SUPERAntiSpyware Free does not provide real-time protection or scheduled scanning so there is no need for it to run at startup and waste system resources. However, when installing SUPERAntiSpyware it installs to run at each start-up automatically. I recommend to disable its' startup and use it as a separate stand-alone on-demand scanner. If you right-click on the tray icon, select View Control Center (Preferences/Options)...
to open Scanning and Program Preferences Start-Up Options, there is an option to Uncheck
"Start SUPERAntiSpyware when Windows starts
is no longer recommending Spybot S&D
due to poor testing results as indicated by noknojon. See here
- (scroll down and read under Freeware Antispyware Products)
. Further, most people don't understand how to use Spybot's TeaTimer
and that feature can cause more problems than it's worth. TeaTimer monitors changes to certain critical keys in Windows registry
but does not indicate if the change is normal or a modification made by a malware infection. The user must have an understanding of the registry
and how TeaTimer works in order to make informed decisions
to allow or deny the detected changes. If you don't have understanding how a particular security tool works, then you probably should not be using it. Additionally, TeaTimer may conflict with other security tools which do a much better job of protecting your computer and in some cases it will even prevent disinfection
of malware by those tools.
While CCleaner is safe and useful for removing temporary and junk files, I do not
recommend using the built-in registry cleaner unless you have a good understanding of the registry
. In fact, I do not recommend the routine use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:Why you should not use Registry Cleaners and Optimization Tools