SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition

SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition

Download Editors' Rating:
2.5
Average
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 1664 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.0.1200
  • Total Downloads:
    6,258,879
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 08, 2015
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    21.42MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    8,672
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #6 in Anti-Spyware

Editors' Review

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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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3 stars

"Average scanner."

July 15, 2015  |  By Kingly10

 |  Version: SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition 6.0.1200

Pros

Average free version. Good for scanning for tracking cookies. Decent amount of tools such as Remove Unwanted Programs and System Investigator which can detect unusual things installed in the background. It's free version is just as good as its paid version. When I bought a subscription for Super Anti Spyware (4 years ago) it was a lifetime subscription for $20USD, which is pretty good considering most other Anti Virus are $20+ for a yearly subscription.

Cons

Pretty useless at dealing with malware and spyware. Have lost track of the amount of times I have had to sigh as my (Paid Lifetime Version) of Super Anti Spyware turned up nothing on an obviously infected system (Ransomware, Hijacking Viruses ect) and had to load up Malware Bytes Anti-Malware to actually clear the system.

Summary

Average scanner. I recommend getting Premium Malware Bytes Anti-Malware ($25USD per year on 3 computers) and having a free subscription of Super Anti Spyware for cleaning up tracking cookies and such. Neither scanner interferes with each other. This is not an advertisement for Mbam.

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1 stars

"NO PRO (paid) Real-Time monitoring. NO SW support."

June 12, 2015  |  By Toni Moore

 |  Version: SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition 6.0.1194

Pros

None. Pro performs exactly as Free edition.

Cons

Why buy Pro, when it performs exactly as the Free edition? I know a bit about software, having been a SW Engineer for many years. Pro cleans the malware, but so does the Free edition. Real-Time monitoring does not even 'turn on'. I submitted a trouble ticket and they didn't even read through it, but suggested to me to go to malwaretips and run some tools from a blog posted there, (TDSSKiller, RKill, Malwarebytes, Hitman Pro, ADWCleaner, etc. - seven programs). I downloaded all of them and followed the instructions. No change. I still get doubleclick and AdChoices on both Firefox and Chrome, as soon as I go online. When I complained that this didn't work, they closed my trouble ticket, with no explanation.

Summary

The Professional edition does no more than the Free Version. I just lost money from two licenses. When I complained and detailed the problem, they closed my trouble ticket with no explanation. I feel scammed.

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5 stars

"This one catches more than any other"

May 27, 2015  |  By pjb4him

 |  Version: SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition 6.0.1194

Pros

Scans quickly, catches and removes more!

Cons

Non that I can think of.

Summary

This is one of the best!

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5 stars

"Only useful feature system inspector, but its 5+ stars!"

April 02, 2015  |  By kh44567

 |  Version: SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition 6.0.1186

Pros

-System inspector removes things that nothing else found and should not have been there.
-System inspector gives tons of information
-Installed and ran scanner on infected computer when MBAM wouldn't, removed a few things, then could run other on-demand scanners
-Free

Cons

-Scanner does not seem very useful- in the past year especially, it has not found anything but cookies.
-Scans are very slow compared to other on-demand scanners.

Summary

I wouldn't use this as a primary on-demand scanner, but I have to say, it found and allowed me to remove browser apps and extensions that should not have been there. Nothing else even showed them (Sysinspector, emsisoft hijackfree, killswitch, etc.). Although SAS listed them as Known Good, there were Mozilla extensions and I don't even have firefox. Some where for sharepoint things which I have never used, but could be used for remote monitoring. Others were things I had never heard of. Some chrome apps I thought I had uninstalled were showing up in Comodo's virtual desktop. I used SAS to find them and delete them for good. So, while the scanner has only helped me once (on an infected computer) and 99% of the time I see no benefit over my other favorites, all free (emsisoft emergency kit, malwarebytes, comodo cleaning essentials, hitmanpro (detection only), herdprotect), the system inspector makes it worth having SAS around. Maybe they should just focus on this portion, make it awesome, and ditch the scanner when they are competing with increasingly effective competitors. I would not pay for premium- to block anything in realtime, they need excellent detections and judging by the scanner, they just don't have those. Watch the maxcyberdefense youtube review...not impressive.

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4 stars

"Every bit as good as Norton"

March 31, 2015  |  By WritingBoy

 |  Version: SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition 6.0.1186

Pros

Very light on the computer resources.

Cons

Haven't seen any yet.

Summary

After having Norton for so many years and having just changed over to SAS, I couldn't be more impressed. It does everything Norton does and only cost me ten bucks. Go figure.

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4 stars

"The free edition is very effective in detecting cookies"

March 28, 2015  |  By LMLP

 |  Version: SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition 6.0.1186

Pros

Data base is updated daily.

Cons

None until now..

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5 stars

"Provides Additional Layers of Security"

February 15, 2015

 |  Version: SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition 6.0.1170

Pros

There are many advantages to SAS. For starters, they offer multiple scanning configurations from the lightest and fastest to the deepest and most comprehensive. It scans deep to find and remove hidden cookies and other adware and spyware. It also allows you to quarantine threats and remove PUP's by performing an extensive analysis of your system. You can fix damage done to the registry by malware and remove stubborn files.

Cons

The uninstaller and file deletion tool seems to work in most cases but when it comes to some Microsoft components, it may miss or just not do anything with them. For example, lets just say you had Microsoft Visual Studio and then decided you no longer wanted it. Well uninstalling Microsoft VS isn't that simple----Microsoft made sure of that-------so really, you just have to be persistent when it comes to such exceptions. Other than that, this is a great addition to your existing security software.

Summary

This is another great tool to have for your pc. It goes deep to clean and remove even hidden stuff. It's not perfect but definitely worth the effort of even the free version.

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5 stars

"love this program!!"

February 12, 2015  |  By missjenniferd

 |  Version: SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition 6.0.1170

Pros

i use a combination of superantispyware and malwarebytes. with both of those on my computer, i never get problems on my computer. the pro version of each is great also, actively scans and keeps your computer safe. the free version DETECTS. but the pro versions DEFEND.used both programs for at least 10 years. i don't use anything else for defense.

Cons

none that i know of.

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5 stars

"Better Sherlock Holmes then other well known programs"

February 10, 2015  |  By seafog

 |  Version: SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition 6.0.1170

Pros

Have used the free program for at least 6 yrs, back to XP. Many times has found junk that better known malware/virus programs never noticed. Quick scan is fast and full scan is not out of line with others malware programs.
I am not kidding this program has caught some nasty things and removed malware/virus that could have sunk me and totally missed by my other security.

Cons

Recently due to upgrades it won't run if the browsers are open and closes them, sometimes it doesn't do this but it used to never do this. Its not a problem.

Summary

Considering trying the paid version for 10 bucks on sale. Malwarbytes is 25.00 a yr for premium and superantispyware has saved my pc a few more times then that excellent program. Easy to use and features that help you recover and custom search.

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5 stars

"Best of the free anti malware tools I've used"

February 07, 2015  |  By sugarstevesmith

 |  Version: SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition 6.0.1170

Pros

Really does do what it says on the tin, gets ready of the spyware (not just the easy ones)

Cons

No indication of when scan is going to end

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 6.0.1200
Version 6.0.1200 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher SUPERAntiSpyware
Publisher web site http://www.superantispyware.com
Release Date July 08, 2015
Date Added July 08, 2015
Version 6.0.1200
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 21.42MB
File Name SUPERAntiSpyware.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 6,258,879
Downloads Last Week 8,672
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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