SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition – Layered Malware Defense

stolen-laptop SUPERAntiSpyware – the name says it all. In a world of hyperbole, exaggeration, overstatement, and embellishment the SUPER, in this case, means just that.

Given the increasing number of Trojans, Spyware, Virus’, Phishing Scams, Identity Theft Scams, and other threats we now face, there is no one anti-malware tool that is likely to identify and remove all of this rogue malware that infests the cyber world. So to ensure maximum safety, it’s important to have layered defenses in the ongoing fight against system infection.

The free edition of SUPERAntiSpyware (last updated December 31, 2008), is an excellent choice, as a secondary line of defense in this battle. This free version of the award winning program, with its easy to employ interface, is used by millions of people worldwide to protect their computers.

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While SUPERAntiSpyware is well known for its high malware detection rate, it has not in the six months I have been testing it, discovered anything which the other anti-spyware programs, that I use have not found. This speaks to the high quality of many competing anti-malware applications, and not to any short comings in SUPERAntiSpyware.

A simple, intuitive, and easy to use interface makes SUPERAntiSpyware straightforward to setup, customize and run, for both less experienced and expert users alike.

One extra feature in this anti-malware product caught my attention however; a repair function which allows the user to recover settings frequently wrecked by malware, and which are often not recoverable despite removal of the malware process. These settings include Internet connections, lost desktops, the ability to edit the registry and frustratingly, access to the task manager.

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Since SUPERAntiSpyware does not provide real time protection against infection, like many free versions of anti-malware programs, I would not recommend then, that you use this free version of SUPERAntiSpyware as a stand alone security application since it simply will not offer you adequate protection. Instead, use it only as an on-demand canner.

Despite this real-time protection shortcoming in the free version, SUPERAntiSpyware deserves its reputation as a first class security application, and it’s definitely worth considering adding to your security toolbox as a secondary line of defense.

As a full fledged security application, with all of its features unlocked; real-time protection, scheduled scanning, and scheduled updating, SUPERAntiSpyware is very well priced at $29.95 US.

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Fast facts:

High malware detection rate

Small footprint and low resource usage

Easy to setup, customize and run

Custom scanning of hard drives, removable drives, memory, registry, and more

Detects and removes spyware, adware, malware, Trojans, dialers, worms, keyloggers, rootkits and hijackers

Free for personal use

Prevents potentially harmful software from installing or re-installing (paid version only)

Examines over 50 critical system points on start up and shuts down (paid version only)

System Requirements: Windows 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, XP, Vista or Windows 2003

Download at: Download.com

Alternative free anti-malware applications reviewed, and downloadable, on this site:

Spyware Doctor Starter Edition

Spyware Doctor Starter Edition from PC Tools is an excellent choice, as a secondary line of defense. This free version of the award winning program, with its easy to use interface, is used by millions of people worldwide to protect their computers; it’s reported there are a million+ additional downloads every week. Be aware however, there is no real-time protection offered with this version and this is the reason I recommend this application as a secondary scanner only.

Spyware Terminator

Having tested virtually all of the major anti-spyware applications over the past year or more, I’ve settled, for now, on Spyware Terminator primarily due to its strong real-time protection against spyware, adware, Trojans, key-loggers, home page hijackers and other malware threats. Spyware Terminator excels in strong active protection against know and unknown threats. If anything, I find it perhaps a little overly aggressive. On the other hand, better this than the alternative.

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition

AVG Anti-Virus Free now incorporates protection against spyware through a new combined anti-virus and anti-spyware engine as well as a “safe-searching component” which has been incorporated into the new AVG Internet Security Toolbar. This program scans files on access, on demand, and on schedule and scans email incoming and outgoing. I recently added this application to my Windows 7 (beta) machine, and to this point it has performed flawlessly.

Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware is an excellent choice, as a secondary line of defense. The free version of this speed demon (it’s faster at scanning than any anti-malware program I’ve tested in the last 2 years), with its easy to employ interface, is used by millions of people worldwide to protect their computers.

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8 responses to “SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition – Layered Malware Defense

  1. Pingback: SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition - Layered Malware Defense | Stop Identity Theft Ideas Blog

  2. g

    i just downloaded spyware blaster to take for a test drive. have you tried it yet?

    think i’ll try out malwarebytes too. thanks for the link!

    • billmullins

      Hey Glenn,

      Check out SpywareBlaster – Updated for FireFox
      3.0,
      which I did back in June of last year. Great little app.

      You’ll love Malwarebytes – very fast, but no active protection, so it’s only
      use is as a secondary scanner, but it does a terrific job. Couldn’t do
      without it.

      Trust all is well with you.

      Bill

  3. g

    thanks bill. i will do it.

  4. g

    running superantispyware on a computer now.

    it was recommended to combat “vundo” virus.

    funny thing is vundofix didn’t find a vundo virus. superantispyware found a total of 9 vundo viruses!

    superantispyware (in my humble opinion) is an excellent post infection scanner. i have not had the opportunity to test it for real time protection.

  5. g

    i am definitely a fan of SuperAntiSpyware.

    after using it to clean up my coworker’s computer, i used it on mine and it found a trojan hiding in the registry!

    keep in mind that i run avira daily, spyware terminator, winpatrol, wot.

    this program should be in everyones arsenal.

  6. Hi Bill
    You know how I feel about Superantispyware, It’s right with Malwarebytes for best of breed spyware tools. I’m pretty impressed with Avira as well, it works great with the two anti-spywares for solid protection, and it works well with the Windows 7 beta.
    Speaking of Win 7 I was wondering if you’ve tried it? I’m fairly impressed with its performance so far, but the new UAC interface is causing quite a controversy. Seems it can be turned off by a script if it’s not set at it’s highest level, which is essentially “Vista” mode. I don’t fault Microsoft for trying to make it more user friendly, but they seem to have dug in their heals about changing the UAC default setting on 7 ,which is definitely been proven a vulnerability.
    Cheers
    Mark

    • billmullins

      Hey Mark,

      I’ve been using Win 7 for a few weeks, maybe a month, and I have to admit I
      love it. MS has definitely done something right.

      I bypassed Vista so the original UAC controversy went over my head. I have
      to admit, I like the UAC, and I have no problem being prompted to
      think/decide/click – and I’m a geek! The average user needs, in my view,
      every bit of protection that MS can build into Win 7, and then some.

      I think the “it can be turned off by a script if it’s not set at it’s
      highest level” controversy is a tempest in a teapot. The fact, as I see it,
      is the Internet is a cesspool in terms of system security, and additional
      protective steps will be required for the foreseeable future. So why worry
      about perceived shortcomings in the UAC.

      Great to hear from you.

      Talk to ya later,