Sunbelt CounterSpy was originally developed by Giant Software, but since Microsoft's acquisition and rebranding of Giant, Sunbelt has distanced itself from the original spyware, just keeping the interface. The new version of CounterSpy sees it pull further still away from the original - now owned and rebranded by Microsoft - to the extent that it no longer uses the same underlying engine. For all intents and purposes, the interface remains the same, though.
The original partnership with Giant has brought an unexpected dividend for Sunbelt, however, as the terms of the legal agreement that preceded the Microsoft acquisition mean that Microsoft is obliged to continue providing Sunbelt with signature updates. CounterSpy, therefore, provides regular, automatically detected and downloaded updates from its own research team, from the collective ThreatNet community and from Microsoft too.
Sunbelt CounterSpy did very well in PC Pro Lab's tests. It performed better than Microsoft on every area except scanning speed, where Microsoft anti-spyware led by only a few seconds. CounterSpy scored 88% on detection, 84% on removal and 54% on blocking. CounterSpy was the second position holder in the PC Pro lab, with Spyware Doctor getting the coveted first position.
CounterSpy was the winner of CNET Lab's Editors' Choice award for best anti-spyware product. In this lab, it correctly identified every piece of spyware in an active-detection test, and did very well in active scanning, on-demand detection, and complete spyware removal.
Sunbelt CounterSpy gives instant feedback on spyware detection, has an intuitive and clean interface, supports Windows 2000/XP/Vista, plus Windows 98 and ME, has excellent system tools, overwrites deleted files, cleans browser history, provides active protection that runs in the background without disturbing normal work, gives granular customisation, completely removes all detected spywares, efficiently uses memory and CPU cycles, and offers excellent technical support.
Offered at a very low price, this is one of the best packages available in an overcrowded market, delivering almost every desirable security feature and protecting your computer from all kinds of threats, including spyware, adware, malware, viruses and rootkits.
Author Sahid Townsenddate added 2009-09-07 12:02:55