SpyViper produces false positives. We have tested the program on the absolutely clean computer that was never infected with spyware, viruses and any other parasites. However, SpyViper managed to find 2 threats – Free Scratch And Win and Alexa Toolbar, both are browser plug-ins. Although the first one is quite dangerous, Alexa Toolbar is legitimate and shouldn’t be targeted as actual spyware or adware. However, the most interesting fact is that none of these programs were ever installed to our test system. The analysis revealed that SpyViper detects a registry key of SpyHunter, legit spyware remover as Free Scratch and Win, and an incorrectly spelled registry key, which even isn’t present in the Windows registry, is recognized as Alexa Toolbar. See a screenshot provided below.
SpyViper implements a real-time protection, which unfortunately also suffers from false positives. On our test system the application’s real-time monitor detected running mirc.exe process and targeted it as spyware/adware parasite. However, this process was actually related to installed mIRC chat client and therefore did not pose any threat, at least in our case. See another screenshot.
The program displays a ridiculous number of inspected cookies and processes – 12340 items! But actually there were only 30 active processes including various drivers and system tasks running on our test system. We also didn’t find more than 7 legitimate cookies, but those were all legitimate. See a screenshot below.
SpyViper uses an outdated spyware definitions database released on April, 2005. We tried to update it, but the program reported that it uses the most recent database.
The application’s free version refuses to remove any parasites it finds. It asks to register and purchase the full product. Nevertheless, the SpyViper’s vendor calls it a trial. As you know, the real trial includes full functionality, but works only limited period of time. Free version of SpyViper is definitely not a trial. See another screenshot.
Domains associated with SpyViper are spyviper.com, isnake.com and spyxpress.com. It is interesting that the latter two sites are exact copies of each other.
We DO NOT recommend purchasing and using SpyViper.