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Giveaway of the day — USB Threat Defender

USB Threat Defender - Ultimate USB Anti-Virus, get the rock-solid protection.
$39.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 479 153 comments

USB Threat Defender was available as a giveaway on August 7, 2009!

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USB Threat Defender is the real USB Anti-Virus which uses a unique Technology of Proactive scan combined with Definition based scan to unleash a new security stronghold level - It fights those dreaded and undetected USB viruses when the world's best Anti-Virus fails.

This new protection level not only prevents spread of USB threats, but also removes already exisitng USB infections from infected systems.

System Requirements:

Windows Vista, XP, 2003, 2000, NT & Windows 7


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File Size:

1.21 MB



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I have downloaded usb threat defender. I tried to register it but a dialog box keeps appearing that says " please register usb threat defender to register itself. How to restart the Usb Threat DEnfender?

Reply   |   Comment by Hilbert S. Lazatin Jr.  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)


There is a slight problem in the Unistallation on some machines.
The unistallation fails to shutdown USB Threat Defender(running in system tray) and and hence is not able to remove it(you cannot remove a file in use) on some machines.

What you can do it, re download the trial version of the program from our website. Reinstall. Shutdown the process-utdefender.exe from the taskmanager. Unistall.
Your problem will be resolved. Please let us know if this works for you.

Reply   |   Comment by Ibrahim Fahad Arzoo  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Number 153, try using Revo uninstaller. or, if it is in the system tray, shut it off and try to restart it and see if you can find it in task manager by pressing control alt delte. You should be able to right click and go to the location and look for an uninstall program in the file.

Before that try looking in the start programs, often they will put the uninstall in the system tray along with the program or

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Reply   |   Comment by Karen  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)


Thanks for doing that.
i was planning on the exact test myself, but i honestly suspected the outcome to be the same so i didn't bother.

Lu Hulu, any firewall with HIPS protection will do that by monitoring the entire system, so regardless of what drive is trying to run an executable, alter the reg, make/change directories etc, it will alert you to that suspicious activity and block it until you allow or deny it.
If it's a previously known program you have allowed, it will continue un-interrupted, but if its something new you get the warning anyway, whether your AV program recognizes the threat or not.

there are several good ones out there including some free ones.

Reply   |   Comment by Duke  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I rarely, if ever, use USB devices. But I loaded it anyway. It ran and found two problems, but in order to fix them, I had to buy the full version at $39.99. I felt as if I had been mislead. I uninstalled the program. But this morning when I booted the computer, the program started again! I went to the add/remove program in the control panel, but it wasn't listed. So what do I do now to remove the program????

Reply   |   Comment by Bob Mason  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Download,installation and product registration went smoothly but it made my system lag both on and off the Net so I uninstalled it and my PC speed returned to it's former state of operation.

Reply   |   Comment by Jack  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

My wife had one of those Autorun USB viruses on her mem stick and my copy of Avast! picked it up straight away

Reply   |   Comment by Paul T  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Thank you everyone over here for the good feedback, Hopefully they will make the product even better.

And once again, this product is not a regular Anti-Virus so please donot test it for EICAR or other virus samples as it wont give satisfactory results.
It has removed a USB infection for me that my AVG could not remove for almost a week. Its a definite keeper for me.

And I really appreciate that ArzooSoft themselves apologized on the rude behaviour of their representative.

Good luck in future, will be waiting for a even better release.

Reply   |   Comment by Mark.T  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Hi after installing my AVG reported the following;
Object name;"C:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\arwu385q.SYS"
Detection name;"Hidden driver"
Object type;"file"
SDK Type;"Rootkit"
Result;"Object is hidden"
What should one do with it now?

Reply   |   Comment by harry  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Since Arzoosofts kind appology, I tried the product, I have no issue with a representative answering questions, but I do take issue with insults. I do not need the software and came today to test and hope to provide feedback to the company and other users.

The point here is that we all have a right to post our findings and do research on any product before downloading.

I have never had an issue with malware or viruses infecting my computer and my antivirus does a fine job scanning.

1. The software downloads easily.
2. It leaves a very small footprint
3. It does scan the USB Drives

1. The product is still in its first release and is lacking in some core features.


1. The cost of the program is not consistant with the value provided.

2. There are free alternative that can be used and testing on a home pc is imposssible unless you want to take a chance and infect your computer.

3. I think the product needs more time to mature and even then the costs are too high for the average consumer.

6. I thank Arzoosofts offer, but honest feedback is that I would not pay $39. for this program it is too steep.

7. I would suggest to the company to bundle this with other software to make it more marketable once it matures then the asking price may be worth it.

8. I don't see a need for this product in this lifecycle, it just isn't ready for the market yet.

Thank you for the appology Arzoosoft and for letting us test your product. I will not be keeping it as it is not a viable tool at this point.

To all that have commented here today, I thank you for the honest and forthcoming posts. Companies need this type of information in order to better their products.

I will have say thumbs down for now as it is not ready for the market and the cost is not feasible for one such feature. I look forward to your next release. Cheers

Reply   |   Comment by Karen  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

The USB Threat Defender didn't detect on a USB stick the infected file autorun.inf with the virus BV:AutoRun-S [Wrm]. Even after scanning the stick it wasn't detected (my stick was infected intentionaly by me with 2 viruses for testing - the second virus Win32-Confi was detected after scan .
The AVAST Pro antivirus detected the infected file with the virus BV:AutoRun-S [Wrm] immediately I introduced the stick in USB.

Reply   |   Comment by mihaibucharest  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Well, the way I see it, there are already plenty of protection software for PCs against viruses, trojans, adwares, malwares, and the like. I would better appreciate if there was protection for the USB flash drive. That would prevent evil stuff from getting into my USB flash disc should i happen to plug it into an infected PC.

I mean I basically take my flash disc anywhere and then its such a hassle that when i get back to my PC, plenty of creepy crawlies are detected in the USB flash disc... have to clean it up again, or worse, have to reformat for some stubborn cases.

Reply   |   Comment by Carlfolds  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Being one that uses several USB sticks on public computer and then pluging in to transfer to home computer... thought this would be a useful program.

But couldn't figure out how to exit the program to activate registration. X just returned it back to task bar. Task Manger to kill it but couldn't figure out the name or where it was. IE page access SLOWED TO A CRAWL -- took 10 minutes to load a page (even previously visited page) after installed this program.

would much prefer not to have it automatically start, not stay running with no way to disable it. Makes much more sense to run before am going to put in the USB, let it scan, and then be able to stop the program. Or, as others suggested, to allow running on usb to prevent or warn about infection in the first place.

Reply   |   Comment by CB  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Upon unzipping my NIS found the download contained both Trojan.Brisv.A!inf plus Adaware.ZangoSearch. Both were automaticallly removed by NIS.

Reply   |   Comment by Greeneye57  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

I installed the software, using the serial number supplied in the text file. It apparently found some infected items, but when I tried to remove them, the program insisted that I buy the program. I uninstalled the program.

This was my first download from this site. If this happens again, I won't continue to download software. The site was misleading--the software was not fully functional, even for a limited time.

Reply   |   Comment by Bob Mason  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

if you train your AV to scan *.* in a usb, that should not be a problem. the only problem you will have is the autorun. This should give you an idea why big names in AV world develop a script to remove or shutdwn autorun. Panda people call it vaccine!

vaccinate your drive -

and it's free!

Reply   |   Comment by david  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

I am using Onine Armor, which has HIPS feature.

Reply   |   Comment by Lu Hulu  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

#107 Duke,

How does a firewall protects from threat of direct connect devices, like USB flash drives?

Reply   |   Comment by Lu Hulu  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

I have this question to ask Arzoosoft. Let's say I have an infected USB and autorun.inf is not disabled. When I insert the USB into my computer, which takes precedence? The TD software or the virus? Does TD stops all autorun process, scan the files and then decide to allow or disallow? Just a question.

Reply   |   Comment by Lu Hulu  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Installed successfully on Vista Home Premium 64-bit. Plugged in several USB drives. The program detected my program launcher (a known safe program) as a threat requiring "immediate action". There is apparently no option in the program to list a "suspicious file" as "known" or "safe" in order to ignore it on subsequent scans, meaning I will receive the same warning anytime I use any of my USB drives. Lacking an option to mark-safe/ignore known programs, this program is going to get annoying quickly.

Potentially useful, although definitely some kinks to be worked out.

Reply   |   Comment by Alphawolf  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

I use Avast and Threatfire, which used HIP heuristics. I have a firewall and is behind a router.

Teatimer from Spybot stops any registry changes and ask me what I wish to do.

Is all this enough protection? Frankly, I don't know. So, if there is a product which does not conflict and payload is little, then it should harmlessly reside there on my disk to offer some protection.

There is very little argument needed.

So, the testing should include if it conflicts or behave strangely itself. The worse kind of protection is a false sense of security given and then, the protecter is the culprit. Like Trend Micro previously. When I un-installed it, it also feels it is its right to give me a BSOD. Stay away from such rogue dressed like a knight but when un-requited, will stab you with a lance.

Reply   |   Comment by Lu Hulu  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Ok, I've installed it and put in a USB flash drive with about 3 GB of data on it - and USB Resident Shield did...., well, nothing that I could notice when I put in the flash drive. As USB Resident Shield was operating and running when I put in my flash drive, I expected a popup of some sort with wording from the software that 'a USB drive has been inserted - scanning' or something to let me know that the SOFTWARE knows that a USB drive was just inserted into my computer.

So now I don't know if its actually scanning my just inserted USB flash drive (looking for nasties) or not.

Not sure what to think at this point - if I can't see that it's actually 'doing' anything I'll probably uninstall. I just don't know if it's doing anything, and that's a BIG question to have.

Reply   |   Comment by Powder Skier  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

I also had trouble registering. Then I found out what I was doing wrong. I was putting my own name in the name spot (that's what is normally needed to register programs that you pay for. So it is just a habit thing.) when I should have been putting Giveawayoftheday there. Once I fixed that the registration went according to Hoyle. Hope that helps people with registration problems.

Reply   |   Comment by Karen  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#100 ~ Thanks Ibrahim for apologizing for your representative's rude behaviour. I would support a reprimand. We are here to evaulate software, not to be insulted and patronized by cranky salespeople.

When you reprimand this individual could you please let him know that addressing people as "dear" (see post #42 and 72) is widely considered, particularly by women (who also use software!!!!) to be patronizing and demeaning. He may speak to his intimates this way, but not to women and others in public forums.

Thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by oliviab  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

5. Why can’t a company hire a proofreader to correct blatant grammatical and spelling flaws? Would you trust a company whose professional Web site doesn’t look better written than your typical spam E-mail?...lololo.....This is very true. Unfortunate, and sometimes hard to believe..but very true. Good comment.

Reply   |   Comment by Eddie  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

#42... I'm talking about a 80 gig and 60 gig USB drives nearly full of data and your stupid program doesn't make the drive activity lights flicker even once. It is not accessing the drives at all, and imo is completely and utterly useless. Waste of time and space...



Reply   |   Comment by Vilulf  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

#61, Karel, #82, NightOwl: I went to the UK site to dnld EICAR and FF grabbed it away from DAP as Microsoft's Windows Defender, much to my surprise shocked me by throwing up a warning flag in the middle of the race to dnld it, calling the test speciman a "severe threat.'
Now, I don't mean to cause Fubar to blush like the MS flag, but, he did post the advice days ago, and I dnlded and installed as he suggested right on the spot; and I currently have Avir running, supposedly, from Windows Startup today, but, who with all its fast plugins and overagressive response to dnlding blew it, diving in headlong without being told to by option?...and who saved the potential flop even before the dnld was complete?...really gotta' test this now on UTD. It seems each has it niche in unique calling to play out. Enjoy! and thank U all.

Reply   |   Comment by eli  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

I downloaded USB Threat Defender, scanned my USB's with it and it erroneously identfied two low priority programs as threats. I removed it..

Reply   |   Comment by Twosocks  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

To some,as it seems to be: Has anyone noticed under "publisher" just above the dnld links, this is a publisher who has several products GAOTD has recently offered, and one of them I seem to remember being goodly received?...that's who they are, not necessarily unknown to you.
I suspect I have an USB infection; my doubt is will this delete my auto start...I don't want it to, I like complete control option.

Reply   |   Comment by eli  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

More on autorun /autoplay control at http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/prg/em/ccirc/2008/tr08-004-eng.aspx

Reply   |   Comment by tOM  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Is this something that resides on a thumb drive and activates upon insertition or does it sit on the PC and scan when the drive is plugged in? If it is the latter then I agree it is useless since most if not all AV software has some sort of on access scanner. I use a U3 McAfee USB scanner application on my work thumb drive. It starts when the U3 launchpad starts. I use it on customer systems where there is no AV installed or the AV is out of date. It has saved me a couple of times.

I think i'll pass on this.

Reply   |   Comment by Kildor  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

This program has a compatibility problem with ThreatFire. When I tried to scan & heal, TF blocked USB Threat Defender from doig this scan and placed it into Quarantine identifying it as a “high” level of security threat. I do not know whether it’s a false positive or not, but it was disabled by TF, and I uninstalled USB TD from my PC.

Reply   |   Comment by OVL  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

As for how these viruses/malware execute, lets just say it is a silent under-install… No AV Suite scans the base matrix OS, so these nasties actually go un-detected as OS start-up parameters..!!..

Let's just not say. Let's instead try using real terms and concrete examples. The above sounds like the made-up mumbo-jumbo they use on TV shows where the script calls for ...

Reply   |   Comment by G  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

@ 6.. That is a type of marketing ploy (or i call them such).. The average computer user does not have even what would be considered a basic knowledge of softwares/hardwares.. Creating of feeling of urgency.. a new threat if you will.. is a clever way to provide a greater customer base.. those who are fearing the saftey of their investment(computer).. There are many softwares that are sold when there is freeware capable of completing the same function.. Even worse... there are individuals who sell freeware to unknowing consumers.. and charge 20-50 dollars for a product that has no monetary cost at all!.. but congrats on your knowledge.. and you ability to keep with current software/hardware threats

Reply   |   Comment by jas  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

the first comment on this 'I am just not completely sure whether or not an antivirus solution such as this could be anywhere near as effective as products from Symantec' is the most ridiculous thing that i have ever read, ever! Norton(symantec's famous anti virus product) is most certainly the WORST anti-virus/anti-malware-anti-spyware program ever created. I could write a program to check the time and it would be a more effective anti-virus than Norton ever will be, at least it would work and do what its supposed to! If your so eager to comment on a product I definitely suggest that you do atleast some basic research into the field before saying anything, because to anyone who knows anything about computers your comment just looked like a bad joke full of foul language (symantec)

Reply   |   Comment by david  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

#55 Karen,

I'd much rather see the vendor attending here and explaining uses, answering questions, and even giving a hard sell.... than all the indivuduals giving opinions and inaccurate info. 5 thumbs up to Arzoo for caring enough to respond

Reply   |   Comment by cb  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

for the arzoosoft staff many thanks for this offer
i have downloaded and installed tghis program
for me its a keeper
i can see that you are obviously pleased with this item or you wouldn't be commenting on here to peoples comments
keep up the good work and i look forward any further freebies you may offer
many thanks

Reply   |   Comment by quasimodos twin  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Well, i haven't tried this product yet, so i will not bash it. Now, some of the people posting here are correct. Most, if not all AV programs won't be able to detect all viruses, whether they're on a USB stick or on your system. I use BitDefender Total Security, and I usually acquire at least 1 virus a week from random downloads off the internet. Dumb, I know lol, but those infections Never go more than a day on my PC. I will try this program, scan my phones SD, etc, and post my results. But for those of you who either haven't tried it, or bash it from their grammatical errors, or their Rep, I personally think you should just give it a go. Don't judge a book by its covers, or for this situation..Don't judge a program by its Website, or something like that. If you don't try it, but still post your ignorance on here, it just makes you look like that bad Rep from earlier. Now, this software is free today, and as stated in an earlier post, you are not required to try it, but it is being offered. Now, to ArzooSoft, I see this program is in its beginning stages, and I wish you the best, whether it be upgrades, or just minor UI changes. Also, for the posters saying "for 39.95, its not worth it." Check the website. for $39.95, you get a lifetime license, and free upgrades. Don't bash something that you get for free, instead, try and help the company out by posting, or telling them the errors it has. that way, in the near or distant future, they may create better and more effective software. And if anybody thinks I have a good point, or just think what I posted was retarded, it's coming from a 15 yr old. Saying that, apparently I have more common sense than the people posting comments based on the reviews. That would be because I not once bashed this software, even though some people basically said, it sucks. An extra layer of security never hurts, as long as it can go hand in hand with your current one.

Reply   |   Comment by epic  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Question for Arzoosoft.
Does Readyboost for Vista Users need to shutdown or does it create a minor lag while scanning readyboost information? I am sure ya'll have considered this little paradox, so I was curious as to how USB Threat Defender handles this issue?

I use usb's all the time and continually worry about being infected them. Seems like a good program, I will have to give it a try.
Thanks Arzoosoft for the giveway.

Reply   |   Comment by txnnok  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

If anyone hasn't read the Softpedia review, as posted by others here, go read it now and you'll see why USB Threat Defender is not ready for prime time. Thanks Happy Person, post #24, for the original link.


Based on this review, it sounds like the program is no better than stopping the auto run of USB and CD/DVDs. And if you somehow can't figure out how to do this yourself, use one of the many FREE programs mentioned here that will do it automatically for you. Panda USB and AutoRun Vaccine is a good one, that can be trusted.

Maybe down the road IF improvements are made USB Threat Defender may be worth running at that point, but as things stand now, based on the review at Softpedia, I wouldn't bother with USB Threat Defender. It just doesn't appear to have anything to offer over the plethora of other FREE security tools available at this time.

Of course if you want to run USB Threat Defender, go ahead and do so. After all it is free as well, for today. It can't really hurt you to do so, but be aware such a product that uses heuristic type detections can give you false positives.

Thanks GAOTD but I'm going to pass on todays offer.

Reply   |   Comment by snoopy1  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I enjoy this website, check it every day to see whats new, and often read the comments before deciding to download and try out the software. It really puts me off when the manufacturer jumps in and hurls insults at the customers. Just because a product is free doesnt mean the customer is dirt.

Reply   |   Comment by Mark  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

# 72 ArzooSoft Solution states:
"First of all the product offered in here is FREE, how do you expect me to be pushing our sales ?"

This is a blatant lie. You are PAID by Giveaway of the Day. In "For Developers" page (http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/for-developers/) GAOTD says:
"And, of course, you will be paid by our company for the software you provide as a Giveaway. There is absolutely nothing to lose and a lot to gain with Giveaway of the day."

How can you trust a security product company when they lie to you outright?

Reply   |   Comment by mimi_s_mum  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

To #6-"TK", Once a USB Pendrive/FlashDrive/ThumbDrive... Is infected, it can really wreak alot of havoc on the USB device and render it useless or at the least very irritating to use again... My 64GB Xporter MAGNUM Pendrive had a autorun virus as well as a Main boot record virus, I wound up having to use EASUS Data Recover Professional Wizard to restore it, and that took many many hours and effort so, FYI A Program like this I whole heartedly accept and will try out, THANKS!

Reply   |   Comment by StanDP  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

USB-Threat-Defender will not detect 'test' malware found by Avast Antivirus. Sample viruses downloaded from http://www.testmypcsecurity.com were loaded on a USB flash drive. USB-Threat-Defender found none of them. Avast found these eight:

IE-KillPrivacyTab.exe Win32:Spyware-gen [trj]
IE-KillProgramsTab.exe Win32:Spyware-gen [trj]
IE-KillSecurityTab.exe Win32:Spyware-gen [trj]
IE-SetHomePage.exe Win32:Spycar [trj]
KiLL.exe Win32:Spyware-gen {other}
TEST.exe Win32:Spyware-gen {other}
TrojanSimulator.exe Win32:TrojanSim [Tool]
TSServ.exe Win32:TrojanSim-B [Tool]

Note Avast found only 8 of 19 sample viruses present.
Arzoosoft Solutions has no testing by recognized virus software test organizations (http://www.virusbtn.com , http://www.av-test.org) and offers no certification by external organizations.

I see no value in keeping USB-Threat-Defender on my PC and have removed it. It fails simple testing and offers no credible proof of performance.

Reply   |   Comment by Larry Siegel  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

I only read about the first dozen comments out of 107 (at the moment of this entry).

At first, by the description given by GOTD ... the assumption is (or should be) that it's important to have separate safety program(s)/file(s) in place in order to keep thumb (jump) drive files safe. What real use of other USB products will a product like this provide/offer!?

Thus, after applying enough thought to the issue/product, I'd have to say the conclusion should be that this product is 100%+ USELESS (to ALL(as far as I'm concerned)).

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

Oh, I just uninstalled it... and it's still running in my system tray! Sloppy, unfinished, crappy programming.

As for the very poor English in many parts of the program, if you are going to write a software app in English then make sure the English is proper, grammatically correct and spelled English. Have your work checked and double-checked by a native English speaker!

If I write an application be it English, French, German, Bengali or Urdu, I will get the relevant translation done by a native speaker. ALWAYS!

Reply   |   Comment by Frank  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

OK, I tend to agree with all of the informed naysayers in this thread, but because I am a sucker for a sob story and I am grateful to GOTD I downloaded it anyway.

OS: Windows Vista 64 4Gb
Download: trouble free and fast even on my crappy 512Kb connection
Installation: fast and trouble free
Registration: easy, quick and worked first time

An anti-virus is only good if you know it is working, so I downloaded the Eicar Test Virus. Avast immediately popped up and blocked it, so I knew my Avast was working. I then switched off Avast's Resident Protection and downloaded the test virus. All this time USBTD was running. To this total I added eicar.exe, into the root direcory.
I inserted my 8Gb memory stick containing just over 13,000 files into the PC. As expected, nothing happened because there is no autorun file in the root, but anyway I have autorun switched off in the Registry.

Next I ran a scan on the USB stick using USBTD. The scan was very, very quick. Far too quick, in my opinion, for 13,000 files. It did not find the Eicar test virus. It did, however, find a file that it thought was suspicious. This file is W2kSP3_EN-US.exe or, in plain English, Windows 2000 Service Pack 3. I know it's from a pretty dodgy company, but come on, it ain't no virus.

So I asked Avast to run a scan on the USB stick. It found the test virus immediately and removed the threat.

Next, I created an autorun.inf file to start a random text file that I had called dummy.exe and saved this in the root of my USB stick. USBTD immediately popped up a warning saying it had detected a threat. However, it also said dummy.exe was a threat, when in fact it isn't. So I edited autorun.inf to autorun a file called blahblahblah.exe when in fact there is no file called blahblahblah.exe on the USB stick. Sure enough when I ran the scan USBTD informed me of two infections: autorun.inf and blahblahblah.exe. At no point did it detect or protect my system or my USB stick against the Eicar test virus.

My final test: I switched on Avast's resident protection. I disconnected my USB stick. I edited the autorun.inf file again to autorun eicar.exe which was still in the root. I then plugged the stick back in. USBTD just sat there silently in the system tray. Ooooooooooh deary me. Deary, deary me. What no warning? Not even an itsy bitsy one?

I tried to rename the file to eicar.com but Avast popped up immediately to warn me of the threat.

You can make of the above what you will, but as far as I am concerned this is an also-ran, a non-starter, a lame donkey, in the anti-virus stakes. Thumbs down and a speedy uninstallation called for.


Reply   |   Comment by Frank  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Ok, figured what the heck its worth trying (Win XP). Did the scan (found nothing (kinda expected that as I do try to keep a clean system)), did the healing, tried to download email & none of my email accounts would download. Unchecked the selections in "Heal" and rebooted. Got my email back.

Reply   |   Comment by Theon  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I think it's obvious from the statements here that Arzoosoft will have to start an educational campaign first before the general public sees the value of their software. I see the program as NOT a hunter seeker virus scanner like many here assume. More of a move an inch and your dead scanner. LOL a virus scanner that treats me like a grownup. What a concept. I think this software has great potential. I'll be watching in the future for how it evolves.

Reply   |   Comment by Terri  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

You know some of us who read this forum actually want to learn something pertinent to the actual software. We're not all "experts".
As for all of you self important "experts". If you are so intelligent I would think you'd have enough sense to actually test the program rather than to assume you already know all there is to know about the subject. If everyone were that way we'd still be walking around on our flat world, beating on logs to talk to our neighbors while we ate our raw supper in the dark. So try using the product and then comment on it as the company rep. requested or keep your uneducated opinion to yourself,and let someone who did try it comment. Nothing personal,just tired of searching thru all the crap to find some actual useful info.

Reply   |   Comment by Bill  –  14 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
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