The software’s Adblock feature is available as a separate tool. The ad block is not cheap, but it can prove to be very useful in filtering out banner and pop-up ads and helps in preventing your online activity from being tracked.
In our initial scan, it detected a .adnxs.com ad tracker and alerted us to remove it by activating the copy of Scanguard.
There is also a 70% discount offered when you activate it for the first year.
Scanguard’s web shield feature keeps your system safe from various online threats by providing an additional layer of protection to your device.
When you browse online, Scanguard scans the data transferred in real-time to make sure that no virus or malware makes its way into your system.
The web shield features are tested and proved to be compatible with all major browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Safari, etc.
Below is a screenshot from one of our tests, when we scaned the data while browsing online, the software found 23 threats where it gives you the option to "rescan" or " resolve threats".
The software’s VPN is another excellent feature, which ensures that your security as it masks your online activities and allows you to browse the internet while being completely anonymous.
Using the three different VPN servers, you can connect to Netflix and get access to your favorite shows!
Scanguard’s password vault feature allows you to store all your important passwords at a secure location.
Once stored, the passwords are encrypted. In addition, users can get access to a master password to access their encrypted passwords saved by the software.
The master password can be used to retrieve original passwords that are stored inside the password vault.
Advertisers track online activities and use the data to target people with unwanted advertisements.
Cleaning your browser cookies is one of the features which Scanguard excels at to make sure your browsing experience is free from such adverts and that your online activity isn’t being kept in check.
In our initial test scan, Scanguard detected 195 tracking cookies and showed how many of them were in each browser.
Most of the features of a web shield, including a firewall and adblocker are already provided by Windows and Chrome extensions respectively, so why is Scanguard charging for this?
There are 3 features of Firewall.
The first is to enable Windows Firewall, which is pretty much the standard option.
The next two options are also built into Windows 10’s firewall features.
Our rating: We rate it 4 out of 5, which is above average.
Security Features of Scanguard
The software has anti-phishing, built-in firewalls, and auto-scanning features. You can read more about these tools and features in more detail herein.
Scanguard’s ability to protect against malware is worthy of being challenged in the antivirus solution market.
Upon installing Scanguard on a Mac, users can get access to an antivirus gateway. If the need arises, it will remove any type of malware detected in the system.
Scanguard’s highly resourceful spyware protection feature can detect the type of malware that can reach your device’s core without giving any sort of notification of its infiltration process within your device’s system.
Adware is unwanted software that will spam you with unwanted advertisements on your web browser. Scanguard has advanced adware protection features that can keep these unwanted adverts at bay.
Scanguard also offers the Adblock Pro feature for removing unwanted and annoying adverts. This feature is compatible with four major browsers including Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Opera. Unfortunately, this feature does not come for free.
Scanguard was tested to have functional anti-phishing features that can detect and diminish different types of phishing scams. Scanguard combats these scams by intercepting and scanning any nefarious links or possible malware downloads.
Phishing still remains the most popular option by hackers to extort money. The ability to detect and block access to suspicious pages is an excellent option by antiviruses as not all people are tech savvy to figure out if they have been scammed.
Another alternative to avoid such phishing scams once and for all is to make use of Scannguard’s Safe Browsing (VPN) option. However, this feature might cost another $39 in order for it to be activated.
Scanguard provides ransomware protection by filtering through links to search for those that might have malicious attachments or infectious viruses. Virus scanning features, included in the software, aid in detecting and removing such viruses that might restrict the user’s device access until a ransom is paid.
Security features are rated 5/5 because it was able to detect all of the malware and viruses in real-time.
This section reviews Scanguard’s performance as an antivirus software. Here they are:
Scanguard’s disk cleaner feature is equipped with a Duplicates Remover that deletes duplicate files intending to free up space on your device’s disk.
This feature is not included in the software’s core features list but it is a nice extra protection feature that can be purchased to add weight to your efforts to keep your device’s performance top notch.
In our initial test scan, it detected several temporary and junk files. While this feature comes with the paid version, it is no different than Windows’ built-in disk clean.
Tune-Up Optimization Tools
The tune-up tools, offered by Scanguard, ensure that users can enjoy increased system performance and speed.
Additionally, this feature frees up space from your device’s storage by removing all junk files from the system so as to allow the system to be utilized more efficiently.
This cleaning up process includes removing caching and your device’s old internet history.
Finally yet importantly, this feature installs the most recent software updates on your system to protect it from being exposed to harmful vulnerabilities.
Scanguard has been tested and proven to scan and remove different types of malwares through its ability to function as an antivirus scanner.
The application offers varying options for several different kinds of scans. Some of these scans and their functions are as listed below:
- Quick Scan: It scans temporary program files, downloads and registries, which are the most common places where viruses are found.
- Custom Scan: It scans files and folders present on your device’s system.
- Malware Scan: It scans every item inhabiting the space on your hard drive.
- Smart Scan: This scan initiates with a Quick Scan and then later proceeds to performing system cleanup processes. This process is done to speed up the boot sequence, to get rid of junk files and to remove cached browser files.
While testing Scanguard, 100% of the malware files were discovered.
The Browser Cleaner feature present in Scanguard has been tested to clear out your internet search history, remove all cookies, and get rid of cached files to speed up browsers. This feature’s compatibility with four major browsers (Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Opera) has been tested and proven. Our tests showed around 5% of improved performance and speed after clearing cache and history entries.
Ease of Use and User Interface
On our system, it did not take more than 3 minutes to install.
Once a smart scan is initiated, it takes anywhere between 3 to 5 minutes for completion when tested on different devices. And that’s pretty much about it. There are no customization options on how you want the scan to take place. Once a quick scan is complete, you can go for a full scan which is customizable.
When it comes to a user interface, Scanguard antivirus software is comprehensive and has a welcoming experience.
After every quick scan, you will be warned to remove viruses, threats, and trojans. When you proceed, you will be asked to purchase the software at a discounted price of $24.95. This isn’t the case with other reputed antivirus software such as Norton, McAfee, Bitdefender, etc.
We rated ease of use 5/5, which is the highest for any section of Scanguard.
Scanguard for Mac
Scanguard for Mac provides a set of optimization tools along with antivirus protection features.
For keeping your MacBook safe from different kinds of malware, online attacks, scams, and harmful viruses, Scanguard offers a wide variety of antivirus features. Some of the many functions, which Scanguard serves for owners of Mac devices, are discussed as follows:
- Parental control and file protection tools provided by Scanguard are very effective against malicious threats and they help in managing your device usage.
- Antivirus scanning tools keep your MacBook’s system protected in real-time.
- Virus updates are done regularly to protect your device from new types of malware and potential threats.
- An advanced scanning system helps in achieving a high speed of operation on your MacBook.
Scanguard for iPhone
The installation and downloading process completed through AppStore has been tested to be easier and faster as compared to other application installation services. Scanguard offers high-quality protection and does not heavily affect the device’s battery or storage.
The latest version of iOS and 800 MB is all you need to avail Scanguard’s photo manager, which helps in pointing out random pictures that you might not need.
Scanguard for Android
While taking up only 49.95 MB of your android’s memory, Scanguard protects and optimizes your device. The antivirus scan is easy to use due to the pleasing interface.
Other features provided on androids include app lock, VPN and password vault, etc.
How to Setup and Uninstall Scanguard
If you ever think about uninstalling Scanguard, you need to follow the steps below:
1- Head over to the Add/Remove programs in Windows.
Click Scanguard, and now click Uninstall.
2- You will be prompted with a MASSIVE Discount Offer of 85%. You will be redirected to a new page to buy it at a special offer for just $19.95 if you click Grab this offer. Click Uninstall.
3- Simply follow the onscreen instructions and click uninstall.
4- Once the uninstallation is complete, you’ll need to restart your system to ensure it is completely removed.
Pricing and Packages
So far, the website only has one pricing plan available, at $24.95, renewing at $99.99.
Here are the details:
- Protection for up to 5 devices
- Adware, malware and spyware protection
- VPN services with over 60 server locations worldwide
- PC tune up and optimization tools
If you don’t have a paypal account or reside in a country that doesn’t support one, you are out of luck. Scanguard only uses Paypal as its primary payment gateway.
The Scanguard Company provides exceptional customer support with email and live chat available around the clock to all its customers. However, while trying to get more answers regarding technical support through phone services, the experience proved to be less satisfactory.
As compared to using other leading antiviruses, Scanguard came out slightly above average. This is because the company is like a “new kid on the block”, having no lab test results and hardly any information about the parent company found in their About Us section on the website.
Nevertheless, we believe that there is a lot of potential in the product as the paid version worked out well.
The company needs to invest a lot of time and effort in rectifying its reputation and justifying its stance as a reliable antivirus solution.
The company also needs to stop its push marketing strategy forcing customers to buy their products, and giving ridiculous discounts for the first year. Sometimes, it all seems too good to be true.