I used the free version that came bundled with google essentials. Worked great. Then I thought I'd "upgrade" to a paid version - mistake! Now it says "antivirus engine: not installed". Over a week with their tech support and I still don't have a solution and my year subscription is ticking away.
I have been renewing my subscription for over 4 years now.
This product detects and eliminates malware that other products miss and/or can't remove.
I have recently [mid-2010] had it detect worms that symantec never detected/mentioned.
I use mine as a backup scanner to the one
I am directed to use by at IT client I work for.
I hate that I always find a retail copy cheaper than the cost to renew online.
Example: I found a retail box of the 2010 version here on Buy.com for like 9 or 10 bucks. It was cheaper to buy a new retail version [when on a good sale, like when under $10] than to buy the online renewal offer by PC tools. [but this is true for most security tools software vendors, NOT just pc tools].
My only problem is I occasionally forget to disable my normal AV suite when I want to run Spyware dr. Under these circumstances the 2 programs can use a fair amount of CPU time.
Make sure this is the only scanner running, or better yet, schedule it to run on your pc while you are not using it [while you are sleeping].
The price-performance of this product is great, it uses minimal physical memory and works in the background without interruption of other programs/functions. The anitivirus and antispyware is a good package for the price. I would recommend this product to anybody.
I bought a full version of PC Tools Spyware Doctor with Antivirus 2010 from Buy.com. Was not able to activate antivirus protection on either of my machines (Win 7 ultimate and win 7 home premium ) even after intense but fruitless correspondence with the helpdesk.
All other tools seems to work, however significantly slowing down the system.
A few events like computer crashing and blocking me from attaching files to the email probably caused by the software (Computer got back to normal after a clean uninstall) .
Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus delivers powerful antivirus and antispyware protection with layered technologies to defend your PC against malware attacks. Advanced Detection Intelligence includes multiple techniques that provide proactive, reactive and automated protection to stop threats at every entry point.
Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus features precision technology for minimal performance impact and the ability to tailor protection settings to meet your specific needs. State Awareness Modes intuitively detect how you are using your PC and adjust to reduce interruptions. Intelligent automated protection is enabled on install for maximum protection so you can set and forget. Includes 24/7 phone, web and email support.
ThreatFire™ Behavioral Intelligence blocks new threats faster than traditional signature methods by scanning and analysing computer processes to accurately detect and block any malicious activity;
Advanced rootkit detection technology to identify and remove hidden threats;
Browsing protection against web-based attacks, including phishing attempts, rogueware scare tactics and silent drive-by downloads, using reactive blacklists and proactive dynamic content analysis;
Constant real-time IntelliGuard protection to prevent known and new malware threats from installing on your PC and potentially causing harm. IntelliGuard monitors for malicious activity involving spyware processes, tracking cookies, suspicious ActiveX objects, browser hijackers, keyloggers, trojans and more;
Intelli-Scan™ swiftly hunts and kills active spyware threats utilizing patent-pending spider scanning technology;
Smart Updates silently and automatically install protection updates and product upgrades to ensure continued powerful protection against the latest threat outbreaks.
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Operating System: Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (32bit) Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 (32/64-bit) Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
Advanced Detection Intelligence provides Powerful Antivirus AntiSpyware Software: Built on a modular architecture which utilizes a diverse range of technologies that detect, block and remove threats attempting to compromise your PC ThreatFire? Behavioral Intelligence features next-generation technology to block new threats faster than traditional signature methods Advanced rootkit detection technology identifies and removes hidden threats from your PC Multi-layered browsing protection against web-based attacks, including phishing attempts, rogueware scare tactics and silent drive-by downloads, using a combination of reactive blacklists and proactive dynamic content analysis technologies Site Guard blocks you from visiting potentially unsafe or phishing websites and from downloading threats through your browser, IM or email Cookie Guard automatically removes potentially malicious tracking and advertising cookies Browser Guard stops 'drive-by' downloads of fake AV or malicious files from compromised or exploit websites Constant real-time IntelliGuard? protection prevents known and new malware threats before they can install and cause any harm to your PC. IntelliGuard monitors for malicious activity involving spyware processes, viral activity, tracking cookies, suspicious ActiveX objects, browser hijackers, keyloggers, trojans and more Intelli-Scan? swiftly hunts and kills active spyware threats - utilizes patent-pending spider scanning technology to quickly identify and remove threats Precision Antivirus Spyware Software Technology for minimal performance impact: State Awareness Modes intuitively detect how you are using your PC and adjust to minimize performance impact and reduce interruptions Game Mode automatically detects your PC switching into full-screen mode for games, movies or presentations and ensures an uninterrupted experience dle Mode automatically runs resource intensive tasks when your PC is not in use Power Saving Mode postpones power-intensive tasks until your laptop is plugged in, extending battery life
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