Smadav might not be your well known antivirus, but it has so many charms for its own users.
Virus has been quite a big problem for every PC or laptop users around the world. It spread free through the internet and you can even infect your device because of an infected flash disk from a friend. Now that the technology become more complex than before, there are several antiviruses that can be choose by the users to make their devices save. But what if all of those chosen antivirus still can’t handle the burden and infect your devices, especially your own flash disk?
Smadav is an antivirus created on 2006 by Zainuddin Nafarin, a software developer who create security products for Windows. The developer company, Smadsoft is located in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. It currently have 3 million active users mostly from Indonesia and 1 million active users from Philippines, India, Malaysia, and Africa.
This software mainly focused as additional protection (second layer) antivirus, and for protecting/cleaning USB Flash-disk from virus. Its developers are leaving the old blacklisting methods, and develop a technique to detect malware. They also use behavior, heuristic, and whitelisting methods, and developing their next-generation antivirus with machine learning and data mining methods.
Smadav Facts that You Need to Know
1) Will work together greatly with another antivirus
Almost all other antivirus cannot be installed with another antivirus because the antivirus designed for main protection in your PC. But, Smadav is an antivirus that is designed as additional (second layer) protection, so it’s compatible and could be installed and run together with another antivirus in your PC. It has its own techniques (behavior, heuristic, and whitelisting) to detect and clean virus that improves security in your PC.
2) Protect your USB Flash disk
USB Flash disk is one of the most used media for virus spread. This antivirus use its own technology to avoid virus spread and infection from USB Flash disk. It can detect many new unknown viruses in USB even if the virus is not in the database. Not only for protection, it can also help you to clean USB Flash disk from virus and restore hidden/infected file in the USB Flashdisk. It might be the easiest and neatest way to protect your USB flash disk!
3) Low resource Antivirus
Smadav has advantage with its very small installer size (under 2 MB) and low usage of internet while active in your PC. Most of the time, it only use small memory and small CPU usage. With this small resource usage, this software will not slow your computer.
4) Cleaner and tools to clean virus
This software can clean some virus that already infected your PC and also fix the registry change made by the virus. Many tools included in The Pro Version is suitable for virus cleaning. The tools are:
- One-Virus By-User, to manually add your suspect files for virus cleaning in the PC.
- Process Manager, to manage processes and programs run in your PC.
- System editor, to change the system options that usually changed by virus.
- Win-Force, to force open the system management programs in Windows.
- Smad-Lock, to immunize your drive from some virus infection.
5) You can have it for free!
You might wonder how much is the software’s cost since it has so many wonderful things in one package. What a pleasant surprise that you can get this for free!
Smadav Free VS Smadav Pro
Smadav Pro main advantage is its auto-update feature to new version (usually every 1 month) and it will not show offer to upgrade to pro version on every startup. In Smadav Free, you have to manually download the new version by yourself to have an update. All difference between Smadav Free and Pro Features are Automatic Updates, Hide offer message on startup, Tools Section in App, Anti-Ransomware & Protection Settings in App, Exception List, Changing theme colors, Admin Password, and license to use in Profit/Commercial.
How do We Get Smadav for Free?
- Go to smadav.net and click on the “Go to English Website” on the top left of the screen
- Click the download button on the right side of the website, then the Smadav installer file will automatically be downloaded. The downloaded file name is smadav(version name).exe. For example, the newest version will be 2019rev127.exe
- Open the file installer and select the language you want to use, click OK.
- Then the install window appears, just click Next.
- Then the “License Agreement” window appears, click “I accept the agreement“.
- The “Additional Tasks” window appears, check “Create a desktop icon” if you want the icon on the home page of your Windows desktop. Check “Allow sending statistics” if you want to send its performance statistics to the developer.
- The “Ready to Install” window then appears, just click Install.
- The install process then runs, just wait a few seconds. Smadav will be installed and this antivirus has been running on your PC/laptop.