Yesterday, I finally got around to uninstalling some programs that I never use (I used RevoUninstaller to completely remove all traces of these programs) and installed Norton 360 version 4.0. When I went to uninstall these programs (AVG 9.0, Linksys Wireless Print Server monitor, n-Lite, a-squared Free 3.5) I ensured that they were set to automatically start in msconfig so that I could remove them msconfig as well. I also had enabled SuperAntiSpyware Professional and tried to update it (it had not prompted me to update it for a looooooooooooong time, even before I had disabled it in msconfig) but it claimed that it could not connect with the SuperAntiSpyware server.
Today, I went to the SuperAntiSpyware site, and downloaded the latest build of SuperAntiSpyware Professional and installed it and put in the registration code that I had purchased for lifetime updates back in May of 2009, and it confirmed during the installation process that my code was valid. It also uninstalled the previous version of SuperAntiSpyware Professional and offered to search for updated spyware definitions and hung there.
Now before anyone asks, let me tell you that I disabled Norton's AntiVirus AutoProtect feature prior to the installation and I also disabled the Norton SmartFirewall feature as well, so none of these were a factor in the installation and attempt to update.
I have seen this antispyware program recommended by some of the moderators here at the Maximum PC Forums and have used it for at least two years with little or no problem. The reason I disabled it in msconfig was due to the fact that it seemed to prolong my boot time on the computer. Now I am seriously considering removing all traces of this bloated resource hog and sticking with my other antispyware applications (MalwareBytes, SpywareBlaster v.4.4, and Spybot S&D). It's really sad to see this happen to a once-great antispyware program!