HitmanPro.Alert 2.0 Review

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HitmanPro.Alert 2.0 Review
« on: October 11, 2013, 02:33:24 PM »
HitmanPro.Alert is a free tool that checks the browser integrity and alerts users when secure online banking and shopping is no longer guaranteed. It is supported by Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and 8 (32 and 64 bit).
More info, screenshots, and download here: http://www.surfright.nl/en/alert

My experience on  XP & Win 7 systems:

- It is a small 1.67 MB download, with no  unwanted bundled software.
- Installation takes only seconds. A windows service is installed (hitmanpro.alert) and hmp.alert.exe runs silently as a background process.
- Installed into C:\Program Files\HitmanPro.Alert folder. You can open the program here, if you want to change the few default settings (I did not).
- It opens silently when I opened any browser (IE 8-10, Opera 17, Firefox 24) and flashes a brief alert in the upper right-hand corner as to whether the website is secure or not.
- It does not insert anything into your system startup. It installs no startup menu or desktop icons, and no browser toolbars, extensions or add-ons.
- No discernable impact on system or browser performance.
- No ads, or flash screens.
- It does not conflict with (nor is it flagged by) any of my on-demand scanners.
- When I logged onto my banking site, it confirmed it as "safe". I was able to perform transactions with no problems.
- It is listed in my Control Panel>Add or Remove Programs, whence it presumably can be uninstalled. (I have not confirmed this).
- No support forums are available for Surfright products.

Summary:
This appears to be a small and simple trouble-free "Fire and forget" utility that does not slow down my system or browsers, or conflict with my existing security. As always, I cannot vouch for its efficacy at detecting compromised "secure" websites. However, I see no reason so far (after 2 months using it) not to install it. YMMV.

 

« Last Edit: October 11, 2013, 02:40:37 PM by joe53 »