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Spybot - Search & Destroy

Free
Download Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Excellent
Average User Rating:
out of 5735 votes out of 33 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.4.40
  • Total Downloads:
    126,678,770
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 01, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    44.37MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    8,425
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #3 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

    3.7

    out of 33 votes

    • 5 star 16
    • 4 star 6
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 5
  • All Versions

    4.2

    out of 5735 votes

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    • 4 star 1380
    • 3 star 318
    • 2 star 170
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3 stars

"Works well on PC only, has update problems"

June 01, 2016  |  By spacegiant

2016-06-01 08:01:10  |  By spacegiant

 |  Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

Pros

Free. Catches a ton of junk that Malwarebytes and Avast miss. Easy to use on Windows 7 PC.

Cons

Every time, some files fail to update. Does not work on Windows 7 laptop; refuses to update signatures, and system scan is unclickable/grayed out. Reinstalle with same results.

Summary

When Spybot S&D works, it works well. Otherwise, it doesn't run at all. I don't know what it misses because for several years, the virus databases have never completely updated.

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5 stars

"On Windows 7 it works well"

May 11, 2016  |  By Riglats

2016-05-11 13:40:11  |  By Riglats

 |  Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

Pros

My CPU was running at 100% a svchost.exe problem and pc wasn't able to run updates.Ran Spybot and problems solved.

Cons

Could live without the occasional pop up that acts as a reminder.

Summary

I like this program and it works well.

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5 stars

"Great product."

April 29, 2016

2016-04-29 02:28:52

 |  Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

Pros

Fast and easy to use

Cons

None can be found

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2 stars

"Could not get it to work right"

February 16, 2016  |  By Ronboman65

2016-02-16 13:29:57  |  By Ronboman65

 |  Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

Pros

None pain in the butt waste of time on window 10

Cons

Would not install right and I am a tech, tried to remove it and ran into popups on my computer that I had to go into the main file to remove, even tho I have a power uninstaller.

Summary

I hate programs that just do not want to let go of your computer, this is malware and adware crap.

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4 stars

"have been using it for years"

December 26, 2015  |  By sunburst99

2015-12-26 09:58:57  |  By sunburst99

 |  Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

Pros

It always catches stuff that MalwareBytes misses. I've run the two many times and seen this. I've used it successfully with Windows 7 for years.

Cons

But I'm bothered by the comments above about it containing malware, and turning off anti-virus software on Windows 10, which happened to me this week after I loaded Spybot on my laptop. I'v seen this previously on Win 8.1, but could not figure out what caused it. Could not get Defender re-enabled to save my life (ie computer) after it was disabled. I had to load Xfinity's Norton suite to have any protection at all!

Summary

use with caution. Pay attention to the anti-virus interactions.

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1 stars

"Does not wok with Windows 10 TURNS OFF ANTI VIRUS"

September 28, 2015  |  By jedi5ive

2015-09-28 21:47:02  |  By jedi5ive

 |  Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

Pros

it looks for adware and malware

Cons

Turns off Anti Virus(Windows Defender) without notice, and blocks it from being turned on again. I am going to have to format and reinstall windows 10 due to it tries to reinstall itself.

Summary

Avoid if you have Windows 10

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1 stars

"PROBLEM with them"

September 04, 2015  |  By wolf415

2015-09-04 00:14:06  |  By wolf415

 |  Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

Pros

i love spy bot but HATE there anti virus

Cons

Payed 13.99 for there top of the line anti virus BUT could not get it to load on to my system. e mailed them they sent a link . OK i used got nothing, ok e mailed them
once more got another link used it nothing. asked for refund got silence for 2 days
up set i asked them for refund once more. got sh$%tty email from them but no refund.

Summary

USE THE FREE WARE DO NOT BUY ANYTHING FROM THEM .
BUYER BEWARE

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1 stars

"Not complete"

August 29, 2015  |  By dinger58

2015-08-29 15:09:54  |  By dinger58

 |  Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

Pros

Cheap and looks nice

Cons

Does not work. tells me it is updating database but actually is doing nothing. It says it is downloading but task manager shows no download activity. 10 minutes after starting I still can't start a scan.

Summary

Worried this might be spyware itself. Very suspicious of software that claims to install with no signatures then seems to pretend to be downloading.

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5 stars

"Can't live without it!"

August 24, 2015  |  By Glenda Vidal

2015-08-24 13:19:28  |  By Glenda Vidal

 |  Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

Pros

Finds all spyware and malware
It's free (donations suggested)

Cons

Norton doesn't install if Spybot is installed, you have to uninstall Spybot and re install it afterwards.
Could take time
Some times it takes more than one try to immunize your computer.

Summary

Very reliable
This software has saved my computers more than once.

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4 stars

"Still bloathed UX"

June 03, 2015  |  By llamalucas

2015-06-03 05:39:46  |  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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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 126,678,770
Downloads Last Week 8,425
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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