Spybot - Search & Destroy

Spybot - Search & Destroy

Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 5705 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.4
File Size:
44.37MB
Date Added:
June 01, 2005
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista
Total Downloads:
124,811,823
Downloads Last Week:
34,967
Product ranking:
#4 in Anti-Spyware
Additional Requirements:
Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista

Editors' review

Spybot - Search & Destroy has been in the antispyware game for a long time offering features we've come to expect in the best apps in the category, but its bugginess makes it difficult to recommend. The program checks your system against a comprehensive database of adware and other system invaders. It also features several interface improvements, including multiple skins for dressing up its appearance. Scan results now appear arranged by groups in a tree, and a sliding panel lets you instantly view information about a selected item to help you decide whether to kill it or not. The Immunize feature blocks a plethora of uninvited Web-borne flotsam before it reaches your computer. Other useful tools, including Secure Shredder, complement the program's basic functionality for completely destroying files. Hosts File blocks adware servers from your computer, and System Startup lets you review which apps load when you start your computer. Unfortunately, the program has the tendency to lock up at times and even during the install process for this review, we encountered several errors. The ambitious feature list and functionality make Spybot - Search & Destroy a good choice for those in search of a second antispyware program, but there are others in the category that do a better job without all the bugs.

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    4.2

    out of 5705 votes

    • 5 star: 3329
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    • 2 star: 167
    • 1 star: 518
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  • 1 stars

    "Absolutely pathetic piece of junk!"

    September 06, 2014   |   By pickycustomer

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

    Pros

    Pros? What pros?

    Cons

    Cons? Too many!

    Summary

    SpyBot S&D has...
    Terrible detection.
    Can't fix a thing.
    Immunize fails horribly.
    The ability to waste a users time and efforts not to mention HDD space.

    At one time SpyBot was one of the best. Anymore it's a total waste. When my last laptop was fried I bought a new laptop. The new laptop has never seen nor will it ever see SpyBot S&D. Period. I use avast free and MalwareBytes Premium along with Comodo Firewall and I feel completely safe. I will never, ever install SpyBot again. Neither should you. Period.

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  • 2 stars

    "screwed up my settings irreversibly"

    August 23, 2014   |   By gbferrell

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

    Pros

    Didn't use it enough to find any.

    Cons

    After installing, updating and immunizing using default settings, it arbitrarily deleted my Recent Items list from my Start menu and I had to change my password to log into my Yahoo Mail again, after which I couldn't regain the better version and had to use the basic version of Yahoo Mail- apparently because of some kind of cookie setting that was changed. Likewise, I couldn't log into my Reverbnation.com account because it said cookies weren't allowed in my browser. I tried every setting I could find in IE 11 options, lowering security levels as far as possible in Security and Privacy tabs, but still couldn't log into Reverbnation.com or regain the advanced version of Yahoo Mail. I tried to use S&D's new 'undo fixing' function but that had no effect. I had to do a System Restore before I could regain previous access to the above-mentioned 2 websites. I've been using older versions of S&D for years and never had this type of problem. Wasted about 4 hours.

    Summary

    S&D 2.4 over manages and screwed up my settings irreversibly. Thanks to Microsoft for System Restore.

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