SAS is a great program to have and I use it frequently as a manual sweeper. It does an excellent job in finding all kinds of malware.
But one thing I have discovered is the rather misleading claim that it protects you from having your Homepage hijacked. I fell for it, but it did not take long before I found out exactly what this Homepage protection actually means.
I use Chrome as my default browser, with Firefox as an occasional standby. I do not use FF much.
Of course I do have IE as a legacy of Windows. I almost never use IE and it is just a "dead" icon on my desktop.
I have a different Homepage for all these 3 browsers. After quite a lot of testing in changing Homepages and the SAS URL insert box, it is conclusive to me that SAS only protects an IE Homepage change, when it brings an alert panel up saying that an attempt is being made to change the IE Homepage. Fair enough for IE, a browser I almost never use.
With Chrome and Firefox, SAS does absolutely nothing. So hijackers can change my Chrome and Firefox Homepages at will, but IE, the browser which is never used is protected. Big deal.
WinPatrol - the little Scottie dog is also exclusively devoted to IE and does not bark when my other browser Homepages are changed.
There are many highly popular programs which concentrate on IE as their reference browser and completely ignore other browsers. Obviously they are all old programs that have never been updated and modernized to accept the variety of browsers we have today. Every one of these programs should detect and use the default browser as of course some programs do.
Edited by Beaker77, 03 August 2014 - 03:31 PM.