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Max Spyware Detector

CNET Editors' review

Max Spyware Detector quickly scans your system to find and remove spyware. In addition to being a little expensive, this download is bloated and lacks some high-end performance when it comes to spyware blocking. For as huge as it is, it should be stocked with goodies, but instead it doesn't even offer active protection from viruses.

To call this download big would be an understatement. It checks in at about 182MB, which would take some time to download even on faster connections. It starts scanning automatically once you start the program, though. The download hogs most of your computer's processor when it's running a scan. It's almost impossible to do anything else with your computer. It scanned quickly during testing, checking in at about five minutes. However, to clean and use any of the advanced features in Max Spyware Detector, you have to upgrade to the full version. If you do, the program gives you the ability to schedule cleanings, eliminate rootkits, and optimize your computer's performance. However, it only found four viruses during testing and all of them had vague names that weren't available in any virus database online. A separate virus scan didn't turn up similar results.

While Max Spyware Detector performs assigned tasks fast and might track down viruses, it doesn't offer any advanced protection compared to other popular antivirus and antispyware programs to make itself stand out from the crowd.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of Max Spyware Detector 19.0.2.044. The trial version is limited to 30 days.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This program is a virus!!"

    June 12, 2013  |   By ThatGuy90

    Version: Max Spyware Detector 19.0.2.044

    Pros

    NONE!!!!!!!!

    Cons

    it infects your computer with viruses.

    Summary

    this is a rouge program that must be avoided, don't waste your money on this useless junk.

    Updated on Jun 12, 2013

    this is a rogue program that must be avoided, don't waste your money on this useless junk. it steals your money and credit card info.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "a useful tool"

    February 12, 2010  |   By frankwoot

    Version: Max Spyware Detector 19.0.1.8

    Pros

    good scan technology

    Cons

    does not have any

    Summary

    Great site, Great Programs No Problem with them one bit doesn't take up a lot of resources either

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Suspect downloaded paralysing virus"

    October 21, 2009  |   By Herodotas

    Version: Max Spyware Detector 19.0.1.3

    Pros

    Detects pleny of spyware and scans quickly.

    Cons

    It may have downloaded a devastating virus which attacked the core of my system - had to pay for a reinstal...many emails have resulted in computer generated standard replies. No human responses, explanations or offer of rebate or compensation.

    Summary

    Steer clear at all costs - I have completely uninstalled this and the registry cleaner, despite having paid up-front for both. I noticed that many times when I downloaded an update my Comodo anti virus warned me of malware.....and of a potential virus seeking to change the protected heart of the system: Max Secuirty assured me these were false positives. The last one brought the system to a paralysing halt, quickly leaving me with the blue screen of death. It cost me £40 to have Windows reinstalled and my documents saved. Despite several emails to Max sScurity I have only received requests to send them the log...but I don't have one, everything having been destroyed. This has twice been explained and the messages have been ignored. Maybe there is another explanation - but Max Secure doesn't seem able to provide one, or be interested in engaging me in discussion.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This is a piece of JUNK !!!"

    September 27, 2009  |   By jim1226

    Version: Max Spyware Detector 19.0.1.001

    Pros

    It only gives you a lot of false readings doesn't find any thing...

    Cons

    The only way I got my money back was to threaten them with legal action and to let them know I was going to report them to CNET as advertising a false 30 day money back guarantee.

    Summary

    DON'T DOWNLOAD THIS PRODUCT !! You will be sorry !

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  • 5.0 stars

    "excellent software easy to use"

    September 23, 2009  |   By jjoeoseph

    Version: Max Spyware Detector 19.0.1.001

    Pros

    Max Spyware Detector is great for those who want to know exactly how their computer is infected and the best ways to get rid of particularly nasty spyware.

    Cons

    none at all

    Summary

    The products Real-Time scanning allows the user to install this program, enable the real time protection and forget about spyware.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "4. "ITS A VERY EFFECTIVE SOFTWARE""

    September 17, 2009  |   By maxst

    Version: Max Spyware Detector 19.0.1.001

    Pros

    My experience with Max Spyware Detector had been all good. It is excellent and I wish there were more products out there like this one.

    Cons

    there is nothing i do not like about it.

    Summary

    Max Spyware Detector is the best program available to search out and remove spyware.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Three years and no problems!"

    September 8, 2009  |   By browserr

    Version: Max Spyware Detector 19.0.1.001

    Pros

    Once preference are set - Auto updates and no brainer choices when something is found. Simple - easy - and it works! Customer support...Instant and outstanding!

    Cons

    I wrote "None" but I was told I must wright at least 10 characters. I think I have done that now. Again, after 3 years of using this program I have NO "cons" ... just praise!

    Summary

    Max Secure Spyware Detector and Max Registry Cleaner are a MUST for safe computer operations!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "No buy? No remove!"

    August 25, 2009  |   By beethao

    Version: Max Spyware Detector 19.0.1.001

    Pros

    Detailed results.

    Cons

    You MUST buy this program in order to remove spywares. When you uninstall, you'll have to reboot. Sucks. It also a very big file.

    Summary

    It is no wonder this program is not popular. You must buy the program in order for it to remove the spyware and virus it found. This program also contain a spyware in itself. Spybot Search & Destroy detected a malicious program from Spyware Detector when I launch the program.

    THIS PROGRAM IS USLESS. YOU HAVE TO BUY IN ORDER TO REMOVE THE SPYWARES IT FOUND. The free trail is useless in this case if it cannot perform its function.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works great at eliminating spyware"

    August 6, 2009  |   By rondack

    Version: Max Spyware Detector 19.0.1.2

    Pros

    Great product for the price

    Cons

    No cons at all

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