SpyZooka

SpyZooka
Developed by: ZookaWare
Ranked: 3rd
Overall rating:
Best price: $29.95
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Stephen
Qualtrough

Reviewer

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Review

Review summary

Good points SpyZooka review good points

• Quick Scans

• Frequent Updates

• Easy to setup and use

Bad points SpyZooka review bad points

• Minimal features

• Protection is too basic

Our verdict

SpyZooka does what it's name suggests, and that is detect and remove spyware threats from your PC. You won't find many better programs that can effectively protect, detect, and remove spyware. If you're looking for the best protection from other threats or want high-end features however, you will need to look elsewhere.




Full review

Setup

The setup is extremely fast and easy. After purchasing the program for $29.95, it only takes about a minute to have the program downloaded, installed, and up running on your computer. The program will immediately ask if you would like to perform your first scan.

Scan performance

The scan speed of SpyZooka is the fastest you will find on an anti-spyware program. There are two options to choose from when scanning. There is quick scan, which only scans for the most common places where threats will appear. Overall quick scans only took about minute to complete in our tests. Then there is full scans which will scan through every inch of your hard drive. It takes much longer, but is still faster than other program's full scans.

Effectiveness

While SpyZooka is effective in doing it's job, detecting and removing spyware, it won't give you as much detection and protection variety as some of the other top anti-spyware programs. If you're considering purchasing SpyZooka, keep in mind that it is mainly a spyware tool, and not as big a help in the fight against malware. It will detect the most common types, but it's not as advanced as you would like. It has protection against viruses and trojans as well, but don't expect it to replace your anti-virus program.

System performance

SpyZooka is pretty light on computer resources and you shouldn't really notice a dip in computer performance. It definitely takes up less RAM than your average spyware tool. Couple that with the fact that the scans are fast, and you should barely ever be bothered by the daily scans from this program.

Updates

By default, the program will notify you whenever there is an update, but you can also easily setup automatic updates. The program updates just as much or more frequently than any other program, so have comfort in knowing this program will always be ready for the newest threats.

Features

SpyZooka doesn't have all the bells and whistles of other similar programs, but it does surprise with a couple features. It has all of the basics like scheduled scanning and automatic updates, but has some cool features like a file shredder, which completely will remove a file instead of leaving traces behind on your PC like normal deletion often does.

There is also an active ActiveX filter which will give you a list of ActiveX downloads that you can either remove, block, or claim as safe. This is useful because you don't want your anti-spyware program blocking safe files and then there is nothing you can do about it. The program has many small features just like this one, but nothing that really blows you away.

Ease of use

SpyZooka is one of the most simple and easy to use programs you will find. If you're wondering whether or not you can properly perform scans and remove threats from your computer with SpyZooka, don't be.

The program has an attractive interface, but they keep things simple with good tab organization and easy to read bold lettering. Don't be worried about accidentally wiping out your PC.

Help & support

If you run into any problem with the program, there is a help button built in with a file full of different fixes and topics. If that isn't enough, you can click contact on the top bar which takes you over to the website where you can get live chat support, phone support, or even remote access support.

Overall

With quick, thorough scans, SpyZooka is a quality anti-spyware program. It won't give you the extra protection and features that other similar programs can provide, but it serves it's main purpose just as well, if not better. If you're going to purchase this program, you will likely need another program to go along with it to prevent threats other than spyware. SpyZooka would be good for anyone who is looking spyware prevention and spyware prevention only.


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Ratings breakdown

Overall
 received a rating of 4 for Overall
Setup
 received a rating of 5 for Setup
Scan performance
 received a rating of 5 for Scan performance
Effectiveness
 received a rating of 4 for Effectiveness
System performance
 received a rating of 5 for System performance
Updates
 received a rating of 4 for Updates
Features
 received a rating of 5 for Features
Ease of use
 received a rating of 4 for Ease of use
Help & support
 received a rating of 4 for Help & support