SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition

SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition

Editors' Rating:
2.5
Average
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 1648 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
6.0.1130
File Size:
17.9MB
Date Added:
August 13, 2014
Price:
Free; paid upgrade available
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
5,808,016
Downloads Last Week:
9,211
Product ranking:
#5 in Anti-Spyware
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

SuperAntiSpyware was once a highly praised spyware scanner. Today SuperAntiSpyware struggles to maintain relevance in an era when such protection is commonly free.

Pros

Easy to use: SuperAntiSpyware makes scanning a priority and guides users accordingly. Uninstallation is also easy. The ease of use should be no surprise to those still running an XP-era machine. The main menu is split into a two-by-two grid of options, with the option to scan dominating your screen.

Cons

Aggressive upsell: After installation, before you even reach the main menu, you're greeted with at least three instances of SuperAntiSpyware asking you to go Pro, including an opt-out action and system alert. The main menu also tries to reel you in by offering features that now come standard with many other free antivirus apps, including basic tasks like scheduled scanning and automatic updates.

Questionable performance: Scans took much longer than expected, roughly 43 minutes, and after all that time SuperAntiSpyware failed to find even basic infected files during our test. The finished scan required a reboot of the machine, after merely removing cached cookies. Many third-party labs do not even consider SuperAntiSpyware for annual or monthly benchmark tests, and it's not surprising why.

Dated look: SuperAntiSpyware Free edition looks like it's stuck in the past. The interface definitely looks and feels out of place in modern environments, using font sizes unfit for anything beyond the 1024x768 era. Though there are other visually bare-bones antivirus products, like Panda Cloud Antivirus, SuperAntiSpyware lacks the performance to justify its unwillingness to visually get with the times.

Bottom Line

SuperAntiSpyware looks, feels, and performs like a dated piece of software. Move on.

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  • All Versions:

    4.3

    out of 1648 votes

    • 5 star: 983
    • 4 star: 428
    • 3 star: 99
    • 2 star: 51
    • 1 star: 87
  • Current Version:

    2.0

    out of 1 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 2 stars

    "Take my review with a grain of salt/sand."

    August 17, 2014   |   By DH1

    Version: SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition 6.0.1130

    Pros

    I have nothing to say *for* it.

    Cons

    I have nothing to say *against* it.

    Summary

    Understand, I am not techie. That said?.

    From nearly the first day I bought my first computer -- more than a decade ago -- I have used various anti-virus and malware products. (Knock on wood, I have never had a problem with any of them.)

    I continue to use and like: a) AVG, b) Malwarebytes and c) Spybot. As a fourth choice, and for whatever reason, I occasionally run SuperAntiSpyware. Given that I have never had a major problem using Malwarebytes and Spybot -- and have never found any benefit by using SuperAntiSpyware -- methinks the latter is a waste of time and hard drive space.

    Then again, take my review with a grain of ? something.

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  • 3 stars

    "Not sure I can trust this"

    August 05, 2014   |   By howardferns

    Version: SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition 6.0.1102

    Pros

    Simple to set up and use. You don't have to have it running in the background all the time, this is an option, which suits me fine, all I want to do is scan now and again. Quick Scan is extremely fast.

    Cons

    On first use it said within seconds I had 3 browser add-ons, namely unwanted toolbars. Oh yeah? The Browser Cleanup in Avast Free didn't find any, while I ran the names through File Locator Lite and regedit without anything coming up.

    Summary

    I'll carry on using it for a while.

    Updated on Aug 5, 2014

    I installed it on another computer, directly from the maker's site, and well I never! It found 3 toolbars on that one, too. I'm pretty sure the computer was clean beforehand, so SAS Free is either "finding" stuff that isn't there or it's installing them with the download so that it can detect them on the first scan. Pretty harsh of me to say that but I can come to no other conclusion. I'll carry on using it for a bit longer though.

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  • 5 stars

    "new update design"

    August 03, 2014   |   By marioumarios400

    Version: SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition 6.0.1102

    Pros

    the new update design faster scanning

    Cons

    nope at this time

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  • 3 stars

    "Used to be a great program"

    May 09, 2014   |   By TECHCRZY

    Version: SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition 5.7.1018

    Pros

    $10 I guess that would be it at this point

    Cons

    Takes to long to scan
    Doesn't seem to work like it used to

    Summary

    Please Mr super antispyware guys get it together and fix this program to its former self

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  • 5 stars

    "Works Great for me found more than MalwareBytes"

    May 09, 2014   |   By musicman4you

    Version: SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition 5.7.1018

    Pros

    Options for Quick Scan,Full Scan,Critical scan and many ptions to choose.Has extra Tools also.It will also warn you if your Home Page has been changed.It popped up the other day and warned me and saved my butt.I use this and MalwareBytes just to be on the safe side.Having both can't hurt and having two opinions.

    Cons

    I really don't have any

    Summary

    Works just as good if not better than MalwareBytes..I have them both on my computer.Nice to have more than one to scan with.

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  • 5 stars

    "Seems to find the most Adware"

    May 08, 2014   |   By ericfrankel

    Version: SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition 5.7.1018

    Pros

    Works in the background.

    Cons

    Takes a long time on my older computers.

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  • 4 stars

    "decent product."

    May 06, 2014   |   By ChoiceVoice

    Version: SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition 5.7.1018

    Pros

    -nice demand scanner for second peek.
    -has portable version.
    -respectable company with long history.
    -never had a false positive with it.
    -always has run flawlessly.

    Cons

    -no real time protection.

    Summary

    good stuff.

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  • 5 stars

    "Good Stuff"

    April 22, 2014   |   By OriginalHankySpanky

    Version: SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition 5.7.1018

    Pros

    Found stuff that SbyBot S&D, MBAM, and ZA didn't and cleaned it out. It checks your browsers for hidden spyware add-ons and that is awesome.

    Cons

    Nothing to complain about.

    Summary

    Thank you SAS people! Nice product.

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  • 3 stars

    "It's a pretty good scanner but misses alot of stuff too"

    April 21, 2014   |   By Chewy1963

    Version: SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition 5.7.1018

    Pros

    Scans deep and relatively fast
    Allows you to determine the scanner's priority level

    Cons

    Installed MalwareBytes after scanning with SASW (this program), and MalwareBytes found about 200 more issues that SASW missed.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great! Took off all annoying pop-up programs & files."

    April 04, 2014   |   By donrop

    Version: SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition 5.7.1018

    Pros

    Works as advertized and is free

    Cons

    None found yet

    Summary

    Great program to get rid of annoying pop-ups

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