Just like with anti-virus programs...there is no universal "one size fits all" solution
that works for everyone and there is no single best anti-malware
solution to supplement your existing security protection. Every vendor's lab and program scanning engine is different. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses and they often use a mix of technologies to detect and remove malware. Please read:
Here are links to BC polls:
The more effective security scanners to supplement your anti-virus are Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
and Emsisoft Anti-Malware
If you use Malwarebytes Premium, there really is no need to use SUPERAntiSpyware Pro. I recommend just using SUPERAntiSpyware Free
as a separate stand-alone on-demand scanner
. The free version does not provide real-time protection, auto-Scanning, auto-updates or scheduled scanning so there is no need for it to run at startup and waste system resources. However, it does offer technology to deal with some rootkit infections so it gives you another tool to use for a second opinion
or in the event of malware infection where some of your tools may be disabled.Advanced SystemCareFree
is a suite of protection, performance and privacy tools by IObit. It provides basic protection from security threats, basic system optimization and auto clean for privacy security when logging on. Optimization includes a registry cleaner that purports to improve performance, make repairs and tune up a computer.Advanced SystemCare PRO
is a more comprehensive optimization suite by IObit with additonal features to include enhanced malware protection, system tuneup, deep registry cleaning, an Internet booster and an assortment of "Smart Tools" for computer maintenance.Advanced SystemCare Ultimate
incorporates the same comprehensive optimization suite with additional security protection which includes BitDefender antivirus technology and the IObit anti-malware engine.
The optimization and performance improvement claims made by such software vendors are borderline scams
. There is no statistical evidence
to back such claims. Advertisements to do so are a marketing ploy intended to goad users into using an unnecessary and potential dangerous product. I would not trust any results
such programs detect as problematic or needing repair nor recommend using the options to fix them. For other user comments...read iOBit Advanced System Care, Good or Bad
Further, these types of junk optimization programs are often considered Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs)
so they may be detected or even removed by some security scanners which specifically look for PUPs and adware. IOBIT was placed into the Installers Hall of Shame
for bundling toolbars.
Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons.
Why you should not use Registry Cleaners and Optimization Tools
Be sure to read Microsoft's support policy for the use of registry cleaning utilities
in that topic...Microsoft does not support the use of registry cleaners.