HitmanPro

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HitmanPro

Best malware scanner in the category but no free removal capability

4

Our rating: 

4

Pros & Cons:

Fully portable, cloud based, powerful scanner, no signature update required, 4 popular scan engines with VT integration, early score warning to combat zero-day malware, fast scan speed, direct disk access mode, best against old & new malware and PUP's, scheduled scans.
Free scans but no free removal, performs poorly against fileless malware.

Our Review:

Installation: 
A major reason why HitmanPro is 3rd and not 1st in the list is because only the scanner and not removal feature is free. The installer is a small 10MB download and is a product of Surfright (owned by Sophos). HitmanPro is portable with an option to install on your system if required (for startup & scheduled scans). It autochecks the option to e-mail offers before each scan but this can be safely de-selected & ignored.  
 
Interface:
On launching the executable, the bottom tab provides access to Settings and a "Next" button for scan options. The settings screen is tabbed: Scan tab provides options for scheduling scans, History tab for quaratined/deleted items as well as  scan log files, Proxy tab for manual proxy authentication, Advanced tab gives you access to Disk access, Virustotal integration and Early warning scores. A green "Buy" button is displayed, which will be required if you need to remove malware automatically. 
 
Features:
HitmanPro provides 2 scan options by default: Quick scan and a recommended "Normal scan". The scanner allows you to upload suspicious files to it's scan cloud for checking by using a secure connection (SSL). Restore points are created by default before removing infections. Scan options for remnants of malware, PUP's & tracking cookies are turned on by default. HitmanPro is one of the few scanners that provides scheduled scans (that too when HDD activity is idle and no full screen apps are running). Like Emsisoft, this scanner also provides the option for Direct Disk access for scanning (slower but useful against rootkits). HitmanPro provides Early Warning Score if turned on, that shows threat severity based on file reputation and software behaviour
 
Usability:
HitmanPro uses 4 engines for scan: Bitdefender, Kaspersky, Sophos & it's own engine. It also adds Virustotal (VT) integration if you have a VT account and an API key. The scanner performs it's best at detecting old malware, very good against new malware and also works wonderfully against PUP/adware. HitmanPro is dependant on internet and hence scan speeds vary based on network connection but are mostly fast. Scanner is cloud based and hence doesnt require signature update and program is auto-updated on start. The free version doesn't remove malware found and is pretty useless against fileless malware like EEK. 


HitmanPro was reviewed by on based on version 3.8.14.304.