Hazard Shield – Great, Free, Anti-malware Solution

Choice is good; not many of us would disagree with that philosophy and with the release of Hazard Shield, we have yet another free anti-malware application to choose from.

In testing Hazard Shield on my test systems as a secondary on-demand scanner, this nifty little program impressed me with its performance.

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’s Real-time malware monitor, which is not a system resource hog as so many others can be, protects your computer by removing threats before they can do damage.

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.

The simple and straightforward interface is a definite plus, particularly for less experienced users. 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 tool 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.

Quick Facts:

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: Download.com

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3 responses to “Hazard Shield – Great, Free, Anti-malware Solution

  1. g

    I’ve been using this for about two months now and it definitely is NOT a resource hog. I haven’t had it save my bacon yet but it hasn’t had any reason to yet. Yet.

  2. Ky

    Sounds promising indeed. I think I’ll give it a shot.

  3. Eric

    I wonder if anyone will ever produce a standalone anti-malware app that will allow you to execute it from a USB stick. When trying to clear up customers issues I do not want to install multiple apps that I later have to remove. At the moment I do most of my scanning with SpyBot and Malwarebytes. Will have to give this one a tryout and see how it does.