What is Spyhunter 5?
Enigma Software, who are known for their anti-malware software SpyHunter 4, have recently released a newly designed software SpyHunter 5. It terms of never-before-seen features, SpyHunter 5 doesn't provide anything particularly new to anti-malware software, but some of its aspects are pretty impressive. We were particularly impressed with its minor impact on the system's performance, which can make the program essentially unnoticeable. Nevertheless, the scan engine still works great. It can detect a lot of different kinds of threats, some of which are not found by other anti-malware.
The new design looks great, has a more modern look compared to SpyHunter 4, and is still easy to use. You can navigate pretty easily between options, set up custom scans and contact customer support. This kind of interface allows the program to be used by both regular users and those with advanced knowledge in the field.
Here are the main SpyHunter 5 features.
SpyHunter 5 Main Features
Spyhunter 5 Scan engine
The most important part of any anti-malware software is its scan engine. SpyHunter 5 appears to have a more advanced scan engine compared to its predecessor, and can detect a wide range of malware infections. SpyHunter 4 actually detected infections that were not noticed by some other security programs, so we will probably see this happening with SpyHunter 5 as well. In general, it seems to detected both minor threats like adware or browser hijackers, and more dangerous ones, such as Trojans and ransomware.
Users can also choose to scan for suspicious behavior, rootkits and vulnerabilities. If a file is not classified as malicious but displays unusual behavior, you will be alerted about it. A custom scan may also be performed, allowing you to scan registry and cookies, for privacy issues, as well as vulnerabilities.
Programs that have not been updated may pose a certain threat to the system so updates are important. If you access the Vulnerabilities tab after performing a scan, you will be given a list of programs that have updates available. What we like about this section of the scanning is that the results don't only show how severe a vulnerability may be, but they also provide an easy way to install an update that would fix the flaw. In the tab for a certain vulnerability, there is an 'Update' button which would direct users to the program's published update. This is very convenient because people often know of the vulnerability but do not take the time to look for an update themselves. If all users have to do is press the 'Update' button, they'll be more likely to update, as it requires minimum effort on their part.
Another feature that we liked is the scan schedule. If you go to Settings and select Scheduling, you will be able to customize when and how often a scan will be performed. You can choose to have it as often as you like, and when it is convenient for you. A lot of the times, users simply forget to launch a scan, so a scheduling option will certainly be useful.
Spyhunter 5 Interface
SpyHunter 4 had a pretty nice interface, but SpyHunter 5 has a more modern look, which we can appreciate. The interface remains user-friendly, which is always good because overcomplicating a program can lead to loss of users. To launch a scan, you simply need to go to the Scan tab and press Scan. Identified threats are shown in a clear list with explanations on why they were detected. It's also easy to launch a Custom scan, review items in quarantine, and add exclusions.
Impact on system performance
With a lot of anti-malware programs, their presence is very noticeable, particularly during a scan. Because they use up a lot of resources, it can become quite a challenge to use a computer as normal during a scan. This disruption often forces users to stop a scan or not launch it in the first place. We are pleased to note that SpyHunter 5 does not have a very noticeable impact on the computer's performance.
SpyHunter 5 seems to update their database very regularly, which is very important. With regular updates, users are protected even from the newest threats.
Spyhunter 5 HelpDesk
It's no secret that anti-malware is not always capable of removing a threat successfully, and for situations like that, SpyHunter 5 offers a HelpDesk feature. The feature allows users to contact technical support, who could help with the encountered issue. They could develop a custom fix for the encountered problem, which would hopefully fix everything. SpyHunter's technical support could also remotely connect to a computer, if a user wishes for that. It should be noted that the feature is only available to paid subscribers.
For more advanced SpyHunter 5 users, there are options to customize DNS and Network settings. In Network settings, you can modify incoming and outgoing Internet traffic settings. You can also change certain DNS settings.
Spyhunter 5 - Why it is a good choice?
To summarize, SpyHunter 5 has a more advanced scan engine that picks up on both minor and severe threats. So whether it's adware or a Trojan, the program should be able to identify it. It may detect certain programs you wish to keep as potentially unwanted, but you can easily exclude them from being detected. The interface is different from the previous version of the software, but the program is still easy to navigate, with clear sections. You can also customize what kind of scan you want to perform, and when to do it. The program, both during scanning and not, does not put a strain on the computer, so it can run in the background without disrupting you. Contacting tech-support is easy, and they can provide a custom fix if necessary. Overall, we recommend the program, whether for professional or everyday usage.