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Author Topic: SpySweeper from Webroot, trustworthy?  (Read 6926 times)

tranglos

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SpySweeper from Webroot, trustworthy?
« on: November 16, 2007, 10:36:11 PM »
Exhibit A: SpySweeper (webroot.com) installer wants your email. I guess it's okay, since if I eventually buy it, they'll know much more about me than my email...

ss1.pngSpySweeper from Webroot, trustworthy?

Exhibit B: SpySweeper wants permission to phone your data home by default. Whoa, are we still installing an anti-spyware product?

ss2.pngSpySweeper from Webroot, trustworthy?

Exhibit C: SpySweeper installer wants to give you a free gift - an Ask.com toolbar! And Search Assistant, too! You don't even have to click anything, you're opted in hands-free!

ss3.pngSpySweeper from Webroot, trustworthy?

What more could you ask for?


wolf in sheep's clothing?
demur at trojan bounty
cancel, confirm, DEL

« Last Edit: November 16, 2007, 10:40:26 PM by tranglos »

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Re: SpySweeper from Webroot, trustworthy?
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2007, 10:41:19 PM »
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wolf in sheep's clothing?
demur at trojan bounty
cancel, confirm, DEL

Concise and beautiful.  Thank you.

tranglos

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Re: SpySweeper from Webroot, trustworthy?
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2007, 10:43:22 PM »
Concise and beautiful.  Thank you.

And I return the bow, Ralf, yours are all lovely.

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Re: SpySweeper from Webroot, trustworthy?
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2007, 04:00:56 PM »
It's perfectly normal these days on antispyware software. Except for the toolbar, of course (WHAT THE HELL?)

Exhibit A

Capture-2.jpgSpySweeper from Webroot, trustworthy?

Exhibit B

Capture-3.jpgSpySweeper from Webroot, trustworthy?

EXHIBIT C (No, I didn't forget to turn CAPS off)

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Reports might unintentionally contain personal information. To the extent that any personal information is included in a report, Microsoft does not use the information to identify you or contact you.

Well, thanks. You collect information about me accidentally </irony> (Though I understand how it's accidentally collected).

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Re: SpySweeper from Webroot, trustworthy?
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2007, 04:10:01 PM »
Dang! First Ralf and now tranglos. You guys are really upping the "highbrow" ante around here. Don't stop, I like it  :Thmbsup: (but I'm starting to feel inadequate!).
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Re: SpySweeper from Webroot, trustworthy?
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2007, 04:57:00 PM »
just make appropriate grunting noises Darwin, i find that effective  ;) 

I noticed that with spysweeper.  It wouldn't work on my system anyway, kept causing the whole thing to stop, so i removed it, real quick.  I even told them why as they take you to one of those annoying, why did you uninstall pages, but never heard anything, oh apart from their newsletter which I think is an opt out one rather than opt in.

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Re: SpySweeper from Webroot, trustworthy?
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2007, 02:06:41 PM »
SpySweeper is ok..it does its job (not that well compared to some of its..free competitors). I tried it out once (cousin had it). Didn't like the resource usage though.

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Re: SpySweeper from Webroot, trustworthy?
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2007, 05:16:12 PM »
Interesting. Spysweeper with Antivirus is well behaved on my system and has been trouble free. I note, though, that there are a lot of people who have had bad experiences with v. 5.5, so I guess I am lucky. I certainly have no complaints about its performance in either the antispyware or the antivirus "spheres". Quite the contrary - I've been very happy with it.
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Re: SpySweeper from Webroot, trustworthy?
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2007, 06:37:09 PM »
I found SpySweeper pretty good at its job but it was a bit of a resource hog. I had a bit of an issue a while back - can't remember now what it was but I ended up uninstalling it. I now use SpywareDoctor from PCTools but only in manual scan mode as it too is a resource hog.