Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014, the latest addition to the Ashampoo software family, protects your computer. By combining speed, performance, and ease of use, this tool takes its rightful place among the best anti-virus tools on the market.
A complete and powerful antivirus tool
In this first version, Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014 already comes with the most essential anti-virus features. Once installed, the software runs in your taskbar and offers real-time protection of your computer which includes a "behavior blocker" feature to continuously monitor applications and identify abnormal behavior.
Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014 can scan your entire PC for unwanted files using two built-in search engines (including Bitdefender, well-known for its reliability). You can scan just a particular area of your hard drive. However, you can't schedule a scan in advance, that would run, say, when starting up your computer.
In addition to anti-virus features, Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014 provides tools to protect your computer. They can scan your web browsing (by integrating with leading browsers - Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, but unfortunately not with email clients), check the security certificate on your computer, and even completely uninstall programs or files (like CCleaner does). The tools are numerous and powerful, and turn Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014 into a control center for your computer.
Lightweight and easy to use
It can be difficult to strike a balance between simplicity and performance when it comes to anti-virus software, but Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014 has cracked the nut. The main menu is simple and logical: features are easily accessible and you're not bombarded with loads of unnecessary buttons and features. More advanced users, however, will need to delve into the options to find the features they're looking for.... And that's if they're there, because Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014 doesn't yet offer as many options as its top competitors (particularly in terms of virus scans).
The standout feature of Ashampoo Antivirus is, nevertheless, the fact that it's so lightweight: the software uses very little resources in either standby or scan mode. This is truly remarkable when you realize how resource-intensive most anti-virus software is.
Our verdict: an excellent combination of power and simplicity
Ashampoo Anti-Virus 2014 has established itself as an excellent anti-virus program that combines high performance with simplicity and ease of use. The numerous tools available are impressive but experienced users will miss more advanced options for scanning.