A typical computer user, searching for an effective and reliable antimalware solution, more often than not, ends up in a “he says – she says” scenario. Friends, relatives, neighbors, tech journalists, bloggers ……., are all only too happy to climb on the “recommendation wagon”. Best of all, these “expert” referrers, can prove their choice is right by referencing published data that supports their contention.
All well and good it seems – provided the published data can be relied upon. The obvious question then is – can published data on the effectiveness of any antimalware solution be relied upon?
You be the judge:
Neil Rubenking, the author of seven books on computing, the lead security analyst at PC Magazine, and a highly respected member of the security community, in recent reviews of both Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware PRO 1.51, and SUPERAntiSpyware Professional 5, was less than impressed with the capabilities and the effectiveness of both these antimalware applications. (Neil’s summaries can be found later in this article).
Not a big deal you might think, except – Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware and SUPERAntiSpyware, have long been the “go to” applications, in the geek community, for removing tough malware infections – malware infections that seemingly defeat removal attempts by better known removal tools – or so the conventional wisdom goes. And, it’s fair to say, that both companies trade on this reputation.
So, can the conventional wisdom be relied upon. If the following reviews/ratings (including users’ ratings) regarding SUPERAntiSpyware are taken at face value – then, it seems so.
Will remove ALL the Spyware, NOT just the easy ones – SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition is a reliable software designed to detect and remove thousands of Spyware, Adware and Malware items, such as: Trojans, KeyLoggers, Dialers, Hi-Jackers, and Worms.
SUPERAntiSpyware is much improved over previous versions. In testing, the scan time was improved, and SUPERAntiSpyware was easy on system resources. Overall, it is an anti spyware software that excels at detection.
If you’ve got a PC infected with malware, spyware, or rogue/fake antivirus applications, the best tool for removing them is the free SUPERAntiSpyware Portable edition. Here at How-To Geek HQ, this is the tool we use to clean nasty infections like Antivirus Live.
Now, contrast those reviews/ratings with what Neil Rubenking has to say:
SUPERAntiSpyware Professional 5
- Pros – Installs and scans quickly. Can repair security setting changes made by malware. Includes scheduled scanning and automatic updates. Payment gets lifetime license.
- Cons – Very low scores in malware removal tests. Across-the-board lowest scores in malware blocking tests. Left some threats running after alleged removal. Some supposedly blocked threats actually installed and launched.
- Bottom Line – SUPERAntiSpyware Professional 5 has the same limited malware cleanup capability as the free edition. It adds automatic updates, scheduled scanning, and very poor malware blocking. There’s no reason to consider paying for this tool.
Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware PRO 1.51
- Pros – Very good malware cleanup. Fast install, fast scan. Designed to block malware attack at many levels.
- Cons – Less effective at rootkit removal. Didn’t block all malware downloads. Poor malware blocking scores.
- Bottom Line – The independent labs don’t test Malwarebytes, so I have to rely solely on my own hands-on tests. My results indicate that the product’s malware removal capabilities are vastly better than its malware blocking abilities. That makes the free edition a better deal.
Even an uninterested observer would agree, that the computer security sector is prone to exaggeration, hyperbole, overstatement ….. and, in some cases, a certain sense of distortion. So, who can you turn to for an impartial and accurate breakdown on the efficacy of an antimalware solution.
Unfortunately, there is no one perfect solution but, the following sites should prove helpful. As well, if you are relying on a recommendation from a tech journalist, be sure the recommendation is based on an actually TEST of the product under review. I can assure you, most tech journalists do not test applications which they recommend. The reviews earlier in this article speak strongly to that issue.
AV-Comparatives.org – On this site you will find independent comparatives of Anti-Virus software.
Anti-malware Test lab – Independent testing of anti-malware solutions.
West Coast Labs – WCL specializes in functionality testing, performance validation and the Checkmark Certification of information security products and services.
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