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.
New Spy Sweeper 5.0 takes another leap ahead of the competition. As the leading anti-spyware product available, it detects and completely removes the nastiest spyware out there like Spy Lantern and Trojan-Downloader-LowZones. Spy Sweeper uses adaptive definition technology for detecting spyware mutations that haven't yet received a defense definition. Spy Sweepers advanced removal engine deletes the toughest spyware programs in just one sweep - even removing mutated or "rootkit" spies. Spy Sweeper is armed with 16 advanced Smart Shields, including a new Keylogger shield to block new spyware installations. New user interface makes Spy Sweeper even easier to use and it's backed by free expert customer support. Free download.