I've come across the name on this forum frequently, and I checked the website in question. I noticed that for real-time protection it uses 'shields'. The Spy Sweeper also uses 'shields'. Are they (somewhat) similar ? How effective ? The Spy Sweeper has fallen out of favor, would anyone recommend Spyware Terminator as a replacement ? (Does it have similar functionality ??) It is also free, which makes me suspicious. Webroot's technical support is bad, for me they have crossed the line regarding data collection, a reason why I won't update (except signatures) to 'beyond' version 5.5.7.