SpywareGuard provides a real-time protection solution against spyware that is a great addition to SpywareBlaster's protection method. An anti-virus program scans files before you open them and prevents execution if a virus is detected - SpywareGuard does the same thing, but for spyware! And you can easily have an anti-virus program running alongside SpywareGuard. SpywareGuard now also features Download Protection and Browser Hijacking Protection. Features Listing: Fast Real-Time Scanning engine - catch and block spyware before it is executed (EXE and CAB files supported) with signature-based scanning for known spyware and heuristic/generic detection capabilities to catch new/mutated spyware.
Does nothing. Update was run and was made current through mid-2004.
Had to delete this oddity, once with Wise Jet Cleaner and there remained traces found with Win7 Search that demanded administrator permission to remove (only account is an admin!); were removed under protest by Ultra Virus Killer.
It may be very out of date but it's free, it's compatible with my antivirus, it's not slowing my pc down, it's not hogging resources, so there's no harm in leaving it to get on with it.
Download.com link doesn't work, but you can find it if you look around.
Updated on May 24, 2011
Been using this for over a year now. In that time, according to its reports, all it detected were 6 new BHOs. 5 of these I kept, it tells me, and 1 I removed. My conclusion: waste of space, and I'm uninstalling it.
February 07, 2010
Version: SpywareGuard 2.2
Small easy to use interface. Uses little resources. Uses heuristic scanning. Logfile to see what has been blocked.
Sometimes a problem to uninstall.
A few things: 1-This uses heuristic scanning techniques so it doesn't need frequent updates. If you don't know what that is google it. Since there hasn't been an update since 2004 it might be just for protecting against the activities of a certain type of malware. 2-There are multiple rogue security software (malware that pretends to be antivirus software) with a similar name like Spyware Guard 2008. This is not related to any of that malware stuff. SpywareGuard 2.2 is free and never should ask you to pay to remove malware. If it does then you probably installed the malware Spyware Guard 2008 or Antivirus2009 or whatever the current variant is. 3-It is NOT, in my opinion, a comprehensive anti-malware software. You need to run it with other anti-virus and anti-malware software to get decent protection.
I've had good luck with it stopping some malware on some problem student pc's that always seemed to get infected with something. The only problem I've had with it was it would not properly uninstall on two pc's, hence the 4 stars.
June 17, 2009
Version: SpywareGuard 2.2
Lightweight, does not usse a lot of system ressources, blocks adware beutifully in combination with spyware guard; no need to update it because it doessnt need definition updates but scans by checking software behaviour
NOTE; this is not a main antispyware, get another one like superantispyware. and also read their website to undersand why this does not need updates
small lightweight antispyware, but don't make it your main one as this is not the main design for this software
December 16, 2008
Version: SpywareGuard 2.2
Admittedly, I didn't try it long enough to find out.
This snuck onto one of my colleague's computers and it was next to impossible for me to uninstall. It dominated her computer, making Windows think it was the only antivirus available (she had AVG) and demanding she update it.
This program acts a lot like spyware (which is deliciously ironic, I have to admit). I don't know how my colleague got it, but it snuck onto her computer after a rather severe security breach (like spyware). I couldn't shut it down easily, I couldn't alter its settings to make it so it didn't start every time the computer started. While it was running, it wouldn't uninstall right and the uninstall wouldn't run at ALL when the program was closed. It dominated her computer so that Windows refused to acknowledge any other anti-virus programs (like AVG, which, by virtue of it being much less intrusive alone, is a far superior product) to the point that Windows gave her a security error saying she had NO virus scanner...even though AVG was up and running without error. I still can't figure out how to uninstall it. I understand that this program is free, but the very fact that it imposes itself on you and makes itself impossible to uninstall seems extremely underhanded. I am sure it has its positive points, but these underhanded tactics of getting you to download the full version make it undesirable and shady.
Do not download this out of principle alone. There are numerous better programs out there.
Updated on Dec 16, 2008
Is this related to Spyware Guard 2008, I wonder? Which is a known malware program posing as a protection program...be wary.
This description is incorrect. It sounds like antivirus 2008 or spyware guard 2008. SpywareGuard 2.2 is a legit security program although there are many rogue security software names that have a similar name.