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Spybot - Search & Destroy Portable

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Spybot - Search & Destroy Portable is a free security program that scans for and removes malicious or unwanted adware, malware, spyware, and other threats on any compatible Windows PC without requiring you to install it. That's because it's been portable-ized by PortableApps. Its download contains everything you need to run Spybot without the program making any changes to your PC, beyond purging junk, that is.

Spybot's portable application installer (.paf) can save the program's executable to virtually any directory, including a USB thumbdrive. Spybot's interface consists of a two-paned main window and a navigation sidebar accessing the program's main features: the main Search & Destroy tool, a Recovery tool, an Immunize feature that protects Web browser, and Update and Donations buttons. Before we initiated a scan, we clicked the Help button, which not only offered a good manual but also a tutorial that walks new users through the program's various steps, complete with illustrations. Under Search & Destroy, we clicked Check for Problems. The scan is thorough and took several minutes; it turned up some minor issues that we could check out by expanding the scan display's tree view. We selected those items we wanted to remove and clicked Fix selected problems, which Spybot did after double-checking our wishes. The Immunize tool adds sites known to be bad to your browser registry's Restricted Zone, if you're running IE or Opera. It blocks such sites from running executable code on your system.

Spybot also offers an Advanced mode that can potentially remove things you want to keep, so use it with caution. It offers a ton of interface language options, too, on the Languages menu. Spybot - Search & Destroy Portable is a great tool for your portable PC toolkit, the one you keep on a USB drive for when friends and relations need help with a PC problem.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Dependable and reasonably quick"

    May 25, 2013  |   By cwayneu

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy Portable 2.0.12

    Pros

    Have used this several times to find worms and dangerous cookie that others failed to locate.

    Cons

    As with any of these type packages, I wish they could be faster, although Spybot is faster than most.

    Summary

    This is a great tool to find and eliminate gremlins that slip by your active virus protection software.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great portable tool!"

    November 30, 2012  |   By lance444

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy Portable 2.0.12

    Pros

    Just what I needed and wanted to find and clean infections on various PCs. Updates just like the original spybot and it doesn't have an expiration date like some portable anti-spywares. It's free too!!!

    Cons

    No cons really.

    Summary

    I'v been looking for a portable anti-spyware and Spybot portable just fits the bill. Its updatable, easy to us and few false positives. Fantastic program!

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