Spyware Doctor Detection?

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  1. Someone

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    Hi

    I know most people in this forum dislike Spyware Doctor (and Spy Sweeper) because of their automatic renewal policy, relatively bad support, bloat, more expensive, etc.

    But is it actually bad in terms of protection? Has there been any tests on it?

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  2. PiCo

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    As long as detection is concerned I have found it to be good when I once installed and scanned with the 5th version of Spyware Doctor.

    I can't tell for removal though, cause I had a BSoD right after the scan was finished. Sad story from there on :(

    Version 6 could be perfect, but I'm traumatized and won't touch it :ninja:
     
  3. Someone

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    Hi

    So the detection is good?

    Thanks
     
  4. Perman

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    Hi,

    most users are shy away from SpySweeper and Spyware Doctor have similar reasons as users of Big SUV or Trucks---they are all in the same class---huge system resources burden.

    They should, IMO, at least look at SAS for any guidance.
     
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    i think and i said this cause i use(trial)both,that they are good at cleaning up
    and blocking malware the only thing negative about those two is that make my laptop slow,maybe cause i need more memory to run the 2 bigzillas:thumb: otherwise they are very good at blocking and cleaning up the bad stuff.
     
  6. Someone

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    Hi

    I know they both use a lot of resources. I also know that SAS is very good and use it myself.

    The question I was asking was: in terms of protection only, is Spyware Doctor still a good product?

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    my opinion is yes is still good and you know they are working hard to fight againts the bad guys but they have to keep up
     
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    IMO if you use an AV with good spyware detection you don't need to waste your money in Spy Sweeper or Spyware Doctor, you may use SAS on demand, because it's very light and finds almost everything that the good av may miss. And, it's even a good idea purchasing it, since you get a Lifetime License.
     
  9. Someone

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    Hi

    I mean disregarding the money factor, in terms of protection are they still adequate?

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    spyware doctor: From the tests it is getting good results, bu the last time I used it it (last month) it displayed an incredibly huge amount of threats, in reality there were cookies, and some false positives ( it even detected as Trojan Downloader a program a friend of mine made in Visual basic used to download all the images of a webpage to a folder).

    about spy sweeper: don't know, was so bloated that I immediately removed it
     
  11. Someone

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    Hi

    That's what I find so strange. All the tests I've seen (only a few) all seem to say Spyware Doctor is good, yet Wilders doesn't seem to like it at all.
     
  12. Fly

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    Aside from the business ethics of the company, and the latest (or another) version of the Spyware Doctor possibly being destructive (like causing crashes, loss of internet connectivity, problems culminating in having to reinstall the OS and your software and data) it probably misses a lot that it shouldn't miss in terms of active (real-time) protection. I used to find spyware/adware all the time when version 3 or 4 were still 'good'.

    Since there is no NEED to use Pctools' software, why would you ?
     
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    when you say no need to use pctools'software do you also refer to threatfire?
     
  14. Fly

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    I don't really know Threatfire. But surely one can do without ;)
     
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    i agree,it is not big deal anyway.
    note:my own experience.
     
  16. Someone

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    Hi

    That's why I'm confused. In the tests I've seen, Spyware Doctor gets very good scores.

    There's no need to use any software.:)
    But I was just curious. I do not plan to use Spyware Doctor on my own computer any time soon.

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    IMHO, ThreatFire is one of the best "smart" behavioural blockers, so it does not have constant alerts.
     
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    PCmag says they tested it. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2326198,00.aspThey say it's their favorite antispyware app.
     
  19. emperordarius

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    CNET did some tests too, in fact the Editor's review was closer to reality:

    In another test in CNET:

    It obtained a 6.3/10 rating. Doesn't seem that good to me. And I guess that many users dislike the product, considering the average 3/10 user rating int the CNET review and lots of other bad reviews in Download.com
     
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    Lifetime License ? Maybe we should question the duration of 'life' :rolleyes:
     
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    You can't really rely on the (electronic) magazines. Testing is often mediocre (and funded by the company that makes the product!).
     
  22. emperordarius

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    Let's say a lifetime license at lower price:D
     
  23. Edwin024

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    I have the SAS lifetime license since somewhere in 2006.. That's almost three years now. Good enough already, isn't it?
     
  24. Someone

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    Hi

    I think you're right.

    Thanks for all the responses!
     
  25. GES/POR

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    Look the main reason Wilders peeps don't use the most famous progs is that they r the most bypassable by malware. Also they use much more resources and sometimes unnecisary features to get less done then some underdog competitors who like to keep things simple but effective at a lower price.

    Last time i used SD max tweaked it showed hundreds of fp's! In my book that seems rogue at least to me.
     
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