Spybot - Search & Destroy

Spybot - Search & Destroy

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 5726 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.4.40
  • Total Downloads:
    126,056,430
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 01, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    44.37MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    15,770
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #5 in Anti-Spyware

Editors' Review

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Spybot - Search and Destroy is a free malware and spyware detection and removal tool that utilizes open source malware definitions to protect your computer against attack. What makes the tool so useful is that it is very lightweight -- running in the background without interrupting your activities -- but it can actively identify threats when they appear on your computer.

Pros

Free and powerful: Unlike many spyware and malware detectors, Spybot is free for personal use, being supported largely by commercial licenses and donations. Combined with the frequent updates, speedy scans, and a number of tools like System and File Scan, Immunization, and a Quarantine-level update, this is a very powerful tool. While hidden at first, there are also advanced tools like Report Creator, Startup Tools, and Rootkit Scan.

Long pedigree: Spybot has been a free tool since the 1990's, and the developers continuously update and add new features. After installation, you'll be prompted to back up your Registry, and at any time you can switch from manual to automatic protection mode. For most users, then, Spybot is easy to use, running automatically in the background at set times, but it also offers more advanced tools for users with the experience to use them.

Cons

Some hidden tools: While all basic tools are free to use, and you'll never pay for a definitions update, some tools remain locked pending a paid upgrade. These include Phone Scan, Boot CD Creator, Secure Shredder, and System Repair. These are not vital or core parts of the software, but it's not immediately clear how to unlock and use them.

Some tools removed: Longtime favorite tools like TeaTimer have been removed, while new tools are available, albeit with some of them costing money. Spybot was never a full replacement for an Antivirus suite, but some longtime users may be frustrated with the changes.

Bottom Line

If you have spyware or malware on your computer, your first step should be to download Spybot. This free detection tool is among the most trusted, and it's the ideal first step when you suspect a problem or want to ensure future problems don't create headaches.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.0

    out of 24 votes

    • 5 star 13
    • 4 star 5
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 2
  • All Versions

    4.2

    out of 5726 votes

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    • 4 star 1379
    • 3 star 317
    • 2 star 169
    • 1 star 519
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4 stars

"Still bloathed UX"

June 03, 2015  |  By llamalucas

 |  Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

Pros

Works really fine

Cons

Not very fast, I can't still love the new interface

Summary

I liked it more in the old 1.6 version.

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3 stars

"1st time download on new laptop"

May 29, 2015  |  By Plankface

 |  Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

Pros

Will repost...

Cons

Will repost...

Summary

This is my first download of Spybot. It has been recommended to me numerous times and I am impressed by the 5* reviews. I will give it a go, and repost soon with a progress update...

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5 stars

"Great. Excellent. Brilliant!"

May 08, 2015  |  By ComputerManiac2015

 |  Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

Pros

Great. Excellent. Brilliant. My Google Chrome browser was always triggering to unwanted page - Adcash and DoubleClick. Sometimes my browser triggering to porn sites. Other softwares fails to detect it, but Spybot Search & Destroy can do so through the scanning function. In the next review, Spybot Search & Destroy can improve this detection function in realtime protection. Thank you Soybot Search & Destroy version 2.4.40.

Cons

No at this time.

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1 stars

"Brought the HELP_RESTORE_FILES and HELP_DECRYPT Virus"

May 04, 2015  |  By nakamuradavid

 |  Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

Pros

Free Spybot Search & Destroy, have been using Spybot S& D for many years.

Cons

This Version 2.4.x., seems to be carrying the VIRUS HELP_DECRYPT and HELP_RESTORE. I later installed the Spybot Active Web Protection, then the files on my computer got encrypted by HELP_DECRYPT. At first I did not believe the cause was Spybot S&D, so I formatted Drive C:, and did a clean install of Windows, and ran my computer with no VIRUS infections, I reinstalled Spybot S&D with the Active Web Protection, then got the Virus HELP_RESTORE with Drive C: getting Encrypted. I have once again fomatted Drive C:, and reinstalled Spybot S&D WITHOUT the Active Web Protection, and have not encountered the Viruses HELP_RESTORE and HELP DECRYPT.

Summary

Do NOT Install the Spybot S&D Active "Web Protection" Feature.

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4 stars

"Great Program!"

April 23, 2015  |  By Will_Baker

 |  Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

Pros

very easy to use
reliable and efficient
free

Cons

Can take a long time for the first use
Not aesthetic

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4 stars

"Great to see this long running program is still around"

April 06, 2015  |  By wasabi2525

 |  Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

Pros

Longevity plus

Cons

None,its reliable

Summary

I use it in conjunction with Malwarebytes, awesome.

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5 stars

"worked when others did not!! :)"

February 22, 2015  |  By dsarosy

 |  Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

Pros

I spent several hours trying to remove a particular adware file that kept attempting to break through my avg antivirus. after about 5 other free products failed to remove this incredibly annoying file, I tried spybot and was thrilled to see that it was finally gone!!

Cons

I see none as of yet!

Summary

this product is easy to use and even the free version worked like a champ!

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5 stars

"This is a great fully-featured security application..."

February 15, 2015

 |  Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

Pros

Host File Protection, Browser Guards, Realtime Spyware and Malware Protection, Process Control, Deep System Scanning, and many others you normally wouldn't find in a traditional security software suite.

Cons

The only con I can rightly say is that it consumes a lot of system resources and some of the scans can take a while, depending on the size of your system and the configurations of the scan you choose.

Summary

This is a robust security application that is an excellent supplement to existing security software and especially useful for those whom still use the Internet Explorer browser, because of the protections it offers, including that of the host file as well as a user's homepage.

Even if you don't want to pay for the full version, the free version is still worth the download and is a formidable contender in the world of antimalware software.

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5 stars

"Has every useful function"

February 02, 2015  |  By HaffRobison

 |  Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

Pros

Very needful application for my computer.

Cons

Cons ?? Haven't found any yet

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5 stars

"Love it and keeping it!"

January 31, 2015  |  By McLadyA65

 |  Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

Pros

I had this years ago on my desktop. I'm using my laptop more than I use to, so I added Spybot to my laptop and it clean out everything.

Cons

There was a problem with the immunization on the Opera browser, but overall everything still works.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.4.40

Responding to user reports, we fixed some bugs in Spybot's Updater:

  • problems when bdcore.dll is updated (only Spybot +AV editions)
  • for antivirus updates the proxy settings were ignored (only Spybot +AV editions)
  • we rephrased the message that is printed when no new updates are available to be more user-friendly
  • for users of the Polish translation of Spybot, updating was broken
General
Publisher Safer-Networking
Publisher web site http://www.safer-networking.org/en/home/index.html
Release Date July 01, 2014
Date Added July 01, 2014
Version 2.4.40
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 44.37MB
File Name spybot-2.4.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 126,056,430
Downloads Last Week 15,770
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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