Anvi Smart Defender 2.3
Speedy setup and eye-catching UI
The installation procedure is a fast and easy task, since the app does not let users opt out of components. As for the interface, Anvi Smart Defender is attractive and intuitive, thanks to large and flat buttons. An initial scan is recommended by the tool to establish the PC's current security status.
Three types of scans
Anvi Smart Defender sports familiar scan methods that can perform a quick search by looking into important Windows areas only (system services, memory, browser extensions, startup items, other critical locations), run a complete search by adding the full disk to the previously mentioned areas, or verify only user-defined locations via custom scans.
On scan completion it can be set to automatically remove infected or suspicious files, remove them and immediately power off the PC afterward, or to stand by for user action (delete, trust, do nothing).
Real-time and anti-hacker protection
The real-time guard takes care of files, the Windows registry, startup items, along with browsers, Internet-related privacy issues and downloads. Each of these components can be deactivated with one click and re-enabled at a later time.
Meanwhile, the anti-hacker module monitors various vulnerable areas prone to unauthorized access, such as weak passwords, remote connection and assistance, together with the Windows Firewall. These sections may be excluded from the current and future scans.
Quarantine, whitelist manager and other tools
Items sent to the quarantine can be examined when it comes to file locations and times of submission before deciding to either remove or restore them. Objects excluded from scans may be removed from the whitelist, while new ones can be added.
In addition, users may download another tool (for free) designed to repair various browser issues triggered by malware when it comes to Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
Performance and conclusion
We have noticed that Anvi runs on a pretty high amount of RAM, even when it's in idle state. It carries out scan jobs in reasonable time but takes a while to delete infected files. Our latest tests has shown that the tool delivers very good results concerning virus detection ratio. However, its real-time guard failed to detect anything, and the scans found many false positives. On top of that, its interface shows misleading options, since most of them can be unlocked only by upgrading to Anvi Smart Defender Pro.
To sum it up, Anvi Smart Defender is attractive, simple-to-use and capable of removing many types of malware, but we have seen better performance results in other av solutions when it comes to the overall package, even for a free security program.
Reviewed by Elena Opris on July 14th, 2014
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- Repairing and fixing bug in cloud scanning engine that might be stuck.
- Optimizing and improving white list working mechanism which will not activate Registry Guard if items are already in white list.
- When users tick "Always do this operation" in Registry Guard, and allow the operation, the program will automatically add related items into white list.
Application descriptionAnvi Smart defender delivers smart and powerful protection against malicious software, such as virus, Trojans, adware,...