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The Cleaner by Moosoft
Moosoft have been around since 1995. In that time, they have concentrated on the prevention and combat of malicious attacks. The Cleaner is their contribution to the protection of end users from all types of malware and was originally born as a means to combat the Back orifice Trojan. Since then, It has grown to encompass a much larger array of threats.
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The test system is Windows XP SP3, with all required updates installed. Since Windows 7 capability is quoted, a run will be tried on the 7 Release candidate.
Actual supported systems are: Windows 2000 SP4, XP SP3, Vista SP1 and 7.
The free edition is reviewed here. The registered version only has enhancements in the form of technical support, and process control that Moosoft call "TCActive!". This feature will stop malicious software in it's tracks.
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Installation and First Impression:Rating
The installer is a reasonable 7.3 Megabytes File. Though as I found out later, the detection database was not included.
Installation is the standard self extracting installer that gives no problems, and the defaults it offers are the usual, recommended setup.
Unless you untick the checkbox after the installation completes, clicking finish will start the application going.
Things started quickly, and I was presented with a clear, tabbed interface that was very browser like.
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Features and Interface in DetailRating
With the exception of the help file and an exit option that are in the menu, everything is available via the 9 tabs.
I checked the update tab and on clicking the update button the program downloaded a program update, which when auto-installed, did not change the version number. Curious, I checked for an update again. This time, the new malware database was downloaded. Everything proceeded without fuss.
Next in line is the scan tab. Here you have the option to do a "smart" scan, which is the default. This only checks the places threats would normally hide. Or there's a full scan, which checks the entire drives you select.
I went with the default scan and hit start. Scanning finished in 3 minutes 25 seconds, so things shouldn't take too long on your own system, depending on among other things, your hardware setup. If needed, you can pause/resume at any time, or stop.
On to the options tab: Here you can turn sounds on or off, and disable live news. The main focus though, is the heuristics setting. Here you can move a slider that will make the program more particular about detecting what could be called, virus-like activity. The more you move the slider to the "paranoid" end of the scale, the more activity that would normally be considered safe, may be flagged as bad. It's a trade off.
The reports tab is what its name suggests. It's where you check what's been detected, and are given the option to repair.
On the whitelist tab, you can add files or folders that you don't want included in a scan.
Quarantine is where removed malware is stored.
Log keeps a record of what the program has done since being started.
Finally, the about tab gives you some info regarding the vendor, registration status, as well as a means to submit a sample of what could be malware, and a means to report a false positive.
Should you want to uninstall The Cleaner , the program is removed in a flash.
The 7 experience:
Everything from the XP test above applies, except the scan only took 2 minutes 19 seconds. Something of a shock, since I expected it would be much longer!
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Price to ValueRating
Worth to keep malware scanner and remover! The Cleaner 2010 is free of charge for personal use.
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The Bottom Line
Good looking, well priced, and easy to use, The Cleaner 2010 is an easy recommendation!