Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
I have a machine which is upto date but has been slow recently. I have Kaspersky AV on it and have run several full scans but nothing was found. I put Spyware Dr. on as a matter of curiosity really to see if it could find anything bad. I loaded the CD and it said a newer version was available online so I followed the instructions and it loaded with no problems and then I registered it. During loading it warned me that it may conflict with my Kaspersky but I ignored this (did a system backup first though) and went on with the set up. Once installed I did a full scan and low and behold it found 76 problems including 6 high risk ones, various cookies, key loggers and general ad pop ups. I ran the fix and did a reboot and the machine booted quite quickly and it now seems more responsive, so all good so far. The only problem I seem to have with it is that Windows 7 (64bit) keeps telling me I have no anti virus software installed. I ran Kaspersky which still seems to be alive and well and it ran fine and is still running in the background. I have checked my main software suites and they all load as before but a bit faster so it looks as though this has done the job. However, the cross on the Windows problem flag saying I have no AV installed is a bit worrying so I emailed PC Tools about it. They came back saying it was a known registry error that is created when Spyware Dr and Kaspersky exist together and Windows is the problem (where have we heard that before. Being a programmer I have a few harmless test viruses so put the CD into the drive and Kaspersky immediately alerted me to their existance and not to load the disk. This way I knew Kaspersky was alive and well and Spyware Dr also saw the spyware test file I have. I see other users have had a few problems with conflicts while others have not. Overall I can recommend this software but please do a system back up before loading it with another makers antinvirus on the system going by the other reviews here. I have yest to test it with my laptop that has Norton on it and will see how it fairs with that. I would have given 5 stars except for this incompatibility issue, but you are warned about a possible issues when loading, it would be better for PC Tools to solve these issues before releasing software but no software is ever complete, it is always work in progress as we know with Windows.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2011
Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
This is review of PC Tools Spyware Doctore 2011.

NOTE This product does not include AntiVirus to guard against malicious threats or AntiSpam, but may be used to remove rootkits etc.

I was impressed with the ease of installation and the effectiveness of this product. I had a PC with a whole bunch of malware on that AVG(Freeware) and Avast(free version) was unable to clean up. Once installed, Spyware Doctor hunted down the problem and removed it. PC is now clean and I dodn't have to go through the re-installing windows route.

Scanning the system is a little slower than with some other products, but maybe that is because it is doing a good job.

Impressed.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 2 October 2010
I've used an older version of Spyware Doctor for 2 years, running it alongside Norton 360 with its antivirus function deactivated (to prevent interference with Norton's antivirus, which I've left fully functional). In my earliest experience with Spyware Doctor, I found it could detect and remove certain infections Norton either overlooked or else found but couldn't get rid of. All was bliss - until my subscription came up for renewal September 30, 2010 and I downloaded the latest release of Spyware Doctor.

Spyware Doctor 2011 is nothing short of a disaster.

I first installed it under Windows Vista on a 64-bit Hewlett Packard desktop that has had a history of sporadic malfunctions of Explorer (the directory tree examiner, not to be confused with Internet Explorer). The Spyware Doctor 2011 installation hijacked my Internet Explorer dummy start page (about:blank) in an attempt to sign me up for "Browser Defender", another PC Tools product. Since that's a minor, fixable irritation, I didn't attribute the woes that ensued to Spyware Doctor's actions, but following the installation, both Explorer and Internet Explorer quit working. I assumed the notoriously unstable Vista was at fault and decided this was a good time to upgrade to Windows 7.

Now, 30 Euros poorer, I've learned to my chagrin that Spyware Doctor 2011 corrupts the normally stable Windows 7, too! It renders both Explorer and Internet Explorer useless and causes a pandemic of breakdowns in all sorts of basic operations. Fortunately, software removal via Control Panel was left intact, and using it to exorcise the blighted Spyware Doctor 2011 and its inner demons magically brought the many frozen functions back to life again.

A grizzled software veteran, I'm left to speculate over what sort of mess the now uninstalled critter left in its wake. This being a freshly-hatched system, I'm going to play it safe and reinstall Windows 7 from scratch.

The last I heard, PC Tools had earned a kind of badge of respectability through being acquired by Symantec, a PC security name most of us take seriously. But now I'm reading that I'm not the only one who's found Spyware Doctor's recent releases to be dangerous garbage.

If you don't think your PC would be fun on hallucinogenic drugs, don't install Spyware Doctor on it!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
I have used previous versions of this software so knew it was one of the best tools for cleaning a PC.

Installation was quick, about 10 minutes including the activation routine.

I then let it scan the PC which took several hours. I was surprised that it found three files that it thought should be removed so I let it. They might have been benign but I have not missed them!

Spyware Doctor now sits running in the background and does not seem to have impacted the performance at all.

Is it worth paying for this when similar free programs are available? At the Amazon price of less than £4 a machine, I think so.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on 29 March 2012
I bought this after being infected with the dreaded 'searchnu' virus and after seeing the caption 'remove searchnu now with Spyware Doctor'. Okay, I thought. I read the mixed reviews but thought I'd give anything a go. Big mistake. The thing got halfway through a scan and hung. Oh well, I'll give it another go - it might be just a blip. No. The whole desktop became unresponsive. I couldn't even get in to uninstall SD! The only way was a Safe Mode start-up and, thankfully, I managed to take it off. The computer went back to normal - including 'searchnu'! I've since found out that not even Spyware Doctor can get rid of this thing so don't believe the hype, especially when you're invited to download Spyware Doctor by it's own and other websites as you'll even have to sign up to an automatic rolling annual payment scheme if you buy that way. I'm only grateful that I paid a lot less through Amazon than through the PCTools website.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 20 January 2011
Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
Have been using this product for several years now and I still rate it as the best out there. Protects your computer from spyware, trojans, rootkits etc without slowing your PC down. Simple to install and use - the user interface is self explanatory and very good support from their help desk.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on 25 July 2013
It took ages to install then it told me to uninstall my norton software as it was not compatible with spyware doctor I'm just glad I didn't pay anymore for this product don't waste your money I had this program before and never had any problems that's why I decided to buy it again if you ask me they have really gone down hill bloody rubbish product
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on 6 May 2013
I have used this before I am running Windows 8 and had lots of problems down loading this software it crashed my computer. But is down to window 8 and not this product I had to get a pach from PC Tool website which once i did everything worked well. Is up and running a very good buy.Watch it thou if your running Windows 8
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
I have tried many programs and this is without a shadow of a doubt the best I have ever had. I previously had McAfee installed on my 3 day old brand new laptop which let in and failed to protect my computer from the dreaded 'Security Tool' virus which is very difficult and risky to remove manually and the only program suggested to remove it was PC Tools Spyware doctor, so working alongside McAfee I know I have guaranteed protection from any similar infections.

The installation was fast. Around 7 minutes in total which includes the quick email and name input for registration. The initial scsn took just 4 minutes searching my whole computer, shockingly found 63 threats - one of Medium risk which was 'Security Tool' which is a fake anti-virus which sneaks into your computer and harrasses you with fake pop-ups and blocks all other programs and stops them from working trying to con you into buying the 'full version' which is also fake. This was removed instantly and I now have a normal functioning PC again - thanks PC Tools!!

I couldn't recommend this more, particularly as it stops seemingly undetectable virus's and eradicates them in seconds. Amazing and no speed inpact on my computer, absolutely amazing, does everything at a completely bargain price!! Might be woerth paying a bit more for the version with the added anti-virus as it's so effective, complete lifesaver...or computer saver even!!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on 11 June 2014
dont bother all the software can be downloaded off line anyway, or off ur comp make web site, or others
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Questions? Get fast answers from reviewers

Please make sure that you've entered a valid question. You can edit your question or post anyway.
Please enter a question.

Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.

Sponsored Links

  (What is this?)
  -  
Barracuda Web Filter: The Leader in Network Spyware Business Security.
  -  
Quick Fix on All Computer Problems. Find A Computer Repairman Near You!
  -  
PCMag.com Editors' Choice! PCMag Editors Choice 2011-15