If You Have An Antivirus Program Can Hitman Pro Offer You A Good “2nd Opinion” Scan?

Review of: Hit Man Pro
Antivirus:
Lee
Version:
3.0

Reviewed by:
Rating:
1 Star
On November 16, 2011
Last modified:March 10, 2012

Summary:

Very good at detecting tracking cookies but most of the programs flagged as malware look like false positives to me.

Hitman Pro 3 is cloud based malware detection software. It offers free scanning, though you will need to pay to upgrade in order to get malware removal.

Hitman Pro uses 5 antivirus engines as follows:

  • IKARUS
  • Dr.Web
  • Emsisoft
  • Prevx
  • G Data

You can download it from SurfRight where it is only around around 6MB in size.

hitman pro

Once you open the program up you can dive straight into the settings which are reasonably basic and shown below. When it comes to scanning it is a cloud based service which means that antivirus signatures, etc are stored on a server rather than on your PC. This certainly makes the program quick. The more important point, however, is whether or not it’s malware detection is any good. Read on to discover the results I had with Hitman Pro.

hitman pro settings

As I mentioned above, running a scan was a simple and very quick affair, taking about 10 minutes in all.

The results, however, were quite a mixed bag. There were a huge number of tracking cookies rightfully flagged as such but there may be some issues with what was flagged as malware:

hitman pro scanning

Five pieces of malware! Thats not good.

But lets take a closer look. Hmmmm…. hypercam.exe, incredimail_install.exe and PixelCryptorSetup_exe.exe. Interesting.

Now, without delving any deeper for the time being I would guess that at least 4 of those 5 instances of reported malware are completely wrong. The fifth, Incredimail is not malicious as far as I know, but I do seem to remember seeing it flagged by other applications in the past. Hypercam, as some of you may know, is a program for recording what is on your computer screen. PixelCryptor is an application that allows you to encrypt files with images rather than text based passwords. So, should I really be concerned about those?

I decided to get a second and third opinion on the matter (who said irony?).

Firstly, I picked one of the reported files from the list – PixelCryptor – and went and scanned it with my highly trusted copy of F-Secure Internet Security 2011. And the result was a clean file:

hitman pro false positive

Next, I went for the third opinion, this time from MalwareBytes. Again, clean:

hitman pro third opinion

(The above was a ‘quick scan’ but I also went back later and performed a ‘full scan’ which yielded the same result).

Therefore I would have to conclude that Hitman Pro gives mixed results, at least in terms of what it discovered on my machine. For me, it was good at finding tracking cookies (actually I think it probably found more than any other program I’ve tried recently) but the description of what I believe to be legitimate programs as malware is quite a concern. A less experienced user may have been thrown off guard by those findings.

Personally I will stick with my F-Secure internet security program and use Malwarebytes if I needed a second opinion. Hitman Pro would, at best, offer me a third opinion.

Have any of you tried Hitman Pro? What sort of detection results did you get?

Very good at detecting tracking cookies but most of the programs flagged as malware look like false positives to me.
About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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