Hitman Pro was developed in 2004 by Mark Loman from The Netherlands. As system administrator / security specialist he felt the need for an automated tool that would be able to effectively clean computers that were infected by spyware. In those days, spyware was still pretty new and except for a few specialized companies, there were no tools to remove spyware.
The first version of Hitman Pro was a simple script that downloaded and executed a couple of anti spyware programs, such as SpyBot, Ad-Aware, Spy Sweeper, Spyware Doctor, NOD32. Hitman Pro became very popular, especially in The Netherlands with more than 3 million users.
In later versions, the automation of the abovementioned programs became more complex as the vendors expanded the features of their software, making it more complicated to automate the execution of the program. Plus an increase in the number of false positives caused by these programs, resulted in the decision to develop a completely new version from scratch.
Mark Loman founded SurfRight B.V. in The Netherlands in 2006, and hired a few security experts and software developers for the development of new and innovative security products.
The first project in 2006 was a research project to study the common characteristics of malware using behavioural analysis (fuzzy logic). The results of this research would be the foundation for the new anti malware product Hitman Pro 3.
Caretaker Antispam was released in 2007, the first product of SurfRight using their own technology.
Caretaker Antispam's filter is trained centrally, not by the user so when spammers find a new spamming method, the filter is updated automatically by the team of SurfRight experts. This mechanism ensures that Caretaker Antispam continuously filters out more than 99% of all spam messages, while the number of false positives (genuine messages that are classified as spam) is virtually zero.
Hitman Pro 3 was released in 2008. The Hitman Pro 3 client is based completely on SurfRight technology.
Hitman Pro is a second opinion scanner, designed to rescue your computer from malware (viruses, trojans, rootkits, etc.) that have infected your computer despite all the security measures you have taken (such as anti virus software, firewalls, etc.). Hitman Pro is designed to work alongside existing security programs without any conflicts. It scans the computer quickly (less than 5 minutes) and does not slow down the computer (except for the few minutes it is scanning). Hitman Pro 3 does not need to be installed. It can be run straight from a USB flash drive, a CD/DVD, local or network attached hard drive