Who knew that WinZip made programs other than WinZip itself? I surely didn’t, especially after programs like 7Zip came around and made zipping complications a thing of the past. But, lo and behold, WinZip actually has a few other products that are actually pretty good. Take, for instance, their Malware Protector.
WinZip Malware Protector is available for $29.95 USD on Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8. That may seem like a steep price to pay for an anti-malware solution – particularly when there are a bunch of free alternatives floating around – but we’ve got a great deal for you: we’re giving away 10 copies of WinZip Malware Protector worth a total of $300 for FREE!
WinZip’s entry in the malware blocker and cleaner market is about par for the course – it provides all of the features you’d expect from an anti-malware program and a few extra features, but not enough to make it an all-in-one suite. However, as a supplementary tool, WinZip Malware Protector is quite useful.
WinZip Malware Protector Review
Like most anti-malware software nowadays, WinZip Malware Protector opens up with a dashboard. There isn’t much information being shown here – just a bit about your last scan and various clicks for starting another scan – but it’s easy to navigate and doesn’t feel cluttered, so it has that much going for it.
At the top, you’ll see tabs for the various features and controls: Infection Scan, Quarantine, Protection, and Settings. Let’s take a look at these one by one.
The Infection Scan is effective at what it does and it doesn’t take very long at all. Most anti-malware scanners on my system take between five and fifteen minutes for an average scan and WinZip Malware Protector fell on the lower end of that spectrum.
In terms of potency, it found a couple of problems that weren’t detected by other scanners and missed a few that they found, but that’s fine since I believe it’s best to have multiple scanners since each one will always miss something that the others detect.
As for where it looks, WinZip Malware Protector scans through Internet cookies (for threats from malicious websites), system memory (for threats in currently running programs), system registry, the actual file system, and Windows settings. That’s pretty much typical for a malware scanner.
The Quarantine is a history of all the threats that have been found and contained. If WinZip Malware Protector ever performs a cleanup that tampers with the way your system works (which has never happened to me), you can always browse the quarantine list and restore a particular cleanup that it did.
You can also manage an “ignore list” full of all the entities that you don’t want WinZip Malware Protector to see as threats – a useful feature for when you know something isn’t harmful but WinZip still warns you about it. Then you have the logs, which are just a record of how many objects scanned and threats found on each scan.
Under Protection, WinZip Malware Protector has both a Windows Shield and an Internet Shield. Both of these protect you from hijacks made to your Windows host file and to Internet Explorer. These kinds of hijacks can be annoying to deal with, but here you can find items that have been blocked. If you want to allow a blocked item, you can do that too.
WinZip Malware Protector also has a Startup Manager, which makes it easy to see which processes are automatically starting on boot up; and a Browser Cleaner, which scans all of your browsers for extensions and addons that may be slowing down your computer.
You can also customize WinZip Malware Protector to a certain degree: set which categories and locations you want to include in a scan, set which files and directories you want to exclude, or even schedule automatic scans according to your convenience. With these options, it’s possible – and perhaps best – to use WinZip Malware Protector in a “set it and forget it” manner.
Again, we’re giving away 10 free copies to all of our loyal and beloved MakeUseOf fans and readers. Keep in mind that WinZip Malware Protector only runs on Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8.
How can I win a copy of WinZip Malware Protector?
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This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, July 5th. The winners will be selected at random and informed via email.