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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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  • 1.0 stars

    "Revert back to 1.6"

    September 4, 2013  |   By SwiftTechTips

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy Portable 2.1

    Pros

    Can't think of any. The UI looks nice, but it's not functional.

    Cons

    Simply isn't user friendly and difficult to navigate.

    Summary

    Ran a scan with current version and it found nothing. Went back to 1.6 and it cleaned everything right up. Enough said.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Found the Trojan"

    August 6, 2013  |   By copenhagen45

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy Portable 2.1

    Pros

    My computer was infected with the fake.adobe.zusy Trojan. I tried probably eight of the leading malware/rootkit detectors and they found nothing, even though I knew something was wrong. Spybot found it and quarantined it.

    Cons

    Could be a bit more user friendly in terms of giving more information about the threats it finds.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not user friendly"

    June 6, 2013  |   By jhkenel

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy Portable 2.1

    Pros

    I don't know.

    Cons

    It isn't user friendly anymore. Why fix something that wasn't broken? Very disappointed.

    Summary

    Keep 1.6.

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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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very useful tool."

    August 12, 2012  |   By traumig

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy Portable 1.6.2

    Pros

    Works thoroughly, gives additional information about malware found.

    Cons

    Not found yet.

    Summary

    Must have it on USB-flash to use everywhere.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A good program, but not much different from others."

    May 15, 2012  |   By eubie12

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy Portable 1.6.2

    Pros

    Spybot did a good job finding and removing trackers, but it also missed a few that another program picked up.

    Cons

    It did miss a few spies that another program found.

    Summary

    It did a good job, but it doesn't distance itself from other Spy catchers.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "with age comes experience, spybot is old and wise"

    March 21, 2012  |   By ra-systems

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy Portable 1.6.2

    Pros

    spybot has been around a while, it is one of the tools i use to do standard cleanup's and immunizations on pc's. i find it general will find more than most other free cleanup tools. is easy to use, and gets the job done.

    Cons

    remember to run as admin for vista or windows 7. as it will not automatically have admin authority.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Repaired mouse errors."

    February 9, 2012  |   By Latha9990

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy Portable 1.6.2

    Pros

    It repaired my mouse 'right click' & 'double click' problems.

    Cons

    None that I know of.

    Summary

    I thought mouse clicks don't work because of hardware problems. But spybot repaired them amazingly. When it shows 'right media' 'left media' etc, you just have to see the top & click the 'fix selected problems' to repair the mouse problems instantly. Update whenever you have mouse problems. I'm having 'Malwarebytes' for spies. I'd strongly recommend this for mouse problems.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "found viruses and spyware"

    November 16, 2011  |   By mike2417

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy Portable 1.6.2

    Pros

    It did get the job done.

    Cons

    Had to scan it more than once.to get my p c cleaned.

    Summary

    Overall it worked good for me.I would recommend it.It is a little slow.But it worked okay.Had to restart my computer.And then I ran a full scan with anti virus program.After these were done ,ran a repair on the registry.

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