Pros Simple,Clean,quick,updates daily
Cons Nothing significant
Summary I have ran spyware doctor 1 year now and have not ever had my computer lock up. It installed quickly. I have installed a secondary spyware program to check to see if it missed anything. It has missed 13 items in 1 year. Most importantly it does not absorb my time dealing with it. It runs in the background without slowing me down noticably.
"Editor's Choice???"on by JohnrC
Pros Too angry to consider
Summary I'm stunned that this app can win "Editor's Choice". I've been saddled with it for over a year. Licensed more than one copy for more than one system (both of which have been upgraded with fresh reinstallation of software... hence, this would not be an isolated incident). It is not clear to me why the process of spyware detection/removal has to take over ones computer... and life.
It's loaded with "functions" under OnGuard. I have had to systematically disable nearly every one due to conflicts with other software on my systems (see other post re: chkdsk as example). In fact, whenever there's a strange problem... apps not working, crashes, freezes, etc. the thing I do first is disable SpyWare Doctor. 99% of the time, the problem is solved.
Tech Support has had me disable their "features" one-by-one. One example is "Process Guard". I remember being told to add conflicting programs to its ignore list. That list became so long that I of course just disabled the "feature".
I try to tweak my systems for optimum performance for extensive multimedia use. But sometimes they will seem to grind to a crawl. Bring up Task Manager and 99% of the time, there's SpyWare Dr. churning away at the top of the CPU hog list.
Even the smallest of things can be a hair-pulling experience. I mean, is it absolutely necessary for it to throw up a large splash screen that WON'T GET OUT OF THE WAY so that you can use your other software? Being a hog, that splash screen seems to be up forever. Guess I'm just memory-challenged, but by the time the splash screen disappears, I've forgotten what I was going to do. Maybe I should start writing things on a piece of paper. Hmmm. Thought that's what my computer was for.
And after all this time you still cannot control/deactivate its sounds. This was acknowledged by their Tech Support and is quite important on my audio processing systems.
It's an "Editor's Choice" over at pcmag.com and maybe it's the same, but I thought I saw it here on C-net with an "Editor's Choice" designation. I could be wrong. But I do wonder why reviews don't seem to care about system, application and resource hogs and conflicts. This is an eye opener. I will certainly rely far less on "editor reviews" from now on. I'll look for other users' opinions.
Pros Seems to take care of most problems
Cons Can't get it to stop taking over IE & takes long to start up
Summary There are far better programs out there. The worst part about this is that it automatically wants to start up with IE and just freezes the screen until its ready to start up. 3 days ago I emailed the company about this and still have not had a reply (not even an acknowledgement). I would never buy this again and I should have went with a re-subscription of Trend Micro Anti Spy which I found to be an excellent program. I also do not like Webroot but at least it has a way to configure it not to take over your computer and start up when you want it to.
Pros easy to use, competent product, I have been
Cons really not any to speak of except the price
Summary easy to use, competent product, I have been
it for more than 2 years and I find it to be trustworthy. I am really writing this to contradict a couple of user comments that are negative to this product. They Are Nuts!!! Only a week user would have bad things to say; sure the free version, like so many others is not a fully operable product, So I say, Break out the $30.00 and find out how it really works. After all, there is a money back guarantee. Also the support people are nice and very helpfull!!
Pros Extremely effective!!
Cons Runs very slow (and I have a Pentium D @ 2.8 with 2GB of RAM)
Summary I originally ran Webroot's Spy Sweeper along with Adaware SE Personal but ended up getting a massive ad/spyware infestation (still not exactly sure how, but it may have been from installing a P2P program). Spyware Doctor is the only other program that consistently rated as high as Spy Sweeper so I got it to alleviate my problem (I was getting porn popups and popups for WinAntivirus and WinAntispyware which are notorious to get rid of).
Spyware Doctor was the only program that was able to rid me of the problem. In that respect, it is a superior program.
However, the interface is not as sleek and user-friendly as Spy Sweeper which is why I still use Spy Sweeper as my full-time guardian while using Spyware Doctor periodically to do full system scans. And despite me having a very fast computer, it runs slow. The average full system scan for me takes about an hour. Sometimes longer. Considering the most effective way to rid yourself of spyware is to run three consecutive scans in safe mode, this is obviously time-comsuming. That (plus the interface) is the only reason I didn't give it a perfect 10.