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Spyware Terminator – Free Spyware Removal and Protection Program

by James 22 May 2009 6 Comments

This is a guest post by PC Memoirs.com, please visit their blog for very useful software news and troubleshooting advice. If you want to write a guest post that will be published on FreewareMission.com please contact me.

 

Before I tested Spyware Terminator, I had used Ad-Aware and Spybot Search & Destroy to fight spyware in my PC, with mixed results. One day I decided I needed a more powerful program. I was looking for great detection rates, fast scanner, multiple cleaning options and real time protection that can be turned on and off. I compared opinions of users and expert reviews of various programs, both free and for purchase, and I concluded that Spyware Terminator is the program I wanted. It is free, it doesn’t take long to download and it is recommended by many home users and experts.

I downloaded Spyware Terminator and scanned my 120GB hard drive in a few minutes. It found several infections that previous programs were not unable to detect. Removing them was an easy job.

In my opinion, Ad-Aware Personal edition was not that great and Spyware S&D, although having a great detection rate, was very slow and the scan took too long to complete.

Spyware Terminator is great in every way. It is fast, it detects most spyware and includes real time protection that can be turned off. Once threats have been detected, it explains the seriousness of those threats and gives you options to remove them rather than doing everything by itself. You can select which ones you want to remove or if you don’t care, remove all threats easily with a single click.

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I was quite annoyed by the constant pop ups from Spyware S&D real time protection and wanted a new program that had this option but with the possibility to turn it off. Spyware Terminator’s real time protection can be disabled if you don’t want it, although I recommend you use it for obvious security reasons.

Spyware scan includes 3 options: fast and basic spyware scan, a full scan and a custom scan. You can also schedule periodic spyware scans.

Spyware Terminator includes free support and it is licensed for home and commercial use.

Most user reviews and ratings are excellent and very good with very few complaints. You can find some here.

In conclusion, I can say that it’s a very good free antispyware program but it may not be the best as I haven’t tried all of them. There will always be programs that are better at something. But Spyware Terminator gives very good protection against spyware, fast scan, easy removal and best of all, it’s FREE! 🙂

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  • Ian said:

    Forgot to mention this: “you FORCED to install the toolbar even when using Advanced set-up, which is normal to leave certain items out. It also means, that the Crawler toolbar is exempt from their spyware definitions , which would be automatically crippled if installed by certain other programs.” and “Between the installing of the toolbar trickery and seems to lack finding half the stuff. I much prefer a-squared and SuperAntiSpyware now. Seems a spyware remover lasts 2-3 years, then you have to find the new kid on the block to get a solid program.”
    The program looks solid except for the toolbar flaw.

  • pcmemoirs said:

    Thanks for publishing my post Johnny. @ Ian – I don’t know about the toolbar because I’m not using it. Since I disabled the real-time protection, I scan my hard drive for spyware once a week and then turn it off again. I haven’t installed any toolbars. I agree that you have to substitute spyware removal tools with other, better programs eventually. This one is great considering it’s free.

  • yemrev said:

    Full scan resulted in a totally frozen computer and the toolbar was installed against my will!
    No thanks, i’ll stick to spybot and ad-aware.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    I’m happy that the first guest post started such a debate 🙂 My favorite freeware antispyware program is SuperAntiSpyware, I’ve been using it for almost a year no and it has done its job perfectly.

  • pcmemoirs said:

    I’m always looking for better programs. However, SuperAntispyware is free only if you download the personal edition, with limitations. I was wondering if it protects your PC just as well as the Pro version?
    @yemrev – it was to expect that Spyware Terminator wouldn’t work well on every machine. You must be one of the unlucky ones. I am also annoyed by toolbars that install without your permission.

  • Dale from www.freewarespywareremovalsite.com said:

    There are so many products available on the market, I tend to read through all the comments and then make my decision which one to choose.

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