PROS / STOPzilla is certified by West Coast Labs and Checkmark Anti-Virus Desktop.
CONS / It has not been tested by AV-Test.
VERDICT / STOPzilla AVM is more than antispyware and it has a clean look and a cool name.
Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 about Anti Spyware here.
STOPzilla AVM is more than antispyware software. AVM is an acronym for Antivirus and Antimalware. The AVM technology reflects a state-of-the-art approach to antimalware. It is successful at preventing threats from infiltrating computers. Because no security software can be expected to anticipate every possible threat, when potentially unfriendly items fake their way into your system, STOPzilla AVM sends them to quarantine for removal and performs system remediation.
Of course, prevention is preferable to a cure, so this security software provides secure online searching and shopping. It blocks sites that spew malware and helps you avoid phishing frauds when you buy things online. Another important piece of preventive technology is the STOPzilla Safety Network, which is a cloud service that tracks zero-day (brand new) threats across the user base so that the publisher can quickly update threat databases and deploy antidotes to benefit all users. All of the best security software vendors employ a similar method to contain zero-day outbreaks.
The user interface is beautifully functional and installation is drama free. After the initial scan that is part of the installation procedure, you can choose among four different scan types: Quick, Intelligent, Full and Custom. A useful chart explains which malware types each scan looks for. You can schedule when you want the scan tasks to occur so that they happen when it is convenient. A few users have remarked that some of the scan results seem too aggressive, but most people would probably prefer a few false positives to a few missed viruses.
Help and support from the publisher, IS3, are praiseworthy. The website has helpful resources, including FAQs and the forms you need for registration issues. You do not have to go to the website for other support options because all of the most important support resources are available from the application: phone support, live chat, email and a contact form.
STOPzilla AVM looks good and works well. It provides the tools and uses the technologies associated with the best security software products. Certifications by West Coast Labs and Checkmark Anti-Virus Desktop give third-party testimony that STOPzilla is more than an antispyware application.