ParetoLogic XoftSpySE

ParetoLogic XoftSpySE

This product has been dis-continued by ParetoLogic.

Stephen
Qualtrough

Reviewer

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Review

Review summary

Good points ParetoLogic XoftSpySE review good points

• Attractive Interface

• East to setup and use

• Fast Scans

Bad points ParetoLogic XoftSpySE review bad points

• Lackluster features

• Below-average detection

Our verdict

ParetoLogic XoftSpySE anti-spyware is a decent solution to your PC protection needs, but you can certainly find better value elsewhere on the market. It's most appealing quality is it's simplicity and usability. If you're a first-time user of programs like this one, it wouldn't be a bad choice. However, we still would recommend trying out one of the other products on our list first.




Full review

Setup

The setup wasn't a hassle at all. Just download the setup file after purchasing the product for $29.95 and launch it. The setup is simple agreements and file location. It is nothing out of the ordinary. It will take no more than two minutes to have it running and ready for use.

Scan performance

There are three different types of scans. There is quick scan, full scan, and custom scan. Quick scan is extremely fast and a good option if you've recently done a full scan and just want to make sure you're PC is clean. The full scan takes much longer, but is more thorough. It's also much quicker than other anti-spyware program's full scans.

Effectiveness

XoftSpySE is decent in terms of detection and spyware removal. It misses some files that other programs detected in our tests, even if the files weren't of high threat. However, if it's missing the easy ones, what's to say it won't miss the high threats than can ruin your PC. It also doesn't find adware like similar programs do. It's nice to have a program that will get rid of some clutter in your PC, even if they aren't real threats. It's a shame it doesn't detect them.

The real-time protection helps prevent a variety of threats from installing on on your PC, but it can't be your only source for computer protection. Couple this program with a solid anti-virus program and you should be fine.

System performance

XoftSpySE will not be a burden on your PC performance. While scanning it barely takes up any RAM at all, so you won't notice any dip in your computer's speed. If you have an old PC that won't be able to handle some of the most resource heavy programs, this might be an option for you.

Updates

XoftSpySE doesn't update nearly as often as you would like it to. It's not too bad, but other similar programs update daily, and sometimes multiple times per-day. It's not good when you're anti-spyware protection isn't always up-to-date with the newest threats.

Features

XoftSpySE isn't exactly packed with features. This program is as basic as you can get, and in a way it's a good thing. If you want a simple, no extras program to only detect and remove spyware, then you have that here with XoftSpySE anti-spyware.

It does have a couple small features here and there, but nothing that you won't find everywhere else. It has scanned schedules and checks for updates at launch, but those are the norm amongst anti-spyware programs. It has a backup tab, where all files deleted are backed up for a certain period of time, just in case you got rid of something you didn't want to. There is also an ignore tab, where you can put files you know are safe, so they are not scanned.

Ease of use

XoftSpySE is one the most easy to use programs you can find on the market. It has a beautiful, organized setup, and you cannot possibly get lost. You will always know exactly what you are clicking on and where you need to go. If you're a beginner with programs like these, XoftSpySE is a good option.

Help and support

The help and support for this program is much worse than you would hope for. There is a help link in the program that will bring you to the product website. It has help tutorials that will guide you in many problems you will run into. It does not have any 24 hour phone service or live chat support like many other programs have. It's a shame that a program that clearly caters to beginners doesn't offer solid help in case they run into problems.

Overall

Overall XoftSpySE anti-spyware is a below-average anti-spyware program. It has average protection, almost zero features, but still costs the same as it's competitors. Unless you absolutely need a simple program that you can learn to use in a matter of minutes, I would look elsewhere for your anti-spyware needs. The value just isn't there.



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Ratings breakdown

Overall
 received a rating of 3 for Overall
Setup
 received a rating of 3 for Setup
Scan performance
 received a rating of 2 for Scan performance
Effectiveness
 received a rating of 3 for Effectiveness
System performance
 received a rating of 3 for System performance
Updates
 received a rating of 3 for Updates
Features
 received a rating of 2 for Features
Ease of use
 received a rating of 3 for Ease of use
Help & support
 received a rating of 3 for Help & support