Spybot - Search & Destroy

Spybot - Search & Destroy

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 5709 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.6.2
  • Total Downloads:
    124,811,823
  • Date Added:
    January 26, 2009
  • File Size:
    44.37MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    34,967
  • 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
    • 4 star 289
    • 3 star 57
    • 2 star 42
    • 1 star 60
  • All Versions

    4.2

    out of 5709 votes

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    • 4 star 1375
    • 3 star 316
    • 2 star 168
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  • 5 stars

    "A Simple, Elegant, and Effective product !"

    October 20, 2014   |   By BehrensMorn

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

    Pros

    Excellent program, i recommed it!

    Cons

    I have no cons on this program

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  • 5 stars

    "Keep up the good work."

    October 20, 2014   |   By PerdomoSchaffhauser

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

    Pros

    Appearance is very beautiful, I love it

    Cons

    I have no cons on this program

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  • 5 stars

    "Very beautiful for me"

    October 12, 2014   |   By ShukerSade

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

    Pros

    Very beautiful for me

    Cons

    None, does what i want

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  • 2 stars

    "A huge disappointment from the earlier version"

    October 07, 2014

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

    Pros

    Pretty interface.

    Cons

    No TeaTimer any longer. Why would you take that away? Shredder used to be free, now it costs to get it along with other tools you probably won't use.

    Summary

    I want the old version back!

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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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    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 Vista, Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows, Windows NT, Windows Server 2008, Windows 98
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 44.37MB
    File Name spybot-2.4.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 124,811,823
    Downloads Last Week 34,967
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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