Name: Spyhunter 4
Publisher: Enigma Software
Free Trial? Yes
Spyhunter 4 is a very powerful spyware and malware detection and removal tool published by Enigma software. Packing advanced features into an easy to use interface, it allows the average computer user excellent protection against spyware infections. How does this program stack up and what features does it have? Read on for our full review!
Spyware and malware: these words are used to describe programs that sneak onto your computer and either steal your data, “trick” you into buying fake software, or hijack your internet browser to display sales pages. Basically these annoying programs are trying to get your money or direct you into buying things. They are slightly different than viruses, which are just programs that destroy data and cripple your computer. In most cases, spyware and malware won’t cripple a computer or delete data, but it will mess with your settings and compromise the safety and security of your data. For this reason, spyware could potentially be more dangerous than viruses.
The best way to fight against these threats is to install and use software that has been designed to provide every defense possible. Usually that means active protection intended to stop these things from installing themselves before they succeed. Spyhunter 4 is designed from the ground up to prevent the installation of malware and spyware.
Spyhunter 4 Features
For this Spyhunter 4 review we checked out all the different features the software has to offer. This tool is one of the more advanced anti-spyware software tools available on the market. It has advanced rootkit protection. For those that aren’t in the know, rootkits are malicious files that use encrypted data to embed themselves deep in your computer, often able to evade traditional means of detection. There are new rootkits created daily, typically exploiting holes in security in your browser and even antivirus software.
Advanced Rootkit Protection: Since rootkits can be difficult or impossible to remove once on your PC, it’s important to stop their installation before it happens. This is where Spyhunter 4 comes in; its proprietary software design enables it to detect a rootkit installation attempt, stop the intrusion, and even reboot Windows if necessary to complete the removal.
This is an excellent part of Spyhunter. Rootkits are basically pieces of code that masquerade as critical Windows system files, and hackers use them to “hide” malware on your system and make it difficult or nearly impossible to get rid of (Windows doesn’t like to remove or alter things it thinks are system files while it is running).
Compact OS: This program utilizes a compact OS which allows your computer to be rebooted without Windows in order to remove the malware – this is necessary as in order to remove the rootkit properly you can’t remove the file while Windows boots as sometimes the rootkits use the same files that Windows is using. This compact OS method is one of the best ways to prevent and remove these problems.
Scanning Features: Spyhunter 4 has a scanning feature that you can employ when you first install it; if you suspect you have malware on your computer, you can download the trial version and scan your PC for free. If you do indeed have malware you can then buy the program to remove it. This is typical for most software in this genre. Unfortunately the program is not free, as it does employ a full time team of experts who continually update the software to protect you from the latest threats that unfortunately arise constantly.
Personal Expert Analysis: One of the greatest features of this program is the fact that if the software is unable to remove the rootkit or malware for some reason, a team of experts is on hand to remotely analyze your computer and help you out. This is a step ahead of most anti-malware programs on the market. This is a huge feature as most programs will not provide this level of support. The team of techs at Enigma will customize an approach for your personal spyware issue.
Other features include constant updates for new threats, great customer support, a very easy to use interface, and a money back guarantee.
Spyhunter In Use
We downloaded and ran Spyhunter 4 on our Windows 7 64bit operating system to see how it would work. The download and install was a breeze, and the interface upon first running the program was quite easy to understand. We did a full system scan to see what the software would find. We did not expect it to find much, as we have Norton 360 running in the background all the time. However, to our surprise, Spyhunter detected a bunch of spyware on our PC. Mostly it was adware designed to sniff out our browsing preferences.
We were able to clear out test PC of a number of different spyware cookies and programs that our Norton Antivirus had not detected nor tried to remove. Overall the whole process was quite smooth and easy to manage. The entire scan of the computer took a while since our PC had been around for a couple years and had accumulated quite a few files. You’re given an option to scan the entire PC or just sensitive parts – we scanned the entire computer to be thorough, and we suggest that if you use this software that you scan the entire computer as well on your first run.
We think that Spyhunter 4 is a great tool for people who need to get rid of difficult to remove spyware and malware, or who just want active protection of their computer. These days you can’t be too careful: cyber crime is on the rise every day. Spending a small amount to protect yourself is a good idea.
We also encourage users to check the small print on the order pages as sometimes this software is bundled with a program called RegHunter. While this could be useful for some users, you may not want it. Also, Spyhunter works on a semiannual subscription basis, just like many other software tools such as Norton and McAfee.
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