This rock-solid antispyware tool gets an upgrade for Windows Vista compatibility, but with its spyware-removal limitation, the protection offered is only as good as the money you pay for it.
The interface is easy to understand, and the Home section should steer new users to the necessities: starting a scan, checking shield status, and updating definitions. As in older versions, the Quarantine section will let you restore any components accidentally altered after a system scan. The Sweep option includes a flexible scheduler, the ability to change the default scanning method level, and other options to customize the program. In addition to its real-time, browser, and ActiveX shields, the app offers several barriers to other threats such as Windows Messenger Service exploits, keyloggers, rogue start-up items, and pesky rootkits.
There were no problems running the app on Vista, but be sure to uninstall any other third-party antivirus apps to avoid conflicts. Unfortunately, Spy Sweeper maintains its detection-only trial limitation, making it impossible to test how well it actually removes malware. Anybody concerned with keeping malicious software and viruses off their computer shouldn't bother with the trial unless they're pretty sure they're going to buy the full version.
Get complete protection from the two most dangerous threats on the Internet--spyware and viruses--in a single, easy-to-use solution. Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus incorporates virus protection by Sophos to offer an advanced detection, blocking, and removal available to beat all types of dangerous viruses, spyware, worms, and Trojans. The software is easy to use and requires minimal interaction--updates are automatic.
Powerful Smart Shields block threats as you browse--before they ever reach your computer. Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus offers complete computer protection and catches hard to find viruses and spyware programs. With advanced detection and removal capabilities, even the most dangerous files are removed in a single sweep. You won't have to scan and restart your PC repeatedly with Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus--one sweep and your PC is clean The Free Scan download scans your PC for spyware and viruses, reports the threats to you, and enables active shields to block future infection. Removal of current infection is limited to the paid version. Version 5.5 includes inbound and outbound e-mail attachment scanning and enhanced real-time threat protection capabilities.
Note: Version 5.5 includes Ask Toolbar and Search Assistant. The installation of these items is optional.
What's new in this version:
Version 5.5 includes inbound and outbound e-mail attachment scanning and enhanced real-time threat protection capabilities.