"First of PC Tools have wisely not tinkered with the display, and the interface is still clean and simple, making it easy to use for the novice user."
PC Tools aren’t one of the big names in anti-virus software but don’t let that fool you, the Aussie based company produce some top quality software, including Spyware Doctor. First released in 2006 it won a clutch of awards and the latest version was released 31 August 2010.
Not much has changed, and PC Tools have only introduced some minor updates to keep you and your PC safe. It’s an anti-virus only program so there’s no firewall, but it will provide protection from all types of malware, from keystroke loggers to Trojans.
What we like best
First of all PC Tools have wisely not tinkered with the display, and the interface is still clean and simple , making it easy to use for the novice user. There are also more advanced options for tech savvy users, but the scope for customisation is limited.
Spyware Doctor has a range of tricks to keep your web browsing safe with Download Guard assessing and warning of any suspicious downloads. Site Guard blocking potentially dangerous sites which should keep you safe from phishing, Cookie Guard stops malicious cookies and Browser Guard should prevent any automatic downloads.
PC Tools also comes with two usedul modes to avoid slowing down your machine. Game mode stops pop-ups when you’re gaming or watching videos so you won’t get interrupted, while power saver mode postpones intensive tasks in order to save your laptop battery.
What we like least
Spyware Doctor is anti-virus only and we have to admit it seems a bit limited for the price. There are competing packages out there which offer a lot more for the same price or even less.
Secondly although the basic interface is great for novices or those who just want to install and forget about it, it would have been good to see some more custom options for advanced users. Though there are a few it’s pretty limited.
PC Tools Spyware Doctor offers great protection from malware, though for the price it could have been bundled with a firewall.
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- 400 Mhz minimum
- 512MB minimum
- Windows XP or above
- 500MB HDD
- SVGA 800x600
- Internet access
Multilayered threat detection
Browser, cookie and Site guards
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