Friday , 9 December 2016

How Safe Is Spyhunter 4?

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Spyhunter 4 running on my PC
One of the most searched for phrases that I see in our visitor statistics is “Is Spyhunter 4 safe” or “Is Spyhunter 4 legit” or something similar.  It seems that a lot of people are finding out about Spyhunter but aren’t sure if it’s real, safe, or trusted.  And I don’t blame them – after I get infected by malware I don’t trust anything anymore.

I will start out by saying that I have personally used Spyhunter 4 to get rid of malware on my computer, and it worked wonderfully and quickly.  It’s a legitimate program published by Enigma Software and has been around for about 10 years.  Enigma works to consistently and constantly update their malware database, and their main website offers some interesting statistics on trending malware and tips on how to avoid it in the first place.

If you’re interested in downloading or purchasing Spyhunter then I encourage you to use these official links so you can ensure you’re getting the program directly from Enigma Software:

Click here to download Spyhunter 4

Click here to visit the Spyhunter main website

Already have the software?  Click here to purchase and register it

Public Sentiment

It’s a good idea that people do research on programs they are about to buy, so I’m happy that people are looking for reassurance.  I actually did the same search myself just to see what was out there and I found a mixed bag of reactions from professional sites and private users of the software.  Some people loved the program, and others had some complaints.  However it seems that most of the bad reviews that seem to be floating around about Spyhunter 4 are coming from people who believe they have been somehow “tricked” by the software into having to buy it, which is just ignorance on their part.  They haven’t even used the program!

Spyhunter 4 is not a free program.  You can download the software for free and see if it finds malware on your computer, but in order to remove the malware you must buy the software.  This does not mean Spyhunter is unsafe or a scam or “scareware“.  People are just grumpy that they might have to buy something to fix a problem.  These reviews don’t reflect the quality of Spyhunter itself, which is good in my opinion.

My Own Experience

I’ve been in the tech field for many years and I would only use software on my computer that I trust.  Spyhunter 4 made quick work of a very annoying malware infection on my computer called Conduit.  It saved me quite a bit of time, and the entire process was quite easy.  It got rid of the infection and restored my settings back to their original form.

I also went searching for some user testimonials from people who actually USED the program to see what they were saying about the program itself (not whining about the fact that they had to buy something).  I found many many unsolicited happy reviews from users who were quite pleased with the software.  Here is a screenshot I just took from Spyhunter’s very own Facebook page:

 spyhuntertestimonials

Conclusion

Overall I highly recommend Spyhunter 4.  It’s a safe and effective program that will make quick work of any spyware, malware, adware, and other junk on your computer.  Sometimes it will find stuff that seems to slip by Norton and other antivirus software programs.  It’s a great addition to a good antivirus program, especially if you tend to browse sites that have a high percentage of problems distributing malware such as adult or gambling sites.

Click here to download Spyhunter 4

Click here to visit the Spyhunter main website

Already have the software?  Click here to purchase and register it

If you’re on the fence and are having a malware problem, definitely try out Spyhunter.  I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Have you used Spyhunter? Leave a comment below and tell us how your experience was.

About Bill Gordon

Bill Gordon has been writing on tech and malware subjects for 6 years and has been working in the internet and tech industry for over 15 years. He currently lives in Southern California.

38 comments

  1. I have also had the pleasure of using SpyHunter4. I had a couple of annoying malware extensions running in Chrome (MySearch and SkypeEmoticon) and had tried several other procedures without any luck. SpyHunter 4 not only eliminated these pesky extensions, but found a ton of other crap. I paid for it because I wanted that stuff gone. I’m very careful when I am online, but you can’t catch everything these days, which is a shame.

  2. I did something silly and said yes, install. Then I found advertising all over my web programs. I was able to uninstall the program (a pain in the #$%# called Zombie News). I thought all was good. My ZoneAlarm picked up a few oddities and removed them but when I reopened Chrome I still had the zombie news problems… still. I then installed firefox and tried to use it instead… and there it was Zombie News rubbish. I looked to remove any add-ons to both Chrome and Firefox but there was nothing listed.

    So I tried scanning with SpyHunter4. ZombieNews got picked up in the scan as well as a surprising number of other possible problems including the ZoneAlarm Toolbar! It was obviously comprehensive! I decided to get rid of everything (I never used the ZoneAlarm toolbar anyway). I clicked clean up… and it said I had to register the product and pay for it before I was able to actually clean my computer up. It was my fault for not reading the details… and no harm was done by doing the scan… so I bought it.

    End result… my computer has cleaned up nicely. Slightly out of pocket but glad I didn’t have to spend hours trying to clean my computer up.

  3. Spy Hunter 4 is probably the best virus, malware and resistry fixer on the market. Very difficult to get rid of malware infected my computer. I tried a lot of remedies, but Spy Hunter was the only one that worked.
    I highly recommend Spy Hunter 4.

  4. My daughter got into hot water by downloading a music video that she wanted via her school laptop. Consequently her laptop was bombarded by adsales etc, I tried the usual manual edits to rid her of the problem but the junk remained resident because it was being intialised as Chrome fired up. I needed a bit more assistance than google could provide – discovered SpyHunter and it fixed 119 malicious entries in no time.

    Mummy and SpyHunter to the rescue. Thank you kindly!

  5. I have Malware Bytes installed but that hasn’t prevents something called blackwebnutfun.me from getting on my computer. Malware Bytes can’t detect it to remove it. I’ve looked in the Program file through Microsoft Control Panel and there’s nothing called “fun” in it. I’m at my wits end because it’s causing such problems. However, I’m leery of downloading a software program I’m unfamiliar with. Do you have any advice?

    • Hi Beth, Spyhunter is pretty easy to use. You can download it for free to scan your computer to see if it detects blackwebnutfun.me. If it does, you can purchase the full version of the software to remove it (unfortunately it’s not free). If it doesn’t detect it you can uninstall Spyhunter from your PC safely without being charged anything. Let me know if you have any other questions, and let us know how you make out!

  6. been online for over 18 years now, had my fair share of viruses, luckily over time I learned to tackle 95%+ of them, however as Bill mentioned, it is bloody time-consuming. Always tried downloading some anti-virus program which scans showing virus is present. I never dug into my pocket to purchase one. A year ago I had a lightning toasting every device I had plugged to my internet, long story cut short, I build myself a mega one. 6 months ago, a bug entered my system, almost a total hijack. After an intensive research I came back to spyhunter, I had downloaded it years back, never bought it, this time I was desperate cause I did not have anytime to waste, it cleaned my system up, everything came back to normal in a three hour scan, six months since I had it now, not much use, but I am happy it is parked in my programs.

  7. I ran into a Trojan virus. I’ve uninstalled many bad programs (some actually remained afterwards, like ninja loader and weatherbug) from my laptop. I searched for solutions on line, and I stumbled upon ways to permanently uninstall pesky programs, and a suggestion was SpyHunter4. Not knowing what the heck it was, I searched and found this thread, as well as reviews that gave the program 2-3/10. And I’m just curious as to why such a poorly received program like this would cost more than a penny. I never purchased anything over the web, because I’m paranoid that my bank accounts will be robbed. I’m tempted to actually buy this, but, that little voice, man. It’s screaming loud at me!

  8. Downloaded and Registered SpyHunter4. After an All Nighter trying to get rid of Razor Adware (MalwareBytes and SpyHunter, submitted a Ticket for SpyHunter Support. Response included to run SpyHunter twice in Safe Mode, then again twice in Normal Boot. First pass in SpyHunter caught another 100+ issues, 2nd Pass No Issues. On 3rd pass now in Normal Mode. No New issues. Will run the recommended 4th pass. Then check Chrome, FireFox and IE for any extensions… Hoping for the best. This Razor Adware is nasty, making the Internet completely unusable, hijacking links even to try to get removal support.

  9. SpyHunter worked wonderfully for me to remove Razor Web Adware. It required several scans, but now I am clean. Support was great. One last remote access check made sure that everything was removed.

  10. I have used Spyhunter 4 for a year and a half. Probably 3 times a week I check and usually find tracking software or root kits of some sort (taskmgr, conduit, etc) on my PC. I recently inadvertently downloaded the silly Propccleaner program. Spyhunter said I had 83 infections as a result and removed every one of them. The cost is $40 every 6 months but in my first year of ownership (bought in April 2014) Kaspersky never did find an infection while Spyhunter eliminated dozens.

  11. my computer is infected with w32.koron.b. I’m gonna test spyhunter.

  12. I too first got introduced to Spyware when I had the Conduit virus. It got rid of it quickly. I’ve had Spyhunter for several years now and feel more secure with it. Another plus is that if there’s anything you don’t understand or need help with, they’re very quick to reply when you submit a support ticket. All in all, a small investment for protection.

  13. Based on this review I just went ahead and purchased Spyhunter4 to get rid of something I clicked on when I should not have and was immediately deluged with ads on everything! (Coupoon was one of several) ..Spyhunter took it all off and my computer is running nicely again! THANKS for writing the detailed description of this product! I did a couple free things prior to this, but that was a waste of time (yuo get what you pay for as they say) — this purchase was the best $30 I’ve spent —the program is easy to use and I highly recommend it!

  14. Rather than comment on the effectiveness of Spyhunter4 at removing malware/spyware, which I’ve seldom had to use it for but have done with success a few times, I’ll point out a feature I especially like and haven’t found in other utility software (paid or free): Proxy Protection with active notification. Some software applications may change your proxy settings on your PC without any notification of that being done. Well, Spyhunter4 will catch such activity and provide a notification regarding it so that you can allow that change or preserve your current proxy settings. The feature is called Internet Explorer Proxy Monitor, but it benefits any browser that uses the Internet Options established via the Windows Control Panel. I’ve seen cases where the application that changed the proxy was failing to properly reset it upon application exit, so I’ve come to make it a habit of denying the proxy change when Spyhunter4 notifies me of the occurrence. Rarely do I even find denying the proxy change as impacting the application that was trying to make the change in the first place, so the only extra feature I might like to see in Spyhunter4 is a way to always block proxy changes but provide a brief notification when that occurs so that I still remain advised of such activity without having to actively close the notification window.

  15. I have been using Spyhunter 4 for about 4 months now and I was a fence sitter concerning its effectiveness. My PC got infected with Free2Save malware which completely destroyed Google Chrome usage. I ran Spyhunter, which had two runs and then had to re-install Chrome. Everything came back 100%. Spyhunter gets my vote. Recommend to everybody, it really does work and works well!

  16. I suppose I am like many in that I do use freeware products, but only those that are respected and known to be safe. Yes, there are some out there. I have installed malwarebytes, Spybot, TDSS Killer, and Emsisoft Emergency Kit in addition to my usual security software from Bullguard so I have always felt safe, even when investigating new freeware products to try out. After trying them, assuming they get past Bullguard, if I don’t want them, I use Iobit uninstaller to get rid of them and then run all four programs to do a full sweep of my laptop to see it anything is found. Only rarely is something flagged up, and sometimes false positives, but this is fine. The other day I spotted a link to Spyhunter 4 whilst idly trawling the net and decided to run its scan which flagged up the Conduit browser hijacker. Before paying to uninstall I immediately ran all my security programs, and NONE found it! So money well spent, and well done Spyhunter.

  17. Tried downloading malwarebytes, hit man pro, spybot, avg, adw cleaner and even manually cleaning out the virus – but none work. They claim that all viruses are wipped out but untrue. Default browser still appeared to be aqovd and seaeching.com. Decided to give spyhunter4 a go by doing a quick scan. Surprisingly there were still 49 mal wares in my laptop. paid 50aud and viola! All the viruses were gone.

    It’s a good investment if u do not want to waste time trying out all the free software that claims to remove all the malware on your computer’s.

  18. I’ve used Spyhunter since 2012 ……..I run a powerful laptop bought in 2008 that runs as fast as the day I bought it !! …I’ve used all the major “so called” anti virus programs out there AV* Kas, Mc and none of them have prevented my comp from becoming infected …Since 2012 I have only had one major infection which was resolved by contacting spyhunter and installing an updated version …I’ve been given the task of sorting infected computers (from relatives) and installing Spyhunter to resolve the problem …and each time it worked !! They all had so called anti virus programs installed … Yes Spyhunter costs me £50 a year ……(2 x 6 month subscription) but it works ……. The scammers are the useless so called legit anti virus programs ,,,that do not do as they say !!

  19. Lynda Kirkness

    Last week I had a pop up warning stay on my screen and it said to phone this number for help.I could not get it to leave so I phoned the number. I talked to a real person and I gave him control so that he could fix it. Long scary story led to my Internet on my laptop not able to be used on google chrome and I can’t use you tube. Internet on my phone works. That is why I can write this to you.
    Would Spy Hunter be able to fix a problem that two men that I let have control of my laptop internet?

    Lynda

    • Hi Lynda – in this case I would take your PC into a professional. Unfortunately as you have somehow given access to this third party it may have gone beyond the simple problem of removing malware.

  20. Yes I used them against Conduit and it worked well. The way they sell their software could use some tweaking however. I bought the first time not realizing it was for a six month term and they would auto renew every six months. Question: any close relationship between them and Conduit? WOT has them on full red alert, which influenced me to not renew after the first year because I did not know if I could trust them.

    • I’m not sure why WOT has them on alert. I think that’s misinformed of them. It might have to do with complaints from people who somehow think the software is free (when it clearly says it is not). Those people then call it a “scam” for some reason, which is not true. Nobody is scamming them, they just thought they were getting a free lunch. I also highly doubt there’s any sort of relation between them and Conduit though. Time to get out the tinfoil hats 😉

  21. From my initial enthusiasm, posted above, I am now having doubts about its efficacy. If stuff works, I am happy to pay for it. However, the ONLY malware it allegedly finds on my laptop is Conduit. Time and time again when I run Spyhunter, Conduit pops up. So it is NOT cleaning my laptop at all.

    For an entirely unrelated reason I did a clean install of W7 this week, even using DBAN to fully wipe the drive first. The first run of Spyhunter and Conduit was found. Go figure.

    I am very careful when browsing and don’t visit dodgy sites, so how is it Conduit keeps popping up, time and time again, and why isn’t Spyhunter ridding me of it? I shall not be renewing my subscription.

  22. I just used Spyhunter 4 in the last day to get rid of safsearch in my Chrome Omni Box. It caught it on the first scan and as said above I had to purchase for them to remove it along with 205 other things they said they caught. I had my laptop to 3 different repair places and no one could fix it. Between them and myself we ran malwarebytes numerous times along with PC cleaners etc. and nothing would resolve the problem. I spent over $100 on diagnostic with repair people with nothing to show for it. It cost me $39.99 for Spyhunter and they fixed the problem. I was getting ready to buy a new laptop so I could just start over. So only one day into this I feel this was the best money I spent.

  23. Been using SpyHunter 4 for 3 months now and have found it to be well worth the purchase price. It finds and removes all spyware, adware, malware, etc… that infects my computer through normal browsing habits. I have tried numerous other products (and had them installed at the same time as SpyHunter) but they rarely detected anything. If you doubt me, go play “Words with Friends” on Facebook, run a scan with whatever virus detection you have now and see what it comes up with, then run a custom cookie scan using SpyHunter. You will immediately see everything that your other program failed to detect. SpyHunter has my computer running fast, smooth and efficient. Simply put, the $40.00 is well worth it.

  24. I am sharing this because I believe if you find a REALLY GOOD product, you should tell others. Case in point: I took a chance (should have known better and researched it first) and downloaded SnapMyScreen. It worked great BUT it completely highjacked my Mozilla Firefox, would not allow me to change any settings and would not allow me to do any searches. I was completely stuck!After researching SpyHunter4 and reading the testimonials, I took a chance, downloaded it, and ran it– boy, am I glad I did! It found at least a dozen embetted instances of malware installed by this hijacker. It also found much more and nuked those, too: 4 Trojans, Conduit, and others. Now my computer is back to normal. To have this ongoing protection that is very effecrive…it is well worth the $ 39.95. Thank you SpyHunter4!

  25. Hi – I agree that Spyhunter4 is very effective. I sometimes get various annoying adware and special offer type issues ( I click too fast…). Spyhunter has always cleaned up where other stuff fails. Their help desk is great – which is rare. I had one annoying residual piece of adware I couldn’t remove. They sent me a specific piece of code to run – problem solved. It may me expensive but it certainly is genuine.

  26. I just bought a spy hunter account now after my 1 month old computer got alot of malware through my not good web habits 😉 ive never really noticed malware in my life but noticed new tabs opening in chrome with stuff ive never clicked on.. tried fixing it my self but no good. avg didnt even detect these. i bit the bullet and spent the $58NZD it wanted after it detected 2 trojans and 58 registry malware values. computer running nice and new again. i just click on what ever i want now and spyhunter tells me if i can or not lol. 10 minutes after spyhunter cleaned my computer it popped up saying a file is trying to execute. one of which i didnt click on. so i know its working :)

  27. Browser hi-jacked, Trojans , Malware you name it I got it.
    254 problems found, Purchased SpyHunter 4, very fast to complete and remove all.
    After a re-boot the computer was as it would be after a new install.

    Good value at 31.00 GBP

  28. Just don’t believe when googleing for review SpyHunter like sites toptenreviews or pcmag.com wich pop-ups
    first at google research, pcmag is a joke of a noob site and mislead customers, same with toptenrevieuws
    it’s like all the big company’s get paid to get in the first 10 places, i had last week a autoit.cuk virus on my pc
    i left it on purpose on my PC and downloaded all the so-called BEST trojan/malware/spyware/adware removers, Malwarebtyes-IObit-Spybot-Comodo-SuperAntispyware etc. just for testing, not one of them saw it, ONLY Spyhunter, because of all those bad reviews about SpyHunter i doubted to, just find out yourself!

    • Donna M. Davis-Prusik

      Is it really possible to have 245 pieces of sneak ware on my computer??????

      • Many of those are likely tracking codes or cookies. When evaluating Spyhunter’s results it’s important to take a look at what types of malware and spyware it comes back with. A lot of cookies aren’t always a bad thing. However just one piece of malware such as a keysniffer is bad news.

  29. I have had big problems for 3 months with my internet connection keeping on being hijacked and turned off and attempts to get into the BIOS to run utilitiess bowing blocked at every turn. I tried everything my Anti virus etc programme {McAfee} had to offer to no avail I also tried Malwarebytes Anti Malware with chameleon but that was being blocked when being run. Finally I tried Spyhunter 4 and Reghunter and bang, 15 nasties found and immediately dispatched upon purchase. The system is spotless now and running lightning quick again doing everything asked of it with no suspicious activity. An expensive purchase but well worth it to me as i was at my wits end.

  30. I have been using spyhunter 4 since 2014 on my Dell inspiron i5.. All i can say is that i am in love with this tool.. I have recommended my all friends to use it on their laptop pcs too. It makes my laptop lighter and helps me get the maximum out of my laptop in performance..

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