Wednesday, April 17, 2013

[Out-Of-The-Box Review] SUPERAntispyware Pro (5.6)



Today i will do an "out-of-the-box" review of SUPERAntispyware Pro on a real system (dedicated Rollback RX snapshot with Win 8 x64 Pro up-to-date)

SuperAntispyware was before one the references against spywares and similar threats; now they are also an anti-malware product; and can be used alongside your main security solution. Let see how it perform.

SUPERAntiSpyware has been designed to be compatible with popular anti-virus and anti-spyware applications such as Spybot, Malwarebytes, Ad-Aware, AVG, McAfee, Norton, Symantec, Kaspersky, Webroot, PC Tools, etc.
SUPERAntiSpyware should co-exist and compliment any security application. We have designed SUPERAntiSpyware to work seamlessly with your operating system and other software applications.

1- Installation

Classic installer, no toolbars bundled, no reboot, it will update its signature  database at the end of the installation.

2 - Resource Usage

2 processes for around 10mb RAM (with some peaks at 60+mb, its quite light; i dont feel slowdowns.

Note that the amount of I/O write bytes is quite high.

During scan the RAM rises to around 100+mb and CPU to 50%.

3- Interface

The interface is a bit "old style" but all the main informations are displayed.

we can see the "Rescue Scan" option, may be useful on infected systems.

Rescue scan should only be enabled when malware is consuming so many system resources that you are unable to run a scan. Rescue scan attempts to steal back some of those resources. If you are able to run a scan normally

Note: the "Find out what's running on your computer" feature is a link that works only with Internet Explorer

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To run the report, please open Internet Explorer and use it to navigate to the following web page: 

4- Scan

the Quick Scan took around 5-10mn (on the screenshot i interrupt it).

5- Preferences

a- General & Startup

Basic options there, nothing special to report.

b- Scanning Control

there you can setup the various scanning options and exclusions.

some options are interesting:

- Terminate memory threats before quarantine
- Scan Alternate Datas Streams

A relatively unknown compatibility feature of NTFS, Alternate Data Streams (ADS) [b]provides hackers with a method of hiding root kits or hacker tools on a breached system[/b] and allows them to be executed without being detected by the systems administrator.


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c- Real-Time Protection

Classic options, we have to note the "First Chance Prevention", if you don't mind waiting a bit more during the boot, it may be useful.

d- Hi-Jack Prevention

Classic options again here. I like the Homepage Protection.

e- Updates

the common update options.

OK, now we know the UI and various options and features, lets go for what all of you waiting for :  The Malware Test !

6- Malware Test

Using a malware pack uploaded today on our hub; i use it on my Real System backed up by Shadow Defender.

a- On Reading

b- Context scan:

detected: 9/44 = 20.5%
deleted: 9

Quite low compared to other solutions at first sight.

c- Execution of the leftovers

i will execute randomly 5 leftovers.

All samples were running, my system froze due to high CPU usage, i have to reboot


SUPERAntispyware is a decent solution but its protection against 0-days malware could be improved.

It's resource usage is low so it is a good companion solution.

I rate it 3/5


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