Spybot - Search & Destroy

Spybot - Search & Destroy

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 5703 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.4.40
File Size:
44.37MB
Date Added:
July 01, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Total Downloads:
124,610,685
Downloads Last Week:
30,460
Product ranking:
#4 in Anti-Spyware
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    4.2

    out of 5703 votes

    • 5 star: 3329
    • 4 star: 1375
    • 3 star: 316
    • 2 star: 166
    • 1 star: 517
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  • 1 stars

    "DECEPTIVE AND DISHONEST BUSINESS PRACTICES."

    June 24, 2014   |   By rcarroll888

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.3

    Pros

    None worth mentioning.

    Cons

    Extremely slow and never finds more than a dozen or so suspicious registry entries, in short, does nothing that other though more expensive alternatives such as Avast, MalwareBytes or IObit haven't already done.

    Summary

    Spybot aka Safer-Networking, Ltd. will not honor an existing license should you buy a new computer but will send you a link to the free version along with yet another begging for another donation. With more than 124MM downloads from this site alone, a small percentage of subscribers would not make them cash-starved.

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  • 1 stars

    "Used to be GREAT now it is CRAP"

    June 18, 2014   |   By Gangrelle

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.3

    Pros

    Quick and easy install.

    Cons

    IT DOES NOTHING.
    Does NOT remove as much malware as version 1.6.2 did
    Does NOT have a realtime shield (Tea Timer) unless you pay for it.
    Does NOT remove rootkits.
    Does NOT have the Secure Shredder feature unless you pay for it now.

    Summary

    Don't waste your time or money with Spybot S&D 2.x What a worthless piece of software.

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  • 4 stars

    "Very impressive but takes its time to do things."

    June 18, 2014   |   By Blake_R

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.3

    Pros

    * Excellent detection rate.
    * Immunization makes me feel safer about my files.
    * Timely updates are a boon.

    Cons

    * Looks pretty plain.

    Summary

    One of the best anti-spy softwares available, spybot is highly recommended for download.

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  • 4 stars

    "just downloaded but seems pretty good"

    June 15, 2014   |   By sjp34

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.3

    Pros

    I downloaded onto two computers. Easy to download and ran the full scan in a little over and hour on on computer but took about 3 hrs on the other one.

    Cons

    Somehow, after I closed and reopened the program, the language on my desktop computer changed to something that looks "slavic" and I cannot find a way to switch it back to English.

    Please help.

    Summary

    Would probably be fine if I could understand the language!!!

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  • 5 stars

    "This is part of my removal process"

    June 08, 2014   |   By Henry_Quarles

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.3

    Pros

    This work well in combinations with other spyware removal products,

    Cons

    It's a must have in a spyware removal kit

    Summary

    The Blocking feature work well and now blocks twice as many.

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent Software"

    May 11, 2014   |   By paokane

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.3

    Pros

    All seems to be working well.

    Cons

    No Problems :)

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  • 5 stars

    "Fantastic Well Done Spybot-Search & Destroy"

    May 11, 2014   |   By cuzzy1

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.3

    Pros

    Have always been very happy with Spybot-Search & Destroy I hope it will continue as fantastic as it always has Well Done Spybot-Search & Destroy

    Cons

    I have no Cons Well Done Spybot-Search & Destroy Well Done

    Summary

    Well Done Well Done Well Done Spybot-Search & Destroy

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  • 1 stars

    "could not install"

    May 09, 2014   |   By paulettemoudakis

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.3

    Pros

    No idea being I could not install

    Cons

    It would not let me install - could not uninstall the previous version and I did not wish to reinstall the old one again in order to uninstall..... I've had this problem before with this package. I just updated Malwarebytes instea....

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  • 4 stars

    "ok product - has some value to add to your system"

    May 06, 2014   |   By ChoiceVoice

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.3

    Pros

    -respectable company.
    -long history
    -can integrate with clamav for fuller protection
    -disinfection feature is best feature (i like passive protection mechanisms that don't affect system performance).
    -very good at detecting and cleaning tracks (picks up lots of stuff other cleaners miss).
    -has rootkit detection (though, not good at it).
    -multiple extra features.
    -has demand scanner for extra check up.
    -has portable version.

    Cons

    -not good on detections.
    -i miss teatimer.

    Summary

    i have never had a false positive with this product.

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  • 5 stars

    "I feel like I stole this."

    April 22, 2014   |   By zelphx

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.2

    Pros

    FREE
    Updated very often
    Easy (but new) user interface
    FREE

    Cons

    I have used S&D for years; there just is no "bad" I can think of.

    Summary

    Better than most that you pay for.

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