Spybot - Search & Destroy User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great. Excellent. Brilliant!"

    May 8, 2015  |   By ComputerManiac2015

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

    Pros

    Great. Excellent. Brilliant. My Google Chrome browser was always triggering to unwanted page - Adcash and DoubleClick. Sometimes my browser triggering to porn sites. Other softwares fails to detect it, but Spybot Search & Destroy can do so through the scanning function. In the next review, Spybot Search & Destroy can improve this detection function in realtime protection. Thank you Soybot Search & Destroy version 2.4.40.

    Cons

    No at this time.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Brought the HELP_RESTORE_FILES and HELP_DECRYPT Virus"

    May 4, 2015  |   By nakamuradavid

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

    Pros

    Free Spybot Search & Destroy, have been using Spybot S& D for many years.

    Cons

    This Version 2.4.x., seems to be carrying the VIRUS HELP_DECRYPT and HELP_RESTORE. I later installed the Spybot Active Web Protection, then the files on my computer got encrypted by HELP_DECRYPT. At first I did not believe the cause was Spybot S&D, so I formatted Drive C:, and did a clean install of Windows, and ran my computer with no VIRUS infections, I reinstalled Spybot S&D with the Active Web Protection, then got the Virus HELP_RESTORE with Drive C: getting Encrypted. I have once again fomatted Drive C:, and reinstalled Spybot S&D WITHOUT the Active Web Protection, and have not encountered the Viruses HELP_RESTORE and HELP DECRYPT.

    Summary

    Do NOT Install the Spybot S&D Active "Web Protection" Feature.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great Program!"

    April 23, 2015  |   By Will_Baker

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

    Pros

    very easy to use
    reliable and efficient
    free

    Cons

    Can take a long time for the first use
    Not aesthetic

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great to see this long running program is still around"

    April 6, 2015  |   By wasabi2525

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

    Pros

    Longevity plus

    Cons

    None,its reliable

    Summary

    I use it in conjunction with Malwarebytes, awesome.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "worked when others did not!! :)"

    February 22, 2015  |   By dsarosy

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

    Pros

    I spent several hours trying to remove a particular adware file that kept attempting to break through my avg antivirus. after about 5 other free products failed to remove this incredibly annoying file, I tried spybot and was thrilled to see that it was finally gone!!

    Cons

    I see none as of yet!

    Summary

    this product is easy to use and even the free version worked like a champ!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This is a great fully-featured security application..."

    February 15, 2015  |  

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

    Pros

    Host File Protection, Browser Guards, Realtime Spyware and Malware Protection, Process Control, Deep System Scanning, and many others you normally wouldn't find in a traditional security software suite.

    Cons

    The only con I can rightly say is that it consumes a lot of system resources and some of the scans can take a while, depending on the size of your system and the configurations of the scan you choose.

    Summary

    This is a robust security application that is an excellent supplement to existing security software and especially useful for those whom still use the Internet Explorer browser, because of the protections it offers, including that of the host file as well as a user's homepage.

    Even if you don't want to pay for the full version, the free version is still worth the download and is a formidable contender in the world of antimalware software.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Has every useful function"

    February 2, 2015  |   By HaffRobison

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

    Pros

    Very needful application for my computer.

    Cons

    Cons ?? Haven't found any yet

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Love it and keeping it!"

    January 31, 2015  |   By McLadyA65

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

    Pros

    I had this years ago on my desktop. I'm using my laptop more than I use to, so I added Spybot to my laptop and it clean out everything.

    Cons

    There was a problem with the immunization on the Opera browser, but overall everything still works.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very, Very GOOD"

    January 6, 2015  |   By fredg06

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

    Pros

    Found 76 Nasties on my C: drive. Easy to understand Settings, and set them where I want them.

    Cons

    Took 1 hr. 45 min. to do a complete scan of the C:/ drive.

    Summary

    I have an old 2000 Dell tower computer, XP, IE8, Opera 12, 256 Meg RAM, and 14 Gig harddrive, SP3. This is the ONLY spyware program I have tried that found 76 malware pieces on my computer!
    I am uninstalling the IOBit Malware Fighter, because this one is really good.
    I went to Settings first, then changed it all to what I like.....no updates until I do it manually, no scans unless I do them, and deleted it from my StartUp items, using CCleaner. Can also do it using MSCONFIG at the Start, Run command.
    Now, it doesn't stay in my Tray, running all the time in the background......I don't have that much Computer Resources left. I also use Avast anti-virus.
    I tried Malware anti-spyware, and Adware anti-virus. Neither did what Spybot does.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Caused problems on my PC"

    December 24, 2014  |   By Investor7

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.4.40

    Pros

    Works as advertised.

    Cons

    Causes other problems

    Summary

    The last time I used Spybot about 4 years ago on my other PCs without any issues. Last August I installed Spybot on current laptop. I had a several problems. Right clicking on Explorer caused Explorer to crash. When you press "Start' and then "MS Word", the submenu entries of recent files disappeared. Further to this one of my Word files, which I update monthly, disappeared. I searched "C" drive, but could only find a version that was a year old. Unistalling Spybot solved all my issues on Windows 7 Toshiba laptop.

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