Hitman Pro 3 - the all-in-one tool against malicious software Hitman Pro 3 is a fast all-in-one tool to find, identify and remove viruses, spyware, Trojan horses, rootkits and other malware. Without installing heavy software (and slow down your PC) Hitman Pro 3 will reveal in minutes if your PC is infected with malicious software. Hitman Pro 3 is totally different from Hitman Pro 2 and is completely developed in own management. We developed new techniques unavailable in traditional anti-virus solutions. Which pro-active techniques and smart innovations we have made for this can be read on this page.
What is new in Hitman Pro 3? Everything. Hitman Pro 3 is completely new and has actually, except the name, nothing to do with earlier versions of Hitman Pro. This new and innovative anti-virus program quickly checks your computer for malicious software. This is done using our new revolutionary technique without installing software on your PC - the identification software is on server systems in what we call our "scan cloud". We have been developing this technique since 2006 and is currently also in use in research situations at universities.
The old version of Hitman Pro (2) installed anti-spyware software like Ad-Aware, Spybot Search and Destroy, Spy Sweeper and Spyware Doctor to look for malicious software. This software was automatically controlled on the PC of the end user. This approach had some advantages and disadvantages.
Advantages of Hitman Pro 2 * Excellent detection, every anti-spyware product has its own spyware detection database. * Mostly free software. * Without knowledge of programs everyone can remove malicious software.
Disadvantages of Hitman Pro 2 * Recognizes mostly only spyware. * Very long scan process because every program separately needs to scan the system. * Relatively heavy system load (all programs need to be installed and run on the PC of the end user). This makes the computer slow. * Errors made by the used anti-spyware software could cause an unstable system. * Dependant of other suppliers who constantly change their products because of new spyware, new functionality and competitive considerations, which all impact on smooth operations by Hitman Pro 2.
In 2005 Hitman Pro was immensely popular. Anti-virus software lacked spyware recognition and by automatically operating several spyware removal programs, every computer user could easily clean his PC. Consumer advisor "Tros Radar" spent a considerable amount of time on Dutch television, the Dutch consumer representatives "Consumentenbond" and even the Microsoft helpdesk advised end users to use Hitman Pro.
The last 2 years it became an almost impossible task to keep up with all the changes in the third party removal software. Problems caused by third party software put the blame on Hitman Pro. There were also people on the internet who disagreed on how Hitman Pro 2 removed spyware for free. Even though this was evidently visible (in reports and on-screen) and in agreement with anti-spyware suppliers.
Mark Loman, the developer of Hitman Pro, started to research and design new methods to detect and remove malicious software. With the development of Hitman Pro 3 we reached a milestone. All disadvantages of Hitman Pro 2 are solved and the advantages are expanded with Hitman Pro 3.
An overview of the advantages of Hitman Pro 3 * Revolutionary innovation in scan technique to distinct malicious and safe software. * Short scan time - searches the system within a few minutes. * No extra system load. * Impossible to make false positives on important systems files thanks to "profiling". * Famous identication partners in our real-time "Confirmation Cloud". * Automatically restores common system alterations made by malicious software. * Creates a check point in System Restore before removing malicious software. * Removes resistant threats using a native NT boot-time deleter. * Recognizes and removes not just spyware but also viruses, Trojan horses, rootkits and other malware. * Also removes references to malicious software (like shortcuts and registry entries). * English, German and Dutch online support by SurfRight.
How does Hitman Pro 3 detect malicious software like viruses and spyware? To understand how Hitman Pro 3 works we first describe a few fundamental characteristics of malicious software and those of your Windows PC.
Like everything else, malicious software always has a purpose. This virus criminal wants just one thing: money (real viruses that cripple or destroy your PC are uncommon nowadays). To make money the virus software needs to be run and stay resident in the background. This way the malicious software can steal your personal data, show pop-ups, install fake software. The software can even turn your PC into a zombie, so your PC will send spam or is used in a cyber attack. Of course everything without you knowing and do something about it. To keep doing this the malicious software needs to start automatically. And prevent that it's identified or easily removed by protection software.
On a single Windows PC there are thousands of files. A small part belong to (for example) a word processor or another program for processing and displaying information. These tasks are performed by executable and associated data files. These files are also known as executables and have file extensions like EXE, DLL, SYS, etc. To function in Windows these file are in the so called Portable Executable (PE) format. This also applies to malicious software.
Hitman Pro 3 looks for executable programs like drivers and other automatically starting software. These are active in memory, communicate with the internet and potentially tries to make itself invisible. From the average amount of 400,000 files on your PC only 2000 remain interesting enough for Hitman Pro 3 to create a special classification score for. Hitman tries to determine: * where a file comes from, * how it got on your PC, * what purpose it has, * whether it can be uninstalled appropriately, * which publisher created it, * if it's communicating with unreliable computers on the internet, * if it's compressed or encrypted, * if it has characteristics commonly found in malicious software, * what people say about the file on security related websites.
These are just a few of the details that Hitman Pro 3 collects, understands and associates. This method is what we call the Behavioral Scan.
So Hitman Pro 3 uses as many characteristics of safe and malicious software as possible. After classifying out of 2000 files only a handful remain interesting enough to actually identify. First each file is fingerprinted and sent to our Confirmation Cloud. This cloud determines if a file is: * known (safe / unsafe) * or unknown.
Unknown files on your PC are physically sent to the Confirmation Cloud. Here the files are scanned, in just seconds, by trusted anti-virus software from our partners: * ESET (NOD32 Antivirus) * Avira (AntiVir) * Prevx (Herd Intelligence) * Emsi Software (a-squared Anti-Spyware en Ikarus Anti-Virus)
Unique This Behavioral Scan in Hitman Pro 3 is so remarkable because it does not need to constantly monitor your system to discover suspicious behavior. Behavioral blocking programs like ThreatFire, Mamutu or the proactive defense in for example Kaspersky need to monitor continuously. Also Hitman Pro 3 uses the knowledge from multiple anti-malware partners to identify the files on your system. That's why Hitman Pro 3 is exceptionally usable for non-technical computer users, who cannot answer incoherent questions about for example new system services or registry entries.
How come Hitman Pro 3 is so fast? Most traditional virus scanners (like the one on your computer) scan the files on your PC in alphabetical order. Hitman Pro 3 doesn't do this but scans the files in physical (sector) order. This means that the reading heads in your hard disk physically moves in almost one single motion across the disk. With traditional virus scanners the read heads continuously move back and forth which result in longer scan times.
In addition, Hitman Pro 3 knows upfront which files are not interesting and which belong to the operating system. This is done by checking the (valid) digital signatures on executable files and a white list containing signatures of known safe files. Also, Hitman Pro 3 has signatures of all important Windows 2000 t/m Windows Vista files. After a quick check, these files are automatically bypassed
Is Hitman Pro 3 still free software? Hitman Pro 3 is no longer completely free for unlimited use. Scanning with Hitman Pro 3 is always free. To remove malicious files after scanning you first need to activate Hitman Pro 3. It is important for you but for others in your network as well, to do this as soon as possible. Therefore you can activate and remove threats for free for the first 7 days.
When the PC becomes infected again after 7 days you can buy a product key for Hitman Pro 3 to remove the malicious software. You might also want to consider replacing your virus protection because it failed to stop the threat.
The costs for Hitman Pro 3 are much lower than that of another security product. Hitman Pro 3 has an honest price. The costs that we charge you for consist of: * the services active in the "Confirmation Cloud", * online support * and the development of new versions of the software.
When do I need a license? You basically don't need a license when your computer doesn't get infected with malicious software: scanning is free. When your PC does get infected you can first use the free activation. This free activation is valid for 7 days. During these 7 days you can remove every malicious software that resides on your PC. After 7 days you can still use Hitman Pro 3 for free to scan your computer for viruses, spyware and other malware. But when it detects malicious software you cannot remove it until you purchase a product key