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I'm trying to figure out Hitman Pro. My system was crashing and when I
removed malware the system crashes got worse. So I restored an old backup
and reconfigured settings and IDs then ran a few AV scans.

I tried Hitman Pro and got 15 false positives check against Virustotal. 6
said 'delete now'. How safe is HitmanPro? There is no control over
uploaded files.  Can anyone throw any light on this?  
http://www.surfright.nl/en/hitmanpro /



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Re: HitmanPro experience?

macco wrote:
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I first started long-term testing Mark Loman's Hitman Pro about four
years ago when it was freeware.  In the beginning, I thought it was an
impressive & inventive idea to lineup many of the good known free
antimalware apps and run them serially.  At times, Hitman Pro ran
quite well back then.  I've seen it be troublesome as Mark kept this
going.  Mark had quite a chore to keep the antimalware applications
updated & deal with the applications as some of them expired their
trial versions in your own system.

It was always obvious to me that one day Mark would take Hitman Pro
commercial.  When he did, Hitman Pro was taking hours to run
completely and not always smoothly.  That's about the time I gave up
and ran my own antimalware applications individually.

I don't have extremely recent experience with Hitman Pro, but I can
see that he still has legal issues from time to time with the
individual application vendors.

Recommendation:  Run your own very best compatible antimalware
applications, individually.

HTH

Pete
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Other than name and philosophy, Hitman Pro version 3 (more recently
3.5) has nothing to do with Hitman Pro version 2. Version 3.5 is no
longer developed by Mark Loman but it is developed by a team of
developers at SurfRight (also support is handled by them).

Hitman Pro version 3 still combines anti-malware solutions from
different vendors but the anti-malware software is no longer installed
on the end users computer.
Instead, it consults a Scan Cloud (scan servers connected to the
internet) running anti-malware software from multiple vendors.

Hitman Pro version 3 performs a behavioral scan of the computer and
looks for suspicious files. When it finds a suspicious file it
consults the Scan Cloud to confirm whether the suspicious file is
actually malware. The combination of the behavioral scan and the Scan
Cloud allows a full scan to complete in a few minutes (> 20.000 files
in 1-2 minutes). In contrast, version 2 took almost an hour to
complete and a lot of software was installed on the end user's
computer. Version 3 no longer has these drawbacks thanks to the
combination of the behavioral scan and cloud computing

If you think Hitman Pro lists a false positive, then you can expand
the item in the listview to see which Scan Cloud vendor marked the
file as malware. Hitman Pro does not flag a file as malicious, only
the vendors in the Scan Cloud do. So if the file is listed as malware,
it should also be listed as malware by that same vendor on VirusTotal.

Hitman Pro is currently the only cloud computing anti-malware solution
that combines multiple vendors. You use it as second opinion scanner
and you could see the application as an automated VirusTotal.

A lot more info can be found here:
http://www.surfright.nl/en/hitmanpro /
and here:
http://www.surfright.nl/en/whatsnew

If you have questions or suggestions, please write an e-mail to the
addresses listed on this page:
http://www.surfright.nl/en/home/contact

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Mark wrote:
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Ah yes, 'cloud computing' the vector of tomorrow.

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ASCII wrote:

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I didn't like my files getting uploaded automatically.


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All Anti-Malware apps may produce FP's on occasion so it's good to exercise
a little caution.  That said, Hitman Pro 3.5 recently found and removed a
rootkit on a customer's PC.  I had already run other scanners which missed
it and was getting ready to reinstall the OS, so I was very happy with HM
Pro.  Regarding "Cloud" technology, advantages are not needing to download
the signature database to the local PC and having other computers dedicating
CPU cycles to analyzing your scan results.  As long as the internet
connection is stable cloud based scanning is a good way to go.


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Victek wrote:
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Stable as in only a few lost or dropped packets
or stable as in free from danger?

Why would anyone trust the safety of such a 'cloud',
when that's where they probably got infected in the first place?

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Assuming you can't remove viruses manually you have to trust some
application.  You could just as easily say "why trust signatures you
download from the internet to update your antivirus?"  After all, when we
update our security products can we know for certain the updates are safe?
We can read reviews and do other research to determine the integrity of
security software, but it seems that we must all decide to trust some
application or company in the end.


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Victek wrote:
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With such a fatalistic attitude,
assuming they're going to 'happy click themselves into trouble,
it's no surprise that someone would be so readily accepting
of blind faith as a component of their solution.

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I feel you missed my point.  How is trusting a cloud based anti-malware
scanner such as Hitman Pro any different then trusting a locally installed
anti-malware application that downloads a signature database from the
vendor's server?  Neither choice requires blind faith.


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Victek wrote:
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Actually _both_ choices require blind faith.
If you dasm a file and can interpret its actions,
then maybe you can dispense with blind faith,
otherwise no.

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