Hitmanpro is an interesting piece of software in that it controls both a built-in virus program and also three of the more popular anti-spyware programs – Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware SE, Spyware Blaster, plus Spybot Search and Destroy. Here is how it works.
Hitmanpro is described by the author:
“This is exactly what Hitman Pro does: it combines Ad-Aware SE, SpyBot Search & Destroy, Spy Sweeper, Spyware Doctor, CWShredder, Spyware Blaster, NOD32, Sysclean package. Most of the included programs are freeware. Some of these programs are limited trial editions of commercial programs, and the user can decide to switch these off after the trial period.
In case the user has purchased that program, Hitman Pro will support the full version.”
After downloading and installing Hitmanpro, the user is presented with a setup screen of programs described above. I opted to choose only the freeware programs of Aware SE, Spyware Blaster, and Spybot Search and Destroy and turned off all of the other trialware products. Once I did this. Hitmanpro went to each of the above sites and installed the above software and all current updates, then ran the programs to rid the system of known ‘critters.’
Observation: This is a SLOW process… so be patient. And I recommend this for broadband users only. Once the original setup completes, then only updates need to be installed. Basically what Hitmanpro will do for you is run these three popular free software products for you without any manual assistance.
So if you would like an auto product to take care of your anti-spyware chores for you, I would highly recommend giving Hitmanpro a try. For me I like being in control and like to do my scans manually. I guess it’s just the ‘teach old dogs new tricks attitude’ that keeps me a manual updater.
I even have AVG set not to auto scan my system and prefer doing it myself. But that’s just me.
One benefit of Hitmanpro: it’s a freebie.
One other thing. The first time I installed Hitmanpro on a system with Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware or Spybot, I had trouble installing it. You may wish to consider uninstalling any of the supported software fro Hitmanpro prior to its installation.
[tags]free, software, lavasoft, spybot, spyware blaster, auto[/tags]