Tenebril SpyCatcher review: Tenebril SpyCatcher

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.2
  • Setup and interface: 8.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 7.0
  • Service and support: 7.0

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The Good Tenebril's SpyCatcher 2006 effectively combats spyware and adware, offers protection from phishing attacks, and gives you an easy-to-use interface.

The Bad In some cases, Tenebril's SpyCatcher 2006 doesn't provide much information on specific threats.

The Bottom Line An easy-to-use interface and effective handling of spyware make either the free or paid version of Tenebril SpyCatcher an excellent addition to your PC's defense arsenal.

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Tenebril SpyCatcher 2006

Tenebril's SpyCatcher 2006 is a powerful and elegant solution for protecting your system against spyware. In testing done by Download.com, SpyCatcher did very well, finishing at the top of our list for removing known spyware and ranking third for overall performance. Bought separately, SpyCatcher 2006 costs $29.95. It's also included with the Platinum version of Tenebril's popular GhostSurf anonymous-surfing program, which costs $39.95. A scaled-back free version, SpyCatcher Express, uses the same antispyware technology as SpyCatcher 2006 but offers fewer features. For example, SpyCatcher includes a Hosts File list analyzer and antiphishing monitoring. If you can live without those features, don't mind manually checking for program updates, and are running Windows 2000 or higher, then the free SpyCatcher Express is an excellent choice.

Setup and installation are a snap. The helpful Configuration wizard walks you through the process of adjusting the program settings to perform an initial scan of your system. We found SpyCatcher's interface clear and intuitive, with all features and settings easily accessible via logically grouped tabs. The Spyware Scan window displays tasteful graphic animations that show current tasks and the progress of system scans.

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Quick Specifications

  • Release date Sep 1, 2005