SpyHunter 5 Review (Advanced Anti-Malware Program)

SpyHunter 5 Review (Advanced Anti-Malware)

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This article aims to explain what is the new version 5 of SpyHunter anti-malware software and how you can use this software to remove all types of malware plus unwanted software from your computer.

Being a powerful modern-day anti-malware and anti-spyware application altogether, the SpyHunter Anti-Malware has received a fresh update with a lot of new features and an updated certificate by West Coast Labs’ Checkmark Certification System. The software’s new version has been created to be of assistance to all types of PC users, ranging from amateur to advanced users. SpyHunter 5 is able to detect and remove rootkits and all of the malware that may be installed as a result of your computer being compromised – Trojans, worms, toolbars, rogue anti-spyware and hoax antivirus as well as hoax PC optimizer programs. The program is also focused on removing ad-supported programs (PUPs) and has years of experience in removing suspicious adware and browser hijackers. But is this enough to call SpyHunter 5 better than the previous versions of the software? To best understand whether or not this program is up to the challenge of being on top, we have decided to review it and see where it excels, what are its core strengths and its weaknesses.

Subnote: This article was originally created June 2018, but we gave it an update September 2019.

App Profile

NameSpyHunter 5
TypeAnti-Malware, Anti-Spyware, Anti-Rootkit


SpyHunter 5

Operating SystemWindows 10 / 8 / Windows 7 / Vista / XP
License Price$39.99 per 6 months for the licensed version.
STF’s Test MachineLenovo B50-70 with 64-bit Windows 8.1
User Experience Discuss SpyHunter 5 In Our Forum

SpyHunter 5 – Information and Features

SpyHunter 5 is an application for PC’s which has been designed to offer anti-malware protection which is automated with as little need for the user to intervene as possible.

This leaves the user occupied with the only activity to install the program and it will take care of the rest as it begins an automatic scan immediately:

Once we installed SpyHunter 5, we noticed that it immediately set up the protection shields for real-time long-term shielding from anti-malware, ransomware, hoax antivirus, etc.

SpyHunter 5 – Compatibility

The newer and updated SpyHunter 5 has been created to be ideally compatible with all Windows versions, especially Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and 8, Windows 7 and Windows XP and Vista. The software can run on operating systems with 32 and 64 bit architecture and performance-wise does not disturb the user even while it is performing it’s automatic updates in the background.

SpyHunter 5 – Technology Review

The new and lighter design of SpyHunter 5not only uses the already advanced technology of the product in order to remain ahead of malware threats that are evolving and becoming more sophisticated via techniques that evade traditional antivirus software, but it has also has other benefits as well. One key benefit for the technology is that the new version includes performance optimizations making the product virtually invisible on the computers it is running on, with a record low memory taken – only 1.3 MB of RAM while the program is not scanning. And not only this, but the program also has been created with a module that makes automatic customization to make sure that the SpyHunter 5 software is running specifically to answer the needs of the customer.

The security features of the application allow it to use an integrated and advanced technology to detect not only traditional malware, but also comes standard with rootkit detection, removal and prevention capabilities. This allows for the program to make rootkit scans and to provide information to users with notification in case a rootkit is detected. When a rootkit is detected, in order to remove it, SpyHunter 5 asks to restart after which the program runs on boot and begins a boot-time type of scan, with the purpose to fully remove all of the objects, related to the rootkit. But also when it comes to rootkits, the program has a compact mini-OS (operating system) which gives it the ability to be booted on devices that do not have Windows installed on them.

Another important feature of SpyHunter 5 is the HelpDesk feature which the program possesses. It gives the users ability to contact technicians to analyze the infected machine remotely and then fix the problem at hand, which may be different for different computers and even unique to some PCs. SpyHunter 5 also reportedly provides a 100% guarantee that its technology is able to detect and remove all rootkits. Furthermore, the program was also optimized a lot in comparison to its previous versions as well, taking from 4% to 12% of CPU space during scan and up to 10.3 MB of RAM which a significant improvement over the old version, where these parameters were several times that.

SpyHunter 5’s Features

The new software comes standard with a lot of new tweaks which can be modified so that they can best address users’ needs. For instance, the developers have created different categories to help users to easily navigate between the different types of settings they want to tweak according to their requirements:

The main category with most of the settings added is the General Settings category where users can choose among the features used for automating the software and allowing it to perform actions on system boot. Among those features, one very important is the ability to allow for the software to “Check for abnormal hidden files on system start”. This action gives the program the power to check suspicious files that are not detected as malicious but have a suspicious behavior, hence increasing protection. Users can also tamper with the settings while an anti-malware scan is running.

Another interesting settings group is the Network Settings configuration, which gives the abilities for users to modify and secure the incoming and outgoing internet traffic and set up custom settings:

In addition to this, SpyHunter 5 also has advanced DNS settings which do allow you to use official DNS providers so that you can further secure any information leaking on your network, which can also lead to malware infection eventually.

In addition to this, the program has also added new and more advanced scheduling settings as well, which allow users complete overview on their scheduling, making the program suitable for system administrators and advanced users as well:

And furthermore, the software also has some advanced features when it comes to configuring how to scan your computer, which give detailed information about how to setup Custom Scan, quarantine items, and also see the complete scan history of previously detected files.

In addition to this, EnigmaSoft has also published a video in which explanation is provided in detail regarding how the software and the technology work:

What We Like

  • New Features for the same price.
  • Easier to use interface.
  • Advanced system scan which looks all types of files and objects based on their behavior
  • HelpDesk which enables the user to contact the support team that will help users to fix custom issues.
  • Advanced Rootkit protection with custom OS.
  • Homepage protection which protects your home page from being modified by unwanted programs, like browser hijackers.
  • Integrated SpyHunter 5 Compact OS.
  • Possible exclusion of several programs from being detected in future SpyHunter scans.
  • The ability to change settings while the software is scanning or updating itself.

What Is Missing

  • The program could have several packages that give more features for promotional prices.
  • The program could scan a bit faster on older systems.

The Verdict

The bottom line for this program is that Enigma Software has managed to improve on the already advanced SpyHunter product in a new and modernized and lighter design. This appears to be the last part of the missing puzzle, making this software one of the best advanced anti-malware programs against all types of unwanted programs and malware.

Note: This test was performed on a Lenovo B50-70 with 64-bit Windows 10



Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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  1. AvatarEDISON

    Compré la version 5, analicé en windows xp pero lamentablemente no pudo eliminar el malware js/coinminer.ha??
    Consejos y Opiniones por favor..

    1. AvatarMilena Dimitrova

      Hi Edison,

      Please contact Enigma Software for assistance: https://www.enigmasoftware.com/support/. The support is available at any time, 24/7.

  2. AvatarMick the Nick

    Sorry, maar ik vind dit een nep-review. De taal is blijkbaar ‘geautomatiseerd vertaald’ en dat levert belachelijk slecht Nederlands op.

    Het maakt mijn verdenking dat Spyhunter een problematisch programma is, er bepaald niet kleiner op…

    1. AvatarMilena Dimitrova

      Hi there,

      Please note that this translation is automatic and is provided for your convenience. We have mentioned this on our homepage:
      “Please have in mind that the primary content is in English language. All other translations were made for your convenience by automatic (machine) translation by Google.”

      Nothing fake here :)

  3. AvatarDinasaur

    I’ve had spyhunter for the last 2 years and its well worth the money, it was the only thing that managed to save my laptop from totally crashing from a trojan and losing 10 years worth of files. It’s find a hell a lot more stuff than malwarebytes does.

    I do have a silly question for you though, before when you hit the X to close it, it would minimize to the tray and then you could right click it and exit. That is no longer there so my silly self can’t figure out how to shut down or exit the software if I don’t want it running in the background.

  4. AvatarAllan

    Hello, after reading this article I find it weird that my Spyhunter 5 uses
    4,062.3 Mb of memory and it is NOT scanning. whats going on.

    1. AvatarMilena Dimitrova

      Hi Allan,

      We forwarded your issue to the software developer of SpyHunter. Keep an eye on your email inbox as you may get a reply from them.

  5. AvatarWayne Merritt

    Does it always scan slow. I’m at 32% in 60 minutes

    1. AvatarMilena Dimitrova

      Hi Wayne,
      If you still have a problem with SpyHunter, please contact https://www.enigmasoftware.com/support/
      They will manually revise your issue. The support is 24/7.

  6. AvatarJules EGUIENTA


    Cela fait des années que j’ai installé spyHunter 4 sur mon ordinateur et j’ai été pleinement satisfait. Depuis que j’ai reçu la version 5, j’ai des problèmes de conflits et parfois mon ordi reste bloqué.
    J’ai désinstaller SpyHunter 5 et tout fonctionne correctement. Alors ???

    1. AvatarMilena Dimitrova

      Hi Jules,
      If you still have a problem with SpyHunter, please contact https://www.enigmasoftware.com/support/
      They will manually revise your issue. The support is 24/7.

  7. AvatarCarlos Gracia

    ¿ Que es Spyhunter Product 5 Kernel y por qué tien ocupados 312 mb de memoria permanentemente ?

  8. AvatarThomas Fernandez

    Will this software remove trudet ransomware and extensions? Computers overrun and quite worthless but not gonna keep buying software that claims to remove then doesn’t?


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