View Full Version : Vista compatible?
02-06-2007, 10:37 PM
Got a new lapto and wondering if Spyware Doctor is compatible with MS Vista? Any one know or try it yet?
02-06-2007, 11:04 PM
Im currently running Spyware Doctor with Vista and everything seems to work fine.
If you check the website: http://www.pctools.com/spyware-doctor/
It states the following:
Operating System: Designed for Windows 98, Me, 2000 and XP, with basic support for Windows Vista™
02-06-2007, 11:13 PM
What exactly does "Basic Support" really mean?
02-07-2007, 01:22 AM
yeah, wonder what 'basic support' is
Think I might wait a week or two... LOL
02-07-2007, 02:05 AM
I haven't got or tried Vista (and don't intend to for that matter!), but my take on Basic Support would be that presumably it doesn't crash or kill the computer or anything but some features may not work properly.
Anyone from PC Tools care to comment, rather than just our conjecture? :)
SD5 says it is "Designed for Windows Vista™, XP and 2000". (see http://www.pctools.com/spyware-doctor/beta/) Whether you want to wait until it's out of beta though is up to you.
02-07-2007, 03:27 AM
cerianly would like to hear what PCT's guys say. Wasn't gonna buy one with Vista, but that's all they had, was hoping to find a 'discounted' XP model. Oh well, I know it's never gave me issues on my XP, was just kinda hoping something would work, I've already spent a couple hundred extra on software that MS made that won't work.
"basic support for Windows Vista™" refers to the fact that this version (version 4.0) was not designed with Vista in mind. However, we have tested the product under Vista and it is able to be installed and registered, run smart updates, run, and uninstall.
Spyware Doctor 5.0 was designed for Operating Systems including Vista, which is why it says "Designed for Windows Vista™, XP and 2000"
I hope this clears things up.
02-07-2007, 05:04 AM
I have tested both Spyware Doctor 4.0 and 5.0beta under vista and it appears that 4.0 (basic support) does not function as well as it did under windows xp however 5.0 is working fine (guess thats the distinction between basic support and designed for :)).
Other than the known issues in the beta it is a lot more stable under vista than 4.0 was so if you are running vista you might want to check out the beta or wait until it is released and then upgrade.
02-07-2007, 10:27 PM
I am currently using version 4, everything does work on Vista but the resource usage is colossal! I monitored it going up to 108 mb's of ram, and draining the cpu a bit with all the On-Guard features on, nearly doubling what it used on XP, which was hefty enough!
I am working around it at the moment by not having SD run at start up and no On-Guard monitoring on, and just firing it up at the end of the day to run an update and do a scan, until Version 5 is released.
You have real time protection in Windows Defender in the meantime, and I also have Kaspersky AV for Vista with the extended database turned on for malware/adware, and it scans start-up objects after every update, so I don't feel totally out in the 'wild' without any armour on :)