With their recently released version 6 of the popular Spyware Doctor, PC Tools has taken the lead in the anti-spyware software category over its perennial competitor Webroot Spy Sweeper (Discontinued). Reviewer tests rank Spyware Doctor 6.0 just ahead of Symantec's much-improved Norton Internet Security 2009 (Discontinued) for malware detection and removal. Users give it high marks for effectiveness despite some issues with system drag. If unobtrusive scanning is your priority, critics say Norton Internet Security 2010 (Discontinued) works quietly in the background with little effect on system performance.
PCMag.com has some of the best security software reviews, including one for Spyware Doctor 6.0. Programs are tested for malware detection and removal as well as for performance and general ease of use. British website Web User covers the latest version of Spyware Doctor as well, but its review is short and lacks critical balance. There are also short write-ups at AdwareReport.com and British website Pocket-lint. Owner reviews are the best place to research how programs like Spyware Doctor perform over time on end-user systems. We found good coverage at Amazon.com.
This review covers the version of Spyware Doctor that also includes antivirus software. Rubenking is impressed with how the latest release performs on malware -- in his testing it detects and removes all but one sample -- and names it a PCMag.com Editors' Choice.
Review: Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus 6, Neil J. Rubenking, July 21, 2008
Roland Waddilove is impressed enough with Spyware Doctor to award it a top overall score and the Web User Gold award. He doesn't mention any shortcomings in this very short review.
Review: Spyware Doctor 6, Roland Waddilove, Nov. 29, 2008
Reviews on Amazon.com for Spyware Doctor 6.0 are good but not glowing, despite a high overall score of 4 out of 5 stars. Most users say it's easy to use and effective at detecting and removing spyware. Many note that it tends to bog down the system and slow Internet activities, even with automatic scanning turned off.
Review: PC Tools Spyware Doctor 2009 Version 6.0, Contributors to Amazon.com
Stephen Patrick has a short review of Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus 6, but it's not clear how he evaluated it. He likes the simple interface but not the 20-second increase in boot time.
Review: PC Tools Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus 6, Stephen Patrick, Aug. 22, 2008