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Spy Hunter? Is It Legit?


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#1 MavecK

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Posted 01 December 2006 - 11:01 PM

Don't know much about computers.
I was thinking of buying Spy Hunter v 2.7 http://www.enigmasoftware.com/more_info_spyhunter.php do get rid of malware, adware etc

Is Spy Hunter v 2.7 legit? Is it the best tool for malware?? Is there better ones??

help appreciated

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Posted 01 December 2006 - 11:30 PM

From a most trusted resource

Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products & Web Sites
Note on Enigma SpyHunter: Enigma's SpyHunter anti-spyware application was listed on this page primarily because of the company's history of employing aggressive, deceptive advertising (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). The company was also known for exploiting the name "spybot" in its domain names and online advertising. These objectionable business practices were employed primarily from late-2002 to mid-2004.

Sometime during summer of 2004 the company halted the most obnoxious and objectionable aspects of its online advertising. It also unloaded all the "spybot" domains (which were promptly picked up by Paretologic for its XoftSpy anti-spyware application).

While there are still unresolved allegations that SpyHunter transmits the Windows Product ID from users' PCs (1), we can no longer classify this application as "rogue/suspect." Nonetheless, SpyHunter -- at least in its current state -- cannot be recommended because of its mediocre performance as an anti-spyware scanner. Testing indicates that it does not recognize some well-known spyware installations and has difficulty removing critical spyware/adware files even from those it does recognize (1). Given the many excellent competing anti-spyware applications that are available (some for free), users would do better looking elsewhere for trustworthy anti-spyware protection.

Domains: enigmasoftwaregroup.com, spywareremove.com, uninstallxupiter.com


You could look through this listing. :thumbsup:
Freeware Replacements For Common Commercial Apps
There is really no need to pay for an anti-spyware ap.

Edited by Scarlett, 02 December 2006 - 09:22 AM.

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Posted 01 December 2006 - 11:37 PM

PC Magazine does not rate Spyhunter anti-spyware (as opposed to the game) very highly.

There are much better programs - which are free to boot. Take a look through this topic and look under the Anti-Trojan and Anti-Spyware sections.

It is a good idea to have more than one Anti-Spyware program as they all have different ideas of what spyware is. One will find what others miss.

I have SpywareBlaster, Spybot, Ad-Aware, AVG 7.5 Anti-Spyware Free (formerly Edwido), and SuperAntiSpyware Free.

Several of these products also have tutorials for them here on BC.

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Edit: Looks like we cross-posted Scarlett :flowers:

Edited by Orange Blossom, 01 December 2006 - 11:38 PM.

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Posted 01 December 2006 - 11:51 PM

Thanks i appreciate it

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Posted 02 December 2006 - 12:01 AM

You're welcome, and :thumbsup:

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