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Review: SUPERAntiSpyware Professional

written by: Tim Cormany•edited by: Donna Buenaventura•updated: 4/20/2009
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SUPERAntiSpyware has been around for several years now and I did use it on my first "XP Pro" system. Now that I have Vista I'm interested to see just how much has changed since I first tried it out.

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    Introduction

    SUPERAntiSpyware is a product that detects and removes worms, rootkits, adware, spyware and more. While SUPERAntiSpyware may not be as well-known as products such as Spybot and Ad-Aware, it's nonetheless an excellent tool and one which you should defintely consider adding to your layers of defence.

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    Installation

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    Upon installing SUPERAntiSpyware Pro I was asked to choose my language preference and then I was asked to update the definitions. No reboot was required.

    I also had the option to receive product updates via email. One of the features that I liked was to send a diagnostic report to research center which I did. This report will help the research team analyze new malware to give you better support. I was then asked to protect my Internet Explorer home page from being changed, which malware often does and redirects you, often sending you to other malware sites that will infect your system with even more malware.

    SAS1 SAS2 SAS3 SAS4 SAS5 

    SAS5 

    SAS6 SAS7 SAS9 

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    User Interface and Settings

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    In the interface I chose to scan my system using quick scan, but before I did I wanted to check the scanning control to make sure the setting were the ones that I wanted to use. I clicked on "Scanning Preferences/Control Center" tab.

    Note that I chose C:\ which is the default location that I have Vista installed at. Also listed are other setting in the Control Center that you can configure to your choice. In General and Startup tab you can unselect "Show splash screen on startup" to keep the splash screen from showing up each time you reboot. Another interesting option in the Repairs tab allows you to repair certain items, just to name a few. Enable Task Manager, Enable Windows Control Panel, and Repair broken Network Connections (Winstock LSP Chain). These repairs are very handy to have and will save you valuable time if malware has corrupted these settings

    SAS11 SAS16 SAS15 SAS17 SAS18 SAS19 SAS20 SAS21 SAS22 

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    Performance

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    Before I started the scan, earlier I had made some changes to restricted sites that I added. In all I had added just a little over 62,000 sites which were added to the registry. I was disappointed that quick scan took over an hour to scan. That just seems like a long time for any quick scan to perform. However SUPERAntispyware Pro ran very light in resources. I also happened to discover a file in "C:\Program Files\SUPERAntiSpyware\BootSafe" When this file is ran it allows you boot in safe mode and run scan from there. You can also run SUPERAntiSpyware from the systray by right clicking on the yellow bug. SUPERAntiSpyware is integrated with the Vista Security Center too.

    SAS12 SAS26 SAS23 SAS24 SAS25 

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    Price to Value

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    Quote from links below:

    SUPERAntispyware is $29.95 and has a lifetime subscription. This includes free program updates and definition updates for the life of the product!

    System Requirements:

    • Windows 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, XP, Vista or Windows 2003
    • 400Mhz or Faster Processor with at least 256MB RAM

    http://www.superantispyware.com/superantispyware.html

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    Conclusion

    SUPERAntispyware is one of the Best home office security programs.

    I also consider it to be a top contender in removing malware. I would like to see a better improvement with quick scan scanning much faster and scanning where malware tends to hide. This would definitely reduce time with the quick scan feature.

    SUPERAntispyware also has great support and can be found on their forum.

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