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Bazooka Adware and Spyware Scanner

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Appealing to gearheads who don't mind getting their hands dirty, Bazooka scans for spyware and offers detailed instructions on how to remove it. However, many people will prefer an application that removes spyware for them. Installation is simple and the application includes an automatic updater for its spyware-reference database. After the lightning-quick scan, you must be online to access instructions on how to remove any spyware that is found. We would like to see an option for downloading all spyware-removal instructions at one time, making a trip online unnecessary. Online-access issues aside, Bazooka Adware and Spyware Scanner provides a nice, simple solution to keeping those nasty programs out of your hard drive.

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  • All versions:

    4.4 stars

    out of 1,540 votes

    • 5 star: 1220
    • 4 star: 55
    • 3 star: 41
    • 2 star: 33
    • 1 star: 191
  • Current version:

    2.9 stars

    out of 246 votes

    • 5 star: 59
    • 4 star: 41
    • 3 star: 39
    • 2 star: 32
    • 1 star: 75
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  • 3.0 stars

    "good spyware checker"

    April 13, 2013  |   By ChoiceVoice

    Version: Bazooka Adware and Spyware Scanner 1.13.03

    Pros

    -checks for around 500 dif spyware
    -fast and focused
    -small
    -it does work on my windows 7 32 bit machine.

    Cons

    -limited number it checks for compared to fuller products
    -no auto cleaning (however, many other products that do do autocleaning do a horrible job at it and leave a ton of traces without you knowing it. with this and their clear instructions, you can do a more thorough cleaning - if you have the tech confidence).

    Summary

    good for a check up if you like peer to peer software.

    Updated on May 5, 2013

    it seems many evaluating this product mis-understand what it is. it is not a complete spyware/adware scanner. it is more like mcafee's stinger and looks for specific infections ... in this case related to programs installed to access p2p networks. hence the fast scan speeds. plus, its instructions (for clean up) allow the do-it-your-selfers to clean all traces better than automatic products (which frequently leave pieces behind).

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Pre Windows Vista only"

    April 15, 2012  |   By Jthan2012

    Version: Bazooka Adware and Spyware Scanner 1.13.03

    Pros

    I used this before I got windows vista and windows 7 and it was an absolute godsend. It was easy to use, and providing you're brave enough to enter your registry, the instructions were clear about how to remove harmful registries.

    Cons

    Once I upgraded to vista and to 7 then Bazooka stopped updating. My database is now over 1000 days old. It also doesn't recognise the fact that windows vista and 7 have files that have been moved about, so when I do scan, there is always dangerous files that must be seen to.

    Summary

    If you are pre-vista/7 then this is a great piece of software to have on your computer. Reliable and simple removal of registry instructions. However if vista/7 is your laptop/pc then I would not recommend this software.

    It's a great shame this has not been updated for the newer windows, as it was brilliant at protecting the computer.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Doesn't fix anything"

    March 19, 2012  |   By harleyq

    Version: Bazooka Adware and Spyware Scanner 1.13.03

    Pros

    Fast install and scan. Was trying to find the source of my google search redirects and this program actually did find a couple of things that other programs didn't.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the things it found were supposed malicious files renamed as necessary Windows operations and it basically told me "this file seems suspicious but it also might be an important function in your computer" You have to manually remove everything and I just don't feel comfortable deleting files on my PC based on an "it MIGHT be bad" report from a program that thinks not being updated in 1000 days is current.

    Summary

    Gave me hope and a couple of leads but in the end, Bazooka is too unreliable and outdated to trust by itself.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "doesnt really do anything except collect marketing data"

    July 1, 2011  |   By patrol_commander

    Version: Bazooka Adware and Spyware Scanner 1.13.03

    Pros

    does nothing that i can tell

    Cons

    tells you that you have possible adware on your computer

    Summary

    worthless....keep looking

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  • 1.0 stars

    "idk how this got 4 stars. it had high level malware"

    May 8, 2011  |   By mjcsniper

    Version: Bazooka Adware and Spyware Scanner 1.13.03

    Pros

    dont do it there's better

    Cons

    malware high level

    Summary

    dont do it there's better

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Does what it says on the tin."

    February 14, 2011  |   By tonyarthur

    Version: Bazooka Adware and Spyware Scanner 1.13.03

    Pros

    Hassle free

    Cons

    None really.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not worth the trouble to download."

    December 18, 2010  |   By timh111

    Version: Bazooka Adware and Spyware Scanner 1.13.03

    Pros

    None. Never got to use it.

    Cons

    After installing, kept telling me it was 154 hours outdated. Running update said it was UP TO DATE!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Do not download 516 days since company updated database"

    October 16, 2010  |   By Kevinandkimmy4eva

    Version: Bazooka Adware and Spyware Scanner 1.13.03

    Pros

    Nothing is good with this junk

    Cons

    Scan is 2 seconds long.

    The database hasn't been updated by Bazooka for almost 2 years.

    2 years and can you imagine how many threats you haven't got updated?

    Useless, uninstall after the 2 second scan. complete junk

    Summary

    do not download, it does nothing, and is out of sate by 2 years.

    you will not be protected if you have this.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Maybe it looks for real bazooka's on your hard drive??"

    February 9, 2010  |   By J0HN_GALT

    Version: Bazooka Adware and Spyware Scanner 1.13.03

    Pros

    My Bazooka scan is complete in less than 1 second.

    Cons

    Maybe it's scanning for a real bazooka in my PC, because it isn't scanning for *anything* on my 500GB hard drive.

    Summary

    I find it UNBELIEVABLE that Download.com would state that the Bazooka scanner is somehow "keeping those nasty programs out of your hard drive." I generally agree with their assessment of software, however, they are way off on this one. The reality is:

    1) Bazooka is not an active, real-time scanner. As such, there's no way it is "keeping" spyware, root-kits, or viruses of any kind of "nasty programs" from getting onto your hard drive. This program doesn't even have the capability to remove them!

    2) It may be scanning something, but I guarantee it's not my hard drive. My hard drive isn't even accessed by Bazooka, much less scanned.

    3) Bazooka is free thereby, at least marginally, increasing it's usage and somebody's reliance on it. This only serves to make matters worse for the novice who accidentally believes it is "keeping" anything off their hard drive and that it is capable of removing even half of the most common spyware variations out there.

    When I received this inquiry from Download.com to leave feedback, I looked on my computer for the software and couldn't kind it. I re-installed it and recalled why it wasn't on my hard drive: although at one point it may have been a worthwhile addition to my anti-spyware arsenal, now it is clearly not.

    Save yourself the time of downloading, installing, and uninstalling this program and download Combofix instead. It's free too. And I believe it's one of the top 3 best spyware/virus removers out there (as of 02/10, anyway).



    The fact this is free and provides someone (and yes there is 'someone' out there who qualifies) the FALSE sense of security that there is no spyware on their machine makes it even more of a menace to society. Download.com's statement that Bazooka

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  • 1.0 stars

    "no scanning of any sort"

    January 13, 2010  |   By pilotguy

    Version: Bazooka Adware and Spyware Scanner 1.13.03

    Pros

    I don't like a thing

    Cons

    This is a scam. There is no hard drive scanning whatsoever. Thats why the other reviews call it "quick" and "didnt' find anything"

    Summary

    DONT DO IT

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