Webroot Spy Sweeper for Mobile

Webroot Spy Sweeper for Mobile

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.0
  • Total Downloads:
    11,609,840
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 13, 2005
  • Price:
    Free to try; $29.95 to buy
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    2
  • Platform:
    Mobile
  • Product ranking:
    #15 in Anti-Spyware

Editors' Review

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Read a CNET review of the full version of Webroot Spy Sweeper.

This rock-solid antispyware tool gets yet another upgrade with new security features and a design overhaul, but with a limitation on spyware removal, the spyware protection of past versions is only as good as the money you pay for it. Users who are familiar with Spy Sweeper will notice the interface now looks a bit different. Though it keeps the same logically arranged structure, a new Home section should steer new users to the program's most important functions (such as starting a scan and updating definitions). The other most notable visible enhancement is the addition of a threat bar, which tells you how dangerous a certain program is. As in the past, the Quarantined section will let you restore any components should certain programs cease to function properly after a system scan. The Options icon provides access to the flexible scheduler, cookie manager, and password-protection module.

In addition to its real-time, browser, and ActiveX shields, this version adds a Spy Communication shield. This latter feature will block transfers from sites known to be purveyors of malicious programs. Spy Sweeper now also provides the ability to ferret out pesky rootkits. Though the paid version of this program offers an excellent level of protection, this trial only lets you scan your system with no option to remove. Infected systems are left with a screen of spyware threats and no way to remove without purchasing a registration code. It does an admirable job of locating every nasty program we toss its way, and its real-time protection is equally effective in stopping intruders on the fly. But without the option to remove, this trial is useless for clearing your computer of malware unless you buy the full version. While this trial is mostly a passive demo, this is definitely a piece of software we consider worth the money--the paid version is excellent. Anyone concerned with keeping malicious software off his or her computer should not bother with this trial unless you want to sample the program features with the intent of buying the full version.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.6

    out of 347 votes

    • 5 star 141
    • 4 star 64
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    • 2 star 42
    • 1 star 53
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    out of 1391 votes

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3 stars

"test"

July 18, 2006  |  By Ramesh R

 |  Version: Webroot Spy Sweeper 5.0

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1 stars

"Worst Version Ive Ever Seen"

July 18, 2006  |  By pctech5189

 |  Version: Webroot Spy Sweeper 5.0

Pros

The Interface Is Good

Cons

Everytime i try to run spy sweeper 5.0 it freezes. I can scan only in safe mode but thats a waste. This is a bug. Freezes on update and scan and cant close it out and control alt dlt dont work too thats how bad this program is.

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1 stars

""free software" demands a $29.95 subscription!!!"

July 17, 2006  |  By terryhimself

 |  Version: Webroot Spy Sweeper 5.0

Cons

No free trial to convince me to buy the upgrade.

It did nothing but demand a $29.95 subscription before it would do anything at all. No way I'm going to let these guys remote access my computer!

Free does not mean $29.95. IMHO they are NOT to be trusted!!!!!

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4 stars

"Good product,even with a price.Great Options selection"

July 16, 2006  |  By stiener

 |  Version: Webroot Spy Sweeper 5.0

Pros

Does a thorough scan.Locates entries other freeware and purchased products didn't identify.

Cons

Time and memory for scan.

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1 stars

"From Hero to Zero!!"

July 15, 2006  |  By IRONFISTUSA

 |  Version: Webroot Spy Sweeper 5.0

Pros

NONE

Cons

4.5 was good and didn't suck you dry on resources but the new 5.0 is a NEW Norton program.....a blood sucker that wasn't tested before going public. 5.0 slowed my 512/120 gigs to a crawl....I freaked out. What is going on with Webroot....their Window Washer is a resource hog and a loser program and now this!! I switched to Spyware Doctor and even though it's a CNET puppet and is a minor resource sucker.....it's bearable. Webroot just screwed themselves....lousy update program.....just horrible!! I wish I could stick with counterspy but their interface plain sucks....tells you nothing and is confusing. The AntiSpyware programs that are now advailible just plain stink and the market is ripe for a REAL contender. Time for all the companies to step up to the plate and provide the public with a REAL working Antispyware program! Peace!!

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4 stars

"A top notch software"

July 15, 2006  |  By AbnoticReviews

 |  Version: Webroot Spy Sweeper 5.0

Pros

This software competes quite well with Spyware Doctor. However, from personal experience I would recommend getting Spyware Doctor instead if you are planning on paying for a software. Both software running on the same machine is probably not required.

Cons

The software's trial version is bogus. All you can do is scan and nothing else. The only thing I can suggest is downloading this software and then Spyware Doctor and seeing which scan turns up more stuff. Then you can buy the one that you like to remove the stuff. Of course, beware of false results as companies tend to do that.

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2 stars

"Just another face."

July 15, 2006  |  By skeptic1st

 |  Version: Webroot Spy Sweeper 5.0

Pros

Well-packaged, nice enough user interface.

Cons

Another "utility" that wants to own your system. Too heavy on system resources, too intrusive when in active state. Tries to bolster its "value" by calling common cookies "malware" (if two cookies do the same thing, why is one more evil than the other?). Also, after installing, updating, and running a sweep, tried AShampoo's new entry and it found another half-dozen entities Spy Sweeper didn't. As far as I'm concerned, none of the anti-virus or anti-adware programs is worth a purchase price -- none covers everything, all make bogus claims, and I still haven't found anything in a retail program that can't be achieved with freeware if you have the right downloads.

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1 stars

"version 5.0.5.1286 very iffy"

July 14, 2006  |  By raymond7

 |  Version: Webroot Spy Sweeper 5.0

Pros

Much better UI clearer, easier to read.

Cons

HIGHLY UNSTABLE!!! [7-13-2006] After I downloaded the newest upgrade, Murphy's Law happened! (everything that could could go wrong with my computer, did go wrong) It took 3 attempts to download the latest definitions. Then, once I got that mess cleared up, ver. 5.0.5 reminded me to scan again. So, like a lamb to the slaughter, I did. During the next FIVE incomplete scans, (each one locked up my computer, forcing me to hard start everytime), I couldn't find ANYTHING wrong with my computer. (At least, according to SS 5.0.5) Frustrated, I went back to other computing tasks, but one program I work with a lot (MS Word) kept freezing. I was so mad, I turned off my computer for the day. [7-14-2006] Tried to use my computer this morning, kept on freezing. 4 attempts to get online was denied because SS 5.0.5 wouldn't let my computer work. Switching OFF this bug-ladden software FINALLY solved my problem, and that's how I got to write this crtique of Webroot's product. I thought about going back to a previous (STABLE) version of SS, but I remembered Webroot's nasty little trick; previous versions are outdated and don't work when newer versions are detected. Thanx, Webroot, Spyware Sweeper has become Spyware Magnet....

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3 stars

"Excellent product, but very resource intensive."

July 12, 2006  |  By gcmortensen46

 |  Version: Webroot Spy Sweeper 5.0

Pros

It can ably identify any spyware out there and has many additional features.

Cons

The features come at a cost. 650,000 I/O writes per second on my computer is extremely excessive. The closest competition is Steam at 150,000 I/O writes / sec. It is very much a resource hog!

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5 stars

"Should be rated no:1 in spyware"

July 12, 2006  |  By warra warra

 |  Version: Webroot Spy Sweeper 5.0

Pros

Takes no prisoners

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General
Publisher Webroot Software
Publisher web site http://www.webroot.com/
Release Date June 13, 2005
Date Added June 13, 2005
Version 5.0
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 2000, Mobile
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP/MCE
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Total Downloads 11,609,840
Downloads Last Week 2
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License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $29.95

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