampoo Antivirus 2016 uses a Default wiping method, but you have the possibility to choose other methods as well in the Settings menu.
StartUp Tuner- this is a very useful tool that allows to control and manage startup items, i.e. those applications and services which load and start automatically together the Windows operating system. It displays all applications and helps you to perform different actions with them. For example, you have the possibility to remove startup items, or, on the contrary, add new ones, edit autostart items, etc. Ashampoo Antivirus 2016 gives you detailed info about each entry, i.e. you can view its rating, status, command line parameters, location and manufacturer.
I think that it is a very useful tool because it allows you to manage startup items on the one hand and detect and identify malicious objects and remove them from the system on the other hand.
ADS Scanner- ADS is short for Alternate Data Stream. ADS is a hidden file which is attached to another visible file on the NTFS file system. Unfortunately, those hidden files can be malicious and infect the system. This tool allows you to find out files to which are attached hidden ADS files and erase and disinfect them if they are malicious.
The main advantage of this tool is that it helps you to identify and disinfect those malicious files which most antivirus applications are not able to find and disinfect.
LSP Viewer- LSP is short for Layered Service Provider; it is a special system component which helps you to access the Internet. Quite often malicious applications can modify and change LSP. This tool allows you to view a complete list of LSPs and remove unnecessary and harmful ones.
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.
Ashampoo Antivirus 2015 currently supports the following browsers- Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari and Opera.
Hosts File Checker- it is a well-known fact that the hosts file is very important for correct and reliable Internet connection because it is used to assign a specific IP address to the websites. But, unfortunately, quite often different malicious applications try to change the contents of the hosts file and do much harm to you and to your operating system.
A large number of malicious programs use the hosts file to block access to websites; more than that, instead of blocking websites, they redirect the computer user to an artificial webpage which looks very similar to the genuine website and it is used, for example, to steal accounts, passwords, credit card info, and so on.
So, it is very important to protect the hosts file from malicious modifications and changes. This very useful tool offered by Ashampoo Antivirus 2016 is specially created to protect you against hosts file modifications. With the help of this tool you have the possibility to check your hosts file and correct it. The process of checking up is very easy; just navigate to the Hosts file checker in the Tools tab and click on this tile. Your hosts file will be checked immediately and the results will be displayed in the opened window and after that you will be able replace the infected hosts file with the original one.
Settings- I think that the main advantage of Ashampoo Antivirus 2016 is that it does not require comprehensive and complicated settings as compared with other antivirus applications. The program has got only a few options to configure, but they are more than enough for reliable protection. The Settings menu is divided into five categories; they are as follows:
Basic Functions- here you can select the desired skin, language and some other options.
Signature Updates- this section allows you to specify some parameters of automatic signature updates (for example, update frequency, and so on) and proxy settings for downloading updates.
Scan Operations- in this section you have the possibility to configure scan parameters, for example, you can exclude some file types from scanning, select one of two scan engines, manually specify those files which must be excluded from the scanning process, and so on.
Internet Cleaner- here you can configure those browser elements which must be cleaned by Ashampoo Antivirus 2016.
File Wiper- here you can specify the default deletion method for wiping out files and folders.
Windows XP- Windows 10
230 MB of free hard disk space.
There is no need to say that antivirus applications belong to that category of software that must be installed on every computer without any doubt. Without them the operating system is very vulnerable and unsafe. So it is very important to have a very advanced and reliable antivirus installed on your PC!
Of course, it is very difficult to choose an antivirus which meets all your requirements and needs because there are a lot of powerful antiviruses on the software market; but if you want to have a fast and advanced antivirus with two advanced antivirus engines which help you to protect your computer against known and even unknown threats without slowing down the PC, Ashampoo Antivirus 2016 is a very good choice.
With the help of Ashampoo Antivirus 2016 you can protect your computer in real time from web, mail and malicious files threats thanks to using two antivirus engines and advanced behavioral algorithm. No malicious files will pass its watchful eyes.
Reliable and advanced protection against viruses is not enough for you? Do not worry! Ashampoo Antivirus 2016 gives you much more. It includes six advanced tools which help you to perform a lot of operations and offer an additional layer of protection.
Ashampoo Antivirus 2016 is just what you need!
1. Two advanced antivirus engines- Bitdefender and Emsisoft.
2. Real-time protection against malicious files.
3. Six additional tools.