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Thor Antivirus Review
Thor Antivirus suites come in different packages for both home and commercial use. The basis of all the suites is that they will protect your network and your devices from a number of different kinds of cyber-attacks.
Thor antivirus suites use a number of modern tools such as cloud-scanning and signature code scanning to make sure any files or software you download are not a threat.
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Thor security packages also come standard with the basic features that have become essential for antivirus software. Features like firewall protection, system monitoring and access to their customer support line.
But where Thor sort of distinguishes itself from typical antivirus suites is the modern features like cloud-scanning and Heuristic scanning which monitors the behavior of programs as they run.
Thor offers different paid subscriptions that are good for up to a year and can be used on up to three different devices.
About the Company
All Thor antivirus suites are made by the company Heimdal. Heimdal began operation back in 2011 and has since then become a trusted source for PC protection.
They have won different awards for their software and their educational efforts. They publish a blog that keeps consumers informed on the latest malware threats and the best ways to stay protected from them.
With Thor, they offer a high-performance solution to cyber-crime that will not take up too much room on your computer. They are one of the pioneering companies in terms of machine-learning-based security as evidenced by their Heuristic scanning feature.
Heimdal offers four different packages for home use and several more for commercial use. In this section, we will focus on the products made for home use.
All of the following packages include a 1-year subscription and can be used on three different PC’s but you can purchase up to 3-year packages that can be used by 10 PCs:
1. Thor Vigilance Home
This is the most basic of the paid subscription packages. It features firewall protection, Heuristic scanning, system monitoring, cloud-scanning sandbox quarantining and detection and access to the Heimdal service line.
One of the unique features about this particular package is that it is “lightweight” which means it will not take up a lot of hard drive space or use a lot of memory on your computer. The price for the Vigilance package is $4496 on the official Heimdal website.
2. Thor Foresight Home
This package has all the features of the Vigilance package but with the added function of web browsing protection. This feature keeps you safe as you browse the internet and ensures that not malicious links you may click on will actually get to harm your computer or your data.
Foresight also comes with an advanced malware blocker that keeps malicious code from even reaching your network and device. It also updates your apps so that no malware can get in through outdated applications. This package costs $52.46.
3. Thor Premium Home
This is the top of the line model so to speak. It has all the features of both Vigilance and Foresight with the added bonus of continuous system monitoring which constantly scans your system thoroughly to make sure there is no malware on it. This package is $74.96.
4. Thor Free
Thor free is available to download on the official Heimdal website and, as the name alludes to, it is completely free. It is a pretty basic application scanning tool. It automatically updates 50 of the most commonly used applications so that malware doesn’t make it onto your PC through non-updated applications.
- Utilizes advanced scanning methods that monitor the behavior of programs running on your computer and can assess threats even as they develop and become more advanced.
- Comes with 24/7 technical support
- Offers good protection for active web browsing.
- Doesn’t take up much hard drive space.
- Protects your sensitive data.
- Downloads and installs pretty easily.
- You can try all the suites risk-free for 30 days.
- May prolong the life of your computer by keeping it safe from malware.
- Comes in multiple packages to suit your specific security needs.
- Does not offer e-mail scanning.
- Cannot remove malware already present on your computer.
Thor Antivirus FAQ’s
Q: What are the System Requirements for Thor Antivirus?
A: All of the Thor security suites require that you have at least Windows 7, 25MB of free disk space and internet access.
Q: Can I use Thor Antivirus if I have a Mac?
A: Yes. Thor security suites are available for both PC’s and Macs.
Q: What is the Return Policy?
A: You are allowed to return your Thor product within thirty days of your purchase if you do not like it. If you do return it within 30 days, you will be refunded the purchase price.
Q: How do I Install Thor Antivirus?
A: Installation is pretty simple. All you have to do is go to the official Heimdal website, choose the security suite you want and click install. The software download is fast and installation prompts guide you through the whole process.
All you have to do is select where you want the software to be saved on your computer, which applications you want to be regularly scanned, and which notifications you want to receive from Heimdal.
Q: How do I Use Thor Antivirus?
A: Once you have the software downloaded and installed, you can control it via the dashboard. Here you can manually run scans, scheduled scans, update apps, patch software and more. Should you have any issues, your subscription also comes with 24/7 technical support from Heimdal.
All in All
Thor Antivirus offers different home and business cyber-security solutions. They can help keep your sensitive data private, protect your computer from malware, make sure you browse the web safely, detect threats before they make it to your device and help keep your applications up to date and safe.
Overall they offer pretty good protection but if you are looking for a tool that can remove malware that is already on your computer or need though email scanning and protection, look elsewhere.
Still, this is a moderate-grade security choice and what we really like about it is the advanced features like its Heuristic scanning that monitors the behavior of programs and files. This is really nice because some of the most advanced forms of malware disguise themselves very well and can lay dormant in your computer for a long time.
It is only when they begin to run that they can be detected so having this Heuristic scanning feature is great. It’s also easy to use. While it’s not the most comprehensive security package, it is a decent midgrade option.