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Grisoft ewido anti-spyware 4.0

£19 inc VAT

Manufacturer: GriSoft

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Ewido's interface has been noticeably improved. Granted, it's still very text-heavy, but the software is surprisingly straightforward to use.

Click here to read the introduction to our double antispyware review.

Ewido is now being bundled with Grisoft's AVG Anti-Virus, as well as being sold as a standalone product. Although the program's interface has been noticeably improved, it's still very text-heavy. However, the software remains surprisingly straightforward to use. And you can scan either automatically or manually, while a report is generated about any spyware found.

But instead of automatically quarantining any spyware that is found, you will be prompted to either delete or quarantine it. The process isn't as seamless as it is with Webroot Spy Sweeper, and most users will probably find it easier to go for the default delete-files option, which could prove disastrous if you find you need them after all.

If you decide you want to run programs such as keyloggers, you have the option to create an exception rule that tells ewido to ignore them every scan. Spy Sweeper offers a less clear workaround.

Ewido offers a permanent shield against spyware as well as regular scans. However, there are only four choices to check and very little information about what they do. If you dig deeper, you can customise settings, but it isn't as easy to navigate as Spy Sweeper.

An auto-update feature ensures that the software is kept up to date with the latest threats and, as with Spy Sweeper, this can deal with rootkits and keyloggers.

Ewido is particularly strong when dealing with Trojans. It is harder to attack than similar software, and if some parts become corrupted, it will automatically download fixes. And it can spot Trojans hidden in compressed and attached files.

Grisoft ewido anti-spyware 4.0 Expert Verdict »

486 processor or later
Microsoft Windows 2000 SP4/XP SP2 or higher
32MB RAM
30MB hard disk space
  • Ease of Use: We give this item 7 of 10 for ease of use
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Grisoft ewido is £5 cheaper than Webroot Spy Sweeper 5.0 and is a competent package. Should you want to run a keylogger program, the Exceptions feature will prove invaluable.

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