Few days back Ashampoo, the popular German software company released Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014 and today we are sharing a promotion that provides $20 worth 6 months license of Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014 for free, in general a 1 year full version license will retail for $39.99.
Ashampoo is famous for releasing several paid and freemium softwares, although all of hem are not worthable for daily sage, but this security tool from Ashampoo will be rated as a useful and helpful software for beginners or non-advanced users.
The outstanding feature of Ashampoo Antivirus 2014 is the combination of two popular antivirus scanning engines, Bitdefender Scan engine and Emsisoft scan engine are integrated in to Ashampoo Antivirus.
You may think that two AV -engines will certainly impact system resources, but as far I tested it on my PC, Ashmapoo antivirus is a lightweight application that doesn’t impact your system performance.
Further Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014 has three Key security components such as real-time protection, On-Access Guard and behavior-based detection.
The real-time component will nullify real time threats, while the on-access guard component will prevent threats during file operations and the behavior Blocker component monitors application behavior and prevents even not yet classified threats such as zero-day exploits.
To prevent known viruses Ashampoo anti-virus will rely on signatures provided by Bitdefender, further it provides protection against threats for which no signatures with the help of heuristic analysis, this method will look for certain instructions within a program that may be called in the future and that are unusual to typical application programs.
This way Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014 relies on multiple layers of security to protect your system from viruses, trojans and spyware. However the security software lacks advanced features like email protection, anti-phishing and elaborate anti-malware technologies.
User Interface and 6 System tools:
The installation of the software is very fast and smooth, you will not receive any warnings even you had already installed other security software , after installing the Ashampoo security app you need to restart your system for effective function of the application.
Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014 has a modern user interface inspired by Windows 8 OS UI, the well thought out structure of Ashampoo Anti-Virus allows quick access to all program features.
Through tabs, the user can reach all modules and their settings in a few clicks.The main screen/Overview screen will display the system protection status and you can also access (Analyze) Scan module, Quarantine, tools section and update signatures manually.
Analyze mode features 4 types of scans : Full system scan, quick scan , removable drives scan and Custom scan.Full system scan option will scan all system areas and all folders on your hard disk, whereas quick scan will check important system areas and folders.
The user-defined scan or custom scan, will let you scan for infections in certain folders or e disk locations along with cookies, running processes, registry and MBRs (Master Boot Records).Detected infections can be moved into quarantine, these can be either removed or restored to their original location.
Additionally Ashampoo Antivirus also includes six utilities or tools that intends to protect your sensitive data and improve system system performance. These tools must be run in administrator mode.
The six tools include : File Wiper, ADS scanner, Internet cleaner, StartUp Tuner, LSP viewer and Hosts File checker.
The file wiper tool lets you delete your sensitive data securely, under options you can specify which deletion method should be used to overwrite files prior to deletion. Four types of deletion method are offered : Fast , standard, DoD 5220.22-M and Gutmann-Method (32 overwrites, Impossible to restore).
StartUp Tuner lets you manage what programs should be launched on system boot-up, this will improve system bootup time.The Internet Cleaner tool will remove temporary files stored on your browser such as cache data, cookies and history. The tool supports all most all web-browsers like IE, Chrome, Opera, Firefox and Safari.
ADS Scanner will scan for hidden Alternate Data Streams ( ADS) on your hard disk, ADS may be used to infiltrate and infect your system with viruses and Trojans.
Some times spyware uses Layered Service Providers (LSP) for connecting your system, the LSP viewer tool will display what type of (harmful/harmless) LSPs are installed on your system.
Hosts file Checker will check whether your windows hosts files are infected or corrupted. If a host file is corrupted, you can use this tool to replace hosts file with original windows file.
1. Dual-engine Scanner.
2. Light weight and doesn’t hog system resources.
3. Real-time protection and Behavior based prevention.
4. Includes 6 useful system tools and has web protection and game mode.
5. Compatible with Windows 8.1 and later windows versions.
Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014 provides necessary protection from online and offline threats, the security software is apt for beginners/ non-advanced users. But, the software still needs improvement in terms of UI functionality, for instance system tray icon of the app will not respond properly for double- click.
Ashampoo AntiVirus 2014 Free 6 Months license:
To get a 6 month license of Ashampoo Antivirus, just visit this promotion page and enter your email address.
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