Counter Spy

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by normishmael, Jan 10, 2009.

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  1. normishmael

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    After reading the thread concerning Counter Spy and Malwarebytes,
    I decided to to try a 15 day trail of Counter Spy.
    I must say this one tempts me to break my vow to never run real
    time anti-spyware any more,and what is even more shocking,is it
    has me on the brink of dragging out the Visa debit card.
    RAM use is low,the program seems to run well with Avira,It is LOADED
    with features,is there anything bad I just have not found yet?
     
  2. AKAJohnDoe

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    I'll download it and see if it will let me trial it (again). As I recall, it was OK back then and I probably would have bought it if I had the need. I am pretty sure that was a prior version, though.
     
  3. EliteKiller

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    Why not post your thoughts in the current thread?

    1) Yearly renewal costs...
    2) Do you really need it?
     
  4. Tarnak

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    As a beta tester since 2005, I have had the use of their product, gratis. I have since switched to Vipre.

    P.S. BTW, I beta test under another nom de plume. :)
     
  5. normishmael

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    I was not quick enough on the draw, the thread turned into a
    pissing contest, and was locked down.

    I doubt that I need it,but I dont need that last piece
    of fried chicken either... but i want it.
     
  6. AKAJohnDoe

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    It looks like that thread was completed.

    The download of CounterSpy is finally done. My DSL is just smokin' today. Sigh.
    http://www.speedtest.net/result/387962247.png
     
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    2 and 3 year subscribtion with discount on an allready inexpensive products is not a downside, the money is an investment...
     
  8. AKAJohnDoe

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    Installed, updated, and ran a full deep scan. CounterSpy found nothing.

    CounterSpy asked me if it could disable Windows Defender, and I let it.

    CounterSpy seems better than MBAM which crashes during a full scan and SAS which detects false positives. I don't know if I need CounterSpy; perhaps ZAAV + Windows Defender is adequate for my purposes. And CounterSpy is a cost item. Nevertheless, CounterSpy has 15 days of trial remaining.
     
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  9. firzen771

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    IMO, for real-time protection, counterspy is one of the best AS apps.
     
  10. Perman

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    Hi,all

    It is a great application, however, the current US$ 19.95/year price may cause trial version users to think twice before signing up.

    Especially during this hard time and a lot of price downward pressure has been generated by its rivals.

    Multi year license with a single year's price may be a good way to go. :)
     
  11. AKAJohnDoe

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    It is kind of difficult for me to say, one way or the other, since I never detect any spyware in real-time or in scans using any of the products.

    Still, CounterSpy installs cleanly, registers itself properly with Windows Security Center, runs without adversly affecting my system, and deinstalls perhaps the cleanest of any product I have ever seen (the only pieces lingering that needed manual cleanup were a couple of hidden device drivers). I did not leave it installed long enough to find out how efficient/inefficient the updating process might be.

    If one is in the market for anti-SpyWare software, everything seems to indicate that CounterSpy is a good choice.
     
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  12. normishmael

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    Yes,it seems like winner from my very limited knowledge.
    I am pretty impressed that is two running process's are at
    2948k and 660k.
    The full scan,at normal priority,did not seem to cause any
    slow up.
    Also for what its worth,it aced the Spycar tests for me as
    well.

    PS AKAJohnDoe, Did the free MBAM key turn up?https://www.wilderssecurity.com/images/icons/icon10.gif
     
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  13. AKAJohnDoe

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    Oh, do you think it might still? I'll leave the light on.
     
  14. egghead

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    I'm trialing counterspy for a couple of days now and I think it is very good and professional AS :thumb: . It is running light on my rig and causes no problems with my other security software.

    Beside AS prevention/detection it has some other goodies. I like very much the HIPS component in this proggie. It is very simple to use. For those who think SSM/MD is too difficult for them or are not interested in learning these programs, here is an alternative (however, it is not in the same league as the aforementioned programs). What I miss is an allow once/block once button.

    I think the company must do something about the advice "make sure there is no other real-time protection software running, this includes AV applications" during installation of active protection. They shoot themselves in the foot with this. Perhaps an idea to communicate clearly to uncheck "files when they are opened and copied" in the active protection settings (when running other real time proggies).

    I have infected deliberately my machine with the latest rogue AV I know. CS detected and removed the sucker without problems.

    The company is pushing their other product, Vipre. I wonder whether counterspy will be available as a standalone program in the future.
     
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  15. Fly

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    Since the first time I tried version 3 there have been significant changes.
    (real-time) may cause problems if you use an AV, I tried it but noticed differences between subsequent versions of Counterspy 3, even if it doesn't cause a problem now, it may cause a problem later. For example, slowdowns.

    And as a downside, I haven't seen any decent/good comparative reviews.
     
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    That's an advantage : now you can test the program yourself and experience how effective this AS is.

    Bin the review$ ;)

    BTW no problems here with the combi F-prot & CounterSpy when both running active protection; also the combi
    F-prot, CounterSpy & SSM works flawlessly.
     
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  17. Fly

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    But I never catch viruses/spyware ! So how would I know ? :D
     
  18. egghead

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    Why are you then interested in comparative reviews ?
     
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    comparative reviews might not be all that accurate, but they also provide info OTHER than just detection, they give you a nice little brief outline of the program which i find always nice informative.
     
  20. Fly

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    Because I like to have some antimalware software on my computer that can protect me in case some malware shows up ! :rolleyes:
     
  21. egghead

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    but, eh...........

    you allready have AM software on your pc that works effectively for you o_O : " I never catch viruses/spyware".

    It seems to me that you are going after comparative review$ when your security setup fails and are looking for effective AM software.

    This "logic" goes beyond me.
     
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    Tests don't show everything, you have to see if it works well on your computer, especially since you "never catch viruses/spyware" anyway.
     
  23. JRCATES

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    Good point :thumb:

    I'd really like to see Sunbelt offer a deal comparable to what Agnitum has offered customers for Outpost. For a short period of time, offer a lifetime license. I'd definitely purchase one, as I believe that CounterSpy might currently be the best anti-spyware app on the market.....
     
  24. egghead

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    Not a good point at all ;) : 5 minutes ago I have bought CS.

    Look, for $ 19,95 (= < 5,5 cents a day) you can use a superb program the whole year long. Price is a steal.
    I bet you can not even get drunk for that money in Florida (nor where I live).

    Don't get fooled by these so called "lifetime licenses". It is about the lifetime of that company and not your lifetime. And for many this will be a very short lifetime (I'm referring to these companies). Sunbelt is a very good company and makes very good software; they will be around for years to come.

    I don't like these "lifetime licenses", people/companies need incentive$ to stimulate them. That's how it works in the real world.
     
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    Just lol:D
     
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