A forum member has recently brought my attention to an AV software vendor known as AVStrike (original post here). Since it is new and not widely known yet, I decided to do some investigation, and sharing them here per Moderator quietman7's request.
Be noted that my analysis currently only cover their website - my friend Aura will share his findings of technical details, complete with previews and his own reviews of the product.
Any mistakes are mine, and I am open to suggestions.
1. Website reputation: The vendor is fairly fresh - no Web of Trust rating and review. It appears that they formed in 2013.
2. Website quality:
- The overall design is very clear-cut and professional - one point to them for that.
- There are subtle typos now and then - things that you won't find in reputable AV vendors' sites. (they misspelled "trial" as "trail" in the Products section, for example)
In case you are wondering about why I point out small things like typos, they are usually the first sign that something is a rogue app. Their promotional video also has typos.
- The site is incomplete - clicking "Site map" brings up an error.
3. Product overview:
- They stated that their product is "Awarded as "Product of the year" and "The best repair program of 2013" by the renowned WorldTech magazine, AVStrike is recognized as the best suited antivirus solution for all your PC problems". I searched for WorldTech magazine and got no hits. Results related to AVStrike also lacks any reference to a magazine.
- The "Award" section only shows one "Virus Free" award from Software Informer - no relevant awards about software capabilities (i.e. AV-Comparatives) that I can see. Their Softpedia certification got me a 410.
- The "Features" section: "Now get the best out of your Windows System by fine tuning your system with tools like Disk Cleaner, PC Cleaner, Startup Manager and Registry Cleaner & Defragmenter". This is bad, because of two reasons:
- You don't need "registry cleaning". Doing that can break your machine to the point of making it unbootable.
- Things like temporary file cleaning, startup management and defragmentation can be done via specialized applications (two of which most of you will be familiar with - CCleaner and Defraggler from Piriform), not an AV software. These "bells and whistles" are unnecessary and just bloat the software.
4. Preliminary software observation:
- AVStrike offers a 30-day trial.
- The installer appears to be clean - no bundled crapware.
- System Requirements appear to be fairly low (320MB free space? Interesting.)
I'll leave the technical details to Aura.
5. Customer support: I haven't found any real reviews on customer support - there was only one comment on their Facebook page, and it's not good.
No support forum to speak of. The only way to contact them is by email.
6. AV/AM capabilities: No testing results yet - and I generally do not trust any AV/AM software that do not have testing results to back up their claims. Even if it's "Award-winning antivirus".
I'll give it several years to prove itself in the market. Once the app receives good reviews, then I'll consider it.
7. Pricing: $79.99 for a year and one-time malware removal?
And for some reasons the price on the website above and its promotional video on YouTube is different - intentionally misleading or something?
8. PC Security Glossary: "AVStrike is a premium software that stands to eliminates viruses of all kinds."
For non-savvy users: The broad term for bad things that infect your machines is computer malware (short for "malicious software") - viruses are only one kind of the many malware types out there.
I understand that they might be keeping things simple - as they claimed to be.
No comments on the rest of the glossary.
9. Security blog: For some reason all I get are 404s.
My thoughts regarding this software: Tread with caution. I do not recommend using it - if you choose to use an untested AV software, do so at your own risk.
Meanwhile, just stick to a reputable AV vendor, and get additional AM protection with Malwarebytes or Emsisoft.
Have a great (malware-free) day!