SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition

SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition

Editors' Rating:
2.5
Average
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 1645 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
5.7.1026
File Size:
18.69MB
Date Added:
June 11, 2014
Price:
Free; paid upgrade available
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
5,766,170
Downloads Last Week:
8,621
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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