Spybot - Search & Destroy

Spybot - Search & Destroy

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 5715 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.6.2
  • Total Downloads:
    125,071,629
  • Date Added:
    January 26, 2009
  • File Size:
    44.37MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    40,472
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7

Editors' Review

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Spybot Search & Destroy is a free antispyware utility that targets adware, malicious code, and other threats. It also cleans security tracks, shreds files, and tweaks the Registry. The optional TeaTimer feature protects the Registry from real-time attacks. Spybot isn't a replacement for a full antivirus program, though it does detect and remove some threats. It's a constantly updated, on-demand adware and malware scanner you can run regularly to sweep your system. Spybot S&D is free for personal use.

Spybot's Setup screen let us choose which components to install, including skins, languages, and integration with Security Center. A pop-up message warned against removing ad robots lest their associated apps stop working, but we were more interested in what the average user experiences when running Spybot, so we just left things as they were downloaded.

Before it scans your system, Spybot asks to back up your registry -- let it. It only takes a minute or two. Even though the risk is low, Spybot has the power to delete what you let it delete, and a backup can save your bacon if something goes wrong. When we finished the setup process, Spybot asked if we wanted to read the tutorial or the help manual or start using the program. We opted for the extensive manual, which covers everything from basic options to settings for visually impaired users. Spybot's been around since the days of Windows 95, with many updates, so users have abundant resources: tutorials, FAQs, how-tos, forums, and so on.

It sounds like a long path to running Spybot, but in fact it's a quick and easy process. The main tool, Search & Destroy, has three buttons: Check for Problems, Recovery, and Updates (Spybot's menu also offers Recovery and Immunize features). The program offered a Hint of the Day while it scanned, though our initial scan took a lot longer than the tool tip took to read. Spybot found adware burrowed into our test PC. We had to run Spybot again as an Administrator and reboot to clean it all. But that's thorough cleaning and fine with us. Security-minded users should definitely try Spybot Search & Destroy.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.0

    out of 780 votes

    • 5 star 332
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    • 3 star 57
    • 2 star 42
    • 1 star 60
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5 stars

"Really great"

July 29, 2013  |  By jaguarjane

 |  Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 1.6.2

Pros

Helps keep my computer free from some rubbish.

Cons

Can't think of any.

Summary

Well worth using

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4 stars

"A good package"

July 13, 2013  |  By roymer

 |  Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 1.6.2

Pros

Seems to work well to free us of some of the dreadful afflictions that come along.

Cons

Came up against a bit of an obstacle when it said I couldn't rid myself of something because I "wasn't an administrator" took me a while to understand this as I was signed in as administrator.
Finally found the key, but resented the difficulty I had to do what it was you wanted. No point in hiding this important action.

Summary

Very useful in keeping a clean system, along with other essential software, anti-virus, cleaner, defragmenter to keep it all humming.

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5 stars

"brilliant recomend"

July 01, 2013  |  By matjos26

 |  Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 1.6.2

Pros

spybot has detected loads of viruses and adware and nasty stuff i dont want on my computer

quick scan

Cons

need to run as administrator

Summary

gets rid of stuff antivirus dont find brilliant bit of kit sorted out my computer found and got rid of stuff no other software can

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5 stars

"Fixed my plagues!"

June 29, 2013  |  By fud2

 |  Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 1.6.2

Pros

Easy to run and fixed problems that had set in while running Malwarebytes...

Cons

none that I could find

Summary

Good Program...glad to find it.

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5 stars

"A good supplement to other anti-virus softwares"

June 28, 2013  |  By slimeymommey

 |  Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 1.6.2

Pros

This is a very good addition in finding other viruses that typical malware bytes, avast, mse cannot find.

Cons

Please make it look better and develop it

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1 stars

"Horrible experience"

June 16, 2013  |  By Daniel33713

 |  Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 1.6.2

Pros

I'm not sure if it ever did anything constructive

Cons

I uninstalled because it would tell me my connection had timed out as soon as I clicked on a link. Once I uninstalled it, my web connection stopped working and Outlook wouldn't download pictures, the info bar disappeared.

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3 stars

"Not like before. Won't create repair files + others"

June 10, 2013  |  By bladepolisher

 |  Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 1.6.2

Pros

I'm quickly losing faith in Spybot.

Cons

Customer Service is quick on donation requests but short on solving issues. Software constantly ask for it to be run in Administrator setting.... why? I own this laptop and am the administrator. It is already set with me as the administrator. Now I get a error message saying can not create a certain file and quits any attempts to remove problem files. Because of this I still have malware on my pc with one malware site supposedly having 256 issues!! i AM UNINSTALLING SPYBOT IMMEDIATELY OR AT LEAST THEY CAN OFFER SOME KIND OF REAL TIME RESOLUTION TO THEIR OWN ISSUES. I WOULD BE HAPPY TO DONATE IF THEY WOULD JUST GET BACK TO WHAT THEY ONCE WERE.

Summary

Read the cons..... Spybot used to be much more powerful..... now they're just slow and weak!!

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1 stars

"This one is worthless"

June 07, 2013  |  By cloudsandskye

 |  Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 1.6.2

Pros

Nothing at all.

Cons

Below average detection and removal of malware. Particularly poor removal of rootkits. User interface has many awkward elements. Almost completely ineffective. Manual definition file updates, so no real-time protection.

Summary

Another mediocre product that doesn't even come close to living up to its marketing hype. For suckers only.

Updated on Aug 16, 2013

To jihadjiinee:

1. There are plenty of robust, free antimalware products that work just fine without having to waste time going into safe mode.

2. Modern antimalware products do not download or affect the registry during a scan.

3. Definition updates are part of real-time protection because the updates occur automatically throughout the day to keep the protection current.

If an experienced person like yourself wants to fuss around with software like this, that's up to you, but the typical computer user doesn't need to waste their time with this product.

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4 stars

"Another step in a long line of winners for this company"

June 07, 2013  |  By clownskunk

 |  Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 1.6.2

Pros

Finds problems consistently (even when I created them deliberately to see what happened). Easy to use if you pay attention to the instructions and notifications.

Cons

Does not seem as flexible as earlier versions, but that may be because I'm just getting used to it again. It does take a bit of time to run a scan and fix, even on a 2gHz+ machine, but that has more to do with the thousands of "scrap files" (I know there is a nicer term, but let's call it what it is) that go along with the evolution of the Microsoft family of operating systems.
For what you get the tradeoffs are worthwhile.
I do wish they had more data on what the different malware is. Their database has always been a bit less than informative.

Summary

One of the best of the best, and both simple and at an excellent price (no nag ware or other garbage ad files included with this baby). I recommend it highly.

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5 stars

"Great in finding hidden viruses"

June 03, 2013  |  By Krunchymeal

 |  Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 1.6.2

Pros

I recently caught a lot of trojans in my computer and this is one of the anti virus i used, it found a lot of viruses which other antiviruses didnt find. it is unique in its own way and does its own work

Cons

None because it did as promised.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.6.2
Version 1.6.2 features support for the latest Opera releases, support for Google Chrome, and improved support for fast user switching while Spybot is running.
General
Publisher Safer-Networking
Publisher web site http://www.safer-networking.org/en/home/index.html
Release Date January 26, 2009
Date Added January 26, 2009
Version 1.6.2
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows Me, Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows NT, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows 95, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 44.37MB
File Name spybot-2.4.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 125,071,629
Downloads Last Week 40,472
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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