Trojan Killer Portable Review 2019

Written by Valdis Koks

I have never thought that my PC would ever need any alternative security solution. I believed that my current protection plan with McAfee can provide me with all the defence I need. So, when my Toshiba laptop got seriously messed up, searching for the remedy to fix it was really a challenge. Googling for the answer to my problems revealed tons of unfamiliar programs recommended by their authors. Selecting Trojan Killer Portable was just a random choice since I thought there’s some serious trojan horse in my device.

I live in eastern Kentucky and own an Internet shop selling various gadgets I import from abroad. Thus, I use my Windows computer a lot, since ordering new items and importing them to my local area is an integral part of my business. I always thought that McAfee protection I had for years has been sufficient enough until my PC got seriously infected recently.

I can’t remember when exactly it happened, but some days ago I ended up visiting one website where the prices were more competitive. I was in the process of browsing through its pages, whereas suddenly I had a pop-up window saying that I need to confirm my age. I thought it was some important requirement, so I clicked on the “Allow” button as requested. At first, nothing extraordinary happened, however, the next day I noticed that there was a real mess happening with my PC, for example:

  • random advertisements popping up in my screen regularly;
  • new browser tabs revealing the content I did not ask for;
  • my PC working extremely slow, barely responding to my commands;
  • periodical system crashes resulting in complete PC freezing.

Well, probably there were some other negative side effects too, I do not remember all the details. At first, I was very busy with my daily routine and work and kind of tolerated the problems with my PC. However, later on, I simply was not able to use my computer anymore. Sometimes the browser would open its new tab windows and forward me to very annoying and often extremely explicit content, which I would never want my kids to look at. As I said, my device had McAfee already, however, there was no particular warning about any virus, trojan or malware in place. I googled the problem and found several automatic solutions to my issue. Based on the recommendation of my friend on Facebook, I decided to try Trojan Killer Portable by GridinSoft.

If you would like to evaluate the functionality of Trojan Killer Portable and investigate the safety of your device, download  the program by clicking on the button below:

The peculiarity of Trojan Killer Portable is that it lets you install itself into the removable drive, or as standalone to the main computer. Later on, I found out that installing the program into the removable drives is exceptionally useful when you have problems connecting to the Internet via your infected PC, so this option seems to be very useful:

Trojan Killer setup introduction

I have to admit that downloading the program was not a problem, even though my PC acted in a weird way as I explained above. However, the very downloading time indeed lasted much longer than I expected. It took about 3 minutes, probably because of the aforesaid problems. Finally, the program was downloaded and installed successfully:

Trojan Killer setup completed

Trojan Killer Portable checked whether there were any updates available, which is probably quite common for many other similar products. So, before I actually was able to launch the scanning, I had to wait for a while until all the updates are properly installed. Again, this lasted much longer than I expected, probably because of my PC messed up any some virus. The following scan types are available:

Trojan Killer scan types

  • Standard scan
  • Full scan
  • USB disks
  • Custom scan

Even through I initially thought that what my system needs is a full scan, I decided to first try a “Standard Scan” just to get a basic understanding of the shape in which my infected PC was. Quite soon after the scanning was started, 12 detected items were found:

Trojan Killer scanning process

Finally, at the end of the scan, the report indicated the presence of 17 detected items marked with red colour. At first glance, it looks like the number of 17 threats is not a big deal, however, it is really frustrating that even the presence of one single malware in the system can completely ruin its stable performance. My Toshiba laptop is a brand new one. I got it a couple of months ago at my local Walmart store and it has the fast processor, sufficient memory and other features that help to perform the most complex tasks. However, it looked like these 17 threats in my laptop were eating a lot of system resources and simply made the device totally out of order. Clicking on the “Cure PC” button clearly indicated that I need a license to have those 17 threats removed:

Trojan Killer scan report

The price is $ 2.95 per month, which seems to be quite affordable. However, I wanted to first try the program, so I contacted their customer support and was given a short-term free trial key. With that in place, I was able to delete all the infections and restore my device to the fully-functional mode. Even if you prefer to remove the threats manually, the program clearly points to the location of all those infected items when you click on “Detected Items” and get the following lost of threats:

List of detected items

To sum up, Trojan Killer Portable made my day and the PC was completely cured and restored back to the normal trouble-free performance. I no longer have those annoying pop-ups that used to considerably distract me. Right now I use the licensed version of the program and perform regular scans of my system with it to make sure my system remains clean. I have absolute confidence to recommend this software as a reliable and powerful tool to effectively clean the threats not identifiable by other well-known security products.

About the author

Valdis Koks

Security engineer, reverse engineering and memory forensics

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