Zemana AntiMalware is a recent addition to the array of on demand and online malware scanners. It is a multi engine antivirus scanner that uses minimal system resources by actually scanning your files in the cloud.
It’s important to realize that Zemana is not designed to replace an installed “Real Time” antivirus application or firewall, but it adds to your existing security by adding an extra layer of “On Demand” system scanning by up to six antivirus engines. Zemana will not conflict with your normal antivirus or security suite and also scans at lightning fast speeds.
The six AntiVirus engines you can include to scan with are.
Because scanning is carried out in the cloud no virus definitions are downloaded to your computer, meaning system resource usage is negligible. Zemana is commercial software and comes at a modest annual subscription, although a fully functional download is free to try for fifteen days.
Zemana can be downloaded [url=http://www.zemana.com/product/zemana-antimalware/]Here[/url] It comes as a normal install application or as a portable app with the only differences in operation of the two being the scheduled scanning option is unavailable in the portable version, and auto startup with Windows is not an option from inside the portable application.
Once you’ve chosen the preferred full install or portable application type, download the applicable file to a location of your choice and double click the executable file to begin the straight forward install, or in the case of the portable version just double click the downloaded file to run it.
The opening screen of Zemana is shown below.
You will notice that whenever you open Zemana it will check for program updates to ensure the product is up to date, virus definition updates however are automatically carried out in the cloud and will always be current. The outlined box on the left hand side of the home screen allows you to drag folders or files into it to be individually scanned.
We will now look at the program configuration which in most cases should be left at the default settings. Click the small GEAR icon towards the top right hand corner of the home screen.
The settings screen displays the options page where you can configure the scanner, but there should be no need to change many settings here. The screenshot below shows the settings options open at the “Engines” page. Again there should be no reason not to scan with all available engines but the choice is yours.
One setting that should be changed is in the “Advanced” section. After clicking “Advanced” click on the “I got it” warning, then select the “Show All Browser Extensions” box.
Clicking on the next RADIOACTIVE like icon brings up the “Quarantine” page.
Any bad guys in quarantine can of course be selected for either permanent deletion or restoration.
Clicking the small KEY symbol opens a page and allows entry of a license key should you wish to use the software after the fifteen day trial.
The final GRAPH like symbol gives access to reports which are automatically generated after all scans. Clicking on any listed report opens a detailed Notepad file which can be saved or uploaded for review by a malware specialist.
Clicking the small HOME icon near the top left returns the user to the main screen from anywhere within the program.
Scanning with Zemana.
To scan with Zemana select “Smart Scan” or “Deep Scan” from the drop down menu on the home page, and then click “Scan”. It is recommended to select “Deep Scan” which will perform a complete system scan, far more than the limited “Smart Scan”.
After selecting “Deep Scan” click on “Scan” and Zemana will take a little time to complete the scan. Zemana’s interface has turned red due to its scanning engines detecting some potential nasties. Clicking the down button to the right of each detected item will allow individual treatment options of each, or you may select “Next” and let Zemana proceed with the displayed suggested actions.
Should you wish to upload a log file of the detected threats to our forum for review by one of our malware specialists, then simply click the “Graph” or report icon, highlight the applicable log file, and then click “Open Report”.
A report can then be viewed or saved as a notepad text file for review by a malware specialist.
The Zemana interface will remain red even after the program is closed and re-opened as a reminder there is potential threats on the system. The only way to have Zemana revert back to blue is to either exclude or carry out some other action to the listed threats.