There are plenty of good anti-malware products, but experienced computer users’ realize that to ensure maximum safety, it’s important to have layered defenses in the ongoing fight against malware.
Given the virtual epidemic of malware currently circulating on the Internet, no single anti-malware tool is likely to identify and remove all of the millions of rogue malware that infests the cyber world.
A recent study carried out by PandaLabs of more than 1.5 million users, revealed that 23% of home computers with up-to-date security solution installed were infected by malware. Current data indicates that this situation has not improved.
If you are an experienced/advanced computer user (sometimes known as a geek), and you’re looking for a program to strengthen your anti-malware resources, then A-squared HiJackFree is one that’s worth taking a look at. This free application, from EMSI Software, offers a potent layer of additional protection to add to your major anti-malware programs.
The program operates as a detailed system analysis tool that can help you in the detection and removal of Hijackers, Spyware, Adware, Trojans, Worms, and other malware. It doesn’t offer live protection but instead, it examines your system, determines if it’s been infected, and then allows you to wipe out the malware.
Analyzes the system configuration using live online analysis
Manages all types of Autoruns on your system
Controls all Explorer and Browser plug-ins (BHOs, Toolbars, etc.)
Manages all running Processes and their associated modules
Controls all Services, even those Windows doesn’t display
Allows you to view open ports and the associated listening processes
Allows you to view all DNS entries in the hosts file
Manages installed Layered Service Providers
Multilingual – language packs for English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and many more.
This is a worthwhile application to add to your anti-malware toolbox that impressed me with its performance on my test systems.
A-squared HiJackFree is free for private use only.
System Requirements: Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista
Download at: Download.com
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