Webroot Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus

Webroot Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus

Download Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
3.3
out of 1391 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.5
  • Total Downloads:
    11,609,840
  • Date Added:
    February 02, 2007
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    2
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista

Editors' Review

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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.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.6

    out of 85 votes

    • 5 star 14
    • 4 star 13
    • 3 star 16
    • 2 star 11
    • 1 star 31
  • All Versions

    3.3

    out of 1391 votes

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    • 4 star 168
    • 3 star 132
    • 2 star 120
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1 stars

"WOW, When things go bad,................"

November 05, 2008  |  By quakebot

 |  Version: Webroot Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus 5.5

Pros

NONE......

Cons

It does not work.

Summary

I had plain spysweeper installed on several computers for over two years and I recommend it all the time. Recently my Norton AV expired so I went to town and purchased a 3 license version of Spysweeper with antivirus.

The link for updating definitions failed after about three weeks so I updated to the latest 6.0 version thinking that would fix the problem. The story is a very long one. But now I have reverted back to the disk install and the antivirus doesn't work on that either. Everything I click on to update etc take me to a link to purchase antivirus or some other part of a program.

This really does look like a piece of SCAM software mainly because ALL links lead to an up-charge, 10 dollars here, 20 dollars there and so on. I don't feel the program is not working properly I feel as though I have been suckered. It HAS to be a SCAM because no one company could screw a good thing up this bad.

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2 stars

"There are better options"

August 06, 2007  |  By zornot

 |  Version: Webroot Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus 5.5

Pros

Used to be one of the finest!

Cons

Has grown bloated, hogs resources, doubles boot time, but doesn't find much in the way of spyware. (It does nag you whenever you change some aspect of your browser.) I use the best of the free ones (spyware doc is now free with Goggle Pack), and Spy Sweeper seems the least effective of all. So long, old friend. I wonder when Hitman Pro will drop it?

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4 stars

"Fantastic Software"

July 28, 2007  |  By matty128

 |  Version: Webroot Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus 5.5

Pros

Great Shields, Picks up just about everything, daily defintions updates

also, these reviews about it slowing a system seem to only apply to some sytems - Spy Sweeper 5.5 has been on my Toshiba Portege M500 since January and there has been barely a drop in performance

Cons

A bit of a rip-off, but I guess thats the price you pay for good protection

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2 stars

"Way over-rated !"

July 22, 2007  |  By Gablle

 |  Version: Webroot Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus 5.5

Pros

Fast scanning with comprehensive options which seem to be more of a show than for real use.

Cons

Very poor detection rate. Worries more about Cookies and silly warnings than real Spyware.

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1 stars

"Waste of Money!"

July 20, 2007  |  By ozone_43

 |  Version: Webroot Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus 5.5

Cons

I purchased this product to rid myself of a hidden program that takes control of my computer, starts up Internet Explorer and goes to a website advertising Antivermins. I've run a full scan several times and Spy Sweeper says that no threat has been detected. I sent an email to Webroot about the problem. I even included screen captures of the pop-ups that run constantly. Their response was that I should send an email describing the problem, which, obviously, I had just done. I have received NO response, much less assistance, from their tech support. The program also takes forever to start up. It's more of a nuisance than anything else.

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5 stars

"Good Program"

July 17, 2007  |  By graham.hyatt

 |  Version: Webroot Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus 5.5

Pros

As I'm not a Techie, I can only say that I have 6 spy checkers, and along with CounterSpy, this does a very good and very thorough job. What's more, it is easy to use. It is very slow, but then so is CounterSpy, which merit's the same evaluation.

Cons

A little slow, perhaps, but probably because it is thorough.

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1 stars

"very very very bad gays dont bey any products from them i think them bad people"

July 14, 2007  |  By f255i

 |  Version: Webroot Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus 5.5

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2 stars

"review is for version 5.5"

July 14, 2007  |  By DARK_EMPEROR

 |  Version: Webroot Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus 5.5

Pros

it is still a fair product, but has steadily declined. in it's defense, so has every other so called anti spy app. not sure why they bother. is there a need to come out with a new version 4 times a year. if an all in one scanner like antivir premium or kaspersky can go a year why not spysweeper and spyware doctor. the only malware scanner i run active is kaspersky. the only other scanner i would trust is antivir premium. i do let windows defender run in the background to monitor system changes. other than that. i'm good.

Cons

get's less effective with each new version......... but like i said, so do the rest of the like apps. not sure what they're trying to do. my guess is they wasted resources trying to incorporate av scanners into them. and at this point, i'd trust antivir premium and kaspersky to catch so called spyware every bit as much as a spyware app. virus scanners win, anti spy apps lose.

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1 stars

"Getch Yo' ********! HANDS oFF ME! ******!"

June 25, 2007  |  By uksquall

 |  Version: Webroot Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus 5.5

Pros

Getch Yo' ********! HANDS oFF ME! ******!

Cons

Getch Yo' ********! HANDS oFF ME! ******!

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1 stars

"worthless software with no improvement"

June 23, 2007  |  By March01

 |  Version: Webroot Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus 5.5

Pros

none

Cons

this sw was resource hooging really.

After starting up OS and staying 100% cpu 1 minutes..

my pc is 512MB and 1Ghz CPU though..without any additonal security sw.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.5
Version 5.5 includes inbound and outbound e-mail attachment scanning and enhanced real-time threat protection capabilities.
General
Publisher Webroot Software
Publisher web site http://www.webroot.com/
Release Date February 02, 2007
Date Added February 02, 2007
Version 5.5
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP/Vista
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File Size Not Available
File Name Not available
Popularity
Total Downloads 11,609,840
Downloads Last Week 2
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License Model Free to try
Limitations See description
Price $39.95

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