Spyware Terminator 3.0.0.82

4.0 out of 5 stars 4.0 (664 votes)

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Windows 2000/9x/Server 2003/XP / Freeware / 86,565 downloads

Spyware Terminator will effectively remove spyware, adware, trojans, keyloggers, home page hijackers and other malware threats even dangerous threats like WebRebates, Look2Me, BetterInternet, VX2, and CWS. It is easy to use, requires minimal PC resources and has ultra fast scanning speed. Protect your computer with powerful real-time protection shield, advanced system scanning and safe quarantine for found spyware. Scan your computer manually or schedule full system sweeps. Perform in-depth scans of your computer's hard drives, memory, process, registry and cookies to seek out and remove all known spyware threats. Real-Time Protection guards your computer, privacy, and personal information.

Reviews of Spyware Terminator

  1. 5 out of 5 stars
    Jezevecek

    Reviewing 3.0.0.80 (May 29, 2013)

    They made huge improvement and this app is actually good. It got regular updates, resident shield, usefull tools and not slowing PC at all. Scans are pretty quick. There is still something to improve, but they are on good way.

  2. 1 out of 5 stars
    stephenstud

    Reviewing 3.0.0.74 (Jun 22, 2012)

    Sorry, just crap....

  3. 1 out of 5 stars
    fast777

    Reviewing 3.0.0.69 (May 29, 2012)

    THIS IS IN FACT SPYWARE... VIA CRAWLER..... YEP...!!!!! NEVER EVER INSTALL THIS FRAUD OF AN APP......... TOTAL FRAUD AND SCAM..... JUNK TIMES 100........ YEP..... PURE SH*T...........

  4. 1 out of 5 stars
    gatorfan95

    Reviewing 3.0.0.69 (Mar 28, 2012)

    After a couple of years of not using this in favor of malwarebytes, I decided to give it another shot......all I can say is bleh. I removed it almost as soon as I ran it. Of course, as with all of the previous versions, getting it uninstalled is still a major chore. I should have known better. Same old junk software

  5. 1 out of 5 stars
    Input Overload

    Reviewing 3.0.0.61 (Feb 27, 2012)

    The download site was blocked by Malwarebytes.. Intriguing to say the least.

  6. 5 out of 5 stars
    bobad

    Reviewing 3.0.0.50 (Nov 24, 2011)

    Excellent scanner. Doesn't miss anything, runs unobtrusively with a small memory footprint. You can choose to opt out of the Crawler Tool Bar. Nice GUI, options are easy to find.

  7. 4 out of 5 stars
    asaenz

    Reviewing 3.0.0.45 (Sep 28, 2011)

    I'm using an older version, which I like, but I'm afraid to update because newer programs tend to be bloated and interfere with smooth uninterrupted system performance, and obscuring my screen with advertisements or soliciting. Would be nice if it only updated needed portions similar to good AV programs. Have also used one of their other products called System Protect and liked it but don't really need it.

  8. 1 out of 5 stars
    Input Overload

    Reviewing 3.0.0.43 (Sep 5, 2011)

    I would have to be burnt at the stake & boiled for soup to install this. BTW me not had any um virus in last two years. Me um no excited when I saw this piece of junk. Install it if you want, just don't think it's easy to uninstall.

    BTW:- PankajTTT's only post, I smell something fishy.

  9. 5 out of 5 stars
    PankajTTT

    Reviewing 2.8.1.188 (Nov 20, 2010)

    Hi

    I m searching a realtime protection for free but clam dont support it.
    I was excited when i see that i can have it with Spyware Terminator .

    From Last 2 years i m using it.
    all Virus are cleared,when i put any infected usb it clears it.
    it can provide good modes like install , game ,deny modes.
    u can switch modes easily.
    I can run it in my laptop without any slow performance.

    ClamAV Virus Databases:
    main.cvd ver. 53 released on 14 Nov 2010 09:58 :0500 (sig count: 846214)
    daily.cvd ver. 12283 released on 19 Nov 2010 00:41 :0500 (sig count: 6474)
    bytecode.cvd ver. 91 released on 15 Nov 2010 15:13 :0500 (sig count: 15)
    safebrowsing.cvd ver. 25090 released on 09 Nov 2010 13:45 :0500 (sig count: 607109)

    Its not bad at all.
    some guy says about crwaler toolbar.
    yes its bore me so when installing u are prompted to not to install it just select no.

    however automatic update process is resource hog , i manually update daily.

    We even use it on our friends cyber cafe & its the only cyber cafe where u dont get any virus in ur usb/system.

    This IS BEST EVER FREE SPYWARE & ANTIVIRUS Program i found.

  10. 4 out of 5 stars
    vailr

    Reviewing 2.8.0.1 Beta (Jul 13, 2010)

    The splash screen during installation shows version 2.6.0.0, but afterwords the actual version is 2.8.0.1.

  11. 1 out of 5 stars
    Floodland

    Reviewing 2.8.0.1 Beta (Jul 10, 2010)

    Spyware terminator which actually INSTALL spyware by default (crawler toolbar)... Need to say more? I do not think so.
    Even if you can avoid it using advanced setup options, the program should help to AVOID spyware: Zero credibility.

    Common sense is the less common of the senses..

  12. 5 out of 5 stars
    bobad

    Reviewing 2.7.2.125 (May 26, 2010)

    I think this is the best free, stand-alone AS program out there. You can set it loose or tight as you wish. I like it a little loose, so I won't get dozens of alerts. Be deliberate while installing it, because it has an option to install the Crawler Toolbar, which in my opinion is unnecessary. Otherwise, it's a great real time AS scanner, fast and unobtrusive. It's best used with a stand alone AV scanner and firewall. I wish Crawler would come up with a complete secuirty suite like the Comodo Internet Security Suite, which is also free.

  13. 1 out of 5 stars
    JML

    Reviewing 2.7.1.623 (May 12, 2010)

    Whenever a software vendor makes their product almost impossible to remove it becomes MALWARE... Spyware Terminator does not follow the Microsoft rules for product removal and is INTRUSIVE... I have lost many hours eliminating this INFECTION from CRAWLER.

  14. 4 out of 5 stars
    bellgamin

    Reviewing 2.6.8.101 Beta (Mar 25, 2010)

    ST (Spyware Terminator) is a VERY good, broad-spectrum anti-malware application. I have rated it "4" instead of "5" only because it is a trifle heavy on CPU usage.

    In this arena, there are *somewhat better* choices, but none of them are free. I will name just 2 examples of ST's NON-free competitors:

    1- A-squared (slightly heavier than ST)

    2- Online Armor + (Somewhat lighter than ST. Uses the top-tier Ikarus AV + firewall + HIPS. If you have $$ to spend, this is the cream of the broad-spectrum crop. But ST is 90% as good, & it is a freebie!)

  15. 5 out of 5 stars
    argybee

    Reviewing 2.6.7.125 Beta (Feb 17, 2010)

    People shouldn't rate software down because it was the wrong choice for their purpose. To get AV/Spyware protection real-time there MUST be something loaded all the time. Claims re slowing the machine should be verified that this package is the cause. I have NO performance issues on my 10 year old 1Ghz P3 laptop! I have regularly checked out the freeware offerings on this subject and this package is one of the best total solutions around. Too many who don't now what they're talking about in here. It's just a pity the reviewers don't get reviewed so we could all put these comments into perspective. If you really want top av/spyware protection guaranteed then use Linux or similar because Windows is your problem.

  16. 1 out of 5 stars
    emanresU deriseD

    Reviewing 2.6.7.125 Beta (Feb 17, 2010)

    OK first of all, the Services applet is not a "task manager". Secondly, it makes no sense to deride people who wish to use the software as it was designed and intended. So, you say the software is bearable when you manually disable some of its main features? Wow--you ARE a computing god!

  17. 4 out of 5 stars
    AmpFeare

    Reviewing 2.6.6.196 (Feb 3, 2010)

    you guys need to quit being noobs. learn to open services.msc task manager and the startup tab in ccleaner, resource hog.....plz

  18. 1 out of 5 stars
    CyberDoc999

    Reviewing 2.6.6.196 (Jan 28, 2010)

    If you enjoy a very slow computer install this
    my specs
    3 ghz dual core
    3 gigs ram

  19. 1 out of 5 stars
    ecvogel

    Reviewing 2.6.4.165 (Nov 17, 2009)

    Could not get the updater out of memory. I want nothing loaded all the time. I use it for rare scans and use NIS to be the resident program.

  20. 1 out of 5 stars
    CyberDoc999

    Reviewing 2.6.3.592 Beta (Nov 5, 2009)

    getting too bloated

  21. 1 out of 5 stars
    nilst2006

    Reviewing 2.6.2.456 (Oct 14, 2009)

    Have read somewhere that this is a spyware...it sneak in a toolbar (=spyware behaviour), it say it detects stuff but it never remove it. Pure crap ! I recommend Spybot S&D 1.6.x, Malwarebytes Antimalware Free (latest version), A-Squared Free 4.5.

  22. 2 out of 5 stars
    CyberDoc999

    Reviewing 2.6.0.110 (Sep 12, 2009)

    Spyware Terminator totally messed up my computer running Beyond TV
    even after telling it that Beyond TV was OK to run .... Beyond TV refused to run with Spyware Terminator installed ... the really bad part was that even after I un-install Spyware Terminator Beyond TV still refused to run.... I had to re-format the computer for Beyond TV to work again.........
    Spyware Terminator made to the hall of shame

  23. 3 out of 5 stars
    mfarmilo

    Reviewing 2.6.0.110 (Aug 26, 2009)

    Just did a test install, and after ticking advanced install I did indeed see an option whether to install the toolbar. Tickbox is labelled 'Enable Web Security Guard Toolbar (Recommended)'. If this is unticked, you do not get the crawler toolbar. Obviously some of the posters below need to read what they're clicking 'next' to before saying they haven't been asked things.

    Protection is pretty good, but I've often seen the scan miss things I knew were on the machine. The resident shield is quite good, but not much use for the average user as it generates too many queries with very little provocation. Many average users end up either clicking yes or no all the time, both of which can be just as harmful. By average user I mean the majority I come across who immediately describe themselves as knowing very little about computers. To get the best out of this program requires quite a high skill level, but in the right hands should be very effective.

  24. 5 out of 5 stars
    slinkys_delsol

    Reviewing 2.6.0.110 (Aug 26, 2009)

    I have been using this for years and even with this update, I was not "Forced" to install anything.

    If you do the "Advanced Settings" button @ the start of the install, it lets you choose what you want and don't. You should always do a "Advanced / Custom" setup with ANY software package you install.

    Also use the Direct / Offline version of this Install:
    http://dnl.spywaretermin...areTerminator_Setup.exe

    It's still an effective tool and gets: *****

    And NO "Some Guy" I am no programmer. If fact I am a Desktop Admin that in my 15+ years doing this have learn that becasue a Toolbar is now part of the install does not clarify it as an "Update".

    The Crawler NEVER installs under the Advanced Setup. If you open ST and click that you want "Real Time Protection" and tell it you want it "Enabled" then it will start to download the installer. By Default, the Offline Package (Link above) does NOT include these features as default. You most likely used the Installer provided here which is the "Idiot Proof" one for people that can't be bothered with making their own decisions.

    Uninstall the version you have an use the Offline Installer (Link Above)

  25. 1 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing 2.6.0.110 (Aug 26, 2009)

    I will have to agree with the guy below me. While the program it's self is very good you loose my vote. Their is no option not to install Crawler, and their is no option to uninstall the Crawler after it's installed. back to the Loch with you Nessy
    ----slinkys_delsol and you must be one of the programmers but even under advance settings their is NO option not to install Crawler

  26. 1 out of 5 stars
    Aegis69

    Reviewing 2.6.0.110 (Aug 26, 2009)

    I'd prefer not to be forced to install Crawler, thanks.

  27. 5 out of 5 stars
    Jammerdelray

    Reviewing 2.5.7.140 (Jun 10, 2009)

    I decided to give Spyware Terminator a chance and giving it another review. Turns out this release is very good, comes with HIPS and tons of options for geeks, detection seems much better.

  28. 5 out of 5 stars
    Badger Kvido

    Reviewing 2.5.7.140 (Jun 10, 2009)

    Very good idea - free antispy and free antivir. Good real time protection and big malware database.

  29. 5 out of 5 stars
    bobad

    Reviewing 2.5.7.140 (Jun 9, 2009)

    Best Freeware solution by far. Does the job well. Quick, efficiet, and clean, provided you choose not to install the "Web Security Guard" tool bar component.

  30. 4 out of 5 stars
    dhry

    Reviewing 2.5.7.140 RC (Jun 4, 2009)

    SuperAntiSpyware freeversion doesn't provide realtime protection, so forget it. This program may not have gotten better lately, but it's still the best program of it's type if you're not interested in paying anything for acceptable spyware protection. If you are interested in paying, get Malwarebytes.

  31. 5 out of 5 stars
    anthony_

    Reviewing 2.5.7.140 RC (Jun 4, 2009)

    Best free antispyware product! I think this is the only one free antispyware with resident shideld, which includes also HIPS (check for new executables).

  32. 5 out of 5 stars
    Deviant79

    Reviewing 2.5.7.140 RC (Jun 4, 2009)

    STerminator is free soft OMG. His Realtime Protection is excellent and HIPS is feature "number ONE" !!! Five stars!
    To Jammerdelray: Super Antispyware have lot of FP and this is really bad!

  33. 2 out of 5 stars
    Jammerdelray

    Reviewing 2.5.7.140 RC (Jun 3, 2009)

    Detection rate is bad, Just did not detect Spyware/Malware other products remove, Super Antispyware trumps this one.Gave 2 stars since there are worse products out there.

  34. 1 out of 5 stars
    Reverb

    Reviewing 2.5.7.140 RC (Jun 3, 2009)

    What was once an excellent freeware spyware scanning/removal utility has now become the utility of futility. Forget the fact that you are forced to install a toolbar that replaces your default search without asking. I'm focusing on the ability to actually remove malware. A full scan now takes HOURS whereas older versions and competing products (Avast, S&D) take about 40 minutes for full scan. When it actually does find something it fails to remove anything (a subsequent scan reveals the same infected file even after reboot). This and another PC would lockup intermittently until Spyware Terminator was removed. No more intermittent lockups.

    Seems ecvogel is correct, spyware removers are good for a couple of years then it's time to find something else. Bye bye Spyware Terminator.

  35. 1 out of 5 stars
    ecvogel

    Reviewing 2.5.6.316 (Mar 26, 2009)

    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.

  36. 3 out of 5 stars
    sirhardi

    Reviewing 2.5.6.316 (Mar 24, 2009)

    I give the nprogram itself a 5 BUT now you arebeing FORCED to install even when using Advanced setup, which is normal to leave certain items out.
    I do NOT intend to run any sort of tthird party item with a specific program function.
    This also means, that the Crawler is excempt from their spyware definitions , which would be automaticallty crippled if installed by ceertain other programs.
    Too bad, i also used this proggie since the start.

  37. 5 out of 5 stars
    tylerhw

    Reviewing 2.5.5.166 (Mar 18, 2009)

    I've been using Spyware Terminator before it was popular, I've yet to have a problem That little toolbar problem, that is IF you decide to install it. The question is why install it if you didn't want it? Like all software (Especially freeware) pay attention to the installer freeware is free because of third party offers and secondary software installers WITH the option of not installing. Other than that, works great, real-time protection, does boot time scanning, works very similar to Comodo Firewall with an install or normal mode. You even have the option of integrating it with ClamAV for a very powerful suite of protection, keep in mind that ClamAV is antivirus and you shouldn't have 2 running at once. 5/5 for still offering great free protection.

  38. 2 out of 5 stars
    dsp_418

    Reviewing 2.5.1.028 (Jan 20, 2009)

    Immediately deleted!
    Install the crawler toolbar both in IE and Firefox.
    The toolbar uninstaller cheats the user with a messy window where the CANCEL button takes the place of the NEXT button!

  39. 5 out of 5 stars
    bobad

    Reviewing 2.5.0.567 (Nov 21, 2008)

    Excellent! Very light, unobtrusive, and effective, (if you say no to the "Web Security Guard"). It keeps you busy for a short training period, but afterward it's mostly quiet. I think it's the best free anti spyware program by far. Try it, I think you'll like it.

  40. 4 out of 5 stars
    pyridox

    Reviewing 2.5.0.567 (Nov 21, 2008)

    This program has come a long way. It keeps getting better. I use a few spyware\adware cleaners, each one finds different objects. The realtime protection is nice, but I usually disable it because it can be a pain.

  41. 5 out of 5 stars
    Hall9000

    Reviewing 2.5.0.567 (Nov 20, 2008)

    Myboy, I just checked through out all the settings that could affect favorites, and the only one I found is a scan called "Favorite Scan." It says it will mark those that could be a problem and you are the one that decides what to do with those. I simply can't see how it could have killed your bookmarks. Could you be more specific about your setting? I've been using it for ever and it never has caused me any problems! By the way, there is this wonderful tool called System Restore.

  42. 5 out of 5 stars
    Jammerdelray

    Reviewing 2.5.0.567 (Nov 20, 2008)

    Very good product. Offering lots of options for advanced users, one of my top 3 free Anti-Spyware Favs.

  43. 5 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing 2.5.0.543 Beta (Oct 8, 2008)

    One of the better ones out their.

    Myboy go back to McCrappys

  44. 5 out of 5 stars
    CyberDoc999

    Reviewing 2.5.0.532 Beta (Sep 20, 2008)

    This is the best of the best!
    note to myboy:
    you have a very low IQ!
    this program did and does nothing that you state!
    your spyware did it!

  45. 5 out of 5 stars
    bobad

    Reviewing 2.5.0.532 Beta (Sep 13, 2008)

    Excellent piece of software. Very effective, very light on resources, and unobtrusive. Just say no to the Web Security Guard, which installs a toolbar. Spyware Terminator is unquestionably the best free AS program out there.

  46. 1 out of 5 stars
    myboy

    Reviewing 2.5.0.532 Beta (Sep 13, 2008)

    I hate this program with a passion!
    1. It deleted all of my bookmarks. Every. Single. One.
    2. It thinks every harmless executable on my friggin hard drive is a threat.
    3. I don't trust it as far as I can throw a baseball
    Now if you excuse me I'm going to go send a
    4. It hogs RAM like crazy
    5. It hogs RAM like crazy
    6. Did I mention it hogs RAM like crazy?

    Now if you excuse me I'm going to go send an angry letter.

  47. 3 out of 5 stars
    McAleck

    Reviewing 2.5.0.532 Beta (Sep 12, 2008)

    Too many false positives, which is sad really, because otherwise it would be a great piece of software

  48. 5 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing 2.3.0.494 (Sep 11, 2008)

    excellent another must have if you run windows.

    improvelence stfu

  49. 5 out of 5 stars
    pep086

    Reviewing 2.3.0.488 (Sep 2, 2008)

    this is awesome for freee soft...
    all the programs bring false positives, if you don't know how to use it just don't.
    i still like this rather than ad-aware or spyware doctor... Just mix this with spybot - and antimalware bytes, and you are done

  50. 1 out of 5 stars
    improvelence

    Reviewing 2.3.0.488 (Aug 26, 2008)

    How about not downloading Spyware, that works even better and doesn't hog valuable system resources. It's not hard. Just don't do it...it's that easy.

  51. 4 out of 5 stars
    Mumoto

    Reviewing 2.3.0.487 (Aug 5, 2008)

    Tipstir: At all times you should have more than one Anti-Spyware software on your computer.

    Just because it's dubbed as anti-spyware, doesn't mean it catches everything.

    Also some Anti-Spyware software are known to find alot of "false-positives" which are not actually spyware at all.

  52. 3 out of 5 stars
    tipstir

    Reviewing 2.2.3.444 (Jul 2, 2008)

    I have to put away 2 stars from my prior post, it's suppose to find spwyare, trojan and I ran PC Tools ThreatFire and it found rouge items that ST had never detected on the system. Like Svdhost.exe was in the registry downloader.bot ST didn't even catch this for month now. ThreatFire found it right away!

  53. 5 out of 5 stars
    tipstir

    Reviewing 2.2.2.438 (Jun 27, 2008)

    Wow! For opensource it really shines. Still have to turn off the HIPS as PC Tools Firewall Plus free does a better job there with code injection protection, when used together. Along with PC Tools Antivirus all 3 uses less RAM. I use to depend on ESET NOD32 with antivirus but that's bad in a bad way. This one does a great job even on Windows Server 2003. The web guard stuff I'll pass on it. Firefox does a better job and ad muncher plus spyware blaster.

  54. 5 out of 5 stars
    Tenoq

    Reviewing 2.2.2.438 (Jun 19, 2008)

    Simply outstanding for a free program. A great way to commence a debug, with AV and spyware scanning. Reasonably light on resources if used as real-time protection, but it has no program white-list so you need to tell it everything yourself.

    For something that performs better than many paid solutions, 5 stars here. It still doesn't catch everything, but NOTHING does.

  55. 5 out of 5 stars
    Tao2005

    Reviewing 2.2.2.438 (Jun 18, 2008)

    Good program to use buddy. Tops Spybot.

  56. 4 out of 5 stars
    bobad

    Reviewing 2.2.2.438 (Jun 18, 2008)

    Great program. The realtime scanner is among the cleanest and best out there. No problems with removing files or folders from the block list as mentioned by beautifuldisaster. 1/2 point off for having extra "stuff" (Web Security Guard) packaged with the AS program. 1/2 point off for not offering to install in a custom folder, which can be a security problem. A portable version would be fantastic!

  57. 3 out of 5 stars
    beautifuldisaster

    Reviewing 2.2.1.433 (May 26, 2008)

    It was good for awhile. But it became too "clever" and started blocking all the essential processes and dll files. I had to manually removed them from the block list and yet it still continued to block them. I have given up on Spyware Terminator. You can use it for scanning your computer, but never ever use the realtime shield.

  58. 5 out of 5 stars
    Letterman

    Reviewing 2.2.1.433 (May 7, 2008)

    It is great. Thought i don't like how they push the Web Security Guard, the ST itself is awesome. The latest version is far superior from the older ones.

  59. 4 out of 5 stars
    bobad

    Reviewing 2.2.1.433 (May 2, 2008)

    Great program. The realtime scanner is among the cleanest and best out there. 1/2 point off for having extra "stuff" (Web Security Guard) packaged with the AS program. 1/2 point off for not offering to install in a custom filder, which can be a security problem. A portable version would be fantastic.

    This release is mostly bug fixes; here's the changelog:

    * improved RTS and scan detection under Vista OS
    -Fixed bug - completing HIPS database building
    -Fixed bug - database path translation OS Vista/XP
    -Fixed bug - shutting down ST while scanning Downloaded Program Files folder
    -Fixed bug - ordering Scan Reports (depends on OS country localization)
    -Fixed bug - cycled starting of ST boot execute utility

  60. 4 out of 5 stars
    fourte3n

    Reviewing 2.2.1.433 (May 1, 2008)

    Love the program but I'm still waiting for the portable version that was promised to be out Q4 2007

  61. 4 out of 5 stars
    echohead

    Reviewing 2.2.1.433 (May 1, 2008)

    an option NOT to install the sp_rsser.exe would be nice (btw it can be manually stopped now). other than that, a nice app to have in my security folder.

  62. 5 out of 5 stars
    Tenoq

    Reviewing 2.2.0.411 (Apr 13, 2008)

    Nothing catches them all, madmike, including the paid solutions. This is an outstanding free anti-spyware app: and when used in conjunction with a couple of others is very effective at cleaning up a machine. It's real-time protection has no brains, but is effective for a knowledgable user to block malware installations.

    Ideally though, you're better off not getting bugged in the first place. Often an infected machine is beyond the skill of your average user to clean thoroughly. Until someone can make a 'kill-all' anti-malware app: don't get bugged!

  63. 3 out of 5 stars
    madmike

    Reviewing 2.2.0.411 (Apr 10, 2008)

    Tis ok for most peeps, but it doesnt catch everythink.

  64. 4 out of 5 stars
    boaz

    Reviewing 2.2.0.355 Beta (Apr 2, 2008)

    Very good. Does a pretty good job removing spyware. I do not run the "realtime" module, rather I use the scan feature. As for a service running, most all of these programs do now, with the exception of Spybot S&D, Ad-Aware has a running service also.

  65. 4 out of 5 stars
    argybee

    Reviewing 2.2.0.355 Beta (Apr 1, 2008)

    This is a very good choice for those without the bucks. I have had no problems stopping and starting their service (using another service manager). On my 7 year old laptop this is important because performance is slightly impaired with real-time protection turned on (including clam av and HIPS). I've had a couple of false positives but they are neatly handled by this program and that's better than letting stuff through. I don't quite agree with their idea of fast scans though - a full scan over 6Gb (including av) = 2 hours. I believe any embedded spyware issues are old-hat and it sure is nice to have anti-spy and av under one roof.

  66. 1 out of 5 stars
    echohead

    Reviewing 2.2.0.355 Beta (Apr 1, 2008)

    the last 2 versions of spyware terminator installs an additional windows service that cannot be stopped. this is unacceptable.

  67. 3 out of 5 stars
    madmike

    Reviewing 2.2.0.355 Beta (Apr 1, 2008)

    Tis ok, but doesnt get everything. But is a gallant effort to help those on no budget;)

  68. 1 out of 5 stars
    Blue Joker

    Reviewing 2.2.0.355 Beta (Apr 1, 2008)

    It was a good program ,
    but adding a service running for it has been a bad bad idea...
    Goodbye .

  69. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.1.1.314 (Mar 28, 2008)

    W32.TDFc' porn dialer is in the program. Now some will swear this is not a spyware or virus but my other security software says differently.

  70. 3 out of 5 stars
    trynow

    Reviewing 2.1.1.314 (Mar 24, 2008)

    Do they have vista version?

  71. 4 out of 5 stars
    pohlman

    Reviewing 2.1.1.314 (Feb 20, 2008)

    Overall, it's a top-notch spyware scanner - and the ability to scan with ClamAV is a nice extra. The real-time scanner is quite heavy on resources but if you want it (I don't), I don't see it being an issue on any but the oldest machines.

    Only complaints: Lots of false positives, and whenever you run it, it sets sp_rsser.exe as an automatic service that I need to remember to turn off. You would think that by not choosing the real-time service this wouldn't happen. Not a big deal, but it strikes me as a bit sloppy.

  72. 5 out of 5 stars
    Blue Joker

    Reviewing 2.1.1.314 (Feb 20, 2008)

    As far as i know you aren't forced to use real time protection...

  73. 1 out of 5 stars
    echohead

    Reviewing 2.1.1.314 (Feb 19, 2008)

    this version crashes under 64-bit XP, due to the new realtime protection that it FORCES you to use: sp_rsser.exe

    until this latest version, i really liked this program.

  74. 5 out of 5 stars
    HeyBlinkin

    Reviewing 2.1.0.313 (Feb 19, 2008)

    tscar13: there is? where?...show me.

  75. 5 out of 5 stars
    Rafel

    Reviewing 2.1.0.313 (Feb 19, 2008)

    What potential spyware?
    Where did you read that?

    I like ST without WSG.
    With AVAST free,ST8without HIPS) COMODO firewall(v3, with HIPS) and BOCLean and SAS free on demand my system is clean always

  76. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.1.0.313 (Feb 18, 2008)

    Be forewarn that this program does contain a potential spyware program that is tied to dial up ISPs

  77. 5 out of 5 stars
    echohead

    Reviewing 2.1.0.313 (Feb 11, 2008)

    avg antispyware's trojan detection technology is the only reason spyware terminator isnt the best anti-spyware app on the market.

  78. 5 out of 5 stars
    MikeDiack

    Reviewing 2.1.0.313 (Feb 11, 2008)

    This is one of the best and most effective tools I've found and it's free. I've been really impressed. I've been using it for just over a year and am very impressed with it's ability to both work preventatively but also to clean up infected machines etc. This seems to handle all the nastys like Smitfraud etc.

    Another thumbs up.

    Mike

  79. 5 out of 5 stars
    fourte3n

    Reviewing 2.1.0.313 (Feb 11, 2008)

    This is no hoax. Been using ist for over a year and it works a charm. There are a lot of poor products but this is the real deal.

    Just waiting for the portable version to come out.

  80. 5 out of 5 stars
    HeyBlinkin

    Reviewing 2.1.0.302 Beta (Jan 30, 2008)

    Im in Vista:
    SpywareTerminator.exe - 8,384KB
    SpywareTerminatorShield.exe - 14,392KB
    sp_rsser.exe - 6,392KB

    Not sure where you are getting your data from us3r, but I think all RAM/CPU problems are solved in this new version.

    Your review looks more like a misinformed review as opposed to an educated one, us3r.

  81. 1 out of 5 stars
    us3r

    Reviewing 2.1.0.302 Beta (Jan 30, 2008)

    @Blue Joker: Insulting me won't change the fact that this is a really bad application. Your review looks more like some commerial spot and not like a solid review of experienced computer user. The only noob I see here is you.

  82. 5 out of 5 stars
    Blue Joker

    Reviewing 2.1.0.302 Beta (Jan 30, 2008)

    People without clue shouldn't write reviews.
    S.T. owns a not excellent graphic interface
    but it detects malicious stuff better than that corpse named adaware or that slow chiwawa named Spybot .
    It offers an antivirus integration with Clamwin ,
    that's quite a good antivirus .
    You without clue shouldn't use it running in background as other noobs do anytime and come to complain for their ram stick 10 dollars worth .

  83. 1 out of 5 stars
    us3r

    Reviewing 2.1.0.285 Beta (Jan 18, 2008)

    Huge resource impact (RAM & CPU Time). Doubtful effectiveness. One of the worst application I've ever used.

  84. 4 out of 5 stars
    Fuzz

    Reviewing 2.1.0.285 Beta (Jan 15, 2008)

    I ran it for the first time just yesterday and it found "Popcaploader",the scanning engine is a bit slow but that to me is not a drawback.Previously I scanned my system with Esset's security suit,AVG antispyware,Spybot S&D and Lavasoft ad-aware 2007.AVG was the only one that traced a high risk threat "Downloader.Agent.fmb,.../system32/svchost.exe" and Spyware terminator the only one that traced "Popcaploader". I must say that before these scans I had to remove a rootkit that AVG anti-rootkit found :Hidden driver,an6phwaj.sys, which other anti rootkit software like "Rootkit Revealer" failed to trace it.
    My opinion is that you definitely can't rely on just one program. Use one for real time protection and "Spyware Terminator" would be just fine for the job , and use as much as you can for scanning the whole system when you suspect that a threat has invaded your security or at your routine scans.Spyware Terminator is a "must have" tool in your arsenal.

  85. 4 out of 5 stars
    bobad

    Reviewing 2.1.0.285 Beta (Jan 13, 2008)

    Good program. Very reliable and stable. Excellent real time scanner. .5 points off because this is the bloatware version that adds a gnarly tool bar to IE and other useless stuff. .5 off because spyware detection is not quite as good as Spybot. The smaller "clean" version will get a 4.5 (rounded to a 5) when it's released.

  86. 2 out of 5 stars
    robmanic44

    Reviewing 2.1.0.285 Beta (Jan 13, 2008)

    The anti-spyware that comes with NOD32 is much better than this program and it isn't beta. It now supports Vista.

  87. 5 out of 5 stars
    MikeDiack

    Reviewing 2.1.0.285 Beta (Jan 12, 2008)

    It's good. I've been using Spyware Terminator since early 2007 and version 2.0 was a big improvement, but had recently had slow down problems (well documented by their forum) both when the machine was scanning and in normal use. I'm happy to say both of those problems seem to be gone in version 2.1

    It looks like a great program has got even better. It really is a good program considering it's freeware. Highly recommended.

  88. 4 out of 5 stars
    wox

    Reviewing 2.0.1.224 (Dec 22, 2007)

    Free, does what it says, but I have no use for it.

  89. 4 out of 5 stars
    sooti

    Reviewing 2.0.1.224 (Nov 2, 2007)

    i use ST along with avast! and stop n go firewall, all the protection u need, with low resource use... best real time anti-spyware protection i think... but they could improve the database... it's not as good in finding spyware as some others

  90. 5 out of 5 stars
    christoofar

    Reviewing 2.0.1.224 (Sep 27, 2007)

    I think Tuna's problem was caused by using Firefox 5.0 (because there is no such thing)
    I am currently running Spyware Terminator & Avast Free Home Edition together (ClamAV stays disabled unless you use it when doing a full scan)and am not seeing any issues.

  91. 5 out of 5 stars
    Tao2005

    Reviewing 2.0.0.193 (Sep 10, 2007)

    I don't care what any one says, after all it's all a personal preference to me. I don't read reviews in magizines, or any other book. I don't even read posts. I do how ever read personal reviews, like what your reading now.

    This program is the bomb. It's a great little program. However some features in this program will clash with other programs. For example: If you run Avast, AVG, or any other Anti-virus software. Do not install clamav. This is what caused tuna's error that he/she got.

    This program in my views, is better then ad-aware, and spybotS&D. I have not had no problems with it, and I have been using this software for years, with out a fault.

    I do use avast, and have tested various viruses with both avast, and clamav. Avast has detected 95% more then clamav has.

  92. 2 out of 5 stars
    tuna

    Reviewing 2.0.0.193 (Aug 31, 2007)

    After running this program on my "back-alley" computer for 3 weeks w/ AVG, I am sad to say it is infected w/ WinAntiVirusPro2000 and ErrorSafe. ST full-scan found NO critical objects, while a fresh Spybot install found a dozen of them. I began my test of this program w/ fresh load of XP Pro(multiple repartitions and formats of drive in DOS), ALL updates applied, browsing w/ Firefox 5.0. Similar scenario w/ AVG, S&D and old Adaware rarely found problems, as reaffirmed by CCleaner, HJT and various Rootkit scanners.

    Not impressed, especially when you consider the sluggishness experienced by this memory hog. Back to S&D, works fine on my other MS rigs. If it's not broke, why fix it?

  93. 5 out of 5 stars
    echohead

    Reviewing 2.0.0.193 (Aug 13, 2007)

    hmm...the guys at castlecops and majorgeeks seem to disagree with pc magazine.

    8MB memory footprint, free, high detection rate, and in my opinion even better than avg/ewido antispyware.

    i use NOD32 antivirus, comodo firewall 2.4, and spyware terminator (among several other small standalone apps) and i havent had any malware on my computer in forever.

  94. 3 out of 5 stars
    dougk2

    Reviewing 2.0.0.187 (Aug 8, 2007)

    I have always suspected that Spyware Terminator was one of the least effective anti-spyware apps in my toolbox. I can't remember the last time it found anything other than a tracking cookie on my system.

    I guess it's not that bad, but still need quite a bit of work according to this new review at PC Magazine:
    http://www.pcmag.com/art...c=PCRSS02129TX1K0000530

  95. 5 out of 5 stars
    HeyBlinkin

    Reviewing 2.0.0.187 (Aug 3, 2007)

    Well TryMedia is "adware". It is on the same level as WhenU and the sort. It is, how should I say, "safe" advertising software which helps make good software free.

    The thing is though, instead of being installed with the software such that when you remove the software the "adware" is removed with it, it is installed separately. So if you remove the software the "adware" remains behind.

  96. 3 out of 5 stars
    Soozy

    Reviewing 2.0.0.187 (Jul 31, 2007)

    Well, I was pleased with this software until this latest build.
    It is now finding TryMedia as Adware and has hosed the license for a game I paid for. I have had to use 2 free renewals to get my game back.

  97. 4 out of 5 stars
    Varsok

    Reviewing 2.0.0.187 (Jul 31, 2007)

    Spyware Terminator is the best free Anti-Spyware Software with just a little competition with Spyware Doctor. ST effectively detects and removes trojans, tracking cookies, worms, and other viruses. For me, it exterminated 2 Trojans AND 7 files containing the remains of it. This software is highly recommended.

    It boasts a strict RealTime Shield protection...
    sometimes too strict

    It blocks simple processes such as an IE component, media players, flash players, other Anti-Spyware Softwares, or AIM.

    Otherwise, this software is magnificent and highly recommended.

  98. 5 out of 5 stars
    bobad

    Reviewing 2.0.0.187 (Jul 31, 2007)

    Simply the best. This release restored the ability to install to a custom folder, among other improvements. Thank you!

    Warning, you may want to avoid this version. Look elsewhere for the much smaller 4.xx MB version, which does not have the "Web Security Guard".

  99. 5 out of 5 stars
    HeyBlinkin

    Reviewing 2.0.0.165 Beta (Jul 30, 2007)

    Are you confusing Spyware Terminator with SpyBot, RaGhul?

    TeaTimer is the name given to SpyBot's realtime guard, which is inferior to Spyware Terminator's realtime protection.

    Im not sure what you are referring to with "finds nothing". The Spyware Terminator RTS has three parts:
    1) Generic RTS which you can find in most commercial apps like SpySweeper. This will detect threats based on the Spyware Terminator definitions
    2) HIPS - this is behavioral and does not require "definitions". It does not define a file as bad or good, just the user has to decide whether the behavior is bad or good.
    3) ClamAV - this is the ClamAV realtime guard which is based off of Clam definitions.

    If you dont have any infections Im not sure how you expect to have the Spyware Terminator realtime shields detect anything.

    Ive been using Spyware Terminator for over a year and the RTS, including HIPS, finds every bad item I have tried to install.

    Seeing as how you havent tested in 3 months, as you said, you should attempt to retest with some malware samples you can find. Make sure to have HIPS enabled :P.

    SpywareWarrior found Crawler to be clean:
    http://www.spywarewarrio...pyware.htm#spyterm_note

    SpywareWarrior never brought up any issue with the toolbar. Also be aware that a version of the Spyware Terminator installation exists without the toolbar install.

    Seeing as how you havent tested the software in three months, you should consider testing it again so you can give it an accurate review.

  100. 2 out of 5 stars
    RaGhul

    Reviewing 2.0.0.165 Beta (Jul 30, 2007)

    It seems that most of the positive reviews for this app stem from 2 things:
    a) It's pretty.
    b) It's TeaTimer runs fast.

    However, these pale in comparison to SpywareTerminator's short-comings:

    1) It's TeaTimer DOES run fast.
    But can anyone verify that it actually FINDS anything? I know everyone's looking for a real-time scanner that does more harm than good, that scans well WITHOUT eating up more resources than the spyware it's supposed to prevent. I would like to see one, too.
    Unfortunately, this ain't it.

    2) The toolbar.
    For those of you who say that Crawler is no longer listed as a suspicious app, you need to read the threads at SpywareWarriors. It's a GREAT site, but admittedly, the navigation and graphics need some updating. When you find the forums I refer to, you'll see that although Crawler is no longer referred to as "BAD", they're still considered shady, and SW are keeping a close eye on ST.

    And this toolbar they've added? Not spyware? I heard it was subsequently removed (after SpywareWarriors refused to name them as "trustworthy" because of it), but still... shady.

    In all honestly, I haven't tried ST in a few months. I've already tried it 3 times in the past and wasn't impressed. And I haven't found anything new to make me want to give it another chance.

    I know what you guys are looking for. I want it, too. Unfortunately, there is no app on the market that has those features yet. But I believe we'll get better results waiting for "trusted" apps to release those features on their own, rather than risking our data to an obviously fake antispyware app.

  101. 5 out of 5 stars
    Tao2005

    Reviewing 2.0.0.165 Beta (Jul 11, 2007)

    Spy Terminator is a good program, don't get me wrong. I use alot of Freeware stuff, and the UI of this product caught my eye. It's a Great UI. Makes for easier navigation.

    I do use multiple AS software. Kinda was satisfied with Ad-aware. Till I heard it's been bloated. So I looked at Spybot, and I have to agree with them it is clunky. ST is the way to go any more, How ever I don't do beta's cause of the horror stories bout them, and I can tell you a few myself.

    I recommend this program before I recommend Ad-Aware.

  102. 5 out of 5 stars
    bobad

    Reviewing 2.0.0.165 Beta (Jul 11, 2007)

    Great AS Program. The realtime scanner is the best by far. The on demand scanner is very fast, and permits custom scans. I trust Spyware Terminator more than any other AS program. Ad-Aware has become bloatware, and Spybot's realtime scanner is clunky. The only Freeware AS program that comes close is Comodo. My only wish for an Explorer shell menu to scan local and network files and folders.

    I do not like the clunky, silly Web Security feature, and do nor recommend selecting to install it.

    I do not like the fact tha ST install does not allow a custom folder. That's a security breech.
    This is a beta, and I'm hoping that will be fixed.

  103. 5 out of 5 stars
    osricson

    Reviewing 1.9.3.142 (Jun 21, 2007)

    I found this program to do as good a job as SpyBot or Adaware -finding infestations these two missed. No program is 100% successful and I always run at least two different programs.
    Yes this program is from a company (Crawler) that did have associations with another company (IBIS) that distributed Spyware, hence their listing in Spyware Warrior's Suspect program section. But if you read carefully they have been de-listed http://spywarewarrior.co...pyware.htm#spyterm_note.

  104. 1 out of 5 stars
    ranma.2

    Reviewing 1.9.3.142 (Jun 18, 2007)

    I agree , as guevara earlier
    says
    please read all the reviews before installing this one
    and
    use a good or recommended program
    and choose one the programs from
    this list:
    Trustworthy Anti-Spyware Products 'You can find it at the buttom of the page
    here
    http://spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm

  105. 5 out of 5 stars
    btman

    Reviewing 1.9.3.142 (Jun 16, 2007)

    Love it... Awesome program, though detection rates need SOME improvement... Its realtime and HIPS is awesome.

  106. 5 out of 5 stars
    mfarmilo

    Reviewing 1.9.3.142 (Jun 14, 2007)

    Excellent program, although the scanner doesn't find as much as Spybotsd for example. But that's the quick scan mode, which takes around 1 minute as opposed to Spybotsd which is 5-10 minutes typically.

    Apparently crawler.com somehow got listed on one of the sites that lists spyware. After 6 months or so it was removed and they have since been given a clean bill of health. However, it seems some people aren't aware of that fact.

  107. 5 out of 5 stars
    HeyBlinkin

    Reviewing 1.9.3.142 (Jun 13, 2007)

    Sinhardi: Odd...I have Acronis TrueImage 10.0 installed. Spyware Terminator didn't alert me of any critical files/entries. Maybe you have an infection?

  108. 3 out of 5 stars
    sirhardi

    Reviewing 1.9.3.142 (Jun 13, 2007)

    I am sorry, but this is NOT ready for primetime.
    This program identifies false items.
    Example
    Acronis true image backup scheduler is marked as critical........absolute false.
    Epson web printer is marked as spyware and on and on.
    Beautiful GUI but thye DB needs definetly more info on which apps are to be considered safe.

  109. 4 out of 5 stars
    Dwarden

    Reviewing 1.9.2.141 (Jun 11, 2007)

    BN should really change theirs 5 start rating to 10 stars or % (100) ...
    anyway for these who constantly repeating that ST is 'badware' please prove it (packet or code analysis etc.) or go away ...

  110. 5 out of 5 stars
    bobad

    Reviewing 1.9.2.141 (Jun 9, 2007)

    Excellent AS program. Ignore the reviews from computer-illiterate people saying ST has spyware. If they were capable of checking, they would find that it's perfectly clean, and always has been.

  111. 1 out of 5 stars
    guevara

    Reviewing 1.9.2.141 (Jun 9, 2007)

    Please read all User Reviews
    before installing this

  112. 5 out of 5 stars
    HeyBlinkin

    Reviewing 1.9.2.141 (Jun 8, 2007)

    These small updates are just to resolve bugfixes that you may or may not be experiencing.

  113. 5 out of 5 stars
    Jegar48

    Reviewing 1.9.2.141 (Jun 8, 2007)

    Getting a bit tired of the constant program updates since they never seem to provide a change log but this is my spyware software of choice. People should use it before deciding it is bad software. Reading the reviews of people who are obviously either computer illiterate or have never used the program then deciding not to try it is pretty silly don't you think?

  114. 5 out of 5 stars
    siryak

    Reviewing 1.9.2.141 (Jun 8, 2007)

    Looks like I was wrong in Crawler being spyware. Ignore my review below I didn't know Crawler was the actual company making the program.

  115. 5 out of 5 stars
    mark.joy

    Reviewing 1.9.2.140 (Jun 7, 2007)

    There's a fair bit of ignorance in a few of these reviews, and some inaccuracies, too. It has NOT been de-listed at Majorgeeks. Here's the download link.
    http://www.majorgeeks.co...e_Terminator_d5242.html

    I've been malware free since installing it, and with only a few relatively minor problems..the occasional FP, problems updating, that sort of thing.

    Those intelligent enough to actually read reviews before trying out software should soon work out who the idiots are.

  116. 5 out of 5 stars
    isaacg

    Reviewing 1.9.2.140 (Jun 6, 2007)

    You can download ST without the Web Security Guard from their website (3.3mB instead of 9.8mB).
    http://www.spywareterminator.com/dnl/landing.aspx
    And the Crawler registry entries are because the company is Crawler, LLC. Quit the base-less bashing of a good free tool.

  117. 5 out of 5 stars
    compstuff

    Reviewing 1.9.2.137 (Jun 2, 2007)

    A few comments:

    1) a clean XP install will have numerous "crawler" entries that have nothing to do with the program.

    2) I agree with other posts here that the privacy policy is pretty standard with many others and you do not have to install the additional toolbar

    3) I monitored the install with a program and the only significat entries it added were "spyware terminator" keys

    4) I run this program as a standalone portable scanner on client machines and then run a very basic "bat" file to delete the registry keys

  118. 1 out of 5 stars
    guevara

    Reviewing 1.9.2.137 (Jun 2, 2007)

    Please read all the reviews before you install this.
    i say no thnx to this one

  119. 5 out of 5 stars
    Jegar48

    Reviewing 1.9.2.137 (Jun 1, 2007)

    The Yahoo tool bar can be disabled on install. The link provided by dougua indicates that Crawler ONLY GATHERS INFO for Crawler Services on their web sites. Additionally, if you don't want info sent to Crawler by Spyware Terminator THAT OPTION CAN BE DISABLED ON INSTALL ALSO. This is a very nice anti spyware software package.

  120. 5 out of 5 stars
    HeyBlinkin

    Reviewing 1.9.2.137 (Jun 1, 2007)

    Its too bad you guys dont look at Google, Yahoo and MSN more closely:

    http://www.google.com/privacy.html
    "Google's servers automatically record information when you visit our website or use some of our products, including the URL, IP address, browser type and language, and the date and time of your request."

    http://info.yahoo.com/pr...y/us/yahoo/details.html
    "Yahoo! automatically receives and records information on our server logs from your browser, including your IP address, Yahoo! cookie information, and the page you request."

    http://mobile.msn.com/device/en-us/privacy.aspx
    "We may collect information about your visit, including the pages you view, the links you click and other actions taken in connection with Microsoft sites and services. We also collect certain standard information that your browser sends to every website you visit, such as your IP address, browser type and language, access times and referring Web site addresses."

    And you thought Crawler was the only one...tsk.

    UPDATE:
    MajorGeeks was wrong and the put ST back online with their PICK rating.

  121. 1 out of 5 stars
    siryak

    Reviewing 1.9.2.137 (Jun 1, 2007)

    The poster below is correct! I just ran a quick search of my registry and found several crawler entries. Guess which program they were in with. Spyware Terminator just got a delete off my system.

  122. 1 out of 5 stars
    dougau

    Reviewing 1.9.2.137 (Jun 1, 2007)

    At least one site (Major Geeks) is responsible enough to remove this spyware. The following is a quote from the site.

    "Spyware Terminator now bundles Crawler.com search engine with its anti-spyware program.

    http://www.crawler.com/privacy_policy.aspx

    As you can see by the privacy policy, Crawler does not appear to be harmful, but it does log ip addresses, routes all searches through them and tracks movements for page rankings (optional).

    That said, we find bundling any sort of toolbar or software with an anti-malware application to be inappropriate. Someone looking to remove already unwanted software from their machine should not be forced to install MORE software in order to do this.

    Spyware Terminator has been de-listed for this reason until, if ever, the bundled software is removed."

  123. 5 out of 5 stars
    QBgreen

    Reviewing 1.9.2.134 (May 23, 2007)

    Free, effective, constantly improving. Part of a small group of excellent free security apps that I recommend frequently.

  124. 5 out of 5 stars
    HeyBlinkin

    Reviewing 1.9.2.134 (May 23, 2007)

    I know, seriously Jegar48...they know nothing.

    bobad: they intend to release a version with WSG. This is a quote from one of the admins on their forums:

    "1.9 will be officially released together with WSG too as soon as all minor problems are solved."

    Im sure they will maintain a version without WSG, but right now the only version with WSG is the old 1.8.7 version which should eventually be updated to 1.9.2.

  125. 5 out of 5 stars
    Jegar48

    Reviewing 1.9.2.134 (May 23, 2007)

    This is the best anti spyware program I have tried. What I particularly like about it is the built in HIPS (Host Intrusion Prevention System). When I found this gem a couple of years ago I completely removed Spybot Search and Destroy and every other spyware preventer/remover from my computer. Spyware Terminator does what it says it will WITH NO MALWARE OR SPYWARE INCLUDED IN THE DOWNLOAD. Those who continue to claim otherwise know nothing about the program, period.

  126. 5 out of 5 stars
    bobad

    Reviewing 1.9.2.134 (May 23, 2007)

    Excellent program. It keeps getting better and better. The scanning engine is fast, the database is complete, and the GUI is acceptable.

    I appreciate Crawler removing the "Web Security Guard" from the ST package. While ST is a great program for everyone, I think WSG is for novices, and really loads IE down with useless features.

    As for those that rate ST a 1 or 2, it must be for personal reasons.

  127. 1 out of 5 stars
    bugmenot

    Reviewing 1.9.2.134 (May 23, 2007)

    Crapware at its finest, anyone defending this is supporting adware and spyware. Avoid at all costs

  128. 5 out of 5 stars
    HeyBlinkin

    Reviewing 1.9.2.132 (May 21, 2007)

    What for guevara? Anyone who has rated this product any less than a 3/5 is negative towards the parent company for previous business practices which have since been denounced, and has shown no proof of actually testing, let alone downloading the program.

    Version 1.9 brings a better looking setup wizard, several bugfixes, a much improved scanning engine, and FireFox cookies support. Nobody can deny this program is going places.

  129. 1 out of 5 stars
    guevara

    Reviewing 1.9.2.132 (May 20, 2007)

    Before you download this - please read all the rewiews on this page

  130. 5 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing 1.8.7.991 (Apr 27, 2007)

    this has a great real time sheild to detect any .exe start up great for detecting highjacks.

  131. 5 out of 5 stars
    HeyBlinkin

    Reviewing 1.8.7.991 (Apr 26, 2007)

    Bobad: what is wrong about WebSecurityGuard? It is a product meant to compete with SiteAdvisor. It is perfectly safe. Not sure what you are referring to with "Crawler's old habits".

  132. 4 out of 5 stars
    bobad

    Reviewing 1.8.6.988 (Apr 20, 2007)

    kbsoftware has a point. In fact, the "Web Sercuity Guard" that was recently added is horrendous, and smacks of Crawler's old habits. No, it is not Spyware, but believe me, it is something you do not want to install. Just don't do it. When installing, un-check the option to install "Web Security Guard".

  133. 5 out of 5 stars
    mikeyx11

    Reviewing 1.8.6.988 (Apr 20, 2007)

    This program has NEVER contained spyware. Works exactly as it says, and does a very good job at it. Not a resource hog and has an easy to use GUI.

  134. 5 out of 5 stars
    Jegar48

    Reviewing 1.8.6.988 (Apr 19, 2007)

    Rating it a 5 to counter balance kbsoftware's rating when he hasn't used it. Very solid program that was never "rogueware". I was suspected, but taken off the list when it proved not to be.

  135. 1 out of 5 stars
    kbsoftware

    Reviewing 1.8.6.988 (Apr 19, 2007)

    It used to be a rogue antispyware product, but now it doesn't contain spyware.
    But I still can't recommend them. It's like the person who robs my house and then later decides to quit the life of robbing. I still wouldn't invite that person into my home.

    Also I really do believe that should they decide sometime in the future that it would be more profitable for them to add spyware again, they will in a heart beat. But I believe this because I do not trust past scum.

  136. 5 out of 5 stars
    wincement

    Reviewing 1.8.6.988 (Apr 19, 2007)

    @MattLee:

    Exactly what spyware do you claim is in Spyware Terminator? A lot of sources much more reliable than you say there is no spyware or adware in this program. They want people to buy their Corporate edition, so why would they put spyware in their anti-spyware program. You make no sense.

    I have scanned my system with:
    Windows Defender
    Emsisoft A-Squared Free
    Spybot S & D
    Ad-Aware SE Personal
    Yahoo! Anti-Spy
    Spyware Doctor

    None of them found anything.

    So please, backup your claim of integrated spyware.

    This program is great. It has free automatic updates/scanning and real-time shield (including virus scanner via ClamWin and HIPS). And it's free. It is also very easy to use. I recommend it to everyone.

  137. 5 out of 5 stars
    Sammo

    Reviewing 1.8.6.988 (Apr 19, 2007)

    Excellent. This update solved the real-time shield startup problem. Takes up little resources and is a great compliment to existing av and fw. Has HIPS, av, and anti-spyware.

  138. 5 out of 5 stars
    Anir24

    Reviewing 1.8.5.986 (Apr 13, 2007)

    Hello everybody
    I am using spyware terminator it been a while now, and i really find it very good security software between all the others i tried. it detected many spywares that tried to infect my pc you know i am downloading a lot, but as i read in many forums that spyware terminator contien a spyware, but I also found in a website that they verified it and it contien no spyware no adaware ( http://www.softpedia.com...ator-Review-30095.shtml ), so i dont really know if it's a safe program or no. but as they say the antivirus is a virus itself, and now i say the antispyware may be a spyware itself.
    SO i dnt know how secure is my pc I am also using NOD32( really great ) and ashampoo firewall pro deside spyware terminator.
    Have a great day friends

  139. 2 out of 5 stars
    tomor

    Reviewing 1.8.5.986 (Apr 11, 2007)

    FOR EXPERIENCED USERS ONLY!!!

  140. 3 out of 5 stars
    M a t t L e e

    Reviewing 1.8.5.986 (Apr 10, 2007)

    a great anti spyware application but it has spyware hidden in it.now the spyware has no effect on the performance thus wont just your system but i prefer not having ANY spyware on my pc.

    so basically your left with choosing using this application that has some spyware which has no effect on your pc or to just not use it.

  141. 5 out of 5 stars
    jreed3786

    Reviewing 1.8.5.986 (Apr 10, 2007)

    Absolutely THE BEST and MOST EFFICIENT REAL TIME ANTISPYWARE program that I have ever used. And believe me, I have used a lot. My previous faves were Spyware Doctor, Counterspy, and maybe SpySweeper...but they all have flaws that this does not. Not a resource hog, really, like SD, not repetitive, like CounterSpy...and just overall, a really descriptive, well designed program! And, to boot...it's FREE! Who can complain? I sure can't. Kaspersky and Spyware Terminator together sure make a killer combo for security!

  142. 5 out of 5 stars
    bobad

    Reviewing 1.8.5.986 (Apr 6, 2007)

    Excellent AS program. Occasionally fails to load the realtime driver, which is a definite annoyance. Quirky Auto Update. Although it is turned on, it does not work automatically. Sometimes the manual update does not find updates that you know are available. The latest version does not allow a custom install folder, which is a major annoyance. Certain tenacious Spyware such as Drive Cleaner absolutely own ST. Although it finds it, attempts to remove it fail miserably.

    I recommend you don't fiddle with the silly Web Security Guard. It's almost as bad as much of the rubbish from which the AS protects you.

  143. 1 out of 5 stars
    Promitheas

    Reviewing 1.8.5.986 (Apr 6, 2007)

    A little advice. Be aware what you install on your computer. How the company gain from this "freeware" tool? If you must want a good security utility, you must pay. It's reality!

  144. 5 out of 5 stars
    HeyBlinkin

    Reviewing 1.8.5.986 (Apr 5, 2007)

    robmanic44: traps???

    Jegar48: so true. They are still writing reviews based on very old information, which includes 1) Crawler's previous business practices (which have been long since abandoned), 2) the SpywareWarrior listing (which has BEEN REMOVED...REPEAT: REMOVED...in other words it is a TRUSTWORTHY PROGRAM. You guys who are still in question should ask either OldFrog or Suzy on the SpywareWarrior forums), 3) um whatever else is out there.
    People dont seem to realize that there arent many free solutions WITH REALTIME SHIELDS out there, and now with Ad-Aware going the commercial route, the field is getting smaller.

    RaGhul: You sure about that? I think a lot of peopel are rating the program on the features you get for a freeware product and the dedication of the Crawler team to its product. You wont find a more dedicated and accessible team of developers (check the SpywareTerminator forums).

    ranma.2: You do realize that SpywareTerminator is a trustworthy program according to SpywareWarrior, no? Just ask Suzy or OldFrog on the SpywareWarrior forums, they will tell you. They are both Microsoft Security MVPs.

    guevara: they ask people that so they can inform people like yourself that the product is in fact of high quality and trustworthy. Very simple.

    Anyway, with that aside, SpywareTerminator is now tackling a new field dominated by McAfee SiteAdvisor. They have a new product which I think is bundled with SpywareTerminator called Web Security Guard (WSG). It is exactly the same as McAfee SiteAdvisor except it is Crawler home made solution. It is very nice. I cant wait for SpywareTerminator 2.0...it is going to be very nice.

  145. 3 out of 5 stars
    robmanic44

    Reviewing 1.8.5.986 (Apr 5, 2007)

    This actually works alright, but there are many traps for the unwary. Probably a case of better the devil you know than the devil you don't know.

  146. 5 out of 5 stars
    Jegar48

    Reviewing 1.8.5.986 (Apr 5, 2007)

    why is it that posters continue to rate a product like this based on a 2 year old report that has since been removed from the web page they cite? If you don't use the product, don't review it.

    This is by far the best free anti spyware product I have tried and/or used in over 3 years of testing such products. The real time protection system is very, very good. The scan routine is thorough and regularly finds and cleans problems, the update path is easy to use and the auto scan routine does just what it claims it will.

  147. 4 out of 5 stars
    eyv

    Reviewing 1.8.5.986 (Apr 5, 2007)

    Well ranma.2, if you carefully read the page you posted, they mention that Spyware Terminator has been de-listed as rogue.
    The software is still not perfect, and I've not tested its detection capabilities, but the interface is clean (which is a major hurdle for open-source projects) and it's easy to use.
    Bugs? Yes. Good start? Hell yes!

  148. 2 out of 5 stars
    RaGhul

    Reviewing 1.8.4.965 (Mar 19, 2007)

    I have to agree with ranma.2 and guevara on this one.

    Unfortunately, too many people rate these programs on 'how fast' it is, or 'how pretty' the GUI looks.

    This program remains suspicious for its former affiliations (reminds me of the ol' XoftSpy), but my main gripe is that it just plain doesn't DO anything... at least, as far as I can tell.

    When it comes to antivirus or antispyware, be VERY careful which apps you use, and check to make sure they're TRUSTWORTHY.

  149. 5 out of 5 stars
    itelllc

    Reviewing 1.8.4.965 (Mar 18, 2007)

    Slanted opinion - I work for the company. Note that we have invested a great deal of time and development cost into this product. Crawler has one of the first TrustE DLA certifications. The company has scrubbed itself and its partners for almost 2 years to deliver arguably the best priduct to date. No one is trying to slide malware anywhere into this, we are addressing the future of the internet the best way we know, free software that provides quality products to knowing users. Please play in other sandboxes and come back and give us a look. We want nothing more than quality user experience.

    If there is true criticism let us know so we can adjust for just that- quality user experience.

  150. 1 out of 5 stars
    ranma.2

    Reviewing 1.8.4.965 (Mar 13, 2007)

    same here
    and the detection ant that goood.
    i keep the Trustworthy Anti-Spyware Products from http://spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm
    Ad-aware
    AVG Anti-Spyware
    Pest Patrol
    Spy Sweeper
    Spyware Doctor
    SpywareBlaster
    SpywareGuard

    SUPERAntiSpyware
    Windows Defender
    Spybot Search & Destroy

  151. 1 out of 5 stars
    guevara

    Reviewing 1.8.4.965 (Mar 13, 2007)

    i giveup on this.
    on this page on crawler. com
    you can se they are asking people to spam pages like this
    http://www.spywareterminator.com/legal/spread.aspx
    no more rewiews from me on this .

  152. 5 out of 5 stars
    christoofar

    Reviewing 1.8.4.965 (Mar 12, 2007)

    I have been using this for the past 2 weeks after finding it in here, and so far am very impressed with it! REAL TIME protection is a big improvement over other fave stalwarts such as Spybot S & D.
    Thanks to the authors for keeping it as freeware (at least so far)

  153. 5 out of 5 stars
    HeyBlinkin

    Reviewing 1.8.4.965 (Mar 11, 2007)

    Takeshi: and what exactly is wrong with Crawler.com? Hmm?

    Which free alternatives?

    The last-updated-in-2005 and-still-without-a-realtime-shield Ad-Aware?
    The last-updated-in-2005, and-still-without-a-realtime-shield SpyBot?
    The last-updated-in-2005, and-still-without-a-realtime-shield SpyDefense?
    The last-updated-in-2005, and-still-without-a-realtime-shield AOL Spyware Protection?

    Nah, those are too ancient for you...how about some regularly updated products then, with update regularity similar to Spyware Terminator:

    OK how about the realtime-shield-lacking SuperAntiSpyware free version, ZeroSpyware free Edition, Arovax AntiSpyware?
    Or maybe the fledgling-without-a-bonified-set-of-definitions WinCleaner AntiSpyware?

    You only real FREE alternative to this program is Windows Defender. Other than that, the list is short, unless you are willing to pay (which then puts programs like ComputerAssociates' product, Webroot's, etc. in the list of alternatives). But for FREE PRODUCTS, there arent many alternatives to Windows Defender and Spyware Terminator. Id say those are your #1 and #2 free antispy products right there, just because both are updated products, with frequently updated definitions, and an active spyware shield component to the program. A distance #3 is WinCleaner AntiSpyware as it has a free realtime shield, but its definitions are too new to be considered a real player right now.

    Yeah, so again, what alternatives?

  154. 5 out of 5 stars
    bobad

    Reviewing 1.8.4.965 (Mar 10, 2007)

    Excellent resident scanner. It's very effective, yet not too obtrusive. Extremely fast scans, light and stable. My main criticism is that the GUI is a bit convoluted. There are 3 configuration buttons for the various options, and each button has a page of buttons. The buttons have tabs and sliders. I think there's a lot of room for simplification. Another minor criticism is, the daily scan and the update features need to have a "Silent" option, whereby they work without user input. Great free app, and it's clean. Try it, you'll like it.

  155. 5 out of 5 stars
    fourte3n

    Reviewing 1.8.3.951 (Mar 2, 2007)

    Love it. the in laws pc hasn't got an ounce of spyware since installation. Great stuff!

  156. 1 out of 5 stars
    takeshi

    Reviewing 1.8.3.951 (Feb 23, 2007)

    This one -- from CRAWLER.COM !!!!!!!!!.
    Do you feel lucky- punk !!!
    Better alternatives out there

  157. 4 out of 5 stars
    Zankur

    Reviewing 1.8.3.951 (Feb 22, 2007)

    A excellent application which does it work without fuss..the developers develop it keenly with updates and new features a common occurrence...

  158. 5 out of 5 stars
    shxrobert

    Reviewing 1.8.3.951 (Feb 7, 2007)

    Excellent addition to the arsenal for not only experienced users but beginners as well. Ability to integrate Clam/AV is an excellent feature for the spyware/antivirus novice in helping them "clean up" their computer. However note that having more than 1 anti-virus on a system may cause problems. 5/5.

  159. 5 out of 5 stars
    mikefromuk

    Reviewing 1.8.3.951 (Feb 7, 2007)

    Exceptional:)

  160. 5 out of 5 stars
    HeyBlinkin

    Reviewing 1.8.3.951 (Feb 6, 2007)

    Who doesnt like an active development team?

    When was the last Ad-Aware or SpyBot update? Good question, indeed.

  161. 4 out of 5 stars
    grinch89

    Reviewing 1.8.2.936 (Feb 6, 2007)

    Having tried several versions of this program let me first say that it indeed show promise but I am not going to give it a 5 as it displays some buggy behavior,failing to load the driver on occasion,applying itself in the start menu without permission.As far as its realtime scanner goes great for a free app.,scanning efficiency is average,popups were annoying but within reason,did not notice system slowdown if any.So this program could be included in your arsenal of anti-spyware apps,although I would include others,but it is not quite ready for the big leagues just yet.

  162. 4 out of 5 stars
    PitoDaddy

    Reviewing 1.8.2.936 (Jan 28, 2007)

    I have been using Spyware Terminator (ST) since Sep 06 and initially thought that it was the best anti-spyware program that I had used. But after comparing it with some others (AD-Aware SE Personal Edition, Windows Defender, AVG Anti-Spyware Free Editon, and Super Anti-Spyware Free Edition) over the past few months I have since changed my opinion about ST. When I conducted deep scan test on my computer with all five of my applications, Super Anti-Spyware (SAS) detected more spyware/adware than any of the others, followed by Windows Defender Final Version (WD), AD-Aware SE (ADA), ST, and AVG Anti-Spyware. SAS and WD both detected one of the ZLOB Trojans that the others had missed. The others only detected tracking cookies. Although, one of ST's previous versions (1.5) did detect some remnant spyware files that I thought had been previously removed by another program. ST does have nice features, however, and the newest version (1.8) seems to operate more efficiently than previous versions with regard to its previously annoying "allow" "block" options pop-ups. Overall, I think that it's pretty good, but it should be used in conjunction with another program (I have it running simultaneously with WD), as no one program detects and removes 100% of all spyware/adware out there. Thus far, I think that SAS is the best at detection and removal, but the free version doesn't have real-time protection...scanning and updating has to be done manually.

  163. 3 out of 5 stars
    gerryf

    Reviewing 1.8.2.936 (Jan 25, 2007)

    Despite it's***ory/relationship(now ended)with malware maker IBIS, ST has progressed nicely as a useful tool in the battle against things we don't want on our computers.

    One has to love the realtime scanner, typically only found on commercial apps, and its on demand scanner seems competent enough.

    However, it does have flaws. I cannot say how representative my own experiences are when compared to others, but I have installed it on my four home machines, and recommended it to other acquaintences/family members as an expanded test bed of PCs.

    In 3 of the 7 machines I have been monitoring for the past 6 months, ST has spontaneusly malfunctioned in several, painful ways. On one machine, it suddenly started preventing any program from saving files. On another, it began blocking emails for Outlook Express. On the third, it simply started chewing system resources like there was no tomorrow, slowing the machine to a standstill.

    Now, the other 4 worked (and work) flawlessly, but the 3 required a complete removal of ST, upon which all three machines stopped exhibiting the above problems.

    The odd thing was how each problem (which began after an update) was dissimilar from the others.

    So, a 3 from me, but still worth watching.

  164. 5 out of 5 stars
    HeyBlinkin

    Reviewing 1.8.2.936 (Jan 25, 2007)

    hurzx:
    while those tests at malware-test are valid, the problem with them is that they are all over the place, in that they dont stay consistent with what they test. One test it'll be spyware A, B and C, then the next test it'll be spyware D, E and F. So if a program doesnt detect B, E and F, one test its detection will be 66% and the next it'll be 33%. Yes, true, spyware terminator doesn't detect as much as some of the more tenured programs on that list, but you have to be aware of the kind of testing that Malware-Test does before you take it as being iron-clad. Compare this testing method against, say, www.virus.gr, which stays consistent with its testing database, testing the same viruses as well as new ones over and over against new program definitions.

    SpywareTerminator has only been on the market for 1.5 years. So considering that it is better than a lot of the well known, tenured programs out there is an achievement in itself. In time, its databases will get to the point that it is one of the best antispyware programs on the market.

    nlist2006:
    The reason BetaNews doesnt remove it is because its NOT spyware. You might want to ask Download.com and Softpedia their reasons for not removing it, because they both have a no-spyware policy as well:
    http://www.download.com/...3000-8022-10468541.html
    http://www.softpedia.com...pyware-Terminator.shtml

  165. 1 out of 5 stars
    Notreallyhere

    Reviewing 1.8.1.929 (Jan 23, 2007)

    I tried this new version hoping that it would not crash my system like It did before. It crashed again and I have now given up on it.

  166. 4 out of 5 stars
    grinch89

    Reviewing 1.8.1.929 (Jan 23, 2007)

    Having tried several versions of this program,I found it to be a somewhat bossy program.Firstly it wants to keep adding itself to the start menu whether I want it to or not,which I find to be less than acceptable for any program.Secondly it had a habit of failing to load properly.So while I am not saying that this is not a safe program,it just made me somewhat uneasy.There are similar programs(free)
    available that act more respectfully,which I now use instead of Spyware Terminator.

  167. 1 out of 5 stars
    nilst2006

    Reviewing 1.8.1.929 (Jan 23, 2007)

    S P Y W A R E !!!!

  168. 4 out of 5 stars
    Isys

    Reviewing 1.8.1.929 (Jan 23, 2007)

    You don't have to use clam av. The malware test results are useless as they don't differentiate between the two products, even in the supposedly detailed pdf attachment.
    I have tried all the free ones and this is the best imo. Only complaint is the tray icon changes from 'always hide' to 'hide when inactive' after every use or reboot in XP.

  169. 1 out of 5 stars
    hurzx

    Reviewing 1.8.1.929 (Jan 23, 2007)

    Yes, rating says it all. Even with ClamAV 1.1, detection rate only at 65%, when for instance AVG 7.5 shows 88.5%, Avast 85%, etc... although Avast is not even anti-spyware dedicated !

    See : http://www.malware-test.com/antispyware.html

    AVG and Avast are free...

  170. 5 out of 5 stars
    HeyBlinkin

    Reviewing 1.8.1.929 (Jan 22, 2007)

    ranma.2:
    you failed to miss this bit of information on that webpage:

    http://spywarewarrior.co...i-spyware.htm#de-listed

    Note on SpywareTerminator: We originally listed Spyware Terminator on this page out of concerns that Crawler, the company behind the product, had established connections with IBIS, a well known adware distributor responsible for such adware programs as Wintools, Websearch, & Huntbar. Although we found no problems in our initial testing with Spyware Terminator, and while the vendor itself announced that it was exiting the adware business (1), we decided out of caution to impose a three month probation period before we would consider re-testing and, if warranted, de-listing the the product from the Rogue/Suspect list. During that three month probation period we monitored the behavior of IBIS and Crawler. At the end of the three month probation period we re-tested Spyware Terminator, again finding no problems serious enough to justify listing the program on this page. As the vendor involved has not been involved in the distribution of adware for many months, and as the program itself exhibits no problems serious enough to warrant mention on this page, we have decided to de-list Spyware Terminator from the Rogue/Suspect list and can no longer regard the program to be "rogue/suspect."
    Note: not to be confused with Spyware X-terminator from Stompsoft

    Domains: spywareterminator.com, spyterm.com, crawler.com

    [A: 12-5-05 / U: 3-9-06]

    Notice the "[A: 12-5-05 / U: 3-9-06]". It was added to the rogue list on December 5, 2005, and removed three months later after a manditory 3-month probation period after they found it to be safe.

  171. 1 out of 5 stars
    ranma.2

    Reviewing 1.8.0.925 Beta (Jan 22, 2007)

    use a good or recommended program and choose one from of this list

    Trustworthy Anti-Spyware Products

    http://spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm

  172. 5 out of 5 stars
    CeeJay

    Reviewing 1.8.0.925 Beta (Jan 19, 2007)

    Neat little package. Easy to install, manage. So far so good and I like the interface. It caught malware missed by A-Squared so its good in my books.

  173. 4 out of 5 stars
    AshG

    Reviewing 1.8.0.925 Beta (Jan 16, 2007)

    Spyware Terminator has totally redeemed itself from its old reputation and is now among the recommended tools for spyware protection and removal. Naysayers can verify this with many of the most respected security software websites such as CastleCops and WildersSecurity.

    I have found this to be an effective tool for removal and protection. I gave it a 4 instead of 5 because the rules system can confuse some novice users.

  174. 5 out of 5 stars
    btman

    Reviewing 1.7.0.918 (Jan 14, 2007)

    This combined with SUPER Anti-Spyware and AVG Anti-Spyware, stops most of the toughest malware around. Has free realtime protection, a 2nd anti-virus's opinion (even though it's ClamAV, it's still nice to have) and HIPS all for free. Yes it was on the rogue list, but now its not. Get over it. This program is awesome.

  175. 5 out of 5 stars
    Yannis_GR

    Reviewing 1.7.0.918 (Jan 6, 2007)

    One of the best antispyware, plus it is totally free. I mean free of any charge and free of any hidden malware.
    + Frequent updates
    + Good support forum
    Strongly recomended !!

  176. 5 out of 5 stars
    agapecpus

    Reviewing 1.7.0.918 (Jan 5, 2007)

    This is a great free program! I am consultant for a living and I see the real world effects of such terrible programs as Norton and Mcafee. I use this program with Avast (best AV out there) on peoples home PC with great results. The integration with ClamAV is great but I only use it as a scanner and not with the real-time HIPS protection which reminds me of the endless Zone Alarm popups. This software is updated daily which is more than I can say for other popular anti-spyware software. The detection rates are above average on both spyware and viruses. They are not perfect but then again who's software has perfect detection rates?

  177. 1 out of 5 stars
    tinkerdill

    Reviewing 1.7.0.918 (Jan 4, 2007)

    http://www.spywarewarrio...pyware.htm#spyterm_note

    Note on SpywareTerminator: We originally listed Spyware Terminator on this page out of concerns that Crawler, the company behind the product, had established connections with IBIS, a well known adware distributor responsible for such adware programs as Wintools, Websearch, & Huntbar. Although we found no problems in our initial testing with Spyware Terminator, and while the vendor itself announced that it was exiting the adware business (1), we decided out of caution to impose a three month probation period before we would consider re-testing and, if warranted, de-listing the the product from the Rogue/Suspect list. During that three month probation period we monitored the behavior of IBIS and Crawler. At the end of the three month probation period we re-tested Spyware Terminator, again finding no problems serious enough to justify listing the program on this page. As the vendor involved has not been involved in the distribution of adware for many months, and as the program itself exhibits no problems serious enough to warrant mention on this page, we have decided to de-list Spyware Terminator from the Rogue/Suspect list and can no longer regard the program to be "rogue/suspect."

    Note: not to be confused with Spyware X-terminator from Stompsoft

    BY THE WAY : agapecpus is cheating company man.

  178. 5 out of 5 stars
    Blue Joker

    Reviewing 1.7.0.918 (Jan 4, 2007)

    As i said there's nothing to worry ,
    IS NOT a spyware of any kind and sort.

  179. 1 out of 5 stars
    nilst2006

    Reviewing 1.7.0.918 (Jan 3, 2007)

    PURE SPYWARE ! Have asked BETANEWS not to post it any longer, but they refuse to....

  180. 3 out of 5 stars
    EarlyMorningHours

    Reviewing 1.7.0.899 (Dec 15, 2006)

    The longer I use this program the less impressed I am becoming with it and the less comfortable I am in recommending it when people ask my advice regarding freeware antispyware programs.

    The detection has never found anything that Ad-aware or Spybot have not found. There are continual issues with the autoupdating mechanism. Even when I set the program to it's least intrusive settings - for computer newbies - it still delivers no less than 3 dozen popups asking for user permission when a Java application runs from a web site.

    There is just no way that this program could offer any sort effective protection when I have to tell people to just continually click on "Allow". Yes, user education is the most important and effective means to avoiding spyware, but this program won't help so long as it expects all computer users to recognize the significance of "svchost.exe is try to..."

    This is a well intentioned effort and I think the developers have actually found that there is more opportunity fighting the darkside rather than operating behind the shadows of it. But some serious overhauls and improvements are needed quickly.

  181. 1 out of 5 stars
    guevara

    Reviewing 1.7.0.899 (Dec 15, 2006)

    One bad review-here
    make 4 good reviews
    later on

    maybe this is
    because they are asking people to spam several forums
    on this page
    (from crawler . com)

    http://www.spywareterminator.com/legal/spread.aspx

    But
    Detection is not that good
    and

    There are better free security software available out there

  182. 4 out of 5 stars
    anomoly

    Reviewing 1.7.0.899 (Dec 15, 2006)

    great packadge. However, server speed is somewhat slow & last I checked, the clamav integration was anything but. Update process seems to like to revert the install back to a new state which was more than irritating. And on top of that nothing is stated as far as changes. If they can fix the opensource clamav integration as well as the update process AND server speeds pick up, I would definitely use it again. Other than that, among the myriad of ways to block spyware are firefox extensions to name one. As well (to the poster distrustful of their past), who better to do this than someone who did their homework?

  183. 3 out of 5 stars
    victor4461

    Reviewing 1.7.0.899 (Dec 15, 2006)

    thanks very much for the warnings, thou i install the previous version of Spyware Terminator before i didnt have any problems. i prefer the SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition 3.4.1000 its has gotten a better rating

  184. 2 out of 5 stars
    wanderer2005

    Reviewing 1.7.0.899 (Dec 14, 2006)

    Genu,

    Spyware Warrior did indeed list Spyware Terminator as a rogue antispyware program initially. However, upon further review, they removed it from their rogue antispyware list. Read their article (http://spywarewarrior.co...pyware.htm#spyterm_note)

    We originally listed Spyware Terminator on this page out of concerns that Crawler, the company behind the product, had established connections with IBIS, a well known adware distributor responsible for such adware programs as Wintools, Websearch, & Huntbar. Although we found no problems in our initial testing with Spyware Terminator, and while the vendor itself announced that it was exiting the adware business (1), we decided out of caution to impose a three month probation period before we would consider re-testing and, if warranted, de-listing the the product from the Rogue/Suspect list. During that three month probation period we monitored the behavior of IBIS and Crawler. At the end of the three month probation period we re-tested Spyware Terminator, again finding no problems serious enough to justify listing the program on this page. As the vendor involved has not been involved in the distribution of adware for many months, and as the program itself exhibits no problems serious enough to warrant mention on this page, we have decided to de-list Spyware Terminator from the Rogue/Suspect list and can no longer regard the program to be "rogue/suspect."

  185. 3 out of 5 stars
    p388l3s

    Reviewing 1.7.0.899 (Dec 14, 2006)

    Once bitten twice shy:

    http://www.spywarewarrio...pyware.htm#spyterm_note

    There are free products out there that do the job just fine, I'd be wary about a company that gets into bed with the very thing it's product is supposed to get rid of!!!

  186. 3 out of 5 stars
    edipoli

    Reviewing 1.7.0.883 (Dec 6, 2006)

    I am using Adaware,spybot,spywareblaster and winpatrol.Installed this yesterday and scanned..Found nothing.Will keep this for a few days more but I think I dont need this as long as I have a strong arsenal..

  187. 5 out of 5 stars
    genu

    Reviewing 1.7.0.883 (Dec 6, 2006)

    wanderer2005, you are talking about a different spyware program. This one is Spyware Terminator, and the one you are talking about is called Spyware X-Termintaor which is not free. Furtheremore its not very good either.

  188. 3 out of 5 stars
    anomoly

    Reviewing 1.7.0.883 (Dec 6, 2006)

    Update process does not work properly as it acts like a fresh installation again. User MUST do a full scan in order to enable all settings and the av integration, and the ability do do so needs to be made more robust and not left to a context menu.. ClamAV integration is plain broken.

  189. 5 out of 5 stars
    umbelino

    Reviewing 1.7.0.883 (Dec 6, 2006)

    It's a must have for me!

    Its real-time shield is a very good IDS, and use very, very low resources...

    Very well done :)

  190. 5 out of 5 stars
    McAleck

    Reviewing 1.7.0.883 (Dec 6, 2006)

    the PC Mag review you refer to is about a different program, you nitwit! besides PC Mag is suspiciously partial toward poorly performing unpopular pay programs. wonder why?

  191. 5 out of 5 stars
    Carlospr

    Reviewing 1.7.0.883 (Dec 6, 2006)

    wanderer2005, PC Magazine reviewed Spyware X-terminator NOT Spyware Terminator.

    Spyware Terminator is working fine in my PC. No problems at all so far.

  192. 2 out of 5 stars
    wanderer2005

    Reviewing 1.7.0.883 (Dec 6, 2006)

    Someone mentioned that Spyware Terminator is a rogue antispyware software program, which was true until recently. The website Spyware Warrior did at one time list it as rogue software but, after further investigation, changed its classification. However, many tests have shown Spyware Terminator to be a poor performer. PC Magazine rated it as very poor in both detection and removal.

    (http://www.pcmag.com/art...2/0,1759,1829272,00.asp)

    I don't want to bash the program; however, there are better free security software available, such as Spybot, Ad Aware and Windows Defender. Of note, Spybot has a new scan engine in beta which greatly increases its detection and removal rate. In addition, the final version of Windows Defender is now available and it is markedly improved compared to previous beta versions.

  193. 5 out of 5 stars
    McAleck

    Reviewing 1.6.0.824 (Nov 21, 2006)

    whingers! "it takes a thief to catch a thief" does that ring a bell?

  194. 2 out of 5 stars
    stopbuggingme

    Reviewing 1.6.0.824 (Nov 15, 2006)

    Detection is not that good and they were listed as rogue. Sorry, I don't trust them.

  195. 5 out of 5 stars
    Nikkie

    Reviewing 1.6.0.824 (Nov 15, 2006)

    It worked for me...Detected and removed issues.Also works nicely with clam av.I have spybot on my pc and it didn't detect this program as being spyware.Are you going to say spybot is bad too,next?

    2 of you said ''wow'' a lot.Seems like it is one person.Maybe a person giving bad reviews to freeware...shareware dev's are so sad.

  196. 1 out of 5 stars
    guevara

    Reviewing 1.6.0.824 (Nov 13, 2006)

    WOW-this one make my skin look better and my hair is also looking better.
    there is no end to what this wonderful program can do for you
    wow wow and WOW - but no thanxx

    this is the same company that was associated with spywares not too long ago

  197. 1 out of 5 stars
    snooopy

    Reviewing 1.6.0.824 (Nov 13, 2006)

    Agree- are they clean now ???
    Better things out there !!!!

  198. 1 out of 5 stars
    alfa_male

    Reviewing 1.6.0.824 (Nov 13, 2006)

    I think there is something very strange going on here.
    The good reviews looks to me like something from the tv.shop. (wow this can do better & cleaner)

    one reviewer say :This can do better than the kaspersky antivirus.
    better than Adaware, better than Microsoft Defender- better than spybot,
    Better than Ewido(now AVG Anti-Spyware)
    better than Webrot - better than Super antispyware.

    in the past this program was listed as roque antispyware-
    but now they are suddenly CLEAN ?

    On their homepage they are asking anybody to give good reviews and there are links
    to this forum and others, just take a look here

    http://www.spywareterminator.com/legal/spread.aspx

    Just read all the reviews on this
    before installing this.
    (realtime protection !!!!! (ha ha ) - use microsoft defender, for free)
    once roque - now clean !!!!!!
    why should they change ?????
    ps
    Crawler.com is on my restricted sites

  199. 5 out of 5 stars
    ickl

    Reviewing 1.6.0.824 (Nov 11, 2006)

    What else can i say but FANTASTIC!! its removed loads of things that another spyware program had missed!

  200. 5 out of 5 stars
    bobad

    Reviewing 1.6.0.824 (Nov 7, 2006)

    Spyware Terminator is now my favorite AS program, and I highly recommend it. It's the only Freeware AS program that has a decent resident scanner. It has frequent updates, and I can never catch anything with brand A and brand S when I run them behind ST. As for those who say it's best to use one of the the "recommended" AS programs, I agree. ST *is* one of the recommend AS programs, because I just recommended it.

  201. 4 out of 5 stars
    Nikkie

    Reviewing 1.6.0.811 (Nov 3, 2006)

    I bet you all of those reviews that keep posting that link will prolly point to the same i.p.

    Shareware dev's getting scared?

  202. 5 out of 5 stars
    logreeval

    Reviewing 1.6.0.811 (Nov 2, 2006)

    First of all, those idiots who gave it a 1 are being prejudice and didn't even load it on there computer!
    I mean one said he had zero items in database, those are the custom rules that you can set for different programs. On to my review...

    I am definetely not new to spyware applications and what they do and what features are implemented. I have tried every antispyware application from Ad-Aware to ZeroSpyware. Spyware terminator definetely could be a purchasable program, I would pay more for this than I would for Hot shot companies such as PCTools Spyware Doctor and Webroot SpySweeper. Spyware Terminator has THE BEST protection available in one program. It has HIPS and Startup protection, Homepage protection, Winsock protection, it has everything.

    The detection is also great for a free program. It found a trojan on my computer, I submitted to Jottis Online Scan, the only two that recognized it were Nod32 and Kaspersky, the two best AV's around. Talk about good detection, and it found that in a 40 second scan! Tell spyware doctor to do that YEAH RIGHT!

    System Resources are incredibly light in Spyware Terminator, it is lighter than any other Antispyware program I have used.

    Overall I think this sums into a great FREE antispyware tool that NO ONE should be with out, because Spyware Terminator can block ANYTHING from getting on your comp, and is always getting better, its perfection now, I can't wait to see the 2.0 BETA when that comes out.

    Check out the Roadmap of Spyware Terminator which are posted on the FREE forums, so if there is a problem with the program, you can get help from the workers of Spyware Terminator, instead of paying for over the phone tech support. Check out the Roadmap:

    http://forum.spywareterm....aspx?g=posts&t=231

    I can't believe that anyone here could give this program less than a 4, that shows much much prejudice, and that they didn't install it at all or they installed and immediately uninstalled it. How lame can you get, if you are going to write a review ACTUALLY USE THE PROGRAM!!

  203. 1 out of 5 stars
    nike olsson

    Reviewing 1.6.0.811 (Oct 30, 2006)

    i say like the other guy:
    "the same company that was associated with spywares not too long ago" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You'd be best off picking a few of the recommended antispyware apps
    Ad-Aware, Spybot Search & Destroy and Microsoft AntiSpyware are all very good and all free
    Personally, I believe I'm OK with SpywareBlaster, WinPatrol, SpySweeper, and either Zone Alarm Security Suite or Micro-Trend PC-Cillin Internet Security.

    Maybe the good rewievs is because of
    this page from http://www.spywareterminator.com/legal/spread.aspx (crawler.com)
    "spread the word they say !!!!!!!!!!!#

  204. 5 out of 5 stars
    darth.mikey

    Reviewing 1.6.0.811 (Oct 30, 2006)

    Fact is that this free program is certified clean (by softpedia for example) and it has more features than ANY other free antispyware app out there. Their forums are great and as somebody already mentioned they are one of the very few companies that actually listen to their users(another one is Comodo).
    So far i haven't read one good argument on why you should not install this app or why it deserves a rating of 1. I recommend this great free program to everyone.

  205. 5 out of 5 stars
    btman

    Reviewing 1.6.0.811 (Oct 27, 2006)

    Now while I read everywhere... I find alot of good reviews... So I downloaded it... And it's a great program... On other forums... COMPUTER TECHS (And @ my local Memory Lane) are using it to CLEAN computers. 1000000$ says the guys giving 1's and two's haven't even downloaded the program.

  206. 4 out of 5 stars
    Dwarden

    Reviewing 1.6.0.811 (Oct 26, 2006)

    It's time to support Czech team behind this great free application (and now also paid Corporate Edition with networking support). I was testing this program for many months before i discovered it's made team in same city i live :) Check theirs forum how they take in mind users requests for features or help resolve problems. Decide Yourself who You trust or not but don't be scared away by childish reviews. At bottom of features page on ST homesite You can see small comparsion table. I give 4 stars for missing some small features, but they already on roadmap , see http://forum.spywareterm....aspx?g=posts&t=231

    Nikke i can assure You i'm years old veteran user of this site... and i feel sorry to everyone to bash company for swapping sides to good ... somehow i not noticed people whine same style about AOL free AV with Kaspersky engine (omg it's AOL HELL infested badware or so :)

  207. 5 out of 5 stars
    mark.joy

    Reviewing 1.6.0.811 (Oct 26, 2006)

    i've been using ST for about 2 months now, and recently installed the beta, 1.6.0.811. Have not had a single significant problem with it. It is fairly light on resources, scans quickly, and has realtime protection, for free. Updates are frequent, there are several categories of protection, almost too configurable for the average user, and to mitigate against newbie mis-config issues, the user can specify his/her level of expertise during, or any time after, installation. The support forums are helpfull, and the developers' responses to questions indicates an above average level of commitment to the program and care to the users, which I find quite surprising in a freeware. It also comes with the option of installing Clamwin antivirus (default=off during install) which I cannot comment on, as didn't install it.
    So I was a little surprised to read some of the reviews below, until realising that extreme prejudice is regrettably alive and well on this review site. If it was based on experience, that might be understandable. That it seems to be based in opinionated ignorance costs those reviewers, and this site, a certain amount of respect lost.
    And, although I shouldn't have to say this, I work at an airport and have nothing to do with this industry. I'm just an end-product user.

  208. 5 out of 5 stars
    anomoly

    Reviewing 1.6.0.811 (Oct 24, 2006)

    Not one review has mentioned why they don't like this prog. Lame reviews. Works fine for me. Just don't forget to disable the realtime protection of certain functions when you do a full update for your pc.
    Don't like this one & stay away from this one. Sounds to me like opinions are best kept to oneself if you have nada to bakitup.

  209. 1 out of 5 stars
    chian_lin_hua

    Reviewing 1.6.0.811 (Oct 24, 2006)

    don't like this one
    and they say on www.spywarewarrior.com

    That an application has been de-listed should not be understood as an endorsement or recommendation of any kind. We still recommend that users consult the short list of "trustworthy" anti-spyware applications. For more information on the process for de-listing application, see THIS discussion in the Spyware Warrior forums

  210. 5 out of 5 stars
    Carlospr

    Reviewing 1.6.0.811 (Oct 24, 2006)

    It seems to be a nice free alternative with real protection.

    I didn't find anything that can justify the given low rating. More like a preconceived opinion.

    SnapFiles, MajorGeeks and Spyware Warrior (http://www.spywarewarrio...pyware.htm#spyterm_note) does not have anything against it.

    In addition, a software magazine (Info from Brazil) tested Spyware Terminator and Windows Defender. Gave 6,3 (of 10) for ST and 6,6 (of 10) for WD. Nothing wrong with ST itself was found.

  211. 5 out of 5 stars
    bobad

    Reviewing 1.6.0.811 (Oct 24, 2006)

    Excellent AS program! It's no longer shady. All the good AS sites have found it to be clean, as have I. The HIPS is a fantastic feature, and more advanced than the other free AS programs. This is by far the most feature-packed Freeware AS scanner, and if you don't use it, it's your loss.

    Pros:
    *FREE!
    *Realtime (memory resident) protection
    *HIPS (Host Intrusion Protection System)
    *Automatic updates
    *Option to scan from Context Menu
    *Flexible, easy configuration
    *Small memory footprint
    *Fast scanner
    *Very good spyware detection
    *An option to use ClamWin AV (great secondary AV)

    Cons:
    I can't think of any. Honestly!

  212. 4 out of 5 stars
    Blue Joker

    Reviewing 1.6.0.811 (Oct 24, 2006)

    I give 4 this time ,
    from the interface Update panel it doesn't notice that a new Version is available , only the database.

  213. 5 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing 1.6.0.811 (Oct 24, 2006)

    pros nice interface free did pickup a windows.exe as a unknow program, after I ran avg foud out that windows exe was a trojan

    cons ran Adware SE after to compare the 2
    adware SE picked up in windows registry
    win32 trojan downloader. Spyterminator did not pick it up.
    rule of the thumb their is no all-inwonder
    trojan-malware scanning program best to have atleast 2, same applies to virus software aswell.

  214. 5 out of 5 stars
    RWW

    Reviewing 1.6.0.788 Beta (Oct 4, 2006)

    Chewyfood! Ny scroll did that. Meant to be a 5! Appreciate that.

  215. 5 out of 5 stars
    Greytata

    Reviewing 1.5.0.740 (Sep 7, 2006)

    This is the kind of software that is rare to find for free, nowadays. Fast, complete, real time protection, on demand file analisys,HIPS protection,very customizable, not heavy on system resources and it tracks malware very nicely. So nicely that I am considering to uninstall some of the other antyspyware programs I have on my machine.It made a full/deep scan of 70.000 objects in 17 minutes, which is very good. However one has to be carefull to analise the scan results as it can origin some false positives. Nice program, no doubt. I am not using the Clam AV, as I use - and trust - Avast for so long that I cannot live withou it. Good pairing: Spyware Terminator and Avast: you'll be secure, no doubt about that. And yes, most of the guy's that are saying bad things about it, probbaly did not tried it whatsoever.

  216. 5 out of 5 stars
    Baldrick

    Reviewing 1.5.0.740 (Aug 29, 2006)

    Vantorax

    You should check your fact and go to the Spyware Warrior website. They monitor anti malware programs for fakes, etc. and whilst what you have said may have been true a year or so back it is not now. Indeed, if you check the Wlders Security forum you will see how well thought of Spyware Terminator is now thought of.

    A great program. Hope that it remains free.

  217. 5 out of 5 stars
    TC17

    Reviewing 1.5.0.740 (Aug 29, 2006)

    Excellent program. Please ignore the people trying every way they can to bash a FREE product. Most likely from their competitors.

  218. 1 out of 5 stars
    Vantorax

    Reviewing 1.5.0.740 (Aug 29, 2006)

    That's from the same company that was associated with spywares not too long ago?

    http://www.websearch.com/pr/pr_release.aspx

    No thanks!!

    I'm not from a competitor. I provided a link to back up the story. Just do a search for Crawler.com and its history.

    Trend-Micro PC-Cillin 2007 detects Spyware Terminator as Adware_Crawler and a keylogger.

  219. 5 out of 5 stars
    Niliaend

    Reviewing 1.5.0.740 (Aug 29, 2006)

    Excellent program, has all the features to fight spywares and trojans, and for free. I've searched for a long time for this, and it runs all the time now.

  220. 5 out of 5 stars
    jon8rfc

    Reviewing 1.5.0.740 (Aug 29, 2006)

    Excellent program. Easy to navigate GUI. A new addition to a trio of cleansing: AdAware, SpyBot and now Spyware Terminator!

  221. 5 out of 5 stars
    drummerboy627

    Reviewing 1.5.0.740 (Aug 28, 2006)

    very good anti-spyware. free. pretty light on the resources w/ the realtime monitor. highly recommended.

  222. 5 out of 5 stars
    fourte3n

    Reviewing 1.5.0.739 (Aug 25, 2006)

    Finally... Something free that I can put on my inlaws PC to stop me constantly going over to fix their PC from, Trojans, Viruses and Spyware. I was fairly sceptical at first but after a month on their PC.... NOTHING. WOO HOO.

    Great Program and works well.

    NOTE: Im not using the inbuild AV. So my comments are about the rest of the program. Still using NOD32 for that.

  223. 4 out of 5 stars
    sarrik

    Reviewing 1.5.0.729 (Aug 25, 2006)

    A really nice program. Does what it says and it's the first program apart from a commecial product that I'm willing to let run it's real time protection.
    Good GUI, decent speed. Does well.

  224. 5 out of 5 stars
    DetroitBaseball

    Reviewing 1.5.0.718 (Aug 9, 2006)

    Best application out there for spyware removal and protection. It gives the user options to do what they want, scans fast, and is getting better with every new version.

  225. 5 out of 5 stars
    jon8rfc

    Reviewing 1.5.0.718 (Aug 4, 2006)

    Very thorough scanning; user-friendly GUI; optional virus scanning engine.

    This is a great supplement to Ad-Aware & SpyBot--I think it will become a staple scanner of mine; it will now be a trio.

  226. 5 out of 5 stars
    Tokar

    Reviewing 1.5.0.718 (Jul 14, 2006)

    @Jordanr05:
    I would suggest doing either or both of two things:
    1) try installing the updates manually, as they are provided on the Spyware Terminator website on the download page. Here is a direct link to the update file: http://www.spywaretermin...s/1/bin_stdata_pack.cab

    2) Go bring up your issue on the Spyware Terminator forums and see if the developers can resolve this issue with you.
    http://forum.spywareterminator.com/
    --------------------------

    I think this version is final. v1.5.0.712 and v1.5.0.714 were Release Candidate versions...and the history.txt makes no note of "RC" or "Beta" identifiers for this version. If its final then get out the champagne for 1.6 betas!

  227. 4 out of 5 stars
    ripfuel

    Reviewing 1.5.0.718 (Jul 14, 2006)

    To be free, it does pretty good. I install this program on PC's that I work on, & that do not have spyware protection. The real-time protection feature alone makes it worth the download.

  228. 1 out of 5 stars
    Jordanr05

    Reviewing 1.5.0.718 (Jul 14, 2006)

    Everything about this program seems great, except that my protection database has 0 entries no matter what I do. I have no choice but to give this product a 1. It doesn't work at all.

  229. 5 out of 5 stars
    Tokar

    Reviewing 1.5.0.714 Beta (Jul 12, 2006)

    @nilst2006: prove it. just prove it. I dare you. Let me report your results for you...no proof whatsoever of it being spyware. That is because it isnt spyware. Maybe you should try the software. I think you should visit the spyware terminator forums and take up your claim over there: http://forum.spywareterminator.com

    This is one of the best programs out there that is updated very often. When was the last time AdAware was updated? Good question dont you think? If you head over to the forums you will see this version is a release candidate, as was version 1.5.0.712, so a final version of 1.5 is soon on the way. Woohoo!

  230. 5 out of 5 stars
    hurzx

    Reviewing 1.5.0.714 Beta (Jul 12, 2006)

    @nilst2006 : how come that you are the only one to call it Spyware when all other don't, particularly specialist sites which have tested it for months before giving clerance ?

    @Pkshadow : sorry but Spywarewarrior seems often outdated and their proccess and comments are hardly convincing...

    To come back to SpywareMonitor I've been testing it for about 1 mth now. Looks efficient. No issue at all, particularly no system crash. Fast, light in resources. Got no infection since then. A good product so far.

  231. 4 out of 5 stars
    And|

    Reviewing 1.5.0.712 Beta (Jul 6, 2006)

    Nice program. I liked it, stress "liked". It made my system unstable and sometimes made my windows crash. The program it self has great potential, and just needs some tweeks here and there, then it can be a great program. Perhaps one of the best...?

  232. 2 out of 5 stars
    Pkshadow

    Reviewing 1.5.0.712 Beta (Jul 5, 2006)

    As I had reviewed to last beta of this I will make comments regarding that when you uninstall it there are registry entries left, there are program files left and some of them still run after uninstall.
    This Company has only been delisted as spyware/adware since 3-9-06 as per http://www.spywarewarrio...pyware.htm#spyterm_note

    If wanting to use a good or recommended program then choice one off of this list http://www.spywarewarrio...spyware.htm#trustworthy

    If your wanting to try out "beta's" then download this and use it.
    It only is a so-so program for finding spyware.

    If you want to check you spyware programs against a reputable company then try the on-line scanner here http://www.trendmicro.com/spyware-scan/

    But if want to play with "beta's" your here, so play!

  233. 4 out of 5 stars
    Soozy

    Reviewing 1.5.0.712 Beta (Jul 5, 2006)

    Love the program, but for 1 thing. Is anyone having a problem with having to maually updaye, even though you have it set to Auto?
    I reported this but haven't heard anything back.

  234. 5 out of 5 stars
    benZin

    Reviewing 1.5.0.712 Beta (Jul 5, 2006)

    That's the stuff. It looks like good.

  235. 5 out of 5 stars
    Tokar

    Reviewing 1.5.0.712 Beta (Jul 5, 2006)

    kbsoftware: again, like i said previously, do you think Microsoft is NOT guilty of the same practice? WGA? Uh yeah...

    I forgot how sensitive data like what browser you are using, time of day, and an IP address is to a antispyware company. If this was Microsoft or your ISP you would have a case, but this is an antispyware company.

    If it is such a problem, then quit complaining on here and contact the developers, as Im sure they will gladly listen to your complaints. You can use the contact form in Spyware Terminator.

    You can also go so far as to block the news page, its not that hard, genius.

    Quit giving a 1/5 rating on something so insignificant as this news page and rate the program please.

    kbsoftware #2: if you switched to linux then you shouldnt even be on this page (let alone most of BetaNews, since there is limited Linux software on BN...thats why god created Softpedia's Linux section). This software is made for Windows. The reviews were designed for users to report back their opinion on the overall program after using it...I doubt you got past the main screen. Comments like the one you posted are either meant to be sent to the developers as a complaint or a question, or at worst, as an issue to bring up over on the SpywareWarrior forums.

  236. 1 out of 5 stars
    kbsoftware

    Reviewing 1.5.0.712 Beta (Jul 5, 2006)

    Tokar, that's why I switched to Linux. I rate the program the way I see fit, it's a 1.
    Just because M$ does it, doesn't make it ok for them or anyone else to do so. And in this case I'm not rating or reviewing M$ software, but Spyware Terminator. I use antispyware software to stop programs from transmitting such information and then some etc. But then that's just me.

    sophist_dreams Thanks for the insult.
    From SpywareTerminators privacy site
    "Information Collection
    Visiting and using Crawler Services may result in Crawler receiving performance and usage information (such as search term, time of day, browser type, default language setting, IP address, an anonymous identifier). This information will not be used to personally identify you."
    Since you clearly didn't read what I wrote in my original review then you should not be commenting on it.
    During installion you can opt in or out to have information transmitted to 'Crawler Spyware Central' but you do not have the option to opt-out of the information collected when you open the progam window. This information I said that is collected and sent is done when the program window is opened and the News in the program is accessed from the internet.

  237. 4 out of 5 stars
    eclipsingdivinity

    Reviewing 1.5.0.712 Beta (Jul 5, 2006)

    It's becoming more and more reliable. It caught adware now built into daemon tools pretty handily and did a good job scrubbing the infection clean. WhenU went down the tube, and it's just another reason why I think this app is much more impressive than other upstarts like Arovax and SpyDefense. But we'll wait and see.

  238. 5 out of 5 stars
    TC17

    Reviewing 1.5.0.707 Beta (Jun 30, 2006)

    Nice FREE program. It also appears to update fairly often so far for me.

  239. 5 out of 5 stars
    fourte3n

    Reviewing 1.5.0.707 Beta (Jun 29, 2006)

    great program, has lessened the amount of times I need to fix the inlaws pc. no having a free real time scanner with adaware stopped them from having proper security from their own ignorance.

  240. 3 out of 5 stars
    Singleton

    Reviewing 1.5.0.707 Beta (Jun 29, 2006)

    This program shows promise but will need a lot of work to be a replacement for AdAware and/or Spybot, although it's a fine addition. The real time scanning seems to slow down my internet access a little bit, I only have 1.5Mb DSL and it's noticeable. I find the real time scanning features intrusive anyway so I've turned them off...for now.

  241. 1 out of 5 stars
    kbsoftware

    Reviewing 1.5.0.707 Beta (Jun 29, 2006)

    sophist_dreams Thanks for the insult.
    From SpywareTerminators privacy site
    "Information Collection
    Visiting and using Crawler Services may result in Crawler receiving performance and usage information (such as search term, time of day, browser type, default language setting, IP address, an anonymous identifier). This information will not be used to personally identify you."
    Since you clearly didn't read what I wrote in my original review then you should not be commenting on it.
    During installion you can opt in or out to have information transmitted to 'Crawler Spyware Central' but you do not have the option to opt-out of the information collected when you open the progam window. This information I said that is collected and sent is done when the program window is opened and the News in the program is accessed from the internet.

    sophist_dreams, I'm not complaining about the news section, that's clear in what I said.
    Collecting one's ip address, what versions of windows and web browser you are running, your screen resolution and so forth is not updating you spyware database, it's collecting information about users of the program.

  242. 3 out of 5 stars
    xyzcb1

    Reviewing 1.5.0.707 Beta (Jun 29, 2006)

    I think it is a great piece of software, but the only problem is when you install something that comes with DLL or Exe, it ask you for permission. Can they included a whitelist programs like MS Antispyware?

    Like install Daemon Tools, it requires me to click approved like 10 to 15 times to get it install.

  243. 5 out of 5 stars
    Tokar

    Reviewing 1.5.0.707 Beta (Jun 29, 2006)

    kbsoftware:

    The question you need to be asking yourself is do you really think Microsoft isn't guilty of the same thing, if not worse?
    They are Microsoft for crying out loud, the same people who have just come out saying that WGA will shut your PC off in September if its pirated.

    That line in Spyware Terminator is probably harmless and probably only a way for the development team to get a unbiased idea of who is using their software.

    Besides, I just checked the source and I don't see it.

  244. 1 out of 5 stars
    kbsoftware

    Reviewing 1.5.0.706 Beta (Jun 28, 2006)

    Hmm I'm a little curious about this. When I install a new program I always use InCtrl5 to monitor what it does and use Ethereal in case it uses the internet. After installing this program I check InCtrl5 and noticed nothing suspicious but when SpywareTerminator is running I did notice something.
    When you open SpywareTerminator it downloads some news from the internet (you can see the news on the right side) The news is downloaded here
    http://www.spywareterminator.com/legal/news.aspx
    If you take a look at the source you'll notice some javascript at the bottom which points to here
    http://ws.crawler.com/istat.aspx?M=SPYTERM

    And this is what I saw that Ethereal had captured, take a look at the source of the last web site and you will see that your ip, web browser, windows version, screen resolution and a few other tid bits are collected.
    The only thing missing for me to call SpywareTerminator spyware itself would be a list of websites that I have recently visited.

    This might not be a big deal to some, but it is to me.
    I've decided to uninstall this program and forget about it.

  245. 5 out of 5 stars
    Shadowtech

    Reviewing 1.5.0.706 Beta (Jun 28, 2006)

    I just want to state as well that there is *NO* spyware/adware of any kind in this program. It runs smoothly, takes up almost no resources, finds many things that Ad-Aware misses, and is simply one of the best programs of its kind. 5 stars.

  246. 4 out of 5 stars
    JEdwardP

    Reviewing 1.5.0.706 Beta (Jun 28, 2006)

    In my review of the previous beta, one of my few complaints was that multiple drives couldn't be selected for a custom scan. I don't know if that was a selection bug, if it was added, or if I just flat-out missed it, but for whatever reason, I can select multiple drives in this beta.

    I still think the interface is somewhat overdone, and I never use any of the real-time options, so I can't evaluate those, but overall, I believe this program has the potential to become the best of its type.

  247. 5 out of 5 stars
    guitardave78

    Reviewing 1.5.0.706 Beta (Jun 28, 2006)

    This product was a bit suspect fromt he reviews, but I gave it a go. I made sure my system was clean (MS Antispy, fsecure, spydefence etc)
    Then put this on ran all again and was fine.
    Went to lots of spyware filled sites, and nothing got through!!
    So all in all, it is a very very good piece of freeware. I have tried all the free one and this sits with the best, next to spydefence!!

  248. 5 out of 5 stars
    Tokar

    Reviewing 1.5.0.706 Beta (Jun 28, 2006)

    PKShadow you were probably infected with adware prior to installing Spyware Terminator.

    This software is clean.

    It was listed on SpywareWarrior for a while since the company, Crawler, was a name associated with Adware. They removed the entry as they proved their software is clean and of high quality.

    By the way Spyware Terminator integrates ClamAV into its scan and realtime shield, not to mention its automatic updater, so you get a free antivirus with this program.

  249. 5 out of 5 stars
    hurzx

    Reviewing 1.5.0.706 Beta (Jun 28, 2006)

    @ pkshadow

    Your statement is completely wrong. I checked with Ewido and Spybot, which found nothing. I also checked in numerous forums to see a confirmation, in particular at WilderSecurity. Everybody confirms that it is an excellent prog, although it has short history. Compared to Ewido it uses half less RAM. I still wait a moment and may uninstall other stuff like SpywareBlaster and even Ewido.

  250. 1 out of 5 stars
    Pkshadow

    Reviewing 1.5.00.697 Beta (Jun 27, 2006)

    This is spyware!
    After installing this and a reboot much later Norton Firewall blocked Trojan Bla.
    PestPatrol found entries for the Cool Tool Bar (ctoolbar) which is Adware.

    DO NOT INSTALL also it does not work worth a dam_!

    A spyware scan by trend dot com also found it and listed it as spyware.

    Also when telling program to not start up at boot it did not show a icon but was found running and also taking 31megs of ram.

  251. 5 out of 5 stars
    Shadowtech

    Reviewing 1.5.00.697 Beta (Jun 26, 2006)

    This program freakin' rocks. Definitely worthy of 5 stars. It's fast, thorough, and best of all: it protects you in real-time.

  252. 4 out of 5 stars
    JEdwardP

    Reviewing 1.5.00.697 Beta (Jun 25, 2006)

    This seems to be a very good and effective program. I do wish it gave one the ability to select multiple drives for a custom scan, it doesn't seem to pay complete attention when one selects the "scan only infectable files" option, and its GUI is just a bit too flashy for my taste, but overall, it's a formidable entry in the field.

  253. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.5.00.697 Beta (Jun 25, 2006)

    Oh yeah!, I must say that so far this program is a keeper. I have Ad-Aware as primary and this one as secondary. So far I am impressed by how well this program works. One of the things I really like about this is the "restore point" functionality, constant updates, clean and nice GUI, Realtime Detection. It does scan fast too. Anyway, if you are looking for a second option to Ad-Aware, give this program a try it might help you as it has helped me. It is very promising and I hope that it improves even better in the future.

  254. 5 out of 5 stars
    Dwiebelhaus

    Reviewing 1.5.00.694 Beta (Jun 25, 2006)

    This program has a bunch of promise , the only thing i'm not real clear on is this , let me paint a picture for you , the majority of spyware scan I perform are on a external bay with a customers hdd running for cleaning purposes , this program catches allot but after i'll scan with ewido and ewido will catch much more or pieces of what this program left behind? this leads me to wonder why? is it using a different type of scanning process, not sure i've searched thier site but can't come up with a valid reason , but this program seems to come out on top while scanning live on the pc...

    Anyway , it's coming along very well.

  255. 5 out of 5 stars
    Tokar

    Reviewing 1.5.00.694 Beta (Jun 23, 2006)

    The best antispyware product on the market, and it took Betanews/Fileforum almost 6 months to figure this out and actually list this software. Softpedia has been listing this for the longest time.

    Why is this the best?
    1) it mixes the best of the most popular interfaces. It models its scan interface after adaware and its overall interface after MS Antispyware Beta 1.
    2) It has autoupdates for both the program and the definitions.
    3) It comes with an activeshield which can be modified to have the most basic of protection (startup protection and such) to the most ADVANCED of protection (HIPS).
    4) It comes with HIPS, something not many antispy products have if any outside this one.
    5) It supports mutliple languages in the program, no extra downloads required.
    6) It scans pretty darn fast.
    7) It has a antispyware network like SpyNet and such.
    etc. etc. etc.

    It is an overall amazing program. The best part of it all is that they release two versions of each version. One that includes and integrates ClamAV into the scan/realtime shield and that which doesn't include, your choice.

    In the future I think Spyware Terminator will have an awesome interface for ClamAV the way I understand it, but right now there are just a few checkboxes here and there for ClamAV for the purposes of integrating with the program.

    Like most antivirus products, Spyware Terminator discloses its ENTIRE detection library, which is available for viewing over at the homepage, and the main screen in the program shows the 5 most recently added items to the detection database.

    THE DATABASE NOT ONLY distinguishes between all different types of bad stuff, but it has a library of good programs it detects so it can minimize the amount of false positives. The best part of this feature is that if Spyware Terminator does not have the detection for some of your software it will show up under Unknown SW (after the scan) and you can do one or both of two things: 1) tell the program it is safe and move it to the safe category or 2) e-mail your entire log to Spyware Terminator and tell them what the entry is so they can add it to the database.

    Overall its an awesome software with a VERY responsive development team.
    And what is great about Spyware Terminator, aside from all its features, is that they release new builds like every 2 or 3 days, which is great for the people of this website.

    If you rate this any lower than a 3 you are certainly misinformed about this software.

  256. 3 out of 5 stars
    danilloOc

    Reviewing 1.5.00.694 Beta (Jun 23, 2006)

    I'm kind of disappointed cause I found a bug in the first minute I started using the program, I know it's a beta, the bug is: After change a setting in the "real Time Protection tab the program language changed to french, or whatever it is, I just can't read the UI anymore and had to uninstall the program,I will try again in the next version, Hope it get fixed, so I can try the program.

  257. 5 out of 5 stars
    yokozuna

    Reviewing 1.5.00.694 Beta (Jun 23, 2006)

    Apart from the past of the mother company, Spyware Terminator is one of the best and most intuitive antispyware tools with one of the highest detection rates. It could use less memory (it uses around 15 megabytes of RAM) but I cannot complain because it is free.

  258. 5 out of 5 stars
    Onsoku

    Reviewing 1.5.00.694 Beta (Jun 23, 2006)

    Apart from A/V, what's difference between this and SpyDefense?

  259. 5 out of 5 stars
    warrior101

    Reviewing 1.5.00.694 Beta (Jun 22, 2006)

    5 Stars - Its Free!

    Awesome Find BetaNews as always! You have a wonderful Site.

    I placed this link at Digg so vote for it if you like it. This software rocks. I tested it with 5 spyware samples that I had and it detected them all, the beta version of the software includes HIPS and Anti-virus, which is something you can not find anywhere else for FREE.

    Its a rock solid program, and considering its real time, has hips, and anti-virus and its FREE!!!! Of course I’m going to give it a five star…..

    I’m still going to keep Adaware, but I like the idea of having a second spyware detection software.

  260. 4 out of 5 stars
    eclipsingdivinity

    Reviewing 1.5.00.694 Beta (Jun 22, 2006)

    What was once a rogue application (mainly due to some relationship with an adware company, rather than a fault with the program) happens to be one of the best free antispyware apps yet. Realtime protection, with a built in HIPs that only alerts you when something bad or 'unknown' is trying to access your PC. It keeps a pretty sophisticated list of what processes are good and what they're used for as well.

    The detection rates are fine, it was able to detect a wintools spyware file I purposely placed on my desktop.

    There are a few quirks with the program though. For one many of the advanced options take a little digging to find, and the programs GUI while flashy is a bit too green for my tastes. And the company behind Spywareterminator (Crawler) doesn't exactly fit the bill for a professional antimalware that i'd put 100% trust behind, due to the fact half the services they offer are screensavers and games, and 'toolbars with built in weather'? I mean honestly, who's going to take them seriously when in the middle if your antispyware download you're grabbing some super cool 3D screensaver? I don't imply Crawler distributes adware, but it's just a bit funny.

Discuss Spyware Terminator

  1. Sep 10, 2012 - 2:05 PM
    Sativarg

    Spyware Terminator 2.0 Review & Rating | PCMag.com Review Date August 07, 2007
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    :Neil J. Rubenking

    A few years ago the good people at Crawler LLC got a little too friendly with a major adware distributor; other security utilities even started flagging Crawler's own products as adware. It just didn't seem like a logical candidate for review. That's all in the past, though. The well-regarded watchdog site SpywareWarrior.com verifies that the adware connection has been thoroughly severed.
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    BUT:!!!
    crawler search engine
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    I downloaded a program I think it was Spyware Terminator. Along with it came a free crawler toolbar. Anyway I got fed up with it and uninstalled it the crawler toolbar that is. However now when I enter a search in my Firefox address bar it searches via the crawler search engine. When I view my search engines crawler is not listed, although it is listed in IE as a search engine. However it does not search with it in IE. I have searched everywhere on my computer but can find nothing relating to crawler. How do I Firefox to search with Google in my address bar.
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