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A screenshot of HitmanPro version 3.7.8 build 208, running on Windows XP SP3
|Stable release||3.7.9 Build 216  / March 28, 2014|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows XP/2003/Vista/2008/7/8|
|Available in||25 Languages (English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish, Arabic, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Estonian, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Macedonian, Polish, Portuguese (Brasil), Russian, Swedish, Turkish, Serbian, Slovak, Bengali)|
|Type||Spyware Removal Software Antivirus|
|License||Free lifetime scanning, 30-day trial removal|
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HitmanPro (formerly Hitman Pro) is a portable antimalware program, which aims to detect and (if found) remove malicious files and registry entries related to rootkits, trojans, viruses, worms, spyware, adware, rogue antivirus programs, ransomware, and other malware from infected computers.
Suspicious objects are analyzed across an internet connection using a range of online malware detection services (see multiscanning), and can be removed by HitmanPro if confirmed - as of 2014, version 3.7.8 uses Dr Web, Emsisoft Anti-Malware, G Data (A combination of Avast and Bitdefender), BitDefender, Ikarus Security Software, and Kaspersky Lab. There is a very low system load because the virus definitions are not installed and tested in depth on the computer in question, rather they are analyzed remotely.
The current version of HitmanPro (3.7.8) has three different types of antimalware scans: Default Scan, Quick Scan, and Early Score Warning. The Default Scan will check the entire computer and will send suspicious files to the cloud. The Quick Scan will scan only common parts of infections and will send unknown files to the cloud. The Early Score Warning will scan the entire computer and examine each and every file with advanced heuristics and check for common symptoms of malware, including if it was recently installed on the computer, if it automatically starts automatically when windows boots, if it is impersonating a common system file, and even if it has a tray icon in the taskbar
HitmanPro 3 is a completely different design than earlier versions of Hitman Pro that was developed by Mark Loman in the Netherlands. The previous versions, version 1 and 2, automatically download, installs and runs third party anti-spyware and anti-adware programs that are freely available on the Internet:
- Webroot Spy Sweeper (trial, expires in 7 days)
- PC Tools Spyware Doctor (demo, will not clean anything)
- ESET NOD32 (trial, expires in 30 days)
- Lavasoft AdAware SE (freeware)
- Safer Networking Spybot - Search & Destroy (freeware)
- TrendMicro CWShredder (freeware)
- JavaCool Software SpywareBlaster (freeware)
- McAfee VirusScan SuperDAT (virus signature definition updates, McAfee PrimeSupport license required for qualifying product)
- Ewido Micro Scanner (freeware)
This approach had a few disadvantages, the most important are: the scan time was very long, the program used many system resources and errors in the used third party programs could cause system instability. These disadvantages were fixed in version 3.
Affiliate and partner program
HitmanPro version 2 had a large user base in The Netherlands, more than 3 million at one point. This resulted in large exposure for the third party programs. Webroot Spy Sweeper, PC Tools Spyware Doctor and ESET NOD32 saw their user base increase significantly.
The program has opponents that claim that HitmanPro is using other people’s knowledge without their permission. Software producer Lavasoft was in discussion with Mr. Loman over changes to the program before granting any official permission to implement their software and McAfee says they did not grant permission and claim no knowledge at all of the program with no further comment. This is in apparent contrast to the previous statements of Mr. Loman who claimed he had the agreement of all companies.