SUPERAntiSpyware Review: Free spyware, ransomware & malware removal software

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  1. Really surprised that SuperAntiSpyware has found that many malicious files that were not found by Bitdefender. I tried this software long back but didn’t like it for some reasons. Its just my opinion.

  2. Running windows 7x 64 and IE 9, my download brought out a warning that the download was unsafe?? Any ideas Thanks

  3. SuperAntiSpyware (SAS), despite its stupid name, is one of two of the best anti-spyware tools out there… the other being MALWARE BYTES (MB). Another poster, here, remarked that s/he couldn’t believe SAS found so much stuff that BitDefender missed. It’s not so much that BitDefender missed stuff as much as it is that tools like SAS and MB aren’t really the same as tools like BitDefender; they look for different stuff in different ways. Don’t get me wrong, some anti-virus tools like BitDefeder contain anti-spyware capabilities, but not to the degree that specialized products like SAS and MB do.

    One needs, on one’s machine, BOTH a fully-fledged anti-virus tool like BitDefender or COMODO INTERNET SECURITY, or AVG, or AVIRA, etc. (which may or may not have a little anti-spyware capability in it), as WELL as a tool that’s dedicated to spyware, like SAS and MB. And, yes, you need BOTH SAS and MB because they actually search for things a bit differently, and what one misses the other will, for sure, find. MB also has better “zero day” detection… that is, it detects stuff that’s so new that it’s not yet in anyone’s anti-spyware database.

    For the longest time Lavasoft’s “Ad-Aware” was the big kid on the block for anti-spyware; then “Spybot Search and Destroy” kinda’ succeeded it. But both those tools, compared with SAS and/or MB (and ESPECIALLY both SAS and MB, together) now pale, by comparison.

    The freeware versions of both SAS and MB are good enough. The only difference between them and the commercial versions is that the commercial versions will sit in the system tray and provide realtime protection, if desired; and you can also schedule scans. But most anti-virus software will do that sufficiently well that all you really need to do is manual whole system scans using SAS and MB maybe weekly or twice monthly; and the freeware versions are EXCELLENT at that! If you’ve got a huge hard drive, it can take a while, so once a week or twice a month just start one of them before you go to bed and let it run while you sleep; then the next night do the same with the other. Between your regular anti-virus program, augmented by SAS and MB weekly or twice-monthly manual whole system scans, pretty much nothing bad will be able to stay for very long on your machine.

    One cool thing about even the freeware SAS is that if you let it sit in the system tray and run all the time, no, it won’t do realtime protection (you’d need the commercial version for that), but it will watch-out for anything trying to hijack your browser’s homepage, and will stop it, cold. That’s kinda’ cool. It also has some very nifty repair tools to reverse some of the awfulness that spyware can sometimes do to a machine. Seriously, even just the freeware version of SAS is really potent, other than it not having real-time protection and scheduling.

    Augment that with the freeware version of MB, using both to do weekly or twice monthly whole system manual scans (plus your regular anti-virus software, of course) and you’ll REALLY have yourself some serious protection.

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    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

  4. If you download SuperAntiSpyware from its maker’s website, trust me, it’s safe. Fear not. I’ve been using it for years. It’s well-known and highly-regarded. It’s not one of those fake anti-spyware tools that are actually spyware, themselves…

    …and, in fact, any tool that flags SuperAntiSpyware as unsafe is probably one of the fake anti-spyware tools; and the reason a fake anti-spyware product would likely flag SuperAntiSpyware is precisely because SuperAntiSpyware is going to flag it; and so it’s in the best interests of the fake anti-spyware product to keep SuperAntiSpyware off your computer.

    I’m serious… I’ve got pushing 40 years as an IT pro, and I would stake my reputation on SuperAntiSpyware… and Malware Bytes, too. (See my other posting, here, which includes Malware Bytes info)

    ___________________________
    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

  5. Thnq Greg for your detailed and informative comment, a wonderful add-on to my review. Thanx again 🙂

  6. Hi

    As I open my Internet web browser it by defaults displays unwanted pop-up ads on my browser and redirects to unknown webpages.

    As my system security cannot find and detect any issues related to this so I have no idea how to overcome from such problems. I got very much irritates from this problems and try to find solutions how to get rid out of this problems in which I visit the sites and easily find the way how to resolve it. If you are also facing such types of problems then you can also visit this link.

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  7. Each scan finds tons of malware even if I’m only on Facebook and email from known parties. Free version, only problem is it takes forever to scan the entire C Drive.

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