Reviewers put Webroot Spy Sweeper 2010 just behind top-rated Spyware Doctor (Discontinued). Spy Sweeper still does very well on malware detection and removal, according to tests, and it has a new gamer mode that keeps it from interrupting movies or games. Owner feedback is also fairly positive, although a contingent of long-term users say they find the upgrade to the current version less than satisfying. Some sources recommend uninstalling third-party anti-virus programs to prevent conflicts. One alternative is to use a full-featured Internet security suite that protects against multiple types of malware, including viruses and spyware. Norton Internet Security 2010 (Discontinued) is a standout this year, with an anti-spyware tool that rivals standalone applications.
We found editorial coverage of Spy Sweeper 2010 (also known as version 6.1) at Download.com and TopTenReviews.com. Download.com also has a growing number of user reviews, many of which are from repeat Spy Sweeper customers comparing the new release to previous versions. There are also a few user reviews on Amazon.com.
Spy Sweeper earns a rating of 3 (out of a possible 5) in this short review. Editors call it a "rock-solid anti-spyware tool," and they like the user-friendly interface, but they aren't thrilled with the disabled spyware removal on the trial version. Users provide similar feedback.
Review: Webroot Spy Sweeper 6.1, Editors of Download.com
Editors at TopTenReviews.com rank Spy Sweeper first out of the 19 anti-spyware programs included in their latest roundup. The program gets perfect scores for everything from ease of use to support documentation; editors fail to discuss any negatives, however.
Review: Spy Sweeper 6.1, Editors of TopTenReviews.com
Webroot Spy Sweeper 2010 gets only a small handful of mixed reviews on Amazon.com, but the previous edition gets a bit more feedback. Some users say Spy Sweeper is easy to use and effective; others report being bogged down with technical issues.
Review: Webroot Spy Sweeper, Contributors to Amazon.com