• Fast Scans
• East to setup & use
• Useful free version
• Mediocre help & support
• Hogs computer resources
SUPERAntiSpyware would be a good solution to your anti-spyware needs and can definitely help in the fight in protecting your PC. It has super quick scans and comes with some useful extras that will certainly come in handy. It's biggest downfalls are it's poor support and knack for hogging up PC resources during scans. Buyers with an older computer may want to stay away. The program also has an excellent free version, and coupled with an anti-virus program it can prove to be useful.
There are two versions of SUPERAntiSpyware. There is the free version, which gives you both the scanning and removing of spyware, but does not give real-time protection or some features like scheduled scans and automatic updates. The professional version, which will cost you $29.95, gives you everything.
Downloading the setup file takes under a minute. The install also takes about a minute depending on your computer. Overall it will take a maximum of four or five minutes to be ready to use. The setup is nothing special, just launch the setup file and the program does the rest.
The scan speed is one of the fastest on the market. It has a wide set of scan types and adjustments you can make to make scans easier, faster, and more reliable.
There are four different scan types you can choose to perform. There is quick scan, complete scan, critical point scan, custom scan, and a rescue scan, which is recommended only for people with highly infected computers.
This program excels at both detecting and removing multiple types of threats. It does exactly as advertised. It also excels at removing adware and cookies that have been sitting in your system without your knowledge. Many of these may not be harmful to your computer, but you definitely won't miss them and it's nice to see this program catch these while many other programs do not.
Keep in mind this program definitely will not replace your anti-virus program. It detects a wide array of threats like spyware, adware, worms, keyloggers, Trojans, and more, but be sure to couple this with a solid anti-virus solution for maximum protection.
It seems that the fast scanning of SUPERAntiSpyware comes at a price. The program takes up a big portion of your computer's RAM when scanning, however, the cost might be worth it to people with decent computer power. The program takes up very little RAM when idle in the background and protecting your PC with real-time protection, so the only time you will have to worry about slowdown is during scans.
The professional version of SUPERAntiSpyware updates very frequently and automatically. You want your anti-spyware to be ready for the latest threats, and you get that with this program. You can get all of the same updates with the free version of the program, but you have to perform the updates manually.
SUPERAntiSpyware is one of the more basic anti-spyware programs you will find, but that doesn't mean it does not have some handy features to help you out. The program has a quarantine where it puts all of the threats you removed for a limited time. If you find out the program removed something that is is not harmful or is important, you can get it right back with a visit to the quarantine. You can manually set the amount of days a file sits in there quarantine until it is permanently deleted.
Another nice feature is the ability to boost your scans. You can choose to use the full power of your PC to run a complete scan at a much quicker speed. This is a great feature if you have the computer power to handle it. Also, you can choose to only scan files that have been added or modified within a certain number of days. This is extremely useful because all of those safe files you scan won't need to be scanned again until you feel it is necessary.
Ease of use
SUPERAntiSpyware is one of the most easy to use programs you will find. Everything is laid out nicely, and it adequately explains every little button or feature you can use. Both novice and expert computer users will find this program to be a delight, as it's easy to navigate and perform basic and advanced tasks.
Help and support
The help and support for this product isn't the greatest, but you will eventually have all of your questions and problems resolved. The help button in the program will bring you to the product website, where it has plenty of tutorials and help topics. There is also a user forum where you can see much discussion about recent problems and fixes. If you can't resolve your problem with those, you will have to submit a ticket and get help that way. You will usually get a pretty quick answer, but it would be nice if they offered help through phone or live chat like many similar programs.
Overall the program is extremely useful. It may not be the champion of anti-spyware, but the fact that the free version gives you so much makes it an attractive option for those who aren't willing to pay. Having a free anti-virus program and the free version of SUPERAntiSpyware can be a very nice combination if you're looking for free protection. So while the paid version of the program is also good, we recommend this to free users even more so.
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