Hammer Malware With Hazard Shield

Hazard Shield jumps into the already overcrowded anti-malware application market, as yet another free anti-malware contender. On the other hand, choice is good, and it’s always a plus to have another free and effective security 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. This application however, is not restricted to acting only as a secondary scanner.


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 Techs 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 is worth taking a look at.

Quick Facts:

Light on resources

Simple, straightforward interface

Scans local, network, and removable drives

Fast multi-threaded scanning engine

Scans for viruses, spyware adware, malware, Trojans, dialers, hijackers, backdoors

Fast, easy database and program updates

Real-time protection

Additional integrated tools

File killer with secure shredder

Alternate data stream (ADS) scanner

Process manager shows full process paths and modules

Hosts file manager with suspicious entry detection

Fully supports Windows XP and Vista

Scores a respectable 4/5 Stars on Softpedia.com

Free for personal and commercial use

Bonus: Free tech support is available from the developer at any time, should you have any problems.

Bonus: Should you have any problems free tech support is available from the developer at any time.

System Requirements: Windows XP, Vista

Additional Requirements: NET framework 2.0

Download at: Download.com


Filed under Anti-Malware Tools, Antivirus Applications, Don't Get Hacked, Free Security Programs, Freeware, Interconnectivity, Software, Spyware - Adware Protection, Windows Tips and Tools

8 responses to “Hammer Malware With Hazard Shield

  1. g

    thanks for posting this bill! i’m a huge fan of hazardshield and i can attest to the importance of this background protector. highly recommend.

  2. Never tried (or even heard) of this one. Sounds like a worthy program for the arsenal.
    FYI I heard an interesting interview with one of the guys at Malwarebytes on the “Podnutz” podcast episode 32. He had some interesting comments on running full scans versus quick scans and running the scans in safe mode, his views contradicted some of my long held ideas which is why I mention it. I think you might be interested.

  3. JoWazzoo

    Good grief it is so true that great minds think alike. :-)) I have been testing Hazard Shield myself lately and am impressed so far. But I am still less than a week into testing. Cheers

  4. dan

    Working on a university campus, I’m always having to tweak and update my malware attack plan. What worked yesterday will not necessarily work today.

    The Blackhats have been evolving malicious code with surprising effectiveness over the past year or so. Any input or ideas to help rescue machines from this pit is always appreciated. Thanks Bill.


    • Bill Mullins

      Thank you Dan for your insightful comment.

      You’re quite right – malware defenses need constant review in order to
      assess effectiveness.