was previously listed as a rogue product on the Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products List
because of concerns that the vendor (Crawler) had connections with a known adware distributor (IBIS). See the note on this historical page
. Initial testing found no problems with the software but out of caution it was monitored for several months, retested and again no problems were found which would continue to justify its listing as a "rogue/supect" program.
Since then, the developers of Spyware Terminator have vastly improved their product. The program is free, easy to use, provides real-time protection to guard your system and offers an option for Host based Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS)
protection. It is a good free alternative if you want its protection without having to pay. IMO Spyware Terminator works very well with other real-time security programs and I have used it for several years without any issues.
Starting with v188.8.131.523, Web Security Guard was included in the download but not required
. After installation you will be prompted to Enable Web Security Guard Toolbar. This browser add-on (similar to Site Advisor) is enabled by default but you can uncheck
the box if you do not want it installed. If you install WSG by mistake, it can easily be removed later via Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel.
If you already have anti-virus protection, there is no need to install the optional Clam AntiVirus
integration. ClamAV does not have a real time scanning engine but you can integrate it into ST's Realtime Shield to include virus scanning support. However, ClamWin has partnered with Ask.com
and now bundles the Ask Toolbar (optional)
with the ClamWin setup file. I do not recommend using that toolbar.