This program takes an interesting approach to protecting your privacy and keeping your computer safe from offenders. In short, PowerShadow creates a virtual drive on your computer. When you enter shadow mode, the application saves all system changes and user activities on the virtual drive instead of on your actual PC. Every time you restart, your machine will revert to its original state, wiping away nasties such as spyware and eliminating your surfing and application histories. However, since this process also will wipe away useful changes such as edits in a Word document, you must remember to save things you want to keep on your actual hard drive. In general, the app's interface is elegant and easy to navigate, and it didn't appear to slow our PC when running in the background. PowerShadow will be especially useful for those who share computers, but other folks may find it another useful weapon in the war against adware.
What's new in version 2.6
ReleaseNovember 9, 2008
Date AddedNovember 2, 2005
Operating SystemsWindows, Windows 2000, Windows XP
Additional RequirementsWindows 2000/XP/2003 Server
PowerShadow automatically sanitizes all Web activities and surfing history by giving you the power to generate with one click, a clone of your Windows system, identical and fully functional as the original. You then surf the Net or perform any other sensitive activities while in this cloned PowerShadow mode. Everything you do while in PowerShadow mode is actually being done, not by your operating system, but by a clone of the operating system. Therefore, when you exit PowerShadow mode, everything (except what you save to a non-system drive) vanishes. Likewise, if a virus attacks, it attacks the clone system. If spyware is installed, it is installed on the clone system only. If you delete a file, you only have deleted a clone file, leaving the original untouched. The program offers absolute security and privacy in one elegant software solution. Version 2.6 includes new interface and online upgrade function.