A closer look at Spyware Terminator

Cyber Chief Magazine brings you the tactics to uncover and neutralize the insider threat

Spyware Terminator is a free spyware remover that monitors your computer for both known and unknown spyware. The known spyware can be detected and identified during the scan, the unknown spyware can be detected but it cannot be identified immediately.

After you send it to Crawler Spyware Central for further analysis, it can be identified and correctly removed or moved to Quarantine.

Spyware scans perform in-depth scans of your computer’s hard drives, memory, process, and registry to seek out and remove spyware, adware, keyloggers, trojan horses, browser hijackers and other malware.

During the installation process, you are asked if you want to enable the Web Security Guard Toolbar for real-time alerts:

Then you are asked if you want to allow for advanced features:

The Crawler search feature lets you pick your favorite search engine or receive a combination of search results by top search engines, like Google, Yahoo!, Bing, and others.

The first time you start the software, you will be greeted by this welcome screen:

Here you can choose the language you want your software to be in – there are 15 different options to choose from.

Any further action you decide upon will take you to this central console:

Let’s start with scanning the computer for spyware. To choose which type, go to the Spyware Scan tab:

As you can see, not only you can choose a custom scan, but you can also customize and save a scan template that suits your needs.

The results of a custom scan:

The scan results show detected threats, safe and unknown software, and the final report. Other things you opt for on the Scan tab include scan reports, setting up an ignore list and taking a peek into the Quarantine zone.

The Real-Time Protection tab – general settings:

The Real-Time Protection tab also lets you choose shield settings, set up a whitelist and a blacklist, and review the whole.

The Shield settings allow you to customize various shields: Startup, Service & Driver, Web browser add-ons, File Extensions, Winsock, IE Settings, System INI, and Hosts.

The Internet Protection tab offers you a Cookies Scan, Favorites Scan and the Immunize option:

Results of a Cookie Scan:

The Tools that Spyware Terminator offers are the following: System Settings configuration, System Restore, a File Remover and a File Analyzer (select a file and check if it runs and has any entries in the registry):

Finally, in the Settings tab you can step up security by changing the settings of every action, schedule scans and configure the Web Security Guard Toolbar:

You can also choose to integrate Clam Antivirus into Spyware Terminator:

Spyware Terminator is a really nice surprise – efficient and extremely comprehensive in its threat detection, it is a good choice for everyone. The fact that the solution is offered in 15 possible languages, makes it ideal for users that are not that comfortable with the English language.