Although Spy Cleaner is a long established product, it is far from achieving the maturity expected from anti-spyware software combating the continually evolving forces of internet threats. It costs slightly less than Spyware Doctor, but comes with a simplistic interface, an extremely limited feature set and minimal user guides. It takes a long time to scan, with very high CPU usage, and slows down your machine while scanning. In the PC Pro Lab's test it detected 38%, removed 48% and blocked 22% of spyware, which leaves it far behind other anti-spywares tested.
Once Spy Cleaner routes out malicious components, it does not tell you what to do with them, and even the analysis of the threats it detects are woefully uninformative. Attempting to access the help files takes you to the company's website, where you get a screenshot-based tutorial telling you how to use the product, with no other technical support on offer. You even have to close the application each time there are automatic updates. The only positive features worth mentioning are the browser-hijack restorer for Internet Explorer and a working backup and restore facility for deleted components.
There are other anti-spyware programmes out there that are a hell of a lot better, many of which are totally free, so spending money on this software is not recommended.
Author Kevin McLanedate added 2009-09-07 12:00:43