iSafe calls itself a virus removal tool – but I found it to be more of a tool to check the health of your Windows PC, clean junk and offer tweaks to harden yours systems security. It keeps your browser safe from being hijacked and also helps remove the hijackers, if it has been hijacked already.
Before we start, let me tell you that the iSafe website gets a Low Confidence reputation rating at WOT. Comments state that it installs 3rd-party crapware. Google Safe Browsing says that ‘This site is not currently listed as suspicious’. During my installation, I did not find it offering or installing any crapware.
I downloaded the small installer from its official website. After running it, it downloaded the application from its website and installed it on my Windows 8 PC. My WinPatrol woofed only when the main program executable added itself to the startup list. Nothing else was pushed or changed during installation. On disk it occupied around 23MB in my Program Files folder.
I opened the application’s window. It created a system restore point first. I then ran a check for the health of my PC under the Health Check tab. Some of them took me by surprise. For instance the Ask Toolbar had been installed when I had installed Java to test out the Secunia Online Software Inspector. After the test I had uninstalled Java, as well as Ask Toolbar. But this tool found some traces of the Ask toolbar plugin. My PC received an overall score of 64.
Now if you move on to the Protection tab you will see that the tool offers a lot of tweaks to help protect Windows. It checks for and lets you lock down your choice of default browser, browser home page as well as the browsers default search. It lets you block malicious plug-in installs, protects your browsers shortcut from malicious modifications and intercepts phishing sites.
Under the sub-category of Network, you can lock your browser settings and more.
Under Plugins you will get an exhaustive list of all the plugins installed on all your browsers. You will get recommendations of which plugins you should delete. My attention was bought to the remnants of the Ask toolbar components.
The Cleanup module identifies junk and lets you clean up junk files, junk registry entries, the context menu and Privacy traces. It looked pretty exhaustive – but I did not run the cleanup tool.
The Speedup module offers you suggestions on which startup items or services you can disable to speed up your system. The recommendations looked reliable. You can select these items individually.
Under System SpeedUp, you get to see a iSafe’s Boosting Ball tool which promises to boost system performance. Clicking on Speed up Now will bring up a floating window, with an Accelerate button. I did not use it – preferring always to apply tweaks manually – so that I know what all is being changed.
And finally you have the Software Manager tab, which lets you manage all your installed programs.
iSafe’s icon sits in the notification area occupying around 45MB of memory and gives you direct access to its various functions.
The uninstallation went through smoothly. My Revo Uninstaller Pro, did not find any remnant registry keys.
If you are looking for a tool to – check your Windows and browsers for hijacks and offer tweaks to harden Windows & browser security, you may want to give iSafe a try. I think it would be safe to use this tool, check each of its recommendations and apply them individually. The tool also offers a junk, registry and privacy traces cleaners, as well as a 1-click speed up function. But as I mentioned, I did not run its registry cleaner or its Boosting Ball tool.
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If you do decide to try it out, do let us have your feedback about your experience. You can download it from its home page.