Stronghold Antivirus is an accessible and intuitive application that provides a professional method to quickly run a full computer scan, which finds and removes various types of viruses, spyware, and trojans, from both your personal and work PCs. It offers real-time and on-demand protection and makes regular footprint updates.
The program provides a user-friendly and clean interface showing individual sections, each coming with distinct options. Its simple menu can be used by both novices and professionals. It examines your hard disk(s), removable media, registry, and processes, deleting any malicious programs.
After a scan is finished, the dashboard panel is updated, displaying all the enabled functions, the number of threats detected and eliminated, as well as the last performed check, and the number of known issues in the database.
Stronghold Antivirus lets you choose the scanning mode. The express method looks in the drive and user folders, system drive, including all the removable devices, and custom areas. If items are found during the operation, they are shown in the list along with information like path and name, severity, type (malware, spyware, trojan, virus), followed by a definition of it and recommendation.
After selecting the desired process, the app scans all the locations. A progress bar indicates the completion level, along with the various file locations, and the passed time. It's recommended not to use the computer until the scan process is over, as it might make it slower or unresponsive.
In the "Settings" menu, you can change the options to best suit your needs. Among them you can find the minimization option, self-protection, scanning areas (e.g. files, processes, host files, registry, cookies), as well as daily, weekly or monthly scheduled scan.
Plus, you can specify a time and day when to perform an automatic scan, express or deep, and ignore items larger than a particular size in MB. It's possible to add programs, documents or directories to an overlook list, and automatically insert unwanted and suspicious applications into the blacklist.
In conclusion, Stronghold Antivirus is a reliable and useful utility designed to provide an efficient and fast method to scan the whole system, external hard drives or specific locations for malware, spyware or viruses and eliminate them completely. In our testing, it didn't consume too many resources and run without any visual problems. Keep in mind that the database hasn't been updated in a while, and some threats may not be recognized.