I’ve been aware of SUPERAntiSpyware for some time, but I have to admit that the name has always turned me off. Why would anyone name a product SUPERAntiSpyware when the name itself conjures up (for me), visions of the application being spyware/malware? I’ve always considered the name to be slightly over-the-top.
On the other hand, a product’s name is, or should be, suggestive of its purpose and its position, or ranking, within the industry in which it competes. After having tested SUPERAntiSpyware for 60 days I have to admit, the name suits the program.
A simple, intuitive, and easy to use interface makes SUPERAntiSpyware straightforward to setup, customize and run, for both less experienced and expert users alike.
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While SUPERAntiSpyware is well known for its high malware detection rate, it did not discover anything which the other anti-spyware programs, used in contra testing, didn’t find. This speaks to the high quality of many competing anti-malware applications, and not to any short comings in SUPERAntiSpyware.
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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Like many free versions of anti-malware programs, SUPERAntiSpyware does not provide real time protection against infection.
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 scanner. SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition is an excellent choice, 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 good value at $29.95 US.
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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: SUPERAntiSpyware
Alternative free anti-malware applications reviewed, and downloadable, on this site:
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.
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 8.0 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.
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. I wasn’t surprised to see that this application has been downloaded over 2 million times from Download.com alone.