So how do you take the best and make it better? That’s a neat trick, but something PC Tools has managed to do with the release of Spyware Doctor with Anti-Virus.
Spyware Doctor, as a stand alone anti-malware application, has long had a rich reputation for effectiveness, and ease of use. With the addition of both an anti-virus component, and ThreatFire technology, PC Tools has taken PC security to a new level.
Regular readers will remember, I have often recommended the stand alone version of ThreatFire, as one of the top three necessary components to maximize PC security. Kudos to PC Tools, for including it in this new version of Spyware Doctor with Anti-Virus.
Experience has taught me that typical computer users are most interested in two areas when choosing an anti-malware application:
- Protection against current threats, and equally as important, protection against rapidly evolving new threats. During testing, I found Spyware Doctor with Anti-Virus, excelled in detection; particularly in its active protection against phishing sites.
- Ease of use, with a limited learning curve; so that the inherent power of the application can be be brought to bear immediately. Those of us you have relied on the free version of Spyware Doctor Starter Edition, are familiar with its clear, simple, no nonsense user interface, and this new application continues that tradition.
- IMPROVED ON-DEMAND DETECTION – Detects and thoroughly cleans an extremely diverse range of malware during on-demand and real-time scans.
- UPDATED BEHAVIOURAL PROTECTION – Leverages ThreatFire technology to detect and block zero-day malware based on its runtime behavior.
- NEW BROWSER EXPLOIT & SCAREWARE BLOCKING – Dynamically scans every webpage loaded in Internet Explorer to detect and block malicious exploits, such as iFrame & MDAC, that trigger drive-by-downloads of malware. Detects and blocks websites that scare visitors into buying scareware through fake antivirus scan pop-ups.
- NEW STATE AWARENESS MODES – Detects how you are using your PC and adjusts to minimize performance impact and reduce interruptions.
– Game Mode: all scheduled scans, smart updates and program alerts postponed when playing games, resulting in an interruption-free experience. Activated automatically when playing games in full-screen, otherwise manually switchable
– Power Saving Mode: no scheduled tasks run when powered by battery
– Idle Mode: automatically scans in background when PC is not in use to reduce the length of subsequent scans
- EMAIL GUARD – Detects and cleans infected email attachments at unencrypted POP3 and SMTP4 protocol layer (client independent).
- 24/7 Help – available in 10 languages. Select the most convenient option for you – reach our support staff by phone, email, live chat or web.
I have always been a strong proponent of free security software, but with the increasing challenges we now face on the Internet, I’m finding that, by and large, the free versions of security applications are not up to the task of protecting an average, or typical user.
Free security applications, with their built-in limitations, are best suited to those who have a “better than average” understanding, of operating systems, security systems, and who have a heightened awareness of the hidden traps on the Internet. Even with an enhanced skill set, technically astute users are still finding that staying safe on the Internet is more difficult than ever.
In the last two years, I have only recommend two “pay for” applications and Spyware Doctor with Anti-Virus, has now become the third.
Spyware Doctor with Anti-Virus, offers all of the protection that a top notch anti-malware application should, in an easy installation package leading to a “dead simple” interface, and then does what it sets out to do – protects the user efficiently, against the epidemic of malware and additional dangers circulating on the Internet, waiting to trap the under protected, and the unaware.
System requirements: Windows 7 (32bit, 64bit), Windows Vista SP1+ (32bit, 64bit), Windows XP SP2+ (32bit).
You may Buy Spyware Doctor with Anti-Virus direct from PC Tools, ($39.95 direct, for three licenses), or you may download a free, limited, older version, at PC Tools.
And now for some extra special news:
Regular readers are familiar with the free application licenses we occasionally give away here on Tech Thoughts. Once again, we are in a position to do just that. PC Tools has generously provided us with 10 licenses for Spyware Doctor with Anti-Virus.
To enter the contest, simply add a comment at the end of this article. On January 8, 2010, all comments will be added to the online List Randomizer, and the first 10 names that come up, will win a free license for this award winning security application.
As with previous contests, you don’t need to write a paragraph – “enter me in the contest” is enough. Good luck!
Stay tuned – in the next week or so, we will be reviewing PC Tools Internet Security Suite 2010 and we will be offering 10 free license in a similar contest give away.
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35 responses to “Spyware Doctor with Anti-Virus 2010 – Worth the Money?”
Count me in! I could sure use this.
“enter me in the contest”
That was quick Liam – I just posted this 5 minutes ago. I’ll make a special note that you were first. LOL!
Thanks for your entry.
Sign me up for the contest!
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Plase enter me in the contest.
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Please enter me in the contest.
Just stumbled upon your site. Like what i’ve seen so far. Would like to be entered in the draw for the PC Tools software. Regards…
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Now I might get a chance to make a test drive of Spyware Doctor. Please count me in the contest!
Glad to see that you have entered Adrian. Don’t for get, that next week I’ll be reviewing PC Tools Internet Security Suite, and running a contest for 10 more free licenses.
Already using this – glad to know you approve. Any conflicts running with McAfee VirusScan?
Not that I’m aware of.
Great review, please count me in the contest too. I’m looking forward to testing this app.
Hi Bill, please enter me, and thanks for the opportunity. I wonder what their Internet Security Suite has in addition?? Does Spyware Doctor play well with MalwareByte, SuperAntiSpyware, PandaOnLine AV and others? No doubt it cannot play with MicroSoft Security Essentials, I never could get it to work on my desktop even after deleting all other security programs, I gave up at that point. Microsoft customer service sent me a convoluted procedure to try again that I hope they understand because I couldn’t. Hope MSSE gets easier to use in time, I still applaud their efforts to provide a good real time program for users. I still wonder when Google will start scanning their links for malware, is this such a difficult task for them to help protect the internet? I hold my breath every time I look something up on Google having had a link explode into malware on my computer. I was only protected by my image back up software to reinstall my OS. Such is life right now I guess. Thanks again for all your good work for us citizens out here.
Good to see your entry.
If your question is, does Spyware Doctor, used as a secondary scanner (in other words, it is not allowed an autostart on bootup), play well with others, then yes it does.
I think you’re running into a common problem when deleting anti-malware apps, and that is – despite the appearance that they have been removed, many such apps leave registry entries that make it difficult, if not impossible, to install other solutions. I run into this frequently on test systems, where I’m forever installing/uninstalling anti-malware apps. I delete using Revo Uninstaller, which cleans all the entries, including the registry entries missed by the Windows add/remove applet. There are some apps however, that are best removed using the uninstall utility supplied by the developer – Norton products are an example.
The problem with trying to run MSSE as a secondary scanner is – it can’t be done. It has been designed to be a primary anti-malware app only, from what I can see.
Yes, I remember the problem you had with that fake Google search return, and I don’t think the situation is any better. The problem as I see it is, the dangers are not commonly known. Unless, or until, this situation starts costing Google $$, I doubt we’ll see any changes. Google did announce recently, that they are refocusing on this issue. Yeah, right!!!
I would appreciate it very much for the opportunity to be in this drawing.
Good to have you in the contest.
HI BILL, I AM DELIGHTED TO HEAR YOUR SPYWARE DOCTOR IS EFFECTIVE AND EASY TO USE BECAUSE I AM A COMPLETE NEOPHYTE WITH A COMPUTER & AM WORN OUT WITH THE CONSTANT INTERRUPTIONS FROM MY PREVIOUS COMPUTER SPYWARE! AT MY AGE MOST OF MY FRIENDS ARE SITTING IN ROCKING CHAIRS KNITTING,…BUT I HAVE FOUND LIFE MUCH MORE FUN SPENDING HOURS EACH DAY DESTROYING MY COMPUTER! I AM COMPLETELY “SELF TAUGHT”, AND FIND GREAT PLEASURE GETTING MYSELF INTO JUST AS MUCH TROUBLE AS I HOPE I MIGHT STILL POSSIBLY GET MYSELF OUT OF!! I HAVE JUST PURCHASED A BRAND NEW COMPUTER, AND TODAY I SWITCHED FROM AOL/WINDOWS XP TO SAFARI 4 FOR PC/ & THIS NEW COMPUTER CAME WITH WINDOWS 7. THE SINGLE ITEM I HAVE FIGURED OUT ABOUT THIS NEW COMPUTER AND OPERATING SYSTEM SO FAR IS I HAVE CHOSEN YOUR SPYWARE AND AM READY TO INSTALL IT………NOW, DON’T FORGET TO SIGN ME UP FOR THAT CONTEST. I DO HAVE TO TELL YOU, THOUGH, THAT I DON’T HAVE A CLUE WHAT A LICENSE FOR SPYWARE DOCTOR W/ ANTI- VIRUS…..IS, PLUS I HAVE NEVER WON A SINGLE THING IN ALL MY MANY YEARS ON THIS EARTH…(NOT TO IMPLY I HAVE LIVED ON OTHER “EARTH’S”,AS OF YET), BUT I DO HAVE GREAT FAITH…..SO WHO KNOWS, I JUST MIGHT WIN…….HOWEVER, I MUST SAY, IF MY LUCK DOES CHANGE AND I WIN……I DO HOPE YOU COME ALONG WITH IT!! GOD BLESS!
I agree – there is very little that is as frustrating as an any-spware app that constantly interrupts. Congrats on your new computer purchase. I think you’ll love working with WIN 7 – it’s a great operating system.
I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you in the contest. Thanks for entering, and thanks for the uplifting “I do hope you come along with it”.
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Good info as usual! I’m going to win one of your contests one of these days.
iam a faithfull spyware doctor customer and irealy luv their app and support 🙂 ihave question is webroot +Av is better than pc tools spyware doctor +Av
thanx and plz enter me to the contest 🙂
Sorry Ahmed, i can’t answer that question. I have no experience with Webroot. I will say this – Webroot does have a very good reputation.
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Love your website which I visit every day!
My question is simple –
“What is truth?”
Wishing you a peaceful and joy filled Christmas!
Love, Light and Peace
I recognize your name Jerry, and I’m aware that you are a frequent visitor. Thank you, and let me return your Christmas greetings – “Merry Christmas”
I find that trying to answer your question “What is truth?”, more difficult than I first imagined. One would think that above all things, “Truth” would be easy to quantify – but I find that it’s not.
There’s the dictionary definition of truth of course – “*the property (as of a statement) of being in accord with fact or reality*” – Webster’s. But, I think the pragmatic view of truth: *there’s your truth, there’s my truth, and then there’s THE truth* – is now, more than ever, the evolving view of what constitutes truth. How could it be otherwise.
We live in a world where we are constantly buffeted by degrees of truth offered by politicians, advertisers, and institutions, (institutions which, in the past, we learned to rely on for truth). We live in a world where children are taught to believe in Fairy Tales, Santa Claus, and the Tooth Fairy, but little sense of self worth. We live in a world in which “situational ethics”, is admired.
I’ll leave you with this truth, “All generalizations are false, including this one”. – Mark Twain. Bill
I like your answer Bill – very well considered. I ‘Googled’ the question today and received a perplexing array of answers that did little to clarify. However, I did like the quote from Matthew Arnold who said – “Truth sits upon the lips of dying men”. (….and women as well, one supposes!)
Love, Light and Peace
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Please count me in on this great giveaway. What a nice piece of software. Thanks for all time in the info you provided your readers. I know I appreciate it.
Good to see your entry in the contest.
I would love to win a free subscription to pctools!!
I liked the Spyware doctor in the past. I like to have this new version. Wish me luck!
I love your site.
please enter me in the contest.
Have a nice time
Glad to enter you in the contest Hamed.
Thanks for coming by.