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Giveaway of the day — Anti-Virus Mate

Anti-Virus Mate is designed for advanced PC user to fix computer problems related to virus and malware.
$39.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 120 (21%) 454 (79%) 41 comments

Anti-Virus Mate was available as a giveaway on February 19, 2010!

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App Launcher & Switcher for Windows

Windows Anti-Virus Mate is a professional Anti Virus, Anti Malware tool. It has a lot of powerful functions. We designed it for advanced PC user to fix computer problems related to virus and malware. And it also can be a PC system information explorer.

Benefits and Features

  • easy to scan and clean threat;
  • PC SOS feature let you fast and easy to fix PC;
  • clean junk file and registry to optimize system;
  • manage startup to optimize system;
  • powerful process manager;
  • manage service and drive;
  • manage Browser Help Object;
  • scan hidden process, anti root kit, scan port, include hidden port

System Requirements:

Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7.0

Publisher:

Winavm Lab

Homepage:

http://www.winavm.com/products.html

File Size:

1.36 MB

Price:

$39.95

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#41

Just got an alert from windows defender about this program.

http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/Threat/Encyclopedia/Entry.aspx?name=Program%3aWin32%2fAntiVirusMate&threatid=148430

In my experience of trying out many GAOTD offerings this type of alert is very rare (This is the first one that its happened to so far)
Itis not an outright block on the program but more a potentially unwanted program warning for programs that might colllect personal information or can potentially negatively impact system stability and performance through dangerous settings changes.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#40

Too bad I missed this one. I haven't heard of it before but what better way to learn about a new program than to try it out! I will have to keep my eyes peeled here for more of these offers..

Reply   |   Comment by Alex  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#39

Many free alternatives are available, like AVG, Avast, Avira, all is free and auto update everyday. What I am using is Avast, happy with it!

Take your choice here: Anvirirus Free Alternatives

Reply   |   Comment by Charlie  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#38

@#28, AL

Ughh Al, I strongly recommend you not to do that. Don't even bother testing it out. Didn't you see the other comments? It has...

-way too many false positives that would corrupt your computer if you quarantine all the files that they find "dangerous",
-very few updates
-protection isn't that great
-bad translation for this product
-scanner based on heuristics instead of databases... which is BAD

Pretty much, I don't recommend this program at all.

Here are some FREE alternatives that are proven quite good:

-Avast! 5.0
-Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
-Spybot S&D
-Avira*

Hope that helped!

~Joji~

*Avira is good, but its pop ups to ask the person to buy its full version every time you do updates are annoying. Go search it up on Google on ways to disable that by tweaking the program files a bit. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Joji  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#37

Many false positives on my ENTIRE development kit.

Standard software I'm writing for Linux and SCO platforms (Zip/RAR parsers, and a compressed document parser for oo/MSO/PDF) both get scanned as malware.

Some Standard (ligimate) programs with files that triggure FPs are:

.Net development kit
AFTEN
Microsoft Visual Studio
Python Development Kit
Java Platform Renderer
Quick QB
SuperC C+ developer edition
WINE Win64 development environment
Microsoft VirtualPC
VMWare
Sand-B.O.X.
NotePad++
VirtualDubMod (specifically the MP4 parser)
Microsoft Office 2007 Classic Toolbars and Menu

Really, this needs some work on its whitelist.
It also failed to pick up some major issues on my test drive, specifically:

WGA ToolBar Plugin (WGA 1.2 that installs without permission)
DM-Dropper (01/02/2010)
AdaMare (Cookie scanner that uploads cookies to ad site)

Though it DID pick up everything else. Just to much trouble in its current state. Needs work DT.

Reply   |   Comment by lostinlodos  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#36

I will only comment with one very sound and serious advise.
Please do not use winavm as a replacement of any viruscanner, it just has not the capabilities of replacing even the worst AV-scanner around.
If you only want to use winavm for the information displayed, go ahead, but please don't rely to much on it.

Reply   |   Comment by ALF  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#35

Crashed my FireFox immediately... not worth the time to download.

Reply   |   Comment by Sassy  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#34

Is company is associated with Iobit? From a web search, it appears they are related. If so, this "security product" gets two thumbs down.

Reply   |   Comment by acr  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#33

Having been around computers since 1990 and PC Support quals up my sleeve , it's beyond me as to how a program like this is claimed to be able to do everything stated it can do.

I haven't installed and tested the program owing to the critics stated by the audience here and the non professionalism used to develop the advertising blurb. Often I see software vendors failing to grammar and spell check only to lose prospective customers. As many of you already know, if your computer is performing well and instincts tell you DON'T mess with fully functioning PC's .... why install something that gives much doubt.

Currently using the free AVG antivirus-anti-spyware software http://free.avg.com/ .. for well over 7 years and experienced previous minuscule problems I'd rate this higher than Nortons AV, for what it does. Anvir Task Manager previously offered here in GAOTD is well above what is offered today and continues to give professional preventative care maintenance. Glary Utilities is another which ranks high among preventative care programs and also offers a free version.

As always ... prevention is far better than cure. So if it ain't broken ... Don't fix it.

Reply   |   Comment by Jeff_D  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#32

Free alternative is AVAST.
It is a great program, updates program and definitions automatically daily. Use it on my PC and it does an excellent job in real time.
I notice no problems with it being intensive on resources either

http://www.avast.com/index

Reply   |   Comment by themunz  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#31

"It has a lot of powerful functions."
-Oh really? This seems like it's pretty powerful at crashing people's systems. Please be more descriptive of your product.
"We designed it for advanced PC user to fix computer problems related to virus and malware. And it also can be a PC system information explorer."
"easy to scan and clean threat;
PC SOS feature let you fast and easy to fix PC;
clean junk file and registry to optimize system;
manage startup to optimize system;
powerful process manager;
manage service and drive;
manage Browser Help Object;
scan hidden process, anti root kit, scan port, include hidden port"
-On top of being extremely vague, learn to use proper grammar if you want to sell a product?

"Trustworthiness
-Poor
Vendor reliability
-Very poor
Privacy
-Very poor
Child safety
-Very poor" My Web of Trust rating for winavm's site. Well, goodbye WINAVM, and if GOTD continues to offer unfinished garbage such as this, goodbye to you as well.

There are dozens of freeware alternatives that are actually effective and do not harm your system, unlike this one. Just read the own Publisher's description on d****load.com (so they don't get mad at me posting another site name...):
"Publisher's description
From Winavm Lab :
Windows Anti-Virus Mate is powerful secure software. When your antivirus software doesn't work. When your computer already got the spyware and malware. How to do? Windows Anti-Virus Mate will help you to remove spyware and malware, clean threat, make sure your antivirus software works normally. It is the antivirus software's best mate. It is your last way to save your computer.
What's new in this version:
fix bugs"

Yes, Winavm, this is the LAST way I will save my computer... Seriously, is this a foreign company that cannot code or use proper grammar? On your site it says there is also an option for simplified chinese... I did a quick google translate of your site, and it seems to make more sense than your English. Please do not release unstable software. 请勿发布不稳定的软件。谢谢。 -my google translation.

Reply   |   Comment by Toast  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#30

al get comodo internet security its free but for advanced users if not the whole suite atleast get the comodo firewall one of the best google it.or you can get avira avast malwarebytes avg etc watch out for rouges that will inflict them same harm this giveaway inflicted on my pc,ibwas saved by a restore point.

Reply   |   Comment by BLAH  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#29

Correction #21, Giovanni.

I do have Avast too, 5.0 to be exact. Anyways, Avira has a slightly higher detection rate than Avast does. Though, Avast has more security "widgets" than Avira does... and well, ya I guess it's a half half.

If you like simple and superb security, go for Avira.

If you want lots of "every-corner" protection (ie. protecting u from IM, mail, web, etc), then go for Avast.

One last thing, Avast's Internet Module Security thing disables internet... disable it. :)

~Joji~

Reply   |   Comment by Joji  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
#28

I do need an Anti Virus software and so I will give this one a go, if I like it or not I will let you know with a detailed review on my website ;-)

Reply   |   Comment by Al  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-20)
#27

I'm running 64 bit Win7, so after reading all of the troubles other 64 bit users had, I won't even bother.

If you're looking for good AntiVirus/Spyware, this is an excellent combo:

Antivirus: Avast Antivirus
Anit-Spyware: Spybot Search & Destroy

Reply   |   Comment by Thom Porter  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#26

Just spent ten hours reinstalling and reloading my system won"t be trying this today, bad pevious experience with Safe 'n Secure and a very old version of CCleaner which is really very good and fairly safe to use now, not to many mistakes made with it. always good to have a few tools in the stable. thanks to all the previos comments/testers

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#25

Insane. No mention of updates, and an anti-malware program without frequent updates is pretty useless.

I really think GOTD should withdraw this potentially dangerous offering.

Reply   |   Comment by Colston Moore  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#24

Similar small download but high quality Anti-virus using only Heuristics is PCTools Threatfire - Free version and works great unlike this program. Threatfire also gets daily updates. It works well alongside Avira or other Antivirus programs with signatures.

Reply   |   Comment by Joe  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#23

Security programs MUST have nearly unlimited permission to be effective. I do not recommend giving any unknown program that kind of power over a production system. This kind of program is not a good candidate for trials.

Reply   |   Comment by sys-eng  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)
#22

Hi all!!

Although this product got pretty GOOD reviews and ratings around the web I recommend you to STAY AWAY from it as it could do more harm than good, especially if you are not clever enough to handle its FALSE POSITIVES warnings!!

And anyway, as matters stand, nothing can beat the new and free AVAST!5 FREE ANTIVIRUS (+ A-SQUARED 4.5 as spyware scanner)!!

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivirus/Avast-Home-Edition.shtml


Simply AMAZING!!

Even better than the award-winning AVIRA ANTIVIR: unbelievable!!

And AV COMPARATIVES seems to agree with me...LOL!


Cheers from Italy!!

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni (King of Freebies...LOL!!)  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#21

I'm no A/V software expert, so I leave that aspect of Anti-Virus Mate to others, but I assume (right or wrong) that many GOTDers are curious -- whois comes up as the 4th hit when I Google "winavm" -- so this stuff hopefully will be of some interest.

Clicking the link for Support on the developer site [http://www.winavm.com/support.html] brings up 2 useful illustrations of what Anti-Virus Mate looks like & what you might expect to see using it. The FAQ comes up 404 [missing]. The app is made up of 3 files: a very small driver, a slightly larger help file, & the app itself, which is ~1,4MB -- it's version is 2.0.0.462, & Language shows Chinese [PRC]. Install adds "COMCTL32.OCX" to Windows, being set to not check version [overwrite] & not uninstall with AVM.

In setup I didn't/don't see any separate provision for 64 bit Windows -- that doesn't mean the driver is 32 bit only, but it is a strong possibility, & until or unless someone posts otherwise [i.e. that they got it working in Windows 64 bit], I think that might be responsible for the reported blue screens. I tried running the app without the driver, & it just adds it when 1st run anyway [in XP Pro SP3 32 this morning] [it's added to the system32\driver folder & in the registry as a service]. [Personally I'm overly cautious about added drivers, as drivers are more capable of causing blue screens & other assorted problems than any program file]

Others have already commented on the quality of AVM's scan results, so I leave that alone. AVM does have some useful traits -- features some might find useful anyway -- in the buttons running along the left border of the program window... starting with Process & moving on down you get quick lists showing a bit of what's going on with your system, something like one of Autoruns [Sysinternals] more limited tabs, with options available from the right click menu.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)
#20

Unknown application.
If you care about your system DON'T install it.
It's simple.

Reply   |   Comment by alMubarmij  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#19

Looking at their website the company appears to be Chinese, with very little information given about the company. Chinese isn't necessarily bad -- in fact it can be quite good. But this makes the program very much of an unknown quantity, which isn't what I want for my security programs.

On the website there are a couple of free versions and a free scan.

Reply   |   Comment by redmaledeer  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#18

I use Microsoft Security Essentials...it's Free and has no tricks up it's sleeves.

Reply   |   Comment by Terry  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#17

I never heard of winavm, does that make the software bad or is it just me that I don't know much or haven't been around a lot?

Suppose nobody heard about winavm, may be it is new, but will it be bad?

Better take a look and let me hear about it (it's always better to let others test, it's easier and you don't have to learn anything).

Reply   |   Comment by rascaller  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-15)
#16

Very intriguing application, it's tiny for a start, the entire application is all if 1.35MB. It seems to "smart scan" files based on heuristics and solely on heuristics instead of a standard pattern database alongside it.

The bad, I could not seem to "scan" a defined set of files so I was unable to try it out and that would be the only real use for this app as I'd reply on something much more comprehensive than this.. I have a pile of worms and viruses used for testing out applications such as this.

The system info was useful but nothing a free tool won't do.

I had to snigger at the slogan:
Windows Anti-Virus mate - "the last way to save your PC"

It certainly wouldn't be my first line of defense that's for sure but possibly useful.

Mine would not register. kept saying "trial only" though there was a key added:


Weird..

The worst part, is the price. $40 is horrible expensive.

Reply   |   Comment by Anton  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+48)
#15

This program has some neat features,but unfortunately it's no sure-fire solution to all problems.
So...I'd advice against using any of the one-click solutions.
(The program should at least offer us an overview of what actually is going to be deleted and ways adjusting of it if necessary)

But the program is a gem when used with care.


Runs OK on 7 - 32bit.

Reply   |   Comment by StrayCat  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-13)
#14

To #10 bhavya maybe this software is not compatible with 64 bit versions of Windows. This is true for a lot of software.

Secondly, just because it crashes on your computer does not mean that it will crash on every computer running Windows 7! I'm running Windows 7 32 bit and it has not caused any crashes.

Rather than complaning here that it doesn't work, I suggest you email the developers with details of the crash and maybe they can offer a solution for you.

Reply   |   Comment by Roger  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-30)
#13

I've installed it in a sandbox (for safety purpose) and ran a Smart Scan. It has marked winlogon, taskmgr.exe, shell32.dll, 13 services and some other things difficult to identify as dangerous! Note that the services are listed by their file path, but the full names, descriptions and vendors of the services are not displayed, so it is extremely difficult to identify them. Now, imagine that I trust that antivirus and that it has been installed in my normal system. It would have destroyed some files vital for Windows to work properly, and I would have been unable to log in after the next reboot!

Stay away of this junk!

Reply   |   Comment by r0lZ  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+117)
#12

What makes me laugh is comments like, I have never heard of this before,once no one heard of a Big Mac. Today its different.

Reply   |   Comment by Tom  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-126)
#11

This should be used with care.

Detection appears to be based on heuristics - i.e. it analyzes programs and from that decides weather they are safe or harmful. However this only an educuated guess - a program marked as safe may in fact by harmful, and the opposite is true - programs marked as safe may be hamrful.

The heurisitcs here seem to be quite strong meaning in will give plenty of false posatives, i.e. good files flagged as being harmful.

Most antivirus software uses heuristics these days, but usually unlike Anti-Virus Mate they are extra cautious about identifying files as being bad to help in minimising false posatives.


I'm not saying that this program is bad, just that it should be used with caution so you don't let it delete needed files. I suggest you do some research on Google for example to see if the files detected are in fact bad before deleting them.

Also this is no subsitute for regular antivirus software, but I'm guessing it will run quite happily alongside your existing antivirus software.

Reply   |   Comment by Roger  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+41)
#10

BSOD on first scan
win7 64bit...
i cant believe GOTD can put up such an newbie and untested software...
this softwre totally sucks..
twas able to get my system running only after system restore...
GOTD should remove this offer...
atleast put up a warning that its not for win7 users...

Reply   |   Comment by bhavya  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+60)
#9

Hmmmm...bad translated product copy (not using plurals, example: We designed it for advanced PC user), crashing and instable product judging by the given reviews so far, remaining open in system tray even when closing, etc.... sounds fishy to me.

If it was designed for advanced PC users, they would most probably not use this tool but a combination of specialized tools to fix specific computer problems related to virus and malware (ultimate boot cd, malwarebyts, super antispyware, etc...)

Reply   |   Comment by Dario  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)
#8

I think it is another one of those programs like the many converters that do ONE format conversion that the developers didn't think much about...

Reply   |   Comment by Griz  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-54)
#7

Web page claims current version is 2.0.461, according to the install, today's giveaway is 2.0.462. So far, I've not had a chance to put today's offering through its paces. Will post later with results.

Reply   |   Comment by Jim  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-35)
#6

Got a blue screen on win7 x64.
Lucky for me that I have a backup(acronis).
So make a backup before installing/using this software.

Reply   |   Comment by Heroix  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+81)
#5

i did not hear this product before??????

Reply   |   Comment by question  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-72)
#4

Users please note that this program once started and closed by the X button still runs in systray notification area and to properly close it one has to use the right click menu on the systray icon.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+58)
#3

I think the vendor needs to explain their Anti virus detection strategy, because there is no pattern update procedure and the install package (the real one not the GOTD setup.exe wrapper) certainly at less than a megabyte had no place for comprehensive virus patterns!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+102)
#2

Crashed my FireFox on 1st scan :/

Reply   |   Comment by Vambo  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+113)
#1

Who's ever heard of this antivirus? And they want almost 40 bucks for this? LOL, I want to know if anyone has bought a copy of this prog.Thank You GAOTD, today you made me start the day with a healthy laugh.

Reply   |   Comment by jijibhoi  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)
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