This is one of the most exciting free programs I’ve come across in a while. Finally a very good antispyware program that you can install and forget, knowing that you have effective real time protection with automatic live updates.
This might not sound so revolutionary but it is, because most good freeware antispyware programs, including well known titles such as Spybot Search & Destroy, Ad-Aware, and Spyware Blaster do not feature automatic updates unless you switch to the paid version.
For me this always meant that there really isn’t a good freeware antispyware, and that a better option would be the (commercial) SpySweeper or Spyware Doctor. Until now, that is.
I’ve been using this program for a while and am very satisfied with it. My brother recently had a nasty spyware infection that some of the other (free + non-free) antispyware programs could not effectively handle, but that Spyware Terminator resolved beautifully.
Note: Spyware Terminator integrates a free open source antivirus software named ClamVir to scan your computer. Although this is a good feature that I recommend, ClamVir does not offer memory resident antivirus protection and you should not consider it to be sufficient antivirus protection. (I.e. use Spyware Teminator for Spyware protection and install another Antivirus
program for protection against viruses).
The following are some of Spyware Terminiator’s features:
- Fast Scan, Full Scan, Customized Scan, Scheduled Scan
- ClamAV antivirus integration (including ClamAV database updates)
- Effective removal of threats, including blocked files on reboot. Quarantines threats. Allows removal of locked files
- Real Time Protection with autmatic live updates.
- HIPS function monitors files for suspicious changes and asks user to intervine if changes to system are not recognized in it’s database.
- File analysis option allows sending of suspicious files to the developers for deep analysis.
- Restore computer to earlier or default setting
Visit the features page from the developer’s site for in-depth features. Scroll to the bottom for a comparison chart.
A free alternative to: SpySweeper, Spyware Doctor, etc…
Version tested: 1.5.00.740