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If you spend any time on the Internet, there’s no doubt your computer has been approached by spyware. Though a virus is certainly damaging, spyware has become more of a threat to your private information.
With that said, it’s important to download and install antispyware that will identify possible threats, such as adware, malware, spyware, and rootkits.. You also need a means to clean any infected files, and remove the malicious code.
In addition to personal opinion, a review needs to include a set of factors that can be used to properly compare various applications. Thanks to software developers worldwide, a number of anti-spyware applications have made it to the market. Unfortunately, this also makes it difficult to know which of the many programs is the best value.
For a proper review, we have categorized these factors into a few general topic headings, including ease of use, set up process, effectiveness of the application’s ability to detect and remove threats, and what support you can expect from the developer.
As a starter, I would say the latest version of SpyHunter is easy to use and appears to be an effective tool for identifying spyware. SpyHunter 4, developed by the Enigma Software Group, offers the ability to selective-scan various computer segments. More precisely, it allows the user to scan certain areas of the computer, such as files, memory, cookies, the Registry, etc.
On the downside, though we look to software to be user-friendly, and not complicated, this program is limited on scanning options, outside of what was mentioned above. Although Enigma indicates it offers daily updates, we found during our testing, updating actually to longer than a week before any updates were made available.
SpyHunter 4 does not scan external drives, and there is no real time monitoring. So just as with everything else, it pays to be mindful of where you surf on the net.
Though still slower than the front-runners in this software segment, version 4 has seen improved scanning speed. Let’s get an overview of many other key factors of this program…
The SpyHunter 4 software installed without any problems, and quickly.
The basic presentation of the user interface makes it easy to set up simple scans and access other tools. As you dig deeper into the program options, however, it may seem a bit awkward, as though the options for listed, there’s no details of what the option does. Simply put…if you are unfamiliar with antispyware software in general, this will be confusing to you.
Outside of the inconsistent updates, SpyHunter 4 truly searches for, and identifies a long list of threats, other than spyware. Threats such as, worms, keyloggers, adware, malware, trojans, hijackers, phishing websites, damaging cookies and other forms of tracking code.
We dislike harping on the negatives, but Enigma is really behind their competitors in providing definition and scanning engine updates. Top developers provide updates constantly, with some having multiple updates in a single day. With that said, if you have antivirus software and a good firewall, you will be limited on exposure, just be aware of the websites you visit, and financial transactions you make online.
As found in many other such applications, version 4 now includes a Help Desk built right into the user interface. This simply provides a better user experience, rather than being pointed to a website to start a support ticket. Though the interface still provides a ticket system, you can also access their Custom Fix System, to solve specific software issues.
In addition, you are free to review the enhanced FAQ section, read forum threads, or start a live chat with support. You can also follow detailed tutorials, and have access to a fairly rich user manual.
Though SpyHunter 4 has made progress, it still lacks in some minor, and other major areas, as compared to other anti-spyware programs. If it was not for the inconsistent updates, it would be well recommended for the non-techie, as the information available can bring you up to speed on what the various options do.