CounterSpy is a proprietary spyware
Spyware is a type of malware that can be installed on computers, and which collects small pieces of information about users without their knowledge. The presence of spyware is typically hidden from the user, and can be difficult to detect. Typically, spyware is secretly installed on the user's...

 removal program for Microsoft Windows
Microsoft Windows
Microsoft Windows is a series of operating systems produced by Microsoft.Microsoft introduced an operating environment named Windows on November 20, 1985 as an add-on to MS-DOS in response to the growing interest in graphical user interfaces . Microsoft Windows came to dominate the world's personal...

 software developed by Sunbelt Software
Sunbelt Software
Sunbelt Software was a computer security software company based in Clearwater, Florida. On July 13, 2010, its CEO, Alex Eckelberry, announced in a that GFI Software acquired it in full.Among its products are*Sunbelt Personal Firewall*Counterspy...



CounterSpy scans a PC
Personal computer
A personal computer is any general-purpose computer whose size, capabilities, and original sales price make it useful for individuals, and which is intended to be operated directly by an end-user with no intervening computer operator...

 for spyware, examining files on the hard drive, objects in memory, the Windows registry
Windows registry
The Windows Registry is a hierarchical database that stores configuration settings and options on Microsoft Windows operating systems. It contains settings for low-level operating system components as well as the applications running on the platform: the kernel, device drivers, services, SAM, user...

 and cookies and it has a capability called DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) that, according to Sunbelt, improves the chances of killing off resuscitators. In the past, the tool was based on and used GIANT AntiSpyware
GIANT AntiSpyware
GIANT AntiSpyware was a spyware detection and removal application developed by GIANT Company Software, Inc.GIANT Company Software, Inc. was acquired by Microsoft Corporation on December 16, 2004...

's engine. The program is currently at version 3.1. Sunbelt Software released version 2, which includes a revamped interface and smaller memory footprint.

Available for download is a 15-day trial version.
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