Uniblue Systems has done an excellent job of unifying the user interfaces across its utility products line. The SpyEraser 2 user interface is laid out well. We had a problem with the online Help system mainly because it lacks sufficient explanatory detail and isn't much help when configuring the the software. Conversely, several sections of the SpyEraser 2 user interface (especially the Live Guard tab sheet) contain a wealth of informative information which helps you understand what's going on and what the software is doing.
Deep scans with SpyEraser 2 operate at average speed. Baseline speed however seems to depend on the amount of data you've got. We found that big boot drives (250GB and larger) loaded with 120GB of data or more seemed to require more time per file and folder than Spybot Search & Destroy and LavaSoft's AdAware. When we compared SpyEraser to Avanquest's SystemSuite 8 Professional though, SpyEraser 2 proved to be far more thorough and far more effective. SpyEraser 2 produced results identical to Panda Antispyware, which is another highly rated product.
Cons: SpyEraser 2 is very Internet Explorer oriented, which is not a bad thing of course, but there's no mention of Firefox or Opera in the Live Guard settings. C'mon folks — it's not an Internet Explorer-only world anymore. While Internet Explorer has been accused of being vulnerable to all manner of malicious adware, spyware and remote user exploits, Firefox is no less a target these days and has also succeeded in capturing a significant percentage of the active web browser market. So Firefox vulnerability scanning would go a long way to making SpyEraser 2 a much more versatile tool.
Pros: Uniblue SpyEraser 2 works as advertised. As part of a larger suite of defensive, security and antivirus products it works well enough to protect most Windows PCs from all of the spyware threats out there. Spyware signature/profile updates are frequent and accurate as far as we can tell. SpyEraser 2 worked well on all of the Windows XP (Home and Professional) and Windows Vista (Home Premium, Business, Ultimate) computers we tried — no installation or operational issues at all. Recommended.