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February 2016 . Vol. 22 No. 2

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SUPERAntiSpyware to the Rescue from

By Howard Berenbon

A few months back I upgraded all my PC compatible computers from Windows 7 to Windows 10.  I had stayed with Windows 7 for years because it had been quite stable, but couldn’t resist the free upgrade to Windows 10 with its new look and added features.  When offered, I reserved my upgrades and then when the time was right, I let Windows 10 take over.  The installations went well, and all computers were functioning normally, now with a new look, and some new options.  Though it took some time to get used to the new Start menu, and it wasn’t as obvious to get into the control panel settings compared to Windows 7, I adjusted.  Most notable, and appreciated, is that Windows 10 startup was 5 times faster than Windows 7, a nice improvement.

After about two months of great performance, Windows starting slowing down.  Applications were running slower than normal and there was a delay at opening the Start menu.  That was odd.  We use Vipre Antivirus from Threat Track Security and Malwarebytes, and scans with both programs found nothing unusual.  Then late in January, everything slowed to a crawl in two of my computers.  A close friend who repairs computers for a living recommended trying the free version of SUPERAntiSpyware from  He said SUPERAntiSpyware was a new addition to his toolkit, and it was finding tons of cookies, and some malware that no other program was finding.  So, after a quick download via CNET and a fast installation, I ran SUPERAntiSpyware on my Toshiba laptop.  I was amazed! The quick scan found 1633 cookies and four potentially dangerous viruses.  Two were printer/variant  and pub.babylon variant.  After removal, the computer was responding normally.  Then I did a full scan to be safe, and after about 2 hours it found a few more. I then ran SUPERAntiSpyware in my other computers, and my problems were solved (so far).  An initial quick scan in another laptop found 1900 cookies and more malware.  I hadn’t had many problems until I updated to Windows 10 and I suspect that the malware may have been downloaded with the driver upgrades.  But, I don’t have any evidence of that fact.  Ironically, all my Windows computers had a variation of the and the pup.babylon viruses.  Maybe they were already present, just undetected by Vipre or Malwarebytes. That’s a possibility.

So, if you find your computer running sluggishly, even after you got a “clean bill of heath” from your resident anti-virus program or programs, you should try SUPERantispyware, which is free.  If you’re happy with the free version, you can upgrade to the pay version with more features and protection in real time.  When installing the free version, you can click a box to try the paid version for 30 days at no charge. For more information visit


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