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Avast Launches GrimeFighter To Clean Up & Safeguard Your Windows PC

Mihir Patkar 28-03-2014

Free anti-virus maker Avast is renowned to keep you protected from every type of malware Stay Protected From Every Type Of Malware With Avast Free Antivirus Comprehensive malware protection doesn't need to cost a fortune. Many reputable free antivirus programs are equally effective as paid ones, and avast! Free Antivirus stands with the best Windows antivirus programs. Read More . The company is looking beyond protection now with the launch of Avast Grimefighter, a new tool to clean up and safeguard your Windows PC.


Avast claims that what sets Grimefighter apart from the rest is how easy it is to use. The software apparently requires no technical know-how and even a novice user can operate it using its simple instructions.

The calling card of Grimefighter is its ability to put your PC in a state of “sedation” which lets it look through registry items and other files that would normally be locked, which Avast claims makes it better than other PC clean-up utilities. Perhaps this is referring to tools like CCleaner, which optimizes your system to run at its best Optimize Your System To Run At Its Best With CCleaner Over the last two years, CCleaner has changed quite a bit in terms of version numbers...up now to version 3.10 at the time of this writing. While visually the program actually hasn't changed much (it's... Read More .


While in this sedated state, Avast employs a vast number of technologies, which it has simplified in the form of animated “minions”. It makes the software fun, and here’s the company’s explanation on what they do:

The minions perform a deep system analysis by booting into Linux and storing and accumulating their results in the cloud, which builds intelligence for future scans. The minions then discard files that have been left behind during de-installations, analyze and enhance security and wireless network settings, scrub away unused pre-installed software, and disable bloatware preventing it from launching at startup. The work they do accelerates the operating systems’ boot time, launching of programs, and overall browsing speed. When the minions are finished, they provide a simple summary report explaining what they have done to improve performance. Users can also choose to see more detailed results, including the PC’s available memory and a hard drive and CPU analysis.

Avast Grimefighter is a paid program, but you can try out its scan tool for free to know the state of your Windows PC and what needs to be done. You can download the Avast Grimefighter Scan Tool or check out the official website for more details.


If you try it out, let us know your experience in the comments. Do you think it’s among the best Windows software ever The Best PC Software for Your Windows Computer Want the best PC software for your Windows computer? Our massive list collects the best and safest programs for all needs. Read More ?

Source: Avast

Related topics: Anti-Malware, Registry Cleaner, Windows Registry.

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  1. XP user
    May 10, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I got the pop up late last night regarding the bloatware on my computer and to use Avast Grime Fighter. Luckily for me I have a cousin who works in IT..He was the one to turn me onto Avast in the 1st place. I took a screen shot of the page & sent it to him. He said as long as it's free, go ahead and try it. It does take a while for the scan to process, but you can open other windows while the scan is processing. What I did was set the scan and went to work. When I came home the scan was complete and it showed I had over 170,000 karma points and 2 programs that are outdated.
    Prior to running this program I didn't see anything telling me not to use it if your computer runs on XP. My computer runs on XP. and as of now I don't see any issues going wrong with it, However I recently backed up my computer to a cloud device, so if there is any problems resulting from running this program I still have all my documents. I know I'll need a new computer soon anyway...
    I've been using Avast free antivirus since miecrosoft security exxentials discontinued any updates for XP several years ago with no problems. Within the past month all updates for XP have been discontinued. Avast grimefighter was still able to find issues going on with my system that needed corrected.

  2. jeff
    April 19, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Yea, when I pay for a product (grimefighter), it tells me I have nine problems, but doesn't tell me what they are, then installs an alternate bootloader...... THEN, it tells me it can't find Windows and tech support tells me to kiss off...... IOBIT free and one of the truely free antivirus programs will be installed tonight.

  3. curts
    April 19, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Do not install this on a Windows XP PC configured to multi-boot additional operating systems. Grimefighter messes up the boot.ini when it attempts to sedate the PC and then has no method to properly restore it. Fortunate for me, I had just made a full image backup of my Windows XP partition with Clonezilla and was able to simply restore my backup to recover from this mistake.

  4. AbitifyaboutGF
    April 1, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    I have xp, GF has been running for almost 24h!! Slowly increasing in karma points. Now at 742 points. This can't be normal? The status bar has almost been at the end from last night, but its still goin. Don't want to exit it and waste the time put in, but running outa free time.

  5. Crystal H
    March 30, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    why did it say up to 2 hours and I am well into my 3rd hour....about another 15 min. I will be wanting my money back. I did not have 3-4 hours for this crap on my Sunday!!!!

  6. Quietus
    March 30, 2014 at 11:39 am

    If you are running Windows 8 just use the built-in Windows Defender. No false positives, advertisements or problems, it just works. In fact, Windows 8 has been pretty great maintaining itself in the background. (No start menu hate please!)

  7. Pampam L
    March 29, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Problem is this one's not free. :| Though Avast has a really good program (Grimefighter)

  8. Mohamed
    March 28, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    This reminds me of Jumpshot @, It was a cool idea and it might of helped IT specialists alot

  9. Helena Smith
    March 28, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    It didn't seem to find much on my PC, but then I use ccleaner daily and Revo Uninstaller as needed. I'm not willing to shell out $25 to learn about the 3 startup tweaks and 9 registry tweaks it claims to have found.

  10. Justin
    March 28, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    I supported the program when it was known as Jumpshot on Kickstarter. I was great when it was free. I used it everywhere and logged almost 9000 "Karma points"

    It does boost performance on older machines and easily cleans crapware on newer ones. It could take any where from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on your computer.

    It did add support for Windows 8 before it was bought by Avast, it might be tweaking things and adding it later.

    The original kickstarter page:

    • Tim
      March 28, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      Where can you download the original program?

  11. GraveDigger
    March 28, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    I can't believe this is really worthwhile at this point - you can download a program like CCleaner or PrivaZer for free and get rid of the majority of stuff that would be on your system (and those work with Windows 8 NOW...) If anything I'm suspicious of a product that shows it's found grime on my system even after I've run CCleaner, PrivaZer AND the Glary Utilties on it.

    Sorry Avast! - you're not getting a recommendation from me about this product right now...

  12. hones
    March 28, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Who would buy this useless software? After scanning, it finds things to fix, but gives you no in dept details on the "bloatware and other junk" found. So it could be removing something false positive. Should be freeware!

  13. Tim
    March 28, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    It's not free, and for $20.. I don't think so. Your screenshot show the most glaring problem with the software. It doesn't tell you what the things are, just how many there are. That is a recipe for bricking your computer.

    I like my chances with CCleaner which has a proven track record. I would normally recommend Avast, but they are starting to get very pushy and greedy on their Free Anti-Virus, which is now starting to border on doing the exact same things it's meant to protect you from.

  14. Avirus
    March 28, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Lame. It doesn't work on Windows 8! Not supported.

  15. Sempre fi
    March 28, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Tried it on my Win 7 64 Home Premium (with all updates) and it tells me it can't access my PC, but that it's their problem, not mine. Not ready for prime time?

  16. Ed
    March 28, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    A recent Avast pop, popped up on my PC advertising GrimeFighter.

    Those pop ups have become more frequent in the past few months.

    Does anyone have another suggestion for a fairly lightweight AV program like Avast that performs as well as Avast?

    • Tim
      March 28, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      I've been looking for a good free alternative for my customers. I used to recommend AVG but the detection rates are slipping. Most importantly they've made it almost impossible for the average user to uninstall. Ironically a malware tactic. I starting recommending Avast and they started with the pop-ups and up-sell crap. BitDefender has decent detection rates, but has little to no options to change. There is Avira, which isn't as good as in the past. Others not mentioned, but they all have their pros and cons.

      My recommendation is to simply pay for Kaspersky which is typically rated in the top 2 anti-virus programs every year by AV-Comparatives and AV-Test.

      Free is great, but it seems as though these companies are no longer letting free simply be "free". There is a price, whether it is a toolbar, ads, pop-ups, etc.

      If anyone out there has tried a freebie with great detection and no crap, please speak up.

    • jasray
      March 28, 2014 at 10:17 pm