In the already overcrowded anti-malware application market, we have yet another free anti-malware contender. On the other hand, it’s always a plus to have another free and effective security application to choose from.
As a secondary on-demand scanner, this nifty little program performed well on my test systems.
Orbitech, the developer of Hazard Shield describes this application as “a fast anti-malware program that scans for any and every threat we can get our hands on. These include malicious items such as malware, viruses, spyware, Trojans, backdoors, dialers and much more. Hazard Shield also comes with Real-time protection! Hazard Shield’s Real-time monitor can protect your computer by removing threats before they can do damage. Hazard Shield’s Real-time monitor is free and uses very little system resources.”
There’s no question that Hazard Shield is fast. In testing, I found it completed scanning approximately 30GB in just a few minutes. It did not find any malware on my machines. However, I have heard from other users who have tested this application, that it has detected and removed a number of infections missed by other anti-malware programs including Norton and Webroot Spy Sweeper.
A definite plus, particularly for less experienced users, is the interface which is simple and straightforward. There’s no learning curve involved here. With a couple of simple clicks you can scan for threats, and remove them from both local and network drives.
Included in the application are a number of integrated tools including a file killer. This can be particularly important in removing locked or in-use files. Additional tools include an uninstall manager, a process manager, and a scheduled task manager.
If you’re looking to strengthen your anti-malware resources, this application might be one that’s worth taking a look at.
- Light on resources
- Simple, straightforward interface
- Scores a respectable 3.5/5 Stars on Download.com and 4/5 Stars on Softpedia.com
- Checks for viruses, spyware adware, malware, Trojans, dialers, hijackers, backdoors
Operating Systems: Windows XP, Vista
Requirements: NET framework 2.0
Download at: Softpedia.com