By: Joey Cam
July 31, 2009
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PRODUCT REVIEWED: SUPERAntiSpyware
I had honestly never heard of SUPERAntiSpyware before I was contacted by a representative (Mike) to review the product. I was a bit skeptical as to how well it works (according to website claims) but I am always willing to try something new and different from what I am used to. I handle all advanced virus, malware, spyware, etc. removal at my job. I decided to install SUPERAntiSpyware on my virus removal workstation and put it to the test.
There are two different versions, “SUPERAntiSpyware Professional” and “SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition”. The differences between the two are listed here. The price of the Professional version is $29.95 USD which includes a year of free updates. An additional $9.95 USD will give you a lifetime of free product updates (as opposed to $14.95/year).
SUPERAntiSpyware is compatible with Windows 98, 98 SE, Win2k, XP, Vista, 7 & 8. You need at least a 400 MHz processor with at least 256MB of RAM on your PC to run it. This means that if you bought your PC within the past 10 years you can run it.
Installation, Testing and Performance
SUPERAntiSpyware Professional installed fine, without any problems. I was able to run the real-time protection alongside the Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2009 real-time protection without them fighting or calling each other a virus which sometimes happens with similar security programs.
After a week passed I had scanned various computers with it. I learned that it not only removes spyware, malware and adware but it also goes a step further and removes some viruses which other programs in its category I have tested do not do.
Two weeks later a coworker told me that her laptop was heavily infested with multiple viruses. When someone tells me that it usually means that they have malware, adware, spyware on their computer. I was very happy to take the laptop and put SUPERAntiSpyware to the test verses Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware said that the laptop had 83 “objects infected”. SUPERAntiSpyware detected threats in 883 files. This is a huge difference. I noticed that SUPERAntiSpyware detects and removes browser tracking cookies which most sites (even this one) issues. Cookies can be but are not a huge deal. It detected 512 of them. 883 minus 512 is 371. So SUPERAntiSpyware detected 288 more infected objects than Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware. I hold Anti-Malware in such high regards and SUPERAntiSpyware killed it.
A few days later I received another laptop that was infected. This time SUPERAntiSpyware failed to detect a malware threat named “Antivirus System PRO”. Anti-Malware detected and removed it perfectly.
Even though the two programs should not be compared just for the fun of it I pitted Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2009 vs SUPERAntiSpyware on another digital-parasite infested computer. SUPERAntiSpyware detected 2 “Trojan.Agent” threats that Kaspersky missed. They were “Gen-FraudDrop” and “Gen-IE FakeAlert”. Kaspersky IMO is the best Anti-Virus product on the market. This just proves that even though you have a really good Anti-Virus scanner/remover you still need a good malware, spyware, adware, etc. remover.
SUPERAntiSpyware did perform a full / thorough PC scan faster than Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware but the specific numbers are not valid since I was performing various other PC tasks while both scanners were running.
Final Thoughts and Rating
SUPERAntiSpyware is a good product. Even though it detects and removes a lot of malware, spyware and adware threats, like all similar products it is not perfect and does not claim to be an anti-virus scanner. So you should always run it on a computer with a good anti-virus program (like Kaspersky or NOD32).
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