Runscanner isn’t a tool for everybody. It’s not as easy to use
as other, more well-known, free anti-spyware tools such as Ad-Aware–and
doesn’t appear to peer as deeply into your system as they do. It
won’t, for example, report on cookies that might be invading your
Rather, it’s more like HijackThis, which is designed more to
find home page hijackers and similar threats than garden variety
spyware. Run Runscanner, and it does a quick scan of your system
for more than 100 hijack locations and similar potential problems.
Depending on whether you run it in Expert or Beginner mode, it then
shows you the results and has a tool for killing the potential
infection (advanced mode), or else creates log files that you can
upload to forums where people will analyze your logs and let you
know if you might have any problems.
Because of that, this tool is best suited for when you think you
might have an infection, and no other spyware killer or anti-virus
can detect it, in the same way that HijackThis
is used. However, because HijackThis has a larger user base, there
may be more experts familiar with it than with Runscanner, so
HijackThis might be a better bet for protection.
Note: This program is donationware. It is free to try,
but the author accepts and encourages donations towards further