Public Beta of Hitman Pro 3.5.5 Released

SurfRight released the Public Beta of Hitman Pro 3.5.5.

Release notes:

  • Added Quick scan which only scans load point locations and in memory objects.
    You typically use the Quick scan when you just want to check whether malware is active on the computer.
    You can choose Quick scan from the split button on the Welcome dialog or specify the /quick command line switch.
  • Improved the overall scan performance on systems protected by an active on-access AV scanner.
  • Fixed a memory leak reducing memory consumption by 20-40MB compared to previous versions.
  • Replaced WinInet by WinHTTP network stack for internet communication. This allows more proxy options and also allows Hitman Pro to run under different accounts like SYSTEM. This is particularly useful in corporate situations.
  • Improved the Scan-at-startup by postponing the scan until the computer has started up (hard disk activity is near idle).
    Postponing the startup scan improves the overall computer startup speed. Hitman Pro monitors the “Avg. Disks Queue Length” Performance Counter to determine whether the computer finished starting applications. Hitman Pro postpones the startup scan up to a maximum of 5 minutes. After that, the scan is started, despite hard disk activity.
  • Changed the Scan-at-startup from default normal scan to Quick Scan.
  • Fixed a problem with the Winsock repair functionality on 64-bit platforms. Thanks Rein.
  • Added Advanced tab under Settings allowing proxy configurations:
    • Use Internet Explorer settings (default)
    • Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Protocol (WPAD)
    • Proxy Automatic Configuration URL (PAC)
    • Manual proxy configuration
    • Proxy authentication
  • Added Compatible Disk Access mode.
    This mode uses the Windows API for accessing the disk. This makes Hitman Pro compatible with hard disk snapshoting tools like Rollback RX and AyRecovery. Note that this mode reduces the chance of finding complex rootkits. You can change the Disk Access mode on the Advanced tab under Settings.
  • Added License tab under Settings.
  • Added Apply to all to the drop down action menu of a detected item.
  • Added hyperlink to the finish page allowing the scan log to be exported as XML.
  • Added /ews command line switch which enables Early Warning Scoring from the command line.
  • Added /noupload command line switch which prevents files from being uploaded to the cloud.
  • Added /quick command line switch which enables the Quick scan from the command line.
  • Added /debug and /debug:full command line switch. Use these switches to generate a mini dump when the application crashes.
  • Updated internal white lists.
  • Lots of minor internal changes.
  • Built using Visual Studio 2010.

The beta does not install itself so you can run it along side previous builds. Also the beta updates automatically to the non-beta version after 14 days.

The bits can be downloaded from here:
32-bit: http://files.surfright.nl/HitmanPro35beta.exe
64-bit: http://files.surfright.nl/HitmanPro35beta_x64.exe

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