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Overview

Company
Enigma Software Group USA, LLC.
Operating Systems Supported
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Win7
  • Win8
  • Win10
Price
$39.99 (Single User License, 6 Months)

Main Features

SpyHunter Scanner; Custom Scan; Spyware HelpDesk; Backup; Exclusions Panel; System Guards; Network Sentry; Scan Scheduler; General Settings...
Technical Support Options
  • Email/Support Ticket
  • Knowledgebase/FAQs
  • User Guide

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SpyHunter Review

It is an anti-spyware tool from Enigma software. Though the name suggests spyware removal, SpyHunter efficiently removes malware and blocks online threats.

Backed by West Coast Labs certification and Platinum product award, SpyHunter thoroughly scans your system and efficiently removes malware and spyware from your system. Rootkits that use hidden and encrypted files escape the eyes of spyware tools. However, it identifies rootkits during the Windows boot up process and fixes them. Additionally, the tech support team can remotely fix this issue.

The support page contains extensive help documentation. The support team responds within 48 hours of opening a support ticket which is not bad. The software has an option to take a screenshot of your PC configuration so that you can send it to the support technicians for a quick resolution.

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Editor review

Overall rating 
 
4.5

Though the name suggests spyware removal, SpyHunter efficiently removes malware and blocks online threats.

User reviews

5 reviews

Overall rating 
 
2.7
Ease of Use 
 
3.2  (5)
Features 
 
2.8  (5)
Effectiveness 
 
2.6  (5)
Support 
 
2.2  (5)
Ratings (the higher the better)
Ease of Use
Is this software easy to install and use?
Features
Are the features enough for you?
Effectiveness
Does this software help?
Support
How is their technical support?
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Overall rating 
 
1.5
Ease of Use 
 
3.0
Features 
 
1.0
Effectiveness 
 
1.0
Support 
 
1.0

SpyHunter is a cam

SpyHunter is a virus scanner that gives fake results in an attempt to scare people into giving them money. SpyHunter is a complete scam. Do not download SpyHunter because it will ruin your computer and waste your time.

Best to get a REAL anti-virus/anti-malware software even if you do a scan with this shoddy software on a virus-ridden computer,

Pros
Free?
Cons
Will not remove 'non-existant threats' unless you pay.
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Overall rating 
 
4.8
Ease of Use 
 
5.0
Features 
 
5.0
Effectiveness 
 
5.0
Support 
 
4.0

One Feature I've Not Found Elsewhere

I honestly don't recall why I tried SpyHunter 4 unless simply to see if it was a useful product. In my opinion, it is, and I particularly like some of the network guards it provides, notably proxy monitoring. I use SpyHunter in combination with Norton Security 2015 and have never seen any issues arising between their both being active. SpyHunter does occasionally nag for allowing some process to run, perhaps more than I think seems necessary, but it is so easily acknowledged and closed that I consider this just added proof of the protection being offered. It was while running some other software on my system and finding internet access affected that SpyHunter really shined a light on the "problem"...the other software was silently changing my proxy server while being used to capture streaming data. While the proxy was restored after the fact, I didn't like that it impacted other web use, and SpyHunter now routinely warns of the change and allows the settings to be restored, with no apparent impact upon the software that was changing it.

I have never really noticed any signficant impact upon the performance of my system while SpyHunter is running, so I do allow it to load with system startup. As for the slow scans for spyware, malware, etc., I just let it run for a while to catch whatever it might find (usually very little, courtesy of Norton Security's effectiveness) and then abort the scan to review any results. Every once in a while, I let SpyHunter scan to completion, just to ensure my system is as clean as possible.

Overall, I am a happy user of SpyHunter and do recommend it to others who aren't put off by the price. As for support, I've never had to contact Enigma Software for any support, so I have no real opinion in that regard. So, let's just say a 4-star ratings means, "works well, no need for support", and leave 5-stars for those who received effective, helpful support when needed.

Pros
Proxy Monitor Restores Unwanted Changes
Cons
Slow scanning for spyware. Price.
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Overall rating 
 
4.8
Ease of Use 
 
5.0
Features 
 
5.0
Effectiveness 
 
5.0
Support 
 
4.0

SPY HUNTER 4

Excellent software. Merciless anti malware program

Pros
Seems awfully expensive until you realizr that the soft ware will work on whatever computer you want and own, whether you are running XP or Win 8.1 and removes some really pesky programs that I have not been able to remove by hand because it takes them out during the boot process like a rootkit scan. Unfortunately many of these Malware projects and update support from the OEM include their own particular Malware and Spy Hunter still classifies these as malware and WILL REMOVE THEM, without mercy.
Cons
Their aggressive marketing has stopped and unfortunately they are tarred with the same brush and have a lot of trust to win back.
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Paid Customer
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Overall rating 
 
1.5
Ease of Use 
 
2.0
Features 
 
2.0
Effectiveness 
 
1.0
Support 
 
1.0

Not a Great Deal

Not a fan. There are much better options out there. Took it off my computer immediately after buying and went back to other free versions of software.

Pros
Really good marketers
Cons
They are all over trashing other companies, but fail to mention their many questionable activities and ineffective software.
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Overall rating 
 
1.0
Ease of Use 
 
1.0
Features 
 
1.0
Effectiveness 
 
1.0
Support 
 
1.0

spyhunter 4 is ransomware, wants money and will not uninstall

I download SpyHunter 4 to remove a piece of malware, and it has turned out to be much worse than the malware I wanted to remove.

I still have both on my computer, and the customer service seems to be available only to people who purchase the whole version.

Pros
Quickly found the source of the issues that I was having with my computer, along with more potential problems that I was not aware of. When you click on the "fix these problems" it sends you to a web site to purchase the full version $40 (and they re-bill you every 6 months). "Helpful" notices continue to pop up constantly to remind you that you have problems, and "are you sure you want to run this program" pop up all the time.
Cons
WILL NOT UNINSTALL!! I ran the uninstall provided, and it removed the program from the 'add or remove programs' list, and also from the start menu, so I can not access the program anymore. The problem is that all the popups continue, along with the reminders to purchase the full version. And when one of these windows pop up it halts every process, severely slowing down my computer.
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