STOPzilla was released in 2001 as a pop-up blocker from the developer iS3. Years later, after it had a reputation for blocking unwanted pests, STOPzilla became a full anti-spyware utility that protects your computer against the unwanted-wares that can be such a pain in the back.
STOPzilla is a subscription based program, meaning monthly you’ll have to pay for a fee to use it. Normally an yearly fee is around $40 per year, but right now they have a promotion for around $10/year (not that bad), however it’s one of the offers on Trialpay which means that you can get it for free when you complete one of the offers from the advertisers listed via TrialPay. You can get it here: STOPzilla Anti-spyware (free via Trialpay).
For those that don’t know what TrialPay is and what completing an offer means, here’s a quote from a previous post on what that means:
The "complete an offer" first sounds a bit tricky, but trust me that if you used Trialpay before there's always a chance you'd complete an offer that costs you way less then the full price of STOPzilla or even find an offer that requires no money from you, just to sign-up. For instance if you need to buy flowers, stamps or anything else that crosses your mind, you can do that via Trialpay and still get STOPzilla free as a bonus when you complete that offer (Bestbuy, stamps.com, Sony, apple, and many others are available as advertisers you can complete an offer with).
What features does STOPzilla offer:
- STOPzilla offers real-time protection, meaning it detects, blocks and quarantines spywares right before they unleash their malefic powers
- Advanced pop-up blocker, probably the most advanced one since they practically perfected the technology
- Frequent auto-updates, meaning spyware signatures are downloaded and ready to use as soon as they find how to remove them
- Benefits from the KISS interface design (keep it simple, …)
My review of STOPzilla: I used it back when it was only a pop-up blocker, and out of curiosity a little while ago, so my experience with STOPzilla antispyware is not that extensive. However, the first thing that you see is the simple interface, and backed by a “runs all by itself in the background” design, you basically install and forget about it. While it protects you of course. STOPzilla received the "West Coast Labs independent test”, which is quite a reputable award in the field of anti-spyware applications, so yes, it can remove threats and protect your system. How does STOPzilla compare with Spyware Doctor or other anti-spyware applications? I don’t want to go there, all have their pros and cons, and the best thing to do is a test before everything else.
After, if you like STOPzilla, you can order it via TrialPay. STOPzilla is only one of many other offers that Trialpay has, you can see a full list in one of my older (but updated) posts – “Free with Trialpay” list of offers.
Other ways to get STOPzilla for free: beg them. or use TrialPay.