SpySpotter review

by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Corrupt Anti-Spyware

SpySpotter is the infamous corrupt anti-spyware program that uses ineffective malware detection techniques and produces false positives

This is the program that claims to find adware and other cyber threats like spyware, trojans on the machine if you download the product. The program is, however, considered suspect or rogue because it is questionable and not providing any value or anti-malware protection as promotional content might claim. 

The program should offer options for tracking cookie and privacy issue fixing. Advertisers claim that this tool also fixes and indicates issues with the registry entries, files, duplicates, malware damage, and viruses themselves. However, there are no signs that those alleged system scans can be launched with the rogue applications. It is considered a potentially unwanted program, not a useful program.

We have tested this spyware remover on an absolutely clean computer that was never infected with spyware, trojans, viruses, or any other malicious parasites. However, the program managed to detect 3 malicious files related to 2 different parasites – the VNC remote administration tool and the KeyLogPro keylogger.

Further analysis revealed that all the files SpySpotter found were actually associated with fully legitimate software installed to the test system. The files C:\WINDOWS\system32\zip.exe and C:\Documents and Settings\[Current User]\Desktop\L2m\l2mfix\zip.exe belong to l2mfix, a fix/uninstaller for the Look2Me parasite. l2mfix is a legitimate, harmless utility that removes widely spread variants of the Look2Me threat.

Name SpySpotter
Type Antispyware tool
Issues The program shows false detections and is not checking the system for real
Claims Application is promoted as an anti-malware tool capable of detecting and removing threats, finding privacy and security issues, cleaning the registry
Trustworthy? The tool is not considered useful or needed

Another detected file – C:\Documents and Settings\[Current User]\Desktop\setup.ini is a part of the installation package of Fotonija Juodos Avys 2004, a commercial Lithuanian spell checker for Microsoft Office and Adobe InDesign programs. As you can see, none of the files detected by SpySpotter were actually associated with any parasites. This proves that the corrupt spyware remover uses false positives.

We have also tested this tool on badly infected computers compromised with different parasites including some widely spread risks such. The anti-virus program did not produce any false positives this time. However, it did not detect any objects of the already existing malware.

All the threats the program managed to find were tracking web browser cookies and SaveU SaveNow, well-known and relatively old adware. This shows that SpySpotter is definitely unable to provide reliable protection against the latest infections. 

SpySpotter incorrectly identifies well-known parasites. Our tests revealed that the program recognizes a few objects of the SaveU SaveNow adware as BargainBuddy and unknown worm. It must be noted that the latter threats have nothing in common with SaveU SaveNow. See this screenshot.

It is known that the app has been promoted through aggressive and deceptive advertisements. Moreover, it was often installed by malicious parasites without user knowledge and consent. Some versions of this program bundle some unsolicited programs including hijackers and undesirable web browser plugins such as Oemji Toolbar.

This is the product that is not providing any proven, reliable anti-malware protection and is prone to false positives. Developers of the application also rely on deceptive sales tactics, so people are scared into purchasing the full licensed version of the tool or additional program when the delivered malware results appear.

These methods are associated with potentially unwanted applications and rogue anti-spyware programs, so we can state the SpySpotter is more of a PUP than the application that could be considered useful for the machine.

The free version refuses to remove any malware it finds. It asks the user to register and purchase the full product.

We DO NOT recommend purchasing and using this product!

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Julie Splinters
Julie Splinters - Malware removal specialist

Julie Splinters is the News Editor of 2-spyware. Her bachelor was English Philology.

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