Spybot - Search & Destroy

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Installed Malware"

    December 7, 2012  |   By knmyers123


    Free with all the malware


    Installed "Claro' and 3 other unwanted programs. Claro changed and redirected my browser without my permission. The Spybot installer installed programs which I SPECIFICALLY said I did NOT want installed by unchecking the boxes.


    I only gave 1/2 a star because it wouldn't let me post a reply without the desired rating of "0". Spybot used to be the best, but something has changed and now it's becoming part of the problem.

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  • Reply by marknew3 on January 4, 2013

    You do not have to download any other programs when using c.net.The downloader gives you the option of loading or not loading these programs.Slow down a moment,and read what`s in front of you BEFORE you download the program of choice.Don`t be a fat-head!

  • Reply by leonard435 on December 22, 2012

    The original Spybot S&D has no other programs, PUPs, viruses, or Trojans attached to it. I always do a direct download from CNet so I do not get that extra crap they want to stick you with when you use their download manager. You have to be signed in to use the direct download.

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