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GhostSurf Platinum is a privacy software suite with a unique combination of features and tools to maintain PC privacy: personal data vault and integrated protection from spam, ads and spyware. The secure data vault lets you encrypt particularly sensitive files and store them so others can’t access them. The included SpyCatcher and GhostMyMail applications help eliminate spyware and spam. The software can run in stealth mode, which lets the application run behind the scenes. There is a boss key to hide open programs by using a keyboard shortcut. The software can remove your history and traces left behind from browsing online. Sensitive data and files can be completely obliterated by overwriting the file beyond recoverability. Even better than removing them, you can use the anonymous proxy settings to mask your IP address while online, essentially eliminating your digital footprint. The secure browser can be adjusted to match your desired level of privacy.
Another area where this software falls short is in Windows cleaning. While you can securely remove files and delete some of your PC activity, not all of your bases are covered. The software leaves some traces of your computer history untouched and available to be discovered. The privacy suite is composed of a handful of components, including the privacy control center, SpyCatcher, personal data vault, AdArmor, TracksCleaner and GhostMyMail. While they all combine for a comprehensive privacy solution, they each open up in a different window. The individual modules are uniform, but the interface as a whole would benefit from an updated design.
The included help file is good, and opens to the appropriate section depending on which area of the suite you’re in. Additional support is available online in the form of a knowledge base and downloadable product manuals. If you have questions that aren’t answered there, you can contact support via phone or email.
GhostSurf Platinum is effective privacy software with plenty of features. The secure anonymous browser and protection from spyware and ads is a nice touch. Be aware that it the publisher does not mention Windows 7 as a supported system. And it is only certified to run on the 32-bit versions of XP and Vista.