We have carefully tested Spyware Removal Wizard on several computers including absolutely clean machines and PCs infected with widely spread spyware and adware parasites. Test results revealed that although the program does not produce significant false positives, it still cannot detect most malicious objects and is definitely unable to protect user privacy and system security.
Spyware Removal Wizard relies on spyware definitions database that should be updated on a regular basis. However, according to the program’s official web site, the database has not been updated for more than three months (as for September, 2006). Still and all, a typical spyware remover that Spyware Removal Wizard pretends to be should be able to correctly identify and eliminate the larger part of infections that spread and has been analyzed before the program’s last update. However, Spyware Removal Wizard is definitely not so “typical”. In our tests, it did not detect anything except for relatively old, well-known threats like SaveNow and Surf SideKick. The application also found some tracking cookies and a few malware-related, but relatively harmless objects.
It should be noted that one of the systems that we have tested Spyware Removal Wizard on has been infected with loads of different threats. As it was said above, the spyware remover found almost nothing. We have used PC Tools STOPzilla to scan the same system. The latter popular product detected more than 850 spyware-related objects associated with more than 20 different parasites. Take a look on one of the screenshots provided below to compare Spyware Removal Wizard’s and STOPzilla’s scan reports.
The program comes with Spymonitor, an integrated real-time monitoring tool. We consider it useless. Not only it did not detect any running malware, but also it failed to identify any parasites that we have been installing to the test system.
Spyware Removal Wizard is badly designed and programmed. Its scan reports are inadequate and inconvenient, and some functions do not work as intended. For instance, clicking on the quick scan button runs full system scan, while pressing the full scan button initiates quick scan. Sometimes buttons work correctly, though.
The application’s free version refuses to remove any parasites it finds. It asks to register and purchase the full product.
The official web site is www.spywareremovalwizard.com.
We DO NOT recommend purchasing and using this product!