Is Spyware Doctor worth buying?

By wubuscmh
May 29, 2005
  1. I had AdAware SE, HiJackThis, Spybot S&D, CW Shredder, AboutBuster, and the free AVG virus software, and I thought I was 'clean', but I tried running a trial version of Spyware Doctor and it found 499 infections!!

    Is that for real? The trial version killed 400+ but said I had to buy the software to kill the remaining 70+ infections. What gives, and should I buy it? Attached is the log file it spit out.
  2. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    It's prolly Spyware that came bundled with it. :p
  3. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    PC Tools,
    $39.95 direct

    Informative descriptions of the nature of detected threats.
    Poor real-time blocking. Confusing configuration. Sometimes identified itself as a suspect program.
    Bottom Line:
    Spyware Doctor's moderately effective scanning is offset by limited effectiveness of real-time blocking and other shortcomings.

    Given the other strong antispyware options on the market today, PC Tools' Spyware Doctor left us underwhelmed. Its OnGuard real-time blocking capability did little to prevent infestation... See full review here:,1759,1645388,00.asp

    In other words, don't waste your money on it.
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