From the looks of it, Ashampoo Antivirus is aimed at the home user. It lets you scan hard drives, memory, removable discs, etc., with a click of a button. Scheduling of scans can be set for a particular folder on a particular day, date, or time. Shell integration means one can right-click on a folder to scan it.
Scanning doesn't take too much processor resources. Our CPU utilisation levels floated around 40 per cent, and memory consumption peaked at around 60 MB. This means it is a light anti-virus to run and use on a day-to-day basis.
The interface itself is probably the highlight of the entire package. It has a colourful set of icons and themes and an easy-to-understand layout. There's even skin support, though we're wondering why somebody would want to change the default skin of an anti-virus!
Customising the various levels of strictness of scans and frequency of updates is as easy as moving a slider up or down. Logs of all scans are kept within the program, and can be exported whenever needed to HTML.
Documentation isn't required for an anti-virus as simple as this, but is available as a Windows Help file. Screenshots in the Help illustrate the various features and tasks.
A price of $29.99 (Rs. 1,350) means it is a bit on the higher side. Additional features such as inbuilt pop-up blockers, anti-spyware, and parental control would have been appreciated.
Ashampoo Antivirus, in sum, isn't cheap either. There are a lot more anti-virus and security suites available at similar price tags too. Those home users who want an extremely easy-to-use, standalone anti-virus software should be buying it. We've exclusively bundled the full version of this software on this month's Digit DVD.
Performance : 3
Features : 3
Ease of use : 4
Value for Money : 3
Overall : 3.5
Web site: www.ashampoo.com
Price: $29.99 (Rs. 1,350)