Oct 102012
 

SuperAntiSpyware (SAS) version 5.6 has been released – the website states that it is their ‘most significant update ever’. SAS is one of the best free malware removal tools.

It also has a much overlooked set of 27 ‘one click’ fixes – an easy way to re-enable or repair critical Windows components that are most commonly damaged by virus attack.

SuperAntiSpyware 5.6 Key Features

  • Completely re-architected definition database system
  • Dramatically improved memory usage – up to 90% less compared with the previous version. In my own testing, SAS used 1MB of RAM when resident in system tray and c 40MB during scans. This compares favorably to its long time rival Malwarebytes which, in my tests, used c 90MB – with the user interface open or during scans.
  • Greatly enhanced product load times and faster scanning, faster malware detection
  • Resolution of long-standing issues affecting certain systems and several critical bug fixes
  • Heuristic/Smart definition updates and improvements and enhancements to the Worldwide Threat Map infrastructure
  • Optimizations to in-product bug reporting system

Download – SAS is available as a Portable version (no need to install) here or a normal installation version (Free Edition download) here.

Note that the free versions do not include real-time blocking of threats – they are for retrospective checking and malware removal.

SAS

The Professional version (currently on offer at $19.99) adds real-time blocking, scan scheduling and automatic updates etc – see the full comparison chart.

  6 Responses to “SuperAntiSpyware Major New Version 5.6 Released”

  1. Ran this programme and it found 205 threats. Deleted threats and restarted computer as advised. Ran programme again an it found the same threats! Useless.

    • something obviously went wrong with the removal but it’s one of the best malware scanners out there with millions of users…

  2. Hi, have recently followed your recommendations about this and installed this on a friends new puter. About to do it on another which is infested. Before I did I figured I should see how its rated compared to others, notable SSD and Adaware which are the only ones I have used over the years.

    Seems it is as good as or better but there appears to be a concern that people cannot get rid of it if they change their minds. I haven’t tried to uninstall it but if true that is surely worrying about software that is designed to get rid of recalcitrant and persistent programs. OK SAS probably isn’t doing any harm (although you never know) but this is an unacceptable feature if true.

    Some comments about this I found here http://www.2-spyware.com/review-superantispyware.html quite low down the comments.

    Do the good folks at TL, or anyone else, have anything to add about the validity or otherwise of these comments.

    Thanks

    Trev

    • @TB – sadly all security programs will fail to uninstall on at least some occasions. Google for ‘can’t uninstall xyz’ for any malware scanner and you’ll get 1000s of results – same for SSD/Adaware and full AV like Norton/AVG etc 🙁

      Because of their nature, they dig deep into Windows so normal removal doesn’t always work but good vendors offer a special removal tool for such cases – see our full list (includes SAS) – http://techlogon.com/2012/03/25/list-of-antivirus-removal-and-uninstall-programs/

      SAS is no better/worse than others in this respect (as far as I know) but they, almost uniquely, also offer a Portable version that requires no installation and therefore no need no uninstall.

      • @ Roy.

        Thanks for that. It makes sense.

        I haven’t got into using portable versions of software yet but I really should look into that as it is a great way to save resources. I have been using PCs for years but until recently, mine was in storage for 3 years as I was travelling round quite a lot, so I am reminding myself of lots of stuff for my own machine (which pretty badly needed an upgrade 3 years ago, so you can only imagine what it is like trying to make it meet new software standards w/o upgrading in any way but I am too broke to do anything about it) and also helping friends with theirs. TL is absolutely perfect for me atm and it’s my favourite site right now.

        Anyways, I went ahead and installed it on the ‘infested’ machine. It found 256 trackers and 1 trojan – actually not as bad as I expected because the machine had been running so slowly.

        Maybe I should have been a little more cautious but I just went ahead and had SAS remove all 257 threats.

        Next my plan was to install pririforms CC and Defraggler but both programs fetched up a blue screen. I have no idea now of knowing if it was because of the threats I removed. I have kind of left it in that state as I don’t know what to do next although I will have a look to see if it is possible to undo the SAS treatment and see what happens.

        (RANT:

        The OS on this machines is Vista so I had to use its inbuilt defragmentation in lieu of Defraggler (I didn’t have time to search for another option). I couldn’t believe how bad the inbuilt defragger was. I am sure even back in 3.1 and 95 days, maybe DOS run options even, we at least had a graphical representation of what was going on, or was that only Scan Disk? Well it ran the Analysis and said it was fine! This is a machine that has never been defragged, the Desktop looks like a bombsite, and the machine owner is clueless about any kind of maintenance or using basic systems for saving, unpacking etc (i.e making and naming folders). – so there is are files, webpages everything all over the goddam place. I defragged it anyway but had no idea what was happening. It was really frustrating! I had to leave it running and go elsewhere anyway but a quick visual impression of the state of the machine would have been nice.

        RANT OVER.)

        The crux of this post then is to ask would it make sense to try install software from a different publisher to see if the blue screen is avoided or should I backtrack and try undo and see if I still get the blue screen when installing CC/Defraggler?

        Thanks

        Trev

  3. @TB – blue screens when installing safe software like CC may indicate Windows is damaged or, more likely, that viruses are still present – especially a rootkit. If you haven’t already, backup all user data.

    If you want to give it a go, see our 4 part guide on virus removal – http://techlogon.com/2011/05/11/how-to-remove-viruses-part-1/ – try TDSSkiller and Malwarebytes in particular. However, unless you have a lot of time on your hands (and experience), if the PC is badly infected (e.g. rootkit) it will likely prove much quicker (and safer) to just wipe everything and reinstall Windows – from DVD or via a recovery partition.

    Re rant – agreed that Vista has a well deserved reputation for doing an awful lot of things worse than XP!

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