Type: Anti-Spyware
Rating: (84/100)

Spybot Search and Destroy review, free download

 
 

Spybot Search and Destroy review

Spybot - Search & Destroy is one of the very first spyware removers appeared in the computer security field. It has plenty of functions and is absolutely free to use, although users can make donations to its author Patrick M. Kolla.

System scans are fast and effective. The application checks the Windows registry, running processes, web browser cookies, local files and folders. It uses extensive, regularly updated parasite definitions database, which contains signatures of spyware, adware, keyloggers, trojans, browser hijackers and other malicious programs. Practically every aspect of Spybot-S&D can be customized. The user can modify various scan and startup specific settings, set the program to ignore certain objects, schedule system scans, apply different skins or languages (Spybot-S&D is translated into 51 languages). The program includes useful additional tools, which prevent browser hijacks, uninstall user-chosen software, unrecoverably delete specified files, display and allow changing system startup settings and other advanced options. Spybot-S&D implements powerful real-time protection that blocks malicious ActiveX scripts and keeps unsolicited software off the system.

The program's interface can differ depending on the selected mode - default or advanced. The default mode is simple, clean and user-friendly. However, only few main functions are available in this mode. The advanced mode provides full access to all the settings and tools. It is quite sophisticated and therefore intended to be used mostly by skilled users.

Domains associated with this product are spybot.info, safer-networking.org and security.kolla.de.


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Positive side:

quick performance
real time protection
free to use
highly configurable

Spybot Search and Destroy spyware remover was carefully tested by 2-spyware.com research center. The review is the result of our test. If you know additional information about Spybot Search and Destroy please send us the note.

Information added: 2005-04-18 10:19:31
Information updated: 2014-06-11 21:22:21

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Guest
I'm not sure, to be fair,what to say to those that claim there is a cost to this program. I've NEVER been asked to pay a penny to use it. I have it on multiple M$ machines. Puppy Linux appears to pee on viruses and malware, so I don't need it there.
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Guest
Spybot Works well but the online update servers are constantly overwhelmed. Users may need multiple trys, upgrade at odd hours or reconfigure to alternate servers to successfully update the program.
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Guest
Using both your Spybot and the SPYFALCON page with all the user comments helped me greatly. Had that *&^%$# Spyfalcon on my machine for almost a week. Keep up the great work and I will be sending a contribution. George in Kansas
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Guest
I AM HAVING TROUBLE DOWNLOADING THE FREE SPYBOT-SEARCH&DESTROY.CAN YOU HEIP ME? [email protected]
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Guest
Please down load spybot , so he can spybot you
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Guest
SpyBot IS NOT FREE WHAT THE HELL DO YOU SAY ITS FREE FOR DONT DOWNLOAD IT ITS NOT FREE
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me
it is free idiot
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Geust
If it isnt free, you are at the wrong site. Plenty of web sites will distribute software with their own fee and are often times illegitimate distributors. Use the domains given here.
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Guest
Spybot is going out. It's not keepin' up with the constant fighting.
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Guest
SpyBot is a very useful software and may help you in fighting spyware. I also downloaded AVG Antispyware and they work fine together.
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Guest
Easily the best widely-available freeware spyware detection and removal program. (Not including Spyware Doctor because the free detection AND removal version is only available from Google.)
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Guest
I've been trying hard to get rid of contravirus on my computer using spybot, but it's not really working too well. just thought you should know.
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Guest
its free jeez im using it right now
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Guest
About spybot i only want do say that it only destroys spyware aplication, what means that if a sistem32 file is afected with a spyware, spybot only deletes the file afected. NOT RECOMMENDED TO DOWNLOAD. Try Windows Defender, its better.
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25Q MOS
Windows Defender? Really? Slapping your computer with a soggy baguette would be a more effective manner of virus removal than using Windows Defender. Ignore that comment please. Spybot is the best bang for your buck, given that it is free, only behind Spy Doctor, perhaps. In this case you get way more than you paid for. I like to keep Spybot and use trials of Nod32 or Malwarebytes to clean anything else up for more serious threats. Other wise SB:S&D works fine for normal activities.
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Guest
I wonder whether Spybot - free version can remove threats? Anyone experienced?
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Guest
I downloaded everything, did a full scan and found umpteen threats, only to find, could not be fixed free at all, had to pay!!!
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Spybot is free to use
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Using the advanced tools, I was able to remove a multi-threaded trojan/malware attack that Adaware or Spybot S&D couldn't automagically remove. For its advanced tools alone, I give it a thumbs up.
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Guest
I've used Spybot for years, love it and YES, it removes what it finds for free.
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Guest
the reviewer for pc mag review of spybot SD goofed, he was running an old version with no updates for 7 months. I run it with 2 AV programs and i haven't had a single problem as of yet and prevented nero 9 from breaking my registry.
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Guest
I purchased this months ago and run it continuously. Somehow malware, virus or whatever has got my computer all jammed up and it is not usable.
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NOT FREE!!!!!!! They make you scan the system, see all the hijacked files and then basically tell you that in order for it to be cleaned register and buy it. Thank for NOTHING!!
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me
been using this for 6+ years free,where did u download this,Walmar
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Guest
I just used it today, for FREE... My PC is running much better now. Thank you MR KOLLA DC IRE
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Guest
If you payed for it or it asks for more the a donation, you messed up. google it and find some where else to down load it. Spybot works great and is free. I love it.
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never pay 4 spybot they only request donations no solicition its free try cnet!
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Guest
Lol just download SB S&D off there official website
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your daddy
if you paid for it your a dumb ass i put it on a thumb drive to help people fix problems on thee computers and have for a while now its been free and is most likely gonna stay free
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Famous Wolf
I have been running SpyBot 2 now for six months.It is totally free(unless you choose to make a donation)and works very well(cleaning problems are free also) If anyone has to pay for it,make sure you have the genuine product as there are many imitations available some of them malicious.So ensure your program is from Safer Networking.SpyBot will work in tandem with other defense programs,but is better and faster on its own.Having said that Trusteer Rapport compliments it perfectly.
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Bjorn Turun
I hear that the long awaited Spybot S&D version 2 will soon be available. They also seem to be working on a new website www.safer-networking.ie
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sarah
Spybot is crap these days. It used to be awesome years ago. Use Malwarebytes now in 2013
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Skylar
Does anyone know how long this lasts? Does it actually remove the virus/ spyware or does i just say you have it? I have downloaded at leats five which just tell we I have a virus but doesnt fix it without buying the software. (AdAware)
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Skylar
Yeah, sorry. *it just, least, me and doesnt.
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Kody
The System Care Antivirus downloaded itself onto my machine. Will Spybot get rid of it?

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