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SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition

CNET Editors' review

Spyware is nasty business, threatening your security by collecting information about your online activity without your knowledge or consent. SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition is a comprehensive program that can scan and delete spyware and a variety of other types of malware. Although the program cannot deal with true viruses, it's capable of finding and annihilating plenty of other pests.

The program's interface is straightforward, with a large button labeled "Scan your Computer" leading users to the most important feature. Radio buttons let users select a Quick Scan, Complete Scan, Critical Point Scan, or Custom Scan. We decided to start with the Quick scan, which took about three and a half minutes. SuperAntiSpyware detected 107 "threats," all of which were fairly benign tracking cookies. A full scan took much longer - about four hours - and turned up two "critical threats" and 25 "potentially unwanted programs/settings." We were able to deselect any items we wanted to retain using a checkbox, and then delete the rest with the click of a button. The program also has a selection of repairs that can be run to undo damage done by malware, and a scan log keeps a history of all the threats that have been deleted. SuperAntiSpyware has a comprehensive list of FAQs on its Web site, though we found the program easy to use without additional guidance. Overall, we think that SuperAntiSpyware is a good way to supplement your regular antivirus program, and we recommend it.

SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition installs a desktop icon without asking but uninstalls cleanly.

SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition-Detect and remove spyware, malware, rootkits, trojans, hijackers, and other malicious threats.-Download Video Previews:

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.3 stars

    out of 1,641 votes

    • 5 star: 980
    • 4 star: 427
    • 3 star: 96
    • 2 star: 50
    • 1 star: 87
  • Current version:

    3.5 stars

    out of 17 votes

    • 5 star: 6
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 5.0 stars

    "acceptable program"

    April 12, 2014  |   By Angelxwgjjl

    Version: SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition 5.7.1018

    Pros

    Quality is top notch.Efficient and quick as possible.. Enough said.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of...No cons sorry...

    Summary

    Used to be OK, now its even better :) Only two apps work that good: this and **********. ,

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  • 5.0 stars

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

    April 4, 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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  • 1.0 stars

    "Virus found.."

    March 30, 2014  |   By katsscratch

    Version: SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition 5.7.1018

    Pros

    As of now - none

    Cons

    AVG Resident Shield found a virus in the application data files of this program.
    Threat: Virus found JS/Heur
    Severity: High
    C:\Program Files\SUPERAntiSpyware\SUPERAntiSpyware.exe
    Downloadandrun.vbs
    Process ID: 1096
    Created: 03/30/14 2:10:06am

    Summary

    A virus in your virus protection? Nice.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good little spyware program"

    March 16, 2014  |   By THE TRUTH TELLER

    Version: SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition 5.7.1018

    Pros

    I have always liked this program and if you're lucky and or wait you can buy full version on their site for ad little as $10

    Cons

    scans can take a longtime other than that its pretty good.

    Summary

    GET IT AND TAKE A SPIN AND SEE IF ITS FOR YOU.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Has always been good till last week"

    March 11, 2014  |   By ervinsmith1024

    Version: SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition 5.7.1018

    Pros

    Tried to run it, and it would not load, it said something was missing. So I run 2 other antispyware and they found nothing. So I uninstalled it. Ran defrag, and my advanced system care ultimate. rebooted and reinstalled it. Ran it, and it messed up so many programs. I had to spend hours uninstalling them, and setting them back up. oh boy. don't know what happened actually.

    Cons

    wiped out many of my programs. I had to uninstall and reinstall even Google Chrome before they would work again. Bummer

    Summary

    Took hours to fix what it messed up after useing it for years without any problems.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Takes up CPU time without asking."

    March 4, 2014  |   By kbuikmvaj

    Version: SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition 5.7.1018

    Pros

    Does a good job of finding a lot of stuff.

    Cons

    Updater runs without asking and monopolizes the machine.

    Summary

    This is a supposed to be a malware fighter but I think a program that just starts up of its own accord even when it's not in your startup programs is not that far from malware. I sat down to the computer to find it running its head off with something. Looked in the task manager and SSUPDATER was taking about 50% of the CPU time. I checked and sure enough it was not in the startup folder.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Removes more than the rest"

    March 3, 2014  |   By em_are_2

    Version: SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition 5.7.1018

    Pros

    It does find more that the rest when it comes to malware,

    Cons

    not any cons, but than i'm not a techie

    Summary

    very good if you want a more secure computer,and help finding unwanted things that are installed on your computer after you down load, things to your computer.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "SuperAntiSpyware Professional Edition 5.6.1020"

    February 23, 2014  |   By quietodin

    Version: SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition 5.7.1018

    Pros

    I recommend that you download the Pro version for $19.99 for 365 days of protection that includes the Real-time protection, scheduled scanning and automatic updates. The interface is very user friendly and easy to install and use. Even though it doesn't detect viruses I have a very comprehensive anitvirus software already that takes care of that very well.

    Cons

    There are no cons with the Pro version as far as I am concerned.

    Summary

    I have been using this for two years now and it has been very effective for me. The scanning feature is very quick and affective for me. Thank you!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "buy the ad products or buy the PRO version"

    February 21, 2014  |   By BIOLARON2000

    Version: SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition 5.7.1018

    Pros

    I have had this Professional version for 15 years and it is powerful.

    I use it with Norton 360 Premium and there is no conflict, I have the best of both products.

    I use them on both Windows 7 Home Premium and Win-7 Professional

    Cons

    none at all!!!

    Summary

    go 4 it!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Beware, this contains adware!"

    February 18, 2014  |   By Bill_Go

    Version: SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition 5.7.1018

    Pros

    None that I could see.

    Cons

    This download contained numerous unwanted, worthless additional software programs that are disguised as helpful tools.
    Call it adware, malware, whatever... it's NOT something that you want.

    Summary

    CNET needs to address this immediately! In the least, they need to remove their 5-star rating from this product. It's worthless.

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