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PC Tools Spyware Doctor 2007

by Encore
Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • Quickly installs and runs without interrupting computer activity
  • Trusted protection against unwanted spyware and other privacy threats
  • Continually improves spyware-fighting capabilities on a daily basis
  • Automatically configured for optimal protection right out of the box
  • Advanced OnGuard technology only alerts users on a true spyware detection

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000HLT5HQ
  • Item model number: 10990
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 12, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,843 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

PC Tools Spyware Doctor is the award-winning and trusted protection against unwanted spyware and other privacy threats. Protect yourself with the best.

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Customer Reviews

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Read the PCTools forums -- these problems are REAL. April 11, 2007
By BMuse
I have used Spyware Doctor since version 3 -- almost three years now. I liked the interface and simplicity -- and the power. But as others have pointed out, including industry reviews, version 4.x was a HUGE drain on system resources. My PC's would take anywhere from 5-9 minutes to completely boot up, with Spyware Doctor using almost 100% CPU the whole time. Also, my computers would frequently "freeze," which turned out to be Spyware Doctor randomly zooming to 95-100% CPU for no reason at all.

But with version 5, things are so much worse. About 3 weeks ago, my PC's lost their ability to connect to the Internet. Browsing slowed to a crawl, with frequent timeouts and "server not found". I spent days on the phone with my cable company, and my router's manufacturer, trying to troubleshoot. I re-configured my entire home network over and over. I never made the connection between the onset of problems and my updating to SD5. It was only after finding the PCTools support forums that I realized the problem was Spyware Doctor.

I removed the program from my PC's -- and the problems were gone. I had full Internet connection and full speed again.

Spyware Doctor 5 is causing massive problems for users. PCTools rewrote the program from the ground up, the company says, to improve the resource drain caused by version 4. But apparently it was rushed to market even though beta testers reported many of these same problems for weeks.

I've uninstalled this software and am basically wasting my subscription and losing money. Other users are right -- PCTools does indeed "auto-renew" and charge your credit card without warning. This is a huge red flag. I lost hours, DAYS, dealing with the problems caused by this program.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I've been running Spyware Doctor for 4 years, and was having problems with v4 using massive amounts of memory. So I followed advice from the PC Tools homepage and loaded v5--BIG MISTAKE! Since installing the new version and downloading the updates (a bad experience in itself, filled with ominous error messages from Windows), I've had to reload the code, reboot numerous times, had 2 Windows crashes and if the OnGuard facility is left running Spyware Doctor consumes 98% CPU for 5 minutes on every screen scroll done reading html text on a site identified as trusted. Oh and the company quietly changed it's policy and has hijacked my credit card information in order to automatically renew registration. I won't be running any more PC Tools products.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I can't get the software to scan past 30% April 21, 2007
By Ralph
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I can't get the software to scan past 30%. The software locks up when I try to end the scan after being stuck at 30% scan.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The only way I can imagine that PC Tools won so much market share is that they bribed all of the major computer magazines. This is a common practice in the magazine industry, and is the reason why I do not subscribe to any computer magazines. All magazines lie, and most of the articles are thinly veiled advertisements. If you offer a magazine significant cashola for positive spin, you will get positive spin, not just in one issue, but all year long, and next year too.

Yes, the product works for its intended purpose: it removes spyware. However, the behavior of the product makes it just as bad as spyware. It's a resource hog. Everytime the computer boots, S.D. requires a few minutes to initialize. As if that defect weren't enough to prohibit your purchase, Spyware Doctor can't update itself automatically. Most modern anti-spyware products, such as Ad-Aware (a free program) are able to update themselves automatically. S.D. stands alone in this peculiar shortcoming. A manual process, requiring user intervention, and a substantial delay which will have the user staring at a screen, is required in order to update.

An additional punishment awaiting those who purchase this bloatware is that Spy Doctor will keep tabs on when your subscription is about to run out. When only 30 days remains, you will begin being punished. A little window pops up (you can't turn it off) every day on your Windows task bar. In addition to this, PC Tools will send you emails, at the rate of one every three days.

I am glad that they do these things, because it will result in fewer people purchasing their product. People are not, on the whole, quite as stupid and gullible as Pc Tools believes.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't want to trash Spyware Doctor but be aware May 26, 2007
I originally bought spyware doctor last June (2006) after spyware got past my McAfee firewall and thought it was one of the best programs I installed for spyware. Like others, I started getting messages to update spyware doctor recently. I upgraded and started having problems. I have Windows XP Pro and Norton 360 installed as firewall, anti-virus and spyware. To make a long story short, the problems surfaced as anytime I left the computer and it went to the user logon screen, the screen was frozen and I would have to reboot. I searched the internet and found a few other complaints that sounded similar so I used Control Panel==> Add Remove Programs to uninstall the Spyware Doctor. That is the only thing I removed, I rebooted my machine and it now works fine. I'm not sure if its Spyware Doctor and XP or Spyware Doctor and Norton Symantec, but either way it caused my system to freeze. If you get the same problem I would remove Spyware Doctor first and see if the problem goes away.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Initially impressed ... ultimately frustrated and NOT a fan
Spyware Doctor came highly recommended to remove a pesky spam/malware message that kept popping up on my PC. Read more
Published on July 2, 2009 by GruvyGal
1.0 out of 5 stars Effective if you don't want to do anything else
I agree 100% with the criticisms I have seeen here. I found that, contrary to the salesman's claims, it conflicted with Norton and completely froze my computer. Read more
Published on March 9, 2009 by Popeye
1.0 out of 5 stars Spyware Dr. does not run on Vista
This product was great a few versions ago running on XP. However, I now run 6.0 and it takes up 70% of my memory. I have 512MB installed. Read more
Published on November 18, 2008 by Brian Land
5.0 out of 5 stars Spyware Dr. 6 fixes most of ver. 5's problems
I use to love spyware Dr. and as a tech for 12 years highly reccomended it for use in all my customers PCs. Then they came out with ver.5 and made it a service. Read more
Published on August 11, 2008 by Jordon Berkove
1.0 out of 5 stars CRAP CRAP AND MORE CRAP!!
OMG DO NOT buy this program. It will slow your computer to a crawl. There are free programs that work so much better. Read more
Published on August 10, 2008 by Joey
1.0 out of 5 stars spyware doctor is a quack
It used to work before version 5, but now kills my PC. My only option was to restore to an earlier date. A ". Read more
Published on March 31, 2008 by S. White
1.0 out of 5 stars Spyware Doctor Ver. 5.5 a Disaster
I had used previous versions of Spyware Doctor for years without any major problems. I recently tried to install the 5. Read more
Published on March 25, 2008 by OCLifeguard
1.0 out of 5 stars Version 5 unusable
As of March 25 I'm having the same experience as others here: SD does catch problems other scanners miss, and can successfully remove some infestations other products do not. Read more
Published on March 25, 2008 by Micahel Thomas
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY SPYWARE DOCTOR
Do not buy this product!!!! It's a terrible product sold by an invisible company. You cannot contact them. They will not respond. It will freeze-up your computer. Read more
Published on March 5, 2008 by Cowboy
1.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Auto-Renew
Do not buy anything from PC Tools without understanding that there is a yearly auto renew included in the agreement. This web company just want to pick up your money. Read more
Published on February 20, 2008 by Guy Marcotte Morgane
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